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  • Oregon governor opens bid for 4th term despite rocky Obamacare rollout

    Oregon governor opens bid for 4th term despite rocky Obamacare rollout
    When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his bid for a fourth term Monday, it was no surprise that he did so at an elementary school – a long way from the headquarters of Cover Oregon where software engineers are still trying to fix problems with...
  • After filibuster rule change, more delay tactics bog down Senate

    After filibuster rule change, more delay tactics bog down Senate
    WASHINGTON — Republican resentment over the Democrats' decision to change Senate rules and eliminate filibusters on nominations has led to a form of trench warfare in the already deliberative body, producing long hours and hard feelings as the...
  • California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016

    California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016
    SEATTLE — A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has decided not to put a pot initiative on the ballot in California this year but will wait...
  • Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight

    Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight
    When Barack Obama won a historic victory in 2008, eight Democratic candidates captured Senate seats that had been in Republican hands. Those same Democrats are now facing their first reelection campaigns in a less friendly political climate, and...
  • Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now

    Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now
    NASHUA, N.H. — For better or worse, they are the class of Obama. Eight Democratic senators swept into office partly on Barack Obama's 2008 coattails are facing their first reelection bid without the benefit of having the president on the ballot...
  • Drought plan unveiled by Senate Democrats

    After vowing to block a GOP plan to help farmers deal with the California drought, congressional Democrats have now unveiled their own drought proposal – a more modest proposal that would not suspend any state or federal environmental laws. The...
  • Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange

    Oregon leaders to vote on scrapping health insurance exchange
    DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials will vote Friday on whether to become the first state to scrap its troubled insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, after spending an estimated $248 million on an ambitious exchange that failed in...
  • Oregon scraps state health insurance exchange

    Oregon scraps state health insurance exchange
    DURHAM, Ore. — Oregon officials voted unanimously Friday to jettison the state's disastrous health insurance exchange and switch to the federal system, admitting disappointment and defeat in an arena where the state had been a trailblazer. With...
  • White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination

    White House: Obama to sign order banning anti-gay discrimination
    President Obama plans to sign an order banning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees by companies that do business with the federal government, a long-sought goal of gay rights organizations. After months of calling...
  • Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start

    Limited ban on anti-gay discrimination is a welcome start
    That “whooshing” sound you just heard? That was President Obama making another partial end-run around Congress, also known as “the place where legislation goes to die.” Word filtered out of the White House on Monday morning...
  • Obama to sign executive order curbing discrimination against gays

    Obama to sign executive order curbing discrimination against gays
    President Obama plans to sign an executive order forbidding companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, fulfilling a goal that gay rights organizations...