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Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 1:24 PM

Ballots are in the mail for a special election in which Jackson County voters will decide whether to approve taxes on marijuana.The Jackson County Elections Office began mailing out the ballots today for the March 10 special election.If approved, Measure 15-133 would authorize a tax of up to 25 percent on the sale of medical and recreational marijuana products.The Jackson County Board of Commissioners would set the actual tax rate.The tax would apply to unincorporated...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 10:49 AM

SALEM — Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his...

Updated Feb 14, 2015 at 3:09 AM

SALEM — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned Friday, giving in to mounting pressure to abandon his office amid suspicions that his live-in fiancee used her relationship with him to land contracts for her green-energy consulting...

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 11:01 PM

PORTLAND — The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber instantly promoted the liberal Democrat who is next in line to succeed him: the 54-year-old secretary of state who long has been thought to have her eye on Oregon's top...

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 6:58 PM

Reaction in Ashland to the Friday resignation announcement by Gov. John Kitzhaber was swift, ranging from sad regret to relief that the long slog through scandal is over.“He did the right thing. It took too long, though,”...

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 1:04 PM

SALEM  — Long-time Democratic Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday announced his resignation amid allegations his fiancee used her relationship with him to enrich herself.

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 12:23 PM

I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon.

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 4:31 PM

 SALEM (AP) — Oregon's top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant accused of using her...

Updated Feb 12, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Oregon's secretary of state says she had a private conversation with embattled Gov. John Kitzhaber that was "strange" and contradictory and that she is ready to take over as governor should he resign over an ethics scandal.

Updated Feb 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has been a popular and effective governor, able to plan and execute on both sides of the aisle, signing into law many major changes for Oregonians, especially in the field of health care, where he has spent much of his...

Updated Feb 11, 2015 at 2:50 PM

As an ethics controversy has prompted calls for Oregon's governor to resign, the woman who would replace him abruptly left a conference in Washington, D.C., to return home Wednesday.It wasn't clear whether the unscheduled return of Oregon...

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