2 Congressional races get attention in Oregon primary

Two Congressional races are getting attention in Oregon's primary election Tuesday. The newly created 6th District is one of the most expensive Democratic House primaries in the U.S. and features a political newcomer backed by a cryptocurrency billionaire against a longtime Hispanic state lawmaker. In the 5th District, Democratic incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader faces a stiff challenge from the progressive wing of his party as he seeks an eighth term in a dramatically redrawn district. Voter turnout in the vote-by-mail state is low and problems with ballots in a county that includes many 5th District voters could delay election results.

GOP hopes to end 40-year Oregon gubernatorial losing streak

It’s been 35 years since there was a GOP governor in Oregon, however there are 19 Republican candidate hopefuls on this year’s primary ballot. Although political experts say this year, the Republican party may have a rare opportunity to earn the state’s highest elected position. Oregonians are frustrated with the state of the state under Democratic leadership, a possible split in votes among the majority party as unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson makes a gubernatorial run in the fall and the noticeable absence of an incumbent this election as Gov. Kate Brown is term-limited.

Judge permanently blocks Oregon's ban on homebuyer ‘love letters’

Prospective homebuyers in Oregon can continue to send “love letters” to people selling homes. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez on Wednesday permanently blocked the ban. The Oregon Legislature approved the ban last year, saying such letters could aid sellers in illegally choosing buyers based on factors such as race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation, which would violate federal fair housing laws. Conservative public interest law firm the Pacific Legal Foundation sued. Hernandez ruled that the ban, which would require a home seller to “reject any communication other than customary documents in a real estate transaction, including photographs, provided by a buyer,” was a violation of buyers’ First Amendment rights. 

Senate bid to save Roe v. Wade falls to GOP-led filibuster

The Senate has fallen far short in a vote toward enshrining Roe v. Wade abortion access into federal law. Wednesday's 51-49 negative vote almost along party lines provided a stark display of the nation’s partisan divide over the landmark court decision and the limits of legislative action. The afternoon roll call promised to be the first of several efforts in Congress to preserve the nearly 50-year-old court ruling. President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass legislation that would guarantee the constitutional right to abortion services after the disclosure of a draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. But Democrats in the split Senate lacked the votes to overcome a Republican-led filibuster.

Washington Democrats seek to host early presidential primary

Washington Democrats want the state to be one of the first five states to host an early presidential primary in 2024. A letter of intent was sent Thursday to the Democratic National Committee’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, signed by party chair Tina Podlodowski, state Speaker of the House Laurie Jinkins and state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig. The DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee oversees the application process and recommends a slate of proposed states for the full DNC’s approval, with a decision made sometime by early August.

Abortion rights may rest on governor's races in some states

The fight for Congress often dominates midterm elections. But the stunning revelation that the Supreme Court may soon overturn its landmark decision on abortion rights has thrust candidates for governor into the forefront of the 2022 midterm debate. In a handful of battleground states with Republican-controlled state legislatures, every Republican candidate for governor supports severe abortion restrictions, if not a total ban with no exceptions. That allows Democrats to rightly claim that women’s access to abortion in some states may rest almost entirely on which party wins the governor’s race in November. Governor’s races in Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin could have a profound impact on abortion rights. 

Senate to vote next week on protecting abortion rights

The Senate is gearing up for a vote on legislation that would codify abortion rights into federal law. Senate Democrats are planning the vote for next week in response to the Supreme Court’s leaked draft decision that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. The procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday will mostly be symbolic, given that Democrats lack the needed 60 votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. But Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said members of both parties need to go on record about where they stand. He calls the vote "one of the most important we ever take."

"I encourage educators to create safe spaces:" WA Superintendent addresses leaked Roe v. Wade reversal draft

OLYMPIA, Wash. —  For decades, Roe v. Wade has maintained federal protection for abortion rights in the United States. With leaked reports indicating the Supreme Court may strike down that decision, Washington Superintendent Chris Reykdal considers how this will impact…