Politics

Latest news

VOTE 2022: Governor candidates weigh in — How green should Oregon go?

Wildfires loom, groundwater is disappearing and the tenor of Oregon’s response to the most destructive symptoms of human-caused climate change hinges on a tight contest for the governor’s chair. Whoever wins will inherit a raft of aggressive climate rules and target reductions for emissions enacted by Gov. Kate Brown in 2020.

Read More >
City Government

VOTE 2022: Ashland City Council Position 2

Incumbent Tonya Graham and challenger Joy Fate are running for Ashland City Council Position 2. Graham, a one-term councilor elected in 2018 who has championed climate change reform, said she believes the city has become more resilient in the face of wildfires and COVID-19, and she wants voters to give her another term to continue being part of that resiliency. Fate, a retired local media producer, said the city has made poor decisions with taxes, utility rates and planning fees, and if elected she would reverse what she sees as undue financial burdens on the people and businesses of Ashland.

Read More >
Latest news

VOTE 2022: Candidates for governor diverge in views on tackling Oregon’s mental health crisis

With a recent national report putting Oregon 50th in the nation for mental health care, major candidates for governor advocate divergent ways to improve the situation: Tina Kotek sees implementing Measure 110 as part of the solution, Betsy Johnson wants local agencies to find fixes the state can back, and Christine Drazan is ready to suspend regulations she sees as getting in the way of delivering care.

Read More >
Education

VOTE 2022: Oregon’s next governor will shape education for a generation of students

Oregon’s governor serves as the superintendent of public instruction, appointing leaders at the Department of Education, and is ultimately responsible for ensuring the state’s students are graduating prepared for life after high school. The next woman to hold the job will face the daunting task of guiding the educational system’s recovery from pandemic losses, and navigating through an environment where education in public schools is increasingly politicized and polarized. Here’s how the three candidates said they’d tackle the job.

Read More >
Environment

Oregon governor signs pact with West Coast leaders to transition region to 100% clean electricity

Three West Coast governors and a Canadian premier signed a pact to make the region the first on the continent to transition to 100% clean electricity and a low-carbon economy. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown joined California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and British Columbia Premier John Horgan in San Francisco on Oct. 6 to sign the pact, which includes commitments to create policies, investments and interstate projects that will end each state’s dependency on fossil fuels and create new green energy jobs in the coming decades.

Read More >
Events

Healthcare and firearms: Forum Sunday on two Oregon ballot measures

Should healthcare be a constitutionally established right in Oregon? Should firearm purchases be further restricted? Both these questions, which are behind a pair of measures appearing on the Nov. 8 ballot, will be explored in an in-person dialogue Sunday afternoon in Ashland hosted by the Jefferson Center.

Read More >
City Government

Ashland City Council forum to be held live on Sunday

The public will have a chance to see Ashland City Council candidates air their views at a Candidate Forum on Sunday at Ashland High School sponsored by the Ashland Branch of the AAUW of Oregon and the Mountain Meadows Democrats Plus organization.

Read More >


Latest posts

Rogue Valley Tribune mailing introductory edition to 93,000 addresses

Mailboxes throughout Jackson County will be filled this week with a 12-page broadsheet newspaper introducing the Rogue Valley Tribune to prospective readers. EO Media Group is getting the word out about its Medford-based news site and three-times a week printed paper with a saturation mailing to 93,000 area addresses.

Read More >

Free environment, chemistry talk coming to SOU

How can chemistry be utilized to understand human impacts on the environment? That question will be answered during a Friday science seminar hosted by Southern Oregon University assistant professor Chris Babayco, Ph.D., organizers have announced.

Read More >

Inner Peace: It’s all concept

Jim Hatton: “I have come to respect and honor them all. I am not here to say they are right or wrong. It is right for all individuals to seek their own path, what is right for them, and what inspires them.”

Read More >
ashland.news logo

Subscribe to the newsletter and get local news sent directly to your inbox.

(It’s free)