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This week in the Oregon Capital Insider

Flying ever faster toward the election of a new Oregon governor — no matter who is elected, she'll be new to the office — sometimes it feels like we're hearing the same political messages over and over again.

That's because we are, reports Gary Warner is his coverage of the gubernatorial debate held at Bend's OSU-Cascades Tuesday night. Barbs and quips were flying fast, but they mostly repeated the same talking points heard at earlier events. Republican Christine Drazan says unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson is too much like the Democrat Tina Kotek. Kotek claims Johnson gangs with Drazan's policies. All the while Johnson tries to set herself apart as an independent who can walk the line between the parties. 

As Dick Hughes argues in this week's Capital Chatter column, the candidates are going to have to try different tactics if voters are expected to commit to their favorite. 

And even as the election looms large, state government marches on, with developments for Oregon's Medicaid insurance for children, a new director for the DEQ and millions coming Oregon's way in federal pubic works money. 

All this and more in this week's Oregon Capital Insider. 




Capital Chatter: Debates unlikely to turn the tide

As the gubernatorial candidates’ debate came to an end Tuesday evening in Bend, Democrat Tina Kotek accurately described the choice for Ore… Read more


Oregon insiders: Who's who in and around state government

BethAnne Darby has joined Strategies 360 as senior vice president, public affairs. A longtime staffer at the Oregon Education Association, … Read more


Bend debate heats up already roiling governor's race

BEND - The three top candidates for governor engaged in a sharp, rapid-fire debate Tuesday, dipping frequently into campaign talking points… Read more


Tight races for governor and Congress turn corner into final lap

The election marathon officially turned into a six-week sprint on Tuesday as the finish line for the Nov. 8 election starts coming into vie… Read more


Young children in Oregon to get continuous Medicaid coverage

Oregon is the first state to allow continuous coverage for children until age 6, without requiring annual reapplications, under the Oregon … Read more


Oregon DEQ gets new interim director

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is undergoing a change of leadership quicker than anticipated.  Read more


Oregon seeks $920 million in federal public works grants

Oregon has begun in earnest seeking federal grants from the $1 trillion public works spending plan that Congress approved and President Joe… Read more


"Victim" DNA drawn for trees used to attack $1 billion in annual timber thefts

Logging thieves steal up to $1 billion every year from timberlands owners but are up against a relatively new investigative tool — DNA trac… Read more