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.