"It's amazing where we've come," says Rick Steves of the legalization measures Washington and Colorado voters approved last month. "It's almost counterculture to oppose us."
A group of lawmakers on Friday urged the Justice Department to respect recent votes in Colorado and Washington state allowing the recreational use of marijuana, and some introduced a bill to ensure that happens.
Republican Rob McKenna says Washington governor's race will come down to how well each side gets out the vote.
Interviewed separately last week by phone, Bruce Starr and Brad Avakian, the two candidates running for state labor commissioner, detailed differing visions and goals for the office.
With election just days away, Jimmy Farris is focused on sharpening the choice for voters in Idaho's 1st Congressional District. In a debate last week, Farris tried to paint Republican incumbent Raul Labrador as a favorite of the extreme right wing of the GOP.
State law already prevents such a real estate transfer tax but Measure 79 would amend the Oregon Constitution to permanently prohibit transfer taxes.
Secretary of State Kate Brown has staked much of her case for re-election on her aggressive auditing of government agencies.
Two public employee unions and a top Democratic donor are pumping money into an advertising campaign targeting Republicans running for labor commissioner and secretary of state.
A year after pioneering the use of iPads to help disabled voters mark ballots, Oregon election officials are now trying out competing tablets running Microsoft's new Windows 8 operating system.
SurveyUSA conducted new polls for KATU News on where voters stand on who should be the next president of the United States, marijuana possession and state-licensed stores, a privately owned casino and the corporate tax "kicker."
Washington's gubernatorial candidates agreed Tuesday night that increasing taxes isn't something they would do as governor, and said during their final debate that more money needs to go to public schools and universities but sparred over a proposed tax plan to equalize the way Washington homeowners pay for public schools.
Since 2008, Democratic and Republican registration has fallen, while the ranks of Independent and unaffiliated voters have swelled.
Woolf was named temporary controller in July, with the expectation that 73-year-old Donna Jones, a Republican, would return to her job.
Justin Martin with "It's Still a Bad Idea" campaign and Rick Metsger, spokesman for the "Yes on 82 & 83" campaign, join KATU's Steve Dunn Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012 to discuss whether voters want a nontribal casino in the Portland Metro area.
Former state Rep. Betsy Close has been appointed to replace a retiring senator.