How Qualified Is Ted Wheeler, Really?

Oregon’s state treasurer is now running for Portland mayor. We size up the pros and cons.

11/23/2015 By Marty Patail


Meet the Man Battling to Abolish Executions in Oregon

As the national debate on capital punishment shifts, Ron Steiner continues his fight.

09/21/2015 By Rachel Saslow


Should Oregon Raise the Minimum Wage?

$15 an hour would change a LOT of lives.

06/22/2015 By Jayce Wagner


Meet the Oregonian Who Helped Transform the Patriot Act

Ron Wyden's most secretive staffer helps the senior US senator craft his take on national surveillance.

06/22/2015 By Nigel Duara


The Perfect Party: April 2015

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from gay rights advocates against Jeb Bush to new governor Kate Brown.



How Strategist Rebecca Tweed Transformed Oregon Politics

The political consultant behind more than 40 Oregon campaigns goes beyond party lines to elect the best person for the job.

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


Why Oregon is the Only State that Doesn’t Limit Legal Access to Abortion

No waiting periods, no mandated parental involvement, and no limitations on publicly funded abortions? This is how we got here.

03/02/2015 By Kelly Clarke


How Kendall Clawson Doubled the Number of Women Running Oregon

The Office of the Governor's Deputy Chief of Staff has fought for the LGBTQ community, supported people diagnosed with AIDS, and radically changed the face of the state's policy boards. And she's not done yet.

03/02/2015 By Rachel Ritchie


Portland's Mayor Says the Future is Bright—If Anyone Can Still Afford to Live Here

Halfway through his term Portland's mayor reflects on the city's rising skyline, an urban world, and the city's greatest challenge.

03/02/2015 By Zach Dundas


Is the Slow Comeback of the Oregon Wolf Now in Jeopardy?

As the state’s gray wolf population continues to grow, new legislative stipulations could impede further progress.

02/06/2015 By Larisa Owechko


That Time Uber Barreled Through Portland

We take a by-the-numbers look at Uber's hit & run with City Hall.

02/02/2015 By Zach Dundas and Catalina Gaitán


Oregon's Ballot is a Microcosm of Messy National Politics

Weed! Obamacare! Equal rights! The Koch Brothers! In this month’s off-year election, Oregon mirrors the gnarly state of national politics.

11/03/2014 By Tim Dickinson


The Road to Legal Gay Marriage in Oregon

Meet the unlikely team that changed the course of Oregon law (and love).

07/01/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg Illustrations by Matty Newton


Five Essential Talking Points in Portland's Epic Water War

With ballots out to voters, the fate of the legendary Bull Run watershed (and City Council's political clout) hangs in the balance.

05/08/2014 By Zach Dundas


The Perfect Party: May 2014

We asked elected officials to toss invites to great Portlanders, and they came up with this all-star fantasy guest list.

05/01/2014 Illustrations by Matty Newton


Willamette Falls' Next Move

The rezoning of the Blue Heron Paper Mill site may signal a new era for Oregon City.

04/02/2014 By Randy Gragg


The Perfect Party: January 2014

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from Jerry Seinfeld to a ’90s teen heartthrob

01/02/2014 Illustrations by Matty Newton


Nancy Hales, Portland's First Lady

With local fashion chops, a passion for grassroots organization, and a 1987 bumper sticker-laden Toyota truck, the mayor's better half is crafting herself a place in Portland history.

01/02/2014 By Karen Karbo


Tom McCall's Way with Words

On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we let Oregon's most legendary governor speak for himself

02/20/2013 By Zach Dundas


Nike Comes To Town?

As Nike ponders an expansion in South Waterfront, we take a look at the company's developments elsewhere.

01/23/2013 By Randy Gragg