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Many bills failed in the 2020 legislative session because Republican legislators walked out and Democrats decided that the cap-and-trade bill needed to move before other bills did.

In the end, majority Democrats did the only thing they could be expected to do by ending the 2020 legislative session four days early, rejecting truant Republicans’ offer to return today to the Capitol to pass key spending bills before the final deadline.

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Imagine doing a complete remodel of your house … while you’re getting divorced. Welcome to The World newspaper. Country Media bought The World, and its sister weeklies in Bandon and Reedsport, on Feb. 1. Ever since, we’ve been struggling to divorce ourselves from their former owner.

Portland’s housing crisis isn’t unique to the Metro region. Other areas of Oregon, such as Bend in Central Oregon, are also experiencing rising housing costs. But the high price of living isn’t the only similarity between these two areas: Both Portland and Bend have strict urban growth bound…

The NCAA has long engaged in a form of indentured servitude: Student athletes’ talent feeds the massive TV advertising and merchandising profit machine that is the NCAA. But if anyone points out that these fortunes are being made on the backs of kids who are paid, literally, nothing beyond t…

Rarely has Oregon’s lack of political leadership been as painfully obvious as it is now on the topic of grid reliability.

Writing at the Florida Politics blog, A.G. Gancarski reports on three sales tax "holiday" bills working their way through the state's legislature. Two of the bills would lengthen existing holidays on school supplies and storm preparedness products. The third would expand the holiday habit to…

Federal health officials warned Tuesday that the new coronavirus will spread much more than it has in the U.S., and financial investors continued their repricing down of assets as a result. Equities fell another 3% or so. Politicians, meanwhile, were repricing upward their chances of another…

As fears mount over coronavirus, perspective is in order. If you’re reading this editorial, chances are you’ve already survived a pandemic, the term for when an epidemic goes global.

Black History Month is meant to be a celebration of the achievements of Black Americans, in spite of our country’s history of blatant, intentional racism. Despite that intention, the American narrative surrounding the enslaving of Black Americans has always attempted to rewrite our past, gen…

On Feb. 8, the night before I went to a vigil for Dr. Li Wenliang in New York's Central Park, one of my friends warned me: "Wear a mask and sunglasses. Don't show your face. Protect yourself." I thanked her for her kindness but decided not to wear any "protection." What danger would I face i…

Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some blatantly self-serving legislation: “They can’t make chicken salad out of chicken (bleep)!”

If Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred hated baseball and wanted to destroy it, he wouldn’t be acting any differently. America’s pastime needs new leadership, stat.

As a resident of Coos County who supports economic development and less government, I’m concerned about the various versions of the cap-and-trade bill that is under consideration in the state Legislative assembly.

President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins in October, is a dishonest exercise. In some respects, that’s not unusual. Mr. Trump is hardly the first president to obey his legal requirement to present a spending plan to Congress by sending one that has no chance of pa…

There seems to be no end in sight to the spread of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus. Can the administration of Chinese President Xi Jinping bring this situation under control? Its capability for crisis management has been put to the test.

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(The following was posted on the North Bend Police Department's Facebook page following comments about an incident involving the department's investigation of a video of a teen putting a vape device into an infant's mouth).

Leaders of Oregon’s timber industry and some of the state’s best known environmental groups took an important first step Monday when they announced they’ve agreed to work out their differences in ways that benefit everyone.

The Umatilla River did not discriminate when it overflowed its banks last week in a near perfect storm of wind, rain and snow in Pendleton, surrounding towns and on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

I was born and raised in Coos Bay and graduated from North Bend High School in 1989. That was before the federal government shut down the forests and lumber industry here on the South Coast with the spotted owl. Since then, Coos Bay has been dying slowly.

Since the late 1930s, nonprofit electric cooperatives have served the rural areas of our country. These cooperatives started when residents of underserved areas formed their own utilities to power the farms, small towns and communities dotting the map in rural America. By the 1950s, tens of …

Nine days after the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Times -- which treated the crash as if the entire city were on fire, taking down the paywall on digital stories about him in a transparent effort to boost its circulation numbers -- finally got around to acknowledg…

Today (Feb. 1), as the 11th hour approaches, there will be no street parties or pealing of bells in celebration, nor are there angry demonstrations and defiant protests of outrage. The exhausted nation is hardly aware that, after all the acrimony, the moment of departure is upon us. Brexit is done.

Homeless students in Eugene have an abysmal graduation rate: Only 30% graduate from high school within four years. That is an absolutely unacceptable number that lags far below the state graduation rate for homeless students. Eugene school district officials should be ashamed.

For the third time in as many years, Oregon lawmakers will be asked to require school districts around the state to negotiate class size with their teachers. In addition, this year’s bill — House Bill 4094, sponsored by state Rep. Margaret Doherty, D-Tigard, and Brian Clem, D-Salem — would a…

Our long-time coastal state senator, Arnie Roblan, will be the key vote on the controversial cap-and-trade legislation being considered in Salem than began Feb. 3. In recent public comments on the bill, Sen. Roblan, a former educator, testified that he has heard from many kids around the sta…

The following is a statement by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, on the Senate floor during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

The Iowa Caucus, the real start of the 2020 presidential primaries, is next week. Who's favored to win? Sadly, as I write this, the smart money says it's the candidate who's promised Americans the most "free" stuff. 

Some crimes leave their victims so damaged that they’ll never fully recover. Then, as if to pour salt in their wounds, the very people who hurt them are given relatively light prison sentences. Ezra’s Law, House Bill 4122 in the 2020 Legislature, aims to change that. It should be approved.

Kobe Bryant was a unicorn — one of those people recognized worldwide by a first name — driven to succeed in sports, business and the arts — until his life shockingly ended Sunday.

There were two TVs on in the gym. The one in the front -- where all the training goes on -- showed two teams from somewhere else battling for a ball.

When government agencies deny public records requests from the news media, they often have reasons for keeping the public in the dark. That certainly seems to be true in Douglas County, where current and former county commissioners spent federal money that was supposed to pay for firefightin…

Jim Lehrer died last Thursday at age 85, and with his passing another living example of civility and objectivity in the media is gone. Mr. Lehrer was news anchorman for 36 years for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). In a brief memoriam statement on television the other night, longtime polit…

Oregonians easily can check whether their favorite restaurants meet basic standards for food safety. But grocery stores? Nope. That information is off-limits without filing a public records request.

Among the many inspiring displays at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington is a statue of U.S. Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos thrusting their clenched fists into the air as they received their gold and bronze medals at the 1968 Olympics in M…

In his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., envisioned a culture that did not judge race. People would treasure freedom for all from “the heightening Alleghenies” Pennsylvania to “the snow-capped Rookies of Colorado.”

The Oregon Senate’s Interim Committee on Environment and Natural Resources expects to unveil the Legislature’s latest version of climate change legislation Monday, Jan. 13. It was to hold an informational meeting on Legislative Concept 19, the Oregon Greenhouse Gas Initiative, at 8 a.m. in H…

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