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Change To State Owned Stores Possible
6:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Oregon Liquor Laws Under Study

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An Oregon Liquor Control Commission task force says the state needs to change the system to increase consumer access to spirits.

It will be up to the Legislature to decide, and the task force suggested some ideas Thursday in recommendations to the commission.

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Marijuana Dispensaries May Open In Medford
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

State Marijuana Laws Trump Local Ordinances

Oregon law trumps local laws that try to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.  Ashland Representative Peter Buckley who sponsored the measure passed by the Oregon legislature legalizing the dispensaries, says the state Legislative Counsel made that ruling yesterday.
 The law takes effect in March 2014.
The City of Medford has voted to prohibit any dispensaries in the city. The vote last month, and revealed this week, bans any business licenses if they violate local, state, or federal law.

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Legislature Must Agree
7:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kitzhaber Will Sign All Or None

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Credit governor.oregon.gov

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber repeated his vow Thursday to veto the bills passed in next week's special session unless all five of the measures reach his desk.

That's one element of a deal reached by the Democrat and four top legislative leaders in Salem. 

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Party Lines May Disappear
6:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Jackson County Commisioners May Leave Party Designations Behind

Jackson County Oregon county commissioners may become non-partisan. The county's Board of Commissioners is considering a ballot measure that would change the current partisan set-up of the governing body. 

The Mail Tribune reports that if the measure makes it to the May 2014 ballot and is passed, the language of the county's home rule charter would be amended to make commissioner seats nonpartisan by the May 2016 primary election.

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Computer Glitch
6:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Some Unemployed Californians Need To Wait For Their Checks

About 50,000 unemployed Californians have had their benefit checks delayed as the state struggles to implement a computer system upgrade.
The Sacramento Bee reports that the Employment Development Department processed about 15,000 of the delayed claims by Tuesday morning and hoped to finish the rest by the end of the week.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 5, 2013
5:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Inside the 2012 Race to the White House

Before the talk about the 2016 presidential election turns serious, can we look back?  Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz enjoyed great access to both major-party campaigns during the last election cycle, and he shares the access with readers in his book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.