Politics

Magic mushrooms banned and LERAT failed

Many were shocked by the midterm congressional races in the United States, which saw one of the best performances by the party in control of the White House in the last century, leaving control of both chambers of Congress narrower than anticipated.However, closer to home in the state of Oregon[Read More…]

Tina Kotek wins governor’s race

Clare Rush andAndrew SeleskyAssociated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tina Kotek has been elected Oregon’s next governor, extending longtime Democratic control of the state and dashing Republican hopes for a rare win in a top race on the West Coast of the United States.Kotek joins Maura Healey of Massachusetts as[Read More…]

Who won the race?

GOP’s Chavez-DeRemer flips Oregon 5th Congressional District Gillian FlaccusAssociated PressPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer has won the open U.S. House seat in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, flipping the district for the GOP in a hard-fought contest that drew millions in outside money to the state.Chavez-DeRemer’s victory makes her[Read More…]

Knapp rebuts Daniel’s comments from prior issue

In the Oct. 26 issue of the IV News the front page ran an article “Daniel vs. Knapp round 2” which started “For the second time in four years Sheriff Dave Daniel is facing a challenger to his position as Josephine County sheriff. Challenger Jonathan Knapp has a number of[Read More…]

Daniel vs. Knapp round 2

For the second time in four years Sheriff Dave Daniel is facing a challenger to his position as Josephine County sheriff. Challenger Jonathan Knapp has a number of criticisms he has leveled against Sheriff Daniel. The Illinois Valley News interviewed Knapp and then gave Daniel the opportunity to respond.What qualifies[Read More…]

2 vie to fill open commissioner’s seat Nov. 8

Seven candidates entered the primary for Josephine County Commissioner Position 1, but the field has been narrowed to two: Brian DeLaGrange and John West. Below find a Q&A with both candidates.What are your qualifications to be a county commissioner?West: I have an associate’s degree in forestry. I’ve been doing land[Read More…]

County holds conference on ballot measures

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — The Board of Josephine County Commissioners will host a press conference today, Oct. 12 to provide information on Ballot Measure 17-112 and address questions about the countywide law enforcement retail activities tax proposed to the voters of Josephine County on the Nov. 8 ballot.The press conference[Read More…]

Oregon gubernatorial candidates clash over guns, abortion

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The three women who want to be Oregon’s next governor clashed Tuesday over gun control, abortions and other hot-button issues at an in-person debate, just six weeks before election day.Democratic nominee and former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek set the tone earlier Tuesday by tweeting a[Read More…]

After rocky start, hopes up in Oregon drug decriminalization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Two years after Oregon residents voted to decriminalize hard drugs and dedicate hundreds of millions of dollars to treatment, few people have requested the services and the state has been slow to channel the funds.When voters passed the state’s pioneering Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act[Read More…]

Youth and rural voters speak out

by Hannah Seibold & Zachary Jones Neuray – IVN contributing writers Editor’s Note:Oregon is not a major player on the national election stage due to its strong Democratic tilt driven by the metropolitan areas, which leaves some voter voices unamplified. Particularly quelled are the views of the state’s youth, as[Read More…]