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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

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PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov

PORTLAND, Ore. - Frustrated folks in at least a half-dozen Oregon cities are part of the "99 Percent" or "Occupy Together" protests that have sprung up across the nation to protest corporate greed and government inaction. Some of the gatherings started last week and are still going on, but those who

COOS BAY, Ore. - A veteran Oregon Congressman says the highest court in the land struck a low blow against democracy, and he thinks the Supreme Court's Chief Justice should be impeached. Democrat Rep. Peter DeFazio is locked in a tight race with what seems like three opponents: his Republican challe

PENDLETON, Ore. - In Tuesday's primary elections, two eastern Oregon incumbents defied the wishes of their own party...by winning. Reps. Bob Jenson, Pendleton, and Greg Smith, Heppner - both moderate Republicans - had been targeted for defeat by the GOP because they voted for a measure that raised t

PORTLAND, Ore. - Monday's news on Capitol Hill revolved around a possible Republican filibuster of the latest version of a financial reform bill. Today in Portland, however, consumers aren't waiting to see if lawmakers will break another party-line stalemate. "I Am Not Your ATM" comes to Portland t

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon voters have decided the highest-earning taxpayers and corporations should pay a larger share of their incomes to shore up the state budget. While labor unions were the top financial contributors to the successful "yes" campaign, Leslie Frane, executive director of SEIU Local 503

PORTLAND, Ore. - And you thought all the fighting was over when the Oregon Legislature adjourned? Think again: it'll continue at least until mid-January. On Friday, more than 120,000 signatures were turned in to try to kill the revenue-boosting measures enacted by Oregon lawmakers, before they go in

SALEM, Ore. - That huge sigh of relief you may hear today is from the Salem area: it's the sound of Oregon legislators, ending their session on the last day of the fiscal year. For labor groups, gains include the "Worker Freedom Act," to keep politics and religion out of workplace meetings. They als

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