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Updated Mar 26, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Jackson County's Board of Commissioners is poised to set the county's tax rate on marijuana sales at zero for the first year the drug is legal for recreational use in Oregon.An order the three-person board will put to an official vote at an unknown later date is being drafted, but Commissioner Doug Breidenthal said the board is expected to vote unanimously on a zero percent rate after a discussion at a board work session today. The date of the vote will be set as soon as the election...

Updated Mar 19, 2015 at 12:18 PM

Iran is now a source of tremendous strain in United States domestic politics as well as foreign policy. Escalating divisions between Democrats and Republicans are greatly complicating our foreign policy. In the end, this may strengthen the...

Updated Mar 12, 2015 at 12:20 PM

The shocking physical attack on U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert in Seoul may appear just the latest negative news from the Korean peninsula. On March 10 he left the hospital, five days after being slashed in a knife attack by a deranged...

Updated Mar 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Jackson County voters Tuesday night voted to allow county officials to impose up to a 25 percent tax on marijuana sales inside the county.

Updated Mar 6, 2015 at 7:47 PM

 SALEM — A former top aide to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley will succeed Gov. Kate Brown as secretary of state, Oregon's new governor announced on Friday, ending nearly a month of speculation about who would...

Updated Mar 1, 2015 at 12:10 PM

A possible budgetary decrease for Ashland's mayor and city council and a second reading of a resolution modifying the city's film-production regulations are among several items up for discussion by the council this week. The budgetary...

Updated Feb 26, 2015 at 4:08 PM

PHOENIX —  More than eight months after city officials requested an emergency injunction against a Phoenix medical marijuana dispensary for illegally operating after the city imposed a moratorium, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge...

Updated Feb 19, 2015 at 2:25 PM

Ballots are in the mail for a special election in which Jackson County voters will decide whether to approve taxes on marijuana.

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 6:21 PM

Local officials are optimistic that Kate Brown's inauguration will bring renewed energy to the Legislature after months of scandal in the governor's office, saying Brown is smart, scrupulous about ethics and knows her way around.They also...

Updated Feb 18, 2015 at 10:43 AM

SALEM — Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday as Oregon's governor following an influence-peddling scandal that prompted the resignation of fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber, who had been the state's longest-serving chief executive before his...

Updated Feb 14, 2015 at 3:07 AM

SALEM — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned Friday, giving in to mounting pressure to abandon his office amid suspicions that his live-in fiancee used her relationship with him to land contracts for her green-energy consulting...

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