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Michelle Brence

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Michelle Brence is the politics editor at The Oregonian.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Michelle Brence

"Did you know that in 2013 over 50 percent of all babies born in Oregon were Hispanic?"

"Women in Oregon are paid 79 cents for every dollar paid to men. If the wage gap was eliminated, a working woman in Oregon would have enough money for 2,877 gallons of gas, 72 more weeks of food for her family or nearly 12 more months of rent."

"We’ve dedicated more money from (Washington County’s) transportation budget to bike and ped projects under my watch than at any time in the history of Washington County."

"In Oregon, students are skipping math class to learn about the Bible."

Seneca Jones Timber Co., aiming to increase logging and allay fears that old growth will be cut, says mills have shifted to second-generation trees. An ad from the company asks: "Do you know that most all mills in Oregon have retooled over the past 20 years?"

Oregon has never before tried to create a land-use plan for "what it should look like for 50 years."

Gun "marketplaces" on Facebook mean "ANYONE can broker a deal on a gun online, meet the seller in a parking lot somewhere, and walk away with a weapon."

"Oregon and the federal government now have more than one million acres of burnt land and millions of trees are being left to rot."

"In Oregon, women earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar that men earn for doing the same job. That’s just wrong."

Kip Kinkel and Clackamas Town Center shootings "both where citizen with gun stopped the crime"

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Will a lightrail line be built on Oregon 99W in Tigard?

Tigard voters will have their say Tuesday on a measure puting the city of Tigard on record as opposing light rail and high-capacity bus transit.

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it'

President Obama has walked away with the dubious distinction of having uttered PolitiFact’s "Lie of the Year" for 2013.

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