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  • A service station attendant pumps gas in Portland, Ore., in February 2012. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    EDITORIAL: Don't hike the gas tax

    The first thought that pops into the mind of Rep. Earl Blumenauer when he sees prices at the gasoline pump is: They ought to be higher. The Oregon Democrat introduced legislation Tuesday to nearly double the federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 33.4 cents over the next three years. By indexing the amount to inflation, the tax would hike itself automatically each year.

  • ** FILE ** Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

    Oregon Democrat's bill would legalize medical marijuana at federal level

    An Oregon Democrat has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana for medical use at the federal level.

  • **FILE** Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat (Associated Press)

    A fresh attack on sugar subsidies

    On a biggest day of the year for candy hearts and chocolate kisses, a bipartisan group of lawmakers argued that conditions are right to finally rein in federal sugar subsidies.

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