ballot measures

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage
4:20 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters File Initiative For 2014

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:18 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon voters could decide next year whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Supporters of gay marriage submitted an initiative Monday aimed at putting such a question on the Oregon ballot in November of 2014.

Nine states including Washington issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But Oregon can't, since voters defined marriage as between one man and one woman nearly a decade ago. It would take a statewide vote to reverse that. So the gay rights group Basic Rights Oregon filed an initiative to overturn that Constitutional ban.

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Ballot Initiative Signatures
4:35 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Latest Eyman Initiative Would Extend Washington Signature-Gathering Period

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloads boxes of petitions for his latest ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says he wants to make it easier to put an initiative on the ballot. Eyman submitted nearly 350,000 signatures Thursday for his latest ballot measure. But critics are suspicious.

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Oregon Ballot Measures
5:41 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns Have Few Big Spenders

Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.
Credit Kevin Mooney

Oregon has a spirited history of legislating from the ballot. But this year looks pretty sleepy on the ballot measure front. Oregon voters will decide seven citizen initiatives this year.

But in an unusual twist, the groups behind three of the measures have stopped campaigning. And there's been relatively little spending by the backers of the four others.

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Legalizing Marijuana
4:47 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Feds Silent So Far On Marijuana Ballot Measures

Marijuana activists rally in support of Measure 80 in front of the Oregon state capitol Monday.
Virginia Alvino

Two years ago, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder opposed a California initiative to legalize marijuana. But this year, the Justice Department has been silent on similar measures before voters in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. Monday, a group of former federal drug officials urged the Obama administration to weigh in.

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Oregon Campaign Contributions
4:31 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Unlimited Campaign Contributions

Oregon political campaigns will continue to have access to unlimited campaign contributions. That's the upshot of a ruling Thursday from the Oregon Supreme Court.

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Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
4:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon Politicians Mostly Mum On Marijuana Legalization Measure

A marijuana plant growing in North Cascades National Park Complex.
David Snyder National Park Service

Oregon and Washington are contemplating a dramatic shift in drug policy this November. But the initiatives to legalize marijuana are getting little attention from state lawmakers on the campaign trail.

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Simple Majority For Taxes
4:31 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Judge Rules Wash. Supermajority Requirement For Taxes Unconstitutional

Supermajority initiative sponsor Tim Eyman is already circulating another petition for this November. A link to the full initiative can be found below.
State of Washington

A King County judge Wednesday ruled that Washington voters cannot impose a two thirds majority requirement to raise taxes on the state legislature. Superior Court Judge Bruce Heller found voter approved anti-tax Initiative 1053 to be unconstitutional. But the ruling is far from the last word on the matter.

A group of Democratic state lawmakers and their allies sued to overturn the requirement for a two-thirds vote of the legislature to raise taxes. Washingtonians have repeatedly approved that high threshold at the ballot.

But a county judge in Seattle accepted the plaintiffs' argument that the supermajority requirement conflicts with the state constitution. It says a simple majority is all it takes to pass a bill.

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Referendum 74
4:24 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

R-74 Campaign Hopes For Boost From President's Marriage Comments

President Barack Obama endorsed same sex marriage in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC's Good Morning America.
Photo courtesy of the White House Northwest News Network

Northwest gay rights supporters are cheering President Obama’s comments that he thinks same sex couples should be able to marry. But organizers of a petition drive to repeal Washington’s new marriage equality law hope to capitalize on the President’s new stance.

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Marriage Equality Law
6:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

'Who Signed' Posts R-71 Petition Signers Online

Who Signed is one of the organizations that posted names of signers of petition R-71.
Photo courtesy of Whosigned.org

MarriAs promised, gay rights activists have posted the names and addresses of more than 100,000 Washington voters in an online searchable database. These voters signed petitions in 2009 to repeal Washington’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law.

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