elections

Oregon Election
5:41 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Congressman Walden To Face GOP Primary Challenger

Klamath County commissioner Dennis Linthicum is seeking Greg Walden's seat in Congress.
Campaign photo

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:21 pm

Oregon's only Republican member of Congress will face a challenger from his own party in next spring’s primary. 

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Northwest News
9:40 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Little County Council Election That Could Mean Big Things For Coal Exports

There’s a county council election taking place in the far Northwest corner of Washington state that could play a major role in the future of the U.S. coal industry.

Whatcom County could one day be the home of the largest coal export facility on the west coast – which would transfer coal from trains onto ships bound for Asia.

The Whatcom County council could cast the deciding votes in the permitting of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.   

That’s put this election in the spotlight.

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Voters' Pamphlet
4:11 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Washington Advisory Tax Vote Guides Could Cost $240K

Washington’s fall voters’ guide may be 20 pages longer and cost nearly $250,000 more to publish.
Credit Washington Secretary of State

Washington’s fall voters’ guide may be 20 pages longer and cost nearly $250,000 more to publish. That’s because of a voter-approved requirement that all tax hikes appear on the ballot for an advisory vote. This year there will be five of these non-binding ballot measures.

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Initiative Petitions
5:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Tighten Signature Gathering Requirements

The Oregon House approved a measure that would extend signature gathering laws to more groups involved in the process.
Credit Garry Knight / Flickr

Oregon lawmakers want to tighten the rules for getting initiative petitions on the ballot. The Oregon House Friday approved a measure that would extend signature gathering laws to more groups involved in the process. But opponents say the legislation could unfairly affect people trying to get measures on the ballot.

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Eugene City Fee
6:26 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Eugene Voters Soundly Defeat City Fee Ballot Measure

Eugene voters soundly defeated a ballot measure that would have imposed a monthly fee on residents to help pay for public safety and social services. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.

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Oregon Voters
4:17 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Oregon Secretary of State Wants To Automatically Register Voters

Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 3:59 pm

SALEM, Ore. - State elections officials in Oregon would use DMV data to automatically register people to vote under a plan presented in Salem Wednesday. Supporters of the idea say it could give Oregon one of the broadest voter registration pools in the country.

In 2012, about 25 percent of those eligible to vote in Oregon did not register. That’s despite the fact that people can register at the DMV, online, or through the mail. Oregon’s Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown wants to go even further than these existing systems.

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Senator Larry Craig
4:44 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Suit Over How Larry Craig Paid Legal Bills Heads To Court

US Senate

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 4:39 pm

Idaho's former U.S. Senator Larry Craig heads back to federal court on Wednesday in a case related to his 2007 arrest for disorderly conduct in an airport men's room. This time, the question is over Craig's use of $200,000 in campaign funds to pay his legal bills. 

The Federal Election Commission says campaign contributions are only supposed to be used on ordinary expenses incurred on the job. And the FEC says Craig's arrest by an undercover cop who accused the senator of soliciting sex in a bathroom counts as personal.

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Lane County Jail
4:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Public Safety Levy Will Be On May Ballot In Lane County

Lane County Jail
Credit KLCC

Lane County residents will vote this May on a property tax measure to fund jail beds. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided to put a five year public safety levy on the ballot. It was a 4 to 1 vote.

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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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Voters' Pamphlets
4:54 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Washington's New Secretary Of State Wants Primary Voters' Pamphlets

Secretary of State Kim Wyman
Credit Washington Secretary of State website

Washington’s new Secretary of State Kim Wyman wants printed voters’ pamphlets in statewide and legislative primary elections. She’s asking state lawmakers to pay the $1 million cost. Currently it’s up to county auditors to decide whether to print voters’ pamphlets for those primaries and some choose not to.

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