initiative

Same-Sex Marriage
6:34 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Oregon Gathers Signature For Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:41 pm

Gay rights supporters in Oregon have begun the early work to put same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. Their petition was filed with the Secretary of State on Monday.

Now, 1,000 signatures are needed to initiate the ballot title process. Among the first to sign the petition Thursday were Governor John Kitzhaber and former Governor Barbara Roberts.

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GMO Labeling
5:02 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

I-522 Backers Say Washington Should Label Genetically Modified Foods

Supporters of a legislative initiative that would require companies to label products containing genetically-modified foods have turned in their signatures to the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia. The grassroots campaign says it has about 100,000 more than required for certification.

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Tax Hike Initative
6:11 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Tim Eyman Initiative Once Again Before Washington High Court

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court after oral arguments in a lawsuit to overturn his supermajority requirement for tax hikes.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

The Washington Supreme Court could decide by the end of this year whether a voter-approved two-thirds requirement for tax hikes is constitutional. But first, the justices must determine who has the right to challenge the law. That technical question was the focus of oral arguments Tuesday. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Marijuana Potency
6:17 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On The Eve Of Legalization Votes, Marijuana Potency On The Rise

The marijuana available today is likely much stronger than it as in the past
Rad Racer en.wikipedia

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the claims made about marijuana. Voters in Oregon and Washington will decide this November whether to legalize pot. Ballot measures in both states would allow the drug to be sold in state-licensed stores. The Oregon initiative would allow people to grow their own. One of the claims made by opponents of the legalization measures is that the marijuana of today is much more potent than the pot smoked decades ago. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman looked into whether that’s true.

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Northwest Ballot Measures
5:48 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Northwest Ballot Measures Shaping Up

Oregon's ballot will have nine statewide measures for voters to decide on.
Mitchell Laurren-Ring Flickr

Northwest voters now have a better sense of which ballot measures they'll need to decide this fall. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Friday which initiatives qualified for the ballot. Voters in Washington and Idaho also have several statewide questions to consider.

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Non-Tribal Casino Initiative
5:22 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Casino Amendment Makes Oregon Ballot

An initiative that could eventually lead to the Northwest's first full-service, non-tribal casino has qualified for the November ballot in Oregon.
Kristofer Björkman Flickr

A newly certified initiative to allow non-tribal casinos in Oregon sets the stage for a possible showdown over gambling centers in the state. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Monday that it has certified an initiative for the ballot that could eventually lead to the region’s first full-service casino not operated by a tribe.

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Oregon Gillnet Ban
6:21 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Oregon Gillnet Ban Proposal Makes November Ballot

A proposal to ban commercial gillnet fishing will be put before Oregon voters in November.
Chris Doley NOAA Restoration Center

Oregon voters will decide whether to ban commercial gillnet fishing this November.

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Oregon Corporate Kicker Rebate
4:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Corporate Kicker Initiative Could Be Low-Key Fight

Another corporate tax hike, Measure 67, generated more opposition than the current measure headed for the ballot.
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

This fall, Oregon voters will debate the future of one of the state’s most unusual tax policies. Oregon elections officials will soon announce whether an initiative to repeal the state's one-of-a-kind corporate kicker rebate has made the ballot. Backers submitted well over the number of signatures needed. But unlike one recent corporate tax measure, this initiative isn't generating much opposition yet.

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Oregon Marijuana Initiative
5:26 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Pro-Pot Petitioners Sue Over Invalidated Signatures

Activists for an initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession say the Oregon Secretary of State has been too aggressive in invalidating petition signatures.
Hendrike Wikimedia Commons

Marijuana initiative activists say Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is being too aggressive in tossing out petition signatures. One group filed a lawsuit Wednesday saying the rate of invalidated signatures will likely snuff out an initiative to decriminalize marijuana possession.

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Washington Initiatives
6:01 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Initiative Deadline Arrives In Wash., Oregon

"Groundhog Day.” That’s what Washington initiative promoter Tim Eyman says it going to feel like Friday. This will be the third time Eyman has submitted signatures for a ballot measure to require a supermajority vote of the legislature to raise taxes. Friday is the deadline in Washington and Oregon for initiative sponsors seeking to qualify for the November ballot. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this preview.

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