Oregon 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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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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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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Oregon Officials
4:54 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Four Oregon Statewide Officials Jointly Take Oath Of Office

Oregon.gov

Originally published on Wed January 9, 2013 1:13 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Four of Oregon's statewide elected officials jointly took the oath of office Friday. Secretary of State Kate Brown, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Treasurer Ted Wheeler and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum were all re-elected in November.

Rosenblum noted that the event was a bit of déjà vu. That's because she first took the oath last June when she was appointed to fill out the remainder of John Kroger's term.

"Today, I am genuinely thrilled to be here, taking the oath for a second time, but for the first as your elected Attorney General."

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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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Voting Methods
4:13 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Early Voting Makes Vote-By-Mail States Look Like Late Comers

Early voters in Idaho still get “I voted” stickers, as shown by Kootenai County elections worker Marla Lewis.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Voters in Oregon and Washington will start receiving ballots in the mail late this week. This is the first presidential election to be conducted entirely through the postal service in Washington.

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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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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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Marijuana Activists
5:37 pm
Wed April 18, 2012

Marijuana Activists Target Oregon Attorney General Candidate

Medical marijuana activists are targeting a candidate for Oregon Attorney General.
Photo Credit: O'Dea Wikimedia Commons

A candidate for Oregon state Attorney General faces an unusual new opposition campaign. Democrat Dwight Holton has become the target of medical marijuana activists. Holton faces retired judge Ellen Rosenblum in the May Democratic primary.

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