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Oregon Elections
7:38 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Oregon GMO Food Labeling Measure Narrowly Defeated

Sign at a GMO food protest in Washington DC on October 12, 2013.
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Oregon voters narrowly defeated a measure that would have required labels on genetically engineered food.

After the most expensive campaign in Oregon's history, 51 percent of voters said no to Measure 92 while 49 percent said yes.

Dana Bieber is with the No on Measure 92 Coalition. She says the defeat is a victory for consumers, farmers and taxpayers.

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Oregon Legislature
6:39 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

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Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress. The latest tally shows Democrats picking up one seat in the Oregon House and at least one seat in the Oregon Senate.

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Campaign Advertising
6:23 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Big Money Still Flows Into TV Ads Despite Shifting Media Landscape

The vast majority of election spending in Oregon goes to television advertising.
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This has been a record setting year in Oregon when it comes to election spending.

A measure that would require food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods has eclipsed the previous mark for an Oregon initiative. And it's not the only big bucks ballot measure this year. So where is all that money going?

The vast majority goes to television advertising. 

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Government And Politics
6:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Campaigns Trade Barbs As Oregon Governor's Race Enters Closing Days

Dennis Richardson addresses reporters in Portland.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The Republican running for Oregon governor dialed up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

On Thursday, Dennis Richardson accused Kitzhaber of dragging his feet in releasing public records related to the role of first lady Cylvia Hayes. Richardson held a Portland press conference after news organizations complained this week that the governor's office has been slow to hand over public records.

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Voting App
6:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

A new app allows Oregon voters to see if their friends have voted via Facebook.
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Here's the latest get out the vote tool: A new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

The app is called Did They Vote.

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Government And Politics
4:34 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson.
Credit Campaign photo

Dennis Richardson made the request Thursday in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office in Portland. The campaign for Richardson's general election opponent dismisses the request as a waste of time.

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber has come under fire for allegedly looking the other way while his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, secured lucrative consulting gigs purportedly by using her role of first lady.

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Oregon Elections
8:16 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Two Political Veterans Headline Oregon Governor's Race

Dennis Richardson
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The race for Oregon governor is a battle between two political veterans. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber is seeking an unprecedented fourth term. Republican Dennis Richardson is hoping for a promotion from his long-held seat in the Oregon House.

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Governors Race Ads
7:25 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Hit The Airwaves

Both of Oregon's major-party candidates for governor plan to blanket the airwaves this fall. Democrat incumbent John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson rolled out campaign commercials Wednesday.

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Measure 90
1:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. Senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon. That's because of one of the initiatives up for a vote this year. Measure 90 would create a nonpartisan primary for all candidates. The top two would advance to the general election, regardless of party. It’s similar to the elections system already in place in Washington state.

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Citizens' Initiative Review
5:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Oregon's Citizens’ Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

A group of Oregonians will meet this week in Salem to figure out where they stand on the Citizens' Initiative Review.
Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

A group of Oregonians will meet this week in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It's called the Citizens’ Initiative Review, and it's been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010. This Oregon-based exercise in democracy is expanding to two more states this year.

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