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The candidates for governor in Oregon have spent nearly $1.7 million dollars so far this year in their quest for office. So what has all that money bought them as the May 17 primary approaches?

The Oregon primary is still more than a month away, but ballots are already going out in the mail to some voters. And starting Tuesday, campaigns will have to report finance transactions on a timelier basis.

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, some activists and entrepreneurs are taking the next step: They're running for office themselves.

Tuesday afternoon is the deadline for candidates to file to appear on the May primary ballot in Oregon. It also marks a milestone for the state's newest major political party.

It's been more than a month since Oregon Governor Kate Brown told a reporter after a parade during the Pendleton Round Up that she's doing what most political observers expected: running for Oregon governor.

The campaign season is officially underway in Oregon. Thursday was the first day that candidates could file to run in next May's primary.

Oregon GMO Food Labeling Measure Narrowly Defeated

Nov 6, 2014
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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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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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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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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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