Archive | May, 2015


Outside Oregon: Ms. Bass Wyden introduces Rand Paul to Manhattan.

May 28th, 2015   Like many Republican presidential contenders, Sen. Rand Paul has a new book, just released Tuesday, outlining his political vision. Bloomberg has an article about Paul’s appearance promoting the books release at the Strand Bookstore in lower Manhatten. But there is one thing other Republican presidential candidates can’t boast of.  Sen. Paul […]

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Election reform work group bill advances in House

  May 25th, 2015 We’ve followed the election reform efforts this session closely and have previously reported on Democratic drafted HB3500 – which was a proposal to get more participation in the primary elections –  here and here. As previously promised The Democrats amended HB3500  last week and it passed from Rules to the House floor. […]

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Val Hoyle’s first test

May 19th, 2015 It’s no secret that Rep. Val Hoyle is running for Oregon Secretary of State in 2016. She is also known in Salem as one of the more effective, and partisan,  politicians. Effective is good for a Secretary of State. Partisan is not. Her handling of HB3500 – her first stab at tackling […]

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Cascade Policy instituted debate

Posted May 18, 2015 The Libertarian leaning Cascade Policy Institute is hosting a debate on Campaign Finance reforms on June 1st, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Multnomah Athletic Club From their website: “Do Citizens in a free society have a right to privacy with respect to their charitable giving? Is there a compelling public […]

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Election Reform: Let Form follow function

 “Form follows function”                     –  Louis Sullivan – In modern architecture its said the shape of a building  should be based on its purpose. If a core purpose or function of Democracy  is to allow all voters  meaningful participation in elections, then the current form doesn’t follow function […]

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