Archive | October, 2016


The era of the Oregon Liberal Republican. Part Two. Senator Mark Hatfield

Mark Hatfield, Oregon Governor and US Senator, and a great liberal Republican. Tax cutter, anti death penalty and non interventionist. He assured funding for Max Light Rail transforming our transportation infrastructure from Hillsboro to Gresham. Excerpt from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Archives: Hatfield was born in Dallas, Oregon, on July 12, 1922, …He went […]

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Kitzhaber leadership revisited

While Governor Brown’s response to the public employee union drafted Measure 97 has been hand wringing acceptance as “the only viable option”, former Governor Kitzhaber published a blog post today to express his opposition and his reasoning. The problem he argues is the disconnect between education spending and funding. While local school districts set their budgets […]

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The era of the liberal Oregon Republican. Part One. Governor Tom McCall

Excerpt from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Archives: Tom McCall, Oregon Governor and a great liberal Republican. He blazed the trail for Oregon’s future. Open beaches. The Bottle Bill. Fiscally conservative. “In 1964 McCall ran for Secretary of State as a stepping-stone to the governorship. He defeated Alfred Corbett, a victory which ran counter to […]

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Democratic Fatigue in Oregon?

There is evidence that Oregon voters are showing some fatigue over Democratic management of the State It appears M97 is going to be defeated. Perhaps handily. A poll released October 17 conducted for OPB by DHM research shows 48% would vote no while, 43% would vote yes. with only 10% undecided. The cross tabs show […]

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September Voter Registration Statistics

Voter registrations in Oregon continue to rise, and not just because of Motor Voter.  The total increase in voters in August was 35,643. Motor voter accounted for just 15,320 of those new voters. The increase is normal for late summer and fall in a presidential year. Here is how the three major parties are doing […]

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Counting to 60 (%)

Contributions and Expenditure reports on M97 committees from October 4, 2016 Pro M97 Committees: Defend Oregon:      Raised:   $660,500      Spent:     $554,010      Balance:  $217,290 Yes on 97:      Raised:    $1,544,038      Spent:         $119,996      Balance:   $1,424,041   Anti M97 […]

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M97: A canary in the coal mine?

House District 37 is held by moderate Republican Julie Parrish, but it has a +6 Democratic registration edge. It’s thought of as a swing district for that reason. But in reality it’s registration is close to Oregon as a whole (38.2% Democrat, 32% Republican 28% NAV+IPO). And is full of high turnout moderates. In a […]

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