Archive | January, 2017

coloring outside the lines

Could Oregon Oregon’s first Independent Representative solve Oregon’s budget deadlock?

Today Senator Vic Gilliam announced his resignation as State Representative from House District 18. I wish Representative Gillian well and am humbled by his service and courage. A Challenging environment in 2017 Legislature On Wednesday, the Oregon legislature convenes, and faces one of it’s most challenging sessions with a budget that is deeply out of […]

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The economic model of news organizations that adhere to journalistic standards and ethics to deliver verified facts and even-handed analysis has been under assault for the last few decades. One of the biggest reasons for the current un-mooring of reality and the growth of fake news is that the professional journalism sector is shrinking because it […]

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Happenings: Deschutes County LWV First Thursday features Planned Parenthood representative

The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County will offer a free informational meeting at its first Thursday presentation on February 2nd, 2017 Speaker will be: Liliana Cabrera, of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. Liliana Cabrera comes to Central Oregon from the Central Coast of California. Prior to moving to Redmond, Liliana worked as a Community […]

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December 2016 voter registrations

Oregon’s Current Voter registration by Party as of December, 2016. TRENDS: Registration changes from November to December. All parties shrunk in numbers partly because more inactive voters are identified shortly after elections. The key statistic when looking for trends is how the parties did relative to each other. Before Motor Voter, we also looked at […]

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Total Compensation Study could answer questions before we make PERS changes

Oregon Republicans continue to push for PERS changes that would limit growth of the obligation and now it appears Governor Brown has even opened the door on some changes. i/Independents support fair changes Most, though certainly not all, i/Independent voters have long supported reasonable changes that would limit the PERS liability in some way and […]

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Independents: The Rational Bounded Populist Movement

Rational: Having or exercising reason, sound judgment, or good sense: Bounded: Having limits our bounds Populism: Grass-roots democracy; working-class activism;egalitarianism. a member or adherent of a political party seeking to represent the interests of ordinary people. Independent Voters are growing in numbers We know that there are more self described “independent” voters than either Democrats or Republicans. […]

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