Upcoming Forums on Ballot Measures 66 and 67

In addition to WW publishing its endorsement recommendation in tomorrow's paper on Measures 66 and 67, there are a bunch of forums in the days ahead around town that can help you decide about the proposed increases in taxes on businesses and high-income Oregonians. Here's a list: League of Women Voters Forum with Steve Novick and Bernie Bottomly Who: Steve Novick, a chief proponent ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Who's Giving In the Tax Measure Battles

The one part of the Oregon economy that's looking healthy these days is the campaign business. While there are only two measures on the ballot, unions and big business are shelling out like it's 1999 again (or some other year when we were not an economic basket case). Common Cause Oregon has thoughtfully provided data on who's giving to both the proponents of Measures 66 and 67, which would ...   More
Monday, January 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Sets Record Straight on Phantom Billions

A claim often repeated by opponents of Measures 66 and 67 is that the state has billions of dollars sitting in reserve accounts that could be used rather than raising $727 million in new taxes. The Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan agency that tracks state spending, has told WW these claims are untrue. And today Secretary of State Kate Brown, who oversees state auditors, issued the ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

"Spadea Sunday" At The Oregonian on Measures 66 & 67

The Oregonian's new publisher had a busy Sunday on the paper's Web site defending the daily's decision to accept advertising in a "spadea" that opposes Measures 66 and 67. By way of background, a spadea is an ad wrapped around a newspaper section, and spadeas have showed up increasingly in recent months on The Oregonian's front page as a way to increase advertising revenue. But a spadea coming ...   More
Monday, January 18, 2010 HANK STERN

Spadea: The Sequel

The Oregonian is unrepentant enough about the criticism it got for running a front page wrap-around ad (known as a "spadea") on Sunday opposed to Measures 66 and 67 that it did it again in today's paper. One distinction in today's spadea is that the words "PAID ADVERTISEMENT" are bolder and larger than in Sunday's version (a concession that new O publisher N. Christian Anderson III said in the ...   More
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 HANK STERN

Can Chris Dudley Defend Oregon Against Chicago?

An inquiring reader who's on Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Dudley's email list had a question after reading Dudley's promise yesterday to defend Oregon against Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's pledge to recruit Oregon businesses ticked about the passage last week of Measures 66 and 67. The question: Does Dudley, an ex-Trail Blazer who played for multiple NBA teams in a 16-year career, ...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Why Voters Choose How They Do

Ever wonder why your neighbors voted the way they did on Measures 66 and 67, or any other ballot question? Jonah Lehrer, it turns out, has the answer. Gifted neuroscientist and author of the critically acclaimed books Proust Was a Neuroscientist and How We Decide, Lehrer says voters are notoriously inscrutable, emotional, and deeply irrational creatures. So a voter might choose no even though ...   More
Sunday, January 31, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Measures 66 & 67: The Insta-Comment Edition

It's been all of 12 hours since Oregon voters passed both Measures 66 and 67, and we must know now what it all means from a national perspective. So here's a sampling of the punditocracy so far:Firedoglake calls Oregon's vote to approve the tax measures "a lesson for Democrats" that runs counter to the national media narrative of this being like 1994 when the country lurched to the right in ...   More
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Multnomah County Turnout Continues To Lag

The latest statewide turnout numbers through Monday show half of Oregon's 2.1 million registered voters have turned in their ballots before tonight's 8 pm deadline. And following a trend we noted yesterday, Multnomah County's numbers on this turnout chart [PDF] continue to lag. The return rate from Multnomah County of 46 percent through Monday is tied with much smaller Columbia County for ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 HANK STERN


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