No License To Vote

A bill tying voter registration to driver’s licenses is stuck in neutral.


Politics
A bill that could register as many as 600,000 new Oregon voters is in danger of dying without a vote. The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kate Brown, wants anyone who gets a   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Green Party Activist Sues Kate Brown Over Hales Elections Complaint

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Seth Woolley, a Green Party activist and two-time candidate for Secretary of State, has filed suit (PDF) in Marion County Court against Secretary of State Kate Brown alleging that the elections division, which Brown controls, failed to properly investigate an earlier elections complaint Woolley filed against then-mayoral candidate Charlie Hales.Woolley had maintained that Hales was not a legally registered ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Brown Releases Final Election Results

Oregon Turnout 83 percent

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Elections geeks can now tear into the official results from the Nov. 6 general election. Secretary of State Kate Brown certified those results today. The results for individual races and ballot measures are here under "official election results." There is also information about voter registration and participation. The big overall number—83 percent turnout—down slightly from 2008, when 85.7 ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Brown Tops Buehler to Remain Secretary of State

Third-Party Spoilers Fail to Hurt Incumbent

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Despite strong opposition from political newcomer Dr. Knute Buehler, a Republican, incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown won a surprisingly easy victory tonight. Brown leads Buehler, 51 percent to 44 percent.Brown, the former Senate majority leader, drew on strong support from public employee unions and other allies she’s built over her 20-year political career. Buehler, an orthopedic ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kate Brown Spending Exceeds $1 Million

Secretary of State says "in-kind" contributions that pushed her over voluntary spending limit shouldn't count

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Secretary of State Kate Brown is now reporting spending more than $1 million in her bid for re-election—officially going over the line she promised in September she wouldn't break.Today's filings show that she's spent $1.08 million, to be exact. Spending on her behalf by a political action committee targeting her Republican opponent, Dr. Knute Buehler, counts as an in-kind contribution to her campaign, ...   More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Big Bad Wolfe

An activist launches a campaign to oust Secretary of State Kate Brown.


News Stories
A light drizzle fell on Bob Wolfe as he stood outside a citadel of the Portland establishment like the lupine nemesis in the story of the Three Little Pigs.  Wolfe was rattling the doors    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kate Brown Picks Up Big Check, Debates Buehler Today

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Secretary of State Kate Brown reported a hefty check today—$50,000 from winemaker Eric Lemelson.Lemelson was one of the state's largest political donors in 2008 and 2010 but has been largely absent from the 2012 cycle. His contribution, however, is a sign of how seriously Brown is taking the challenge from Republican Dr. Knute Buehler and two others, Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party and Bob ...   More
 
Friday, October 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Hitting the Spending Limits

Education reformers are absent at school.


Murmurs
Self-imposed campaign spending limits are often little more than a publicity stunt for candidates, but they can turn out to be a headache. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz raised her contribution    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Ralph Nader Blasts Kate Brown in New Radio Ad

Consumer activist throws support behind Progressive Party's Wolfe

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Secretary of State Kate Brown's hands are getting fuller. The incumbent already faces a stiff challenge from well-funded GOP candidate Dr. Knute Buehler;  Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party; and, Bob Wolfe of the Progressive Party.Wolfe was the chief petitioner on a marijuana legalization initiative that failed to make the ballot earlier this year after Brown, the state's chief elections ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Judge Rules For SOS Kate Brown, Against Marijuana Petitioner

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A Marion County Circuit Court judge ruled late Tuesday afternoon that Secretary of State Kate Brown acted appropriately in rejecting thousands of signatures that Bob Wolfe, the chief petitioner of IP-24, a marijuana legalization measure submitted earlier this year.Brown's elections division rejected signature sheets because of duplicate signatures; illegible signatures and signatures from people not ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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