Get Ready to Vote in January on Taxes

No big surprise here, but it is now official: Oregon voters will be deciding in January whether to overturn permanent increases in the income tax on wealthy state residents, and in the minimum tax paid by corporations. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that anti-tax groups gathered enough signatures to refer the increases passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to the Jan. 26 ...   More
Thursday, October 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon's Version of Britney and Madonna?

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Monday, October 12, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Sec'y of State To Fine DeFazio Opponent

In the recent annals of Oregon political foul-ups, there have been few stories as amusing (although ultimately inconsequential) as the saga of Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken. Leiken, a Republican, has set out to challenge U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (photographed above) a Lane County Democrat who is expected to seek re-election though he continues to muse about running for governor. Meantime, Leiken ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

ROGUE OF THE WEEK: More from Kate Brown (and Ginny Burdick) on the Washington County DA's Office

Our current Rogue of the Week, the Washington County District Attorney's Office, drew ire from two prominent Oregon politicos over the decision to charge a teenage driver with felony domestic violence. One of the beauties of the web is it's not bound by space. So we're expanding here with additional quotes and context. In interviews with WW, Secretary of State Kate Brown and state Sen. Ginny ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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

Oregon Secretary of State Wags Finger at Mark Nelson, Closes Measures 66/67 Case

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections office has completed its review of a complaint filed earlier this week against Mark Nelson, campaign manager for the opposition to Measures 66 and 67. State elections compliance officer Carla Corbin wrote [PDF] to the complainant, Marge Easley, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, telling Easley that the mock ballots Nelson is sending ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Audit Lauds OHSU's Use of Tobacco Settlement Dollars

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown today released an audit [PDF] of the $200 million grant that state lawmakers awarded OHSU in 2001. The Oregon Opportunity grant was a pretty big deal because it was funded by tobacco settlement money and represented a relatively bold move during the last recession. Bottom line: auditors found that OHSU put the money to good use and did what it said it ...   More
Thursday, January 21, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Avamere CEO Cleared To Seek GOP Nod In House District 29

Two years ago, then-Secretary of State Bill Bradbury disqualified Jeff Duyck, a GOP candidate in House District 29 (Hillsboro and parts of Washington County) after an investigation by elections officials determined Duyck lived just outside the district boundaries. Fast forward to 2010 and Oregon's Secretary of State, now Kate Brown, has once again been called upon to determine whether a GOP ...   More
Monday, February 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Senate Votes to Crack Down on "Imitation" Ballots

During the contentious campaign in Oregon over Measures 66 and 67, "No" campaign manager Mark Nelson's practice of sending out mock ballots drew fire from the measures' supporters. Backers of Measures 66 and 67 questioned whether Nelson's mass-mailing of such ballots to more than 100,000 voters were an attempt to suppress the vote by tricking people into thinking they'd already voted when the ...   More
Thursday, February 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Loss of Saturday Mail Delivery and Oregon Elections

The prospect that Saturday mail delivery would end nationwide as part of a cost-cutting move by the U.S. Postal Service could have been worse from the perspective of Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. Brown, whose office oversees elections, had raised concerns when the Postal Service considered ending delivery on the comparatively light delivery day of Tuesday. She noted that killing Tuesday ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 HANK STERN


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