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

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

Audit Dings Oregon Department of Revenue ... And Why It Matters For Bradbury

We asked Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Bradbury in an endorsement interview last week how he'd make state government more efficient. Bradbury, Oregon's former Secretary of State, responded that he'd get the Oregon Department of Revenue to do a better job collecting unpaid taxes from deadbeats. That was an interesting answer because Bradbury's opponent in the May 18 Democratic primary, ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Decision: Judge Suggests Cheaper Solution to Clackamas Ballot Screwup (Updated)

Marion County Court Judge Dennis Graves provided a lesson today about conserving scarce public resources. Judge Graves addressed [PDF] a dispute between Clackamas County and the Secretary of State's Elections division this morning by proposing that rather than spending $120,000 to replace inaccurately printed ballots, the county insert a piece of colored paper alerting voters to the error. "The ...   More
Thursday, April 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

D'oh! Clackamas County Botches Ballot; New Ones Cost $120k, Will Be Late

Here's a statement from Clackamas County on an embarrassing and costly screw-up that will mean late arrival of ballots for about 217,000 county voters in the May 18 election: The secretary of state has issued a directive ordering the Clackamas County Clerk to reprint ballots for the May 18 election because of an error that was discovered on Monday. As a result, newly printed ballots will be sent ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Turnout Was 41 Percent

Nearly three out of five registered voters in Oregon didn't turn in a ballot. But of course there's always another way to look at things. Secretary of State Kate Brown said today, the day after yesterday's election,"Oregon voters proved her wrong and easily exceeded her turnout projection." Brown had forecast that turnout would be 37 percent. But actually, turnout was 41 percent. “I ...   More
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 HANK STERN

Update on Clackamas County Elections Dispute

Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall's decision to reprint ballots to fix an error in earlier versions has set off quite the battle between the county board of commissioners and Hall, who oversees the county's elections office. County chairwoman Lynn Peterson tells WW that she finds the original error "unacceptable" and has asked the Secretary of State's office to investigate and do a performance ...   More
Friday, April 30, 2010 HANK STERN


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