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News Roundtable: July 24, 2014

We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Segmentarticle - July 24, 2014

Washington Initiative Campaigns Turn In Signatures

Today is the deadline for initiative campaigns in Washington to turn in signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

Segmentarticle - July 3, 2014

Election Monitor Talks Ukraine Election Results

Reed College professor Paul Gronke fills us in on his experience as an election monitor for Ukraine's election this past Sunday.

Segmentarticle - May 27, 2014

The Race For Multnomah County Chair

We'll talk with the two most prominent candidates in the contest for the county's top seat.

Segmentarticle - April 28, 2014

Washington Legislature Divided During 2014 Session

Lawmakers in Olympia are finishing up their second week of the 2014 legislative session, and a clear political divide is already evident.

Segmentarticle - Jan. 24, 2014

Regional Election Results

We check in with reporters from around the Northwest to discuss results from the November 5th elections.

Segmentarticle - Nov. 6, 2013

News Roundtable: November 1, 2013

We review some of the biggest news stories of the week.

Segmentarticle - Nov. 1, 2013

Will Damascus, Oregon Remain A City?

TUESDAY: Residents of the Clackamas County city of Damascus will vote in November on whether or not to disincorporate.

Segmentarticle - Oct. 29, 2013

Polk County Proposes a Public Safety Levy

The Polk County Commissioner's Office unanimously voted to add a public safety levy to the ballot in the November elections. The levy would collect 60 cents for every 1,000 dollars of property value. Recently, the Polk County Sheriff's was forced to switch to 20 hour patrol shifts, and were only spared layoffs when 4 deputies voluntarily left the department. If the levy fails, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said they would be forced to stop prosecuting Class B and C misdemeanors, such as shoplifting and tresspassing. The proposal comes on the heels of Josephine and Curry counties rejecting similar levies in the wake of major public safety concerns. 

Segmentarticle - Aug. 20, 2013

Suzanne Gallagher Is The New Oregon GOP Chair

Update Feb. 2: The central committee's votes have been tallied and Suzanne Gallagher will become the new Oregon Republican Party chair. The Oregon Republican Party will elect new officers, including a new party chair, at its biennial organizational meeting in Salem on Feb. 2. The new chair is expected to change the direction of the party in hopes of breaking a decade-long losing streak in statewide elections. We parsed the candidate pool with political analyst Jim Moore on Think Out Loud Jan. 29.

Segmentarticle - Feb. 4, 2013

What's Next For GMO Food Labeling?

California's Proposition 37 to require that many foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled  failed — despite early polling that showed massive support. A victory in California would likely have had resulted in far reaching changes to the nation's food labeling trends. The loss in California and a handful of other states means that food labeling remains the same. Supporters of the proposition cited concerns over human and environmental health as well as corporate ownership of food. Groups in opposition, ranging from Monsanto Co to many of California's newspaper editorial boards, said that the proposal was poorly written and opened the way for unnecessary lawsuits. They also predicted higher costs for consumers and cited a lack of evidence of health risks associated with genetically modified foods. In light of the recent decision by California voters, the debate about food labeling is moving on to other venues. A campaign in Washington state is in its early stages, and other states including Oregon, may see momentum for legislative action or other ballot efforts. 

Segmentarticle - Nov. 20, 2012

Join TOL on Election Night

Tune in to OPB Radio, or join Think Out Loud at Rontoms in Portland, for full election night coverage. On the radio you'll hear live coverage by NPR and OPB throughout the evening as results come in. NPR will lead the news with updates on the presidential race and the shake-out of the House and Senate. Think Out Loud will join the coverage with updates on the regional races including Portland mayor, attorney general, Portland city commissioner, secretary of state, Washington governor, the many ballot initiatives and much more.

Segmentarticle - Nov. 7, 2012

Navigating Political Divisions

Political divisions among friends and family often surface in an election year. Parents, kids and even couples often find themselves on different ends of the political spectrum. Even if your household is politically united, it can be tough to miss those partisan Facebook posts from friends and family who come from a different political perspective than you. How do you handle it when people close to you have political views that you don't agree with?

Segmentarticle - Nov. 1, 2012

Oregon Elections Check-In

Over the past several months, we've brought you coverage and conversations about some of the biggest races in the region. Today, we'll check in with OPB Salem correspondent Chris Lehman about some of the statewide races we haven't gotten to, and look at some of the latest poll results conducted by DHM Research for OPB and Fox-12.

Segmentarticle - Oct. 30, 2012

Washington State Elections

Washington has quite a few notable races on it's ballot this November. There's a hotly contested gubernatorial race — which could lead to the first Republican governor in the state in 28 years. And there are citizen's initiatives that, if passed, could highlight Washington's independent streak. It might become the first state to vote for gay marriage — though the issue is on the ballot in three other states as well. Washington voters could also be the first to legalize pot. There is also an effort to require a legislative supermajority in order to raise taxes. That initiative, if passed, could be ruled unconstitutional by the state supreme court. Another measure would allow charter schools in the state.

Segmentarticle - Oct. 29, 2012

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail

You can't travel far in Milwaukie or Oak Grove without seeing signs about spending on light rail. Next week there's a special Clackamas County election that will say a lot about the future of public rail transportation there. Measure 3-401 was brought to the ballot by light rail opponents. The measure requires that officials need to get voter approval before they can spend money to finance, design, construct or operate any rail lines in the county. Most light rail supporters oppose the measure. Meanwhile construction continues on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) Orange Line. It is 7.3 miles long, stretching from Portland State University to Oak Grove, just south of Milwaukie. Two miles of the route are outside Portland city limits. The entire project costs $1.5 billion. About half of this comes from the Federal Government. $22.6 million comes from Clackamas County. The City of Milwaukie is spending $5 million. And Clackamas County commissioners are facing bills for the project. Last week they abruptly cancelled a bond sale designed to cover the cost. It is reported that they will likely seek out a private bank loan or other financing options to pay the bill due to TriMet October 10. 

Segmentarticle - Sept. 11, 2012

Third Parties: Working Families Party

The Working Families Party of Oregon calls itself, "the minor party with major possibilities." The party came onto the Oregon scene in 2006. Since that time, party faithfuls say they've managed to achieve some significant political success by the system of fusion voting. That's a system of "cross-nomination," whereby the party can endorse candidates from either of the two major parties, or any other party for that matter. The WFP says that's how they recently unseated an incumbent in the May primary and helped the opposing candidate win the nomination. The issues central to the party include:  A single payer system for health care Affordable housing and lending practices reform Promoting green, family-wage jobs

Segmentarticle - Aug. 17, 2012

Third Parties: Pacific Green Party

Before we begin our coverage of the national conventions for the Democratic and Republican parties, we thought we'd take a moment to look at what other political parties are out there. In the American system of government, it's a winner-take-all system of elections, so Congress and state legislatures are primarily made up of members of the two major parties, with a nearly invisible role for other parties. In this first conversation with members of minor parties, we'll find out about the Pacific Green Party, which recently almost lost its ballot status. And we'll meet the party's presidential candidate, Jill Stein.  The party's history is steeped in the environment, but other big issues for the Pacific Green Party in Oregon include: Changes to the election process Health Care Climate Change Anti-War

Segmentarticle - Aug. 13, 2012

Washington Primary

Washington voters cast their ballots in the state's primary election on Tuesday. The highest profile race is the bid for governor, which pits current Republican Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna against Democratic Congressman Jay Inslee. The state has a "top-two" primary, meaning the two candidates with the most votes advance to the general election. McKenna and Inslee are both expected to easily advance, but the primary will still be closely watched as a preview of what may happen in November. Recent polls show Inslee, who has trailed most of the election cycle, pulling ahead of McKenna. We'll talk with the AP's Rachel La Corte about the governor's competition, and some of the other races to watch in Tuesday's primary.

Segmentarticle - Aug. 6, 2012

Proposed Portland Arts Tax

On Wednesday, the Portland City Council will vote on whether to refer the Arts Education and Access Fund to the November ballot. The $35 citywide income tax would apply to all Portlanders over the age of 18 whose incomes are above the federal poverty level. If voters approve the tax in November, it's expected to raise about $8 million in the first year and $12 million per year after that. A little over half of the money would go towards funding arts and music programs in Portland area elementary schools. The remainder would go the the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) which would choose local arts organizations to receive a portion of the funds. If it passes, the arts tax levy would likely join at least two other tax levies on the November ballot. Multnomah County is considering a library levy and Portland Public Schools may put another levy before voters as well. Oregonians have a mixed record when it comes to voting on local income taxes. Multnomah County voters approved an income tax in 2003, but Eugene residents voted down a citywide income tax for school funding this past May.

Segmentarticle - June 26, 2012

Privatization of Washington Liquor Stores

Beginning Friday, Washington shoppers will be able to buy liquor in grocery stores as Initiative 1183 takes effect. The initiative, passed last fall, puts an end to a 78-year-old system of state-operated liquor stores. Now private stores larger than 10,000 square feet can sell alcohol. Smaller stores will also be allowed based on local demand. Spirit prices may increase as the initiative takes effect. The new regulation imposes a 27 percent fee on all spirits to reimburse the state, which will lose more than $400 million of revenue every year. Also, some Washington State Liquor Board employees face unemployment. Others, who continue to work at the private stores, may lose union benefits.  Some big companies, like COSTCO, a wholesale corporation that will benefit the most from the new system, have supported this change from the beginning.

Segmentarticle - May 31, 2012

Voter Turnout

Voter turnout in this year's primary election could be an all-time low for Oregon. It's hard to get excited about a presidential primary when one side is running an incumbent and the other side's nominee is all but decided at this point. Neither President Obama or his challenger Mitt Romney have bothered campaigning in Oregon ahead of our primary. That said, there are plenty of interesting local races around the state that will serve as fodder for election wonks and otherwise civically engaged individuals. Choosing a candidate in the Portland mayoral election looks like a game-time decision for many voters, as recent polls show a shift in support for the top three candidates. Clackamas and Lane counties have interesting commissioner races that could change the political makeup of county government in both places. And statewide, the Democratic contest for Attorney General is proving to be one to watch.

Segmentarticle - May 15, 2012

Eugene Elections

The mayor's office and four city council seats are on the May ballot in Eugene. Eugene's next city government will tackle economic issues such as development and logistical ones, like literally rebuilding the city hall. Kitty Piercy faces two challengers as she seeks a third term as mayor. She says she wants another four years to continue work on projects such as Envision Eugene, a plan for long-term growth in the city of 156,185. She's raised significantly more money than either of her challengers. Kevin Prociw currently works as a systems analyst for the City of Eugene, a job he'll have to give up if he's elected as mayor. He got into politics in 2010 when he started a government watchdog group called Lane County Citizens for Responsible Government. Jon Walrod is self-employed selling security systems. Like Prociw, he's never held elected office. His campaign does not have a website explaining his platform, but he's made public appearances with his opponents, where he's identified himself as conservative and emphasized running government like a private business. Incumbant Ward 2 councilor Betty Taylor is seeking a fifth term in office. At 86, Taylor isn't looking to retire from public life any time soon. She's garnered support from unions and an endorsement from the city's alternative weekly newspaper. She voted against ending Eugene's Occupy encampment in December of last year and she's adamently against tax breaks for the controversial Capstone development project. Taylor does not have a campaign website. Her opponents are Juan Carlos Valle, a Social Security Administration employee, and Jim Ray, who is semi-retired from his job as a restaurant equipment repairman. At last count, Valle's campaign had raised more than either of the others. He also got an endorsement from the Register-Guard. Valle is at odds with his opponents over the Capstone tax breaks, which he says could offer the city a significant economic opportunity. Ray says his top priorities are improving eduction and reducing gang activity in Eugene. Three other city councilors are running unopposed.

Segmentarticle - May 9, 2012

Jeff Merkley

Earlier this year, Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley joined Sen. Ron Wyden and 20 other lawmakers in co-sponsoring an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would effectively reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The amendment would bring back federal and state oversight of campaign donations for national and local elections. Merkley is passionate about the importance of the proposed amendment, calling Citizens United "a dagger pointed at the heart of American democracy." This is not the only issue Merkley is vocal about, of course. He has been working with Wyden and others to extend timber payments to Oregon counties that can no longer depend on income from logging on federal land. President Obama raised the visibility of this issue recently by including timber payments in his proposed budget. He also advocated for an amendment he said would strengthen a bill designed to keep members of Congress from using inside information to their financial advantage. The bill is moving forward without the amendment and is likely to pass once the House and Senate have reconciled their versions of the legislation.

Segmentarticle - Feb. 15, 2012

Money in Politics

The injection of millions of dollars of SuperPAC money in the 2012 election cycle has prompted Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley to support a Constitutional Amendment that would allow for the regulating of campaign contributions. The U.S. Supreme Court ruling known as Citizens United makes it virtually impossible to regulate money in elections, and those on the left say the only option remaining is the amendment route.

Segmentarticle - Feb. 15, 2012

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