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Oregon Grocery Initiative May Sink Multnomah County Soda Tax

OPB | July 27, 2017 3:51 p.m. | Portland

An Oregon initiative to ban taxes on the sale of food is primarily aimed at countering attempts to raise corporate taxes. But if it passed, it would also prevent a soda tax.

Communities | Election | Climate change | Environment

Oregon Voters Could See More Community Rights Measures Going Forward

OPB/EarthFix | May 17, 2017 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The concept of community rights stems from the idea that local communities should have say over corporate projects that could cause local harm. 

Politics | Election | News | local | Education

Yoncalla School Bond Narrowly Fails

The Roseburg News Review | May 17, 2017 7:37 a.m. | Yoncalla, Oregon

The district was to use these funds to fix and replace water lines to mitigate flooding, update computer equipment, and make energy improvements to the heating, ventilation and electricity systems.

Energy | Climate change | Communities | Environment | News | local

Oregon County Seeks To Block LNG Project With Ballot Measure

OPB/EarthFix | May 8, 2017 7:30 a.m.

"Community-Rights" measure aims to give Coos County residents control over energy infrastructure projects.

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Gubernatorial Candidate Bud Pierce | Ballot Measure Roundup

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 noon

Unsure how to fill out your ballots? We'll break down the various ballot  measures for you today. Also, a one-on-one interview with gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce.

NW Life | local | News | Think Out Loud

$500M For UO | Wildfires And Climate Change | American Dream: Naturalized Citizen | Measure 97

OPB | Oct. 18, 2016 noon

Phil and Penny Knight donate $500 million to the University of Oregon. Climate change is directly tied to wildfires in the West. A naturalized citizen tells us about the American Dream. And we dive deep into Measure 97.

Business | Election | Politics | local | News | Elections

Washington Voters Likely To Decide On Paid Sick Leave, Minimum Wage Increase

Northwest News Network | July 6, 2016 6:45 a.m.

Washington voters will likely decide in November whether to raise the state minimum wage and require employers to provide paid sick leave.

Politics | Election | News | local | Education | Elections

PPS Considers Big Ask For Voters: $750 Million

OPB | July 5, 2016 4:25 p.m. | Portland

The $750 million bond measure would be the biggest in Oregon history, eclipsing the bond Beaverton voters approved in 2014 for $680 million.

Election | Politics | Environment | local | News | Elections

Metro Puts Parks Levy Extension On November Ballot

Pamplin Media Group | July 5, 2016 7:22 a.m. | Portland

Portland area voters will be asked Nov. 8 to extend a tax levy to carry on the work called for in a regional parks and nature system plan.

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Washington Constitutional Amendment Would Change Ballot Initiative Process

OPB | Jan. 21, 2015 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A Washington constitutional amendment would force ballot initiatives to include specific funding plans.

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News Roundtable: November 26, 2014

OPB | Nov. 26, 2014 12:06 p.m.

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

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Analyzing Northwest Election Results

OPB | Nov. 5, 2014 12:06 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: We'll sort through election results and look ahead to the political future. 

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OPB Election Coverage

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 8 p.m.

TUESDAY: Tune in to OPB for live updates and analysis on election night.

Politics | News | Cannabis Country: SW Oregon's Marijuana Economy

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers In Southwest Oregon

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 6 a.m.

In the rural southwest Oregon communities where marijuana has been cultivated for 30 years, pot producers are divided by the state's recreational marijuana measure.

Election | News | OPB News Blog

New Report Tracks Big Money Coming Into Northwest For Midterm

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a report that shows Oregon’s (and to a lesser degree Washington’s) ballot initiatives are attracting big outside money.

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M89: The Equal Rights Amendment Measure

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 12:06 p.m.

THURSDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against Measure 89, which would amend the Oregon Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on gender.

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Metro Measure Explained

OPB | Oct. 22, 2014 12:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: OPB reporter Rob Manning gives us a primer on the Metro measure on Portland-area ballots.

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Two Gun Measures On Washington's Ballot

OPB | Oct. 20, 2014 12:06 p.m.

MONDAY: Voters in Washington are being asked to weigh in on two competing ballot measures on background checks for gun sales.

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Poll Shows Marijuana And GE Food Labeling Likely To Pass

OPB | Oct. 15, 2014 12:35 p.m.

WEDNESDAY: A new poll released by OPB and Fox 12 shows Measures 91 and 92 could be likely to pass, but the driver card measure may fail by a large margin.

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M86: The Scholarship Measure

OPB | Oct. 7, 2014 12:06 p.m.

TUESDAY: We'll hear arguments for and against Measure 86, which would allow the state to borrow money to create a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training.