Results for Think Out Loud (Other Results)
This May special election might not garner all the excitement of a November election, but there are still some important races to be decided. Education is a big issue this year. In Multnomah County the contentious $548 million bond for schools got a lot of people — for and against — out to vote. Education was also a big issue in Eugene where voters are deciding on an income tax to fund schools. In Clackamas County a five dollar annual vehicle registration fee dedicated to replacing the Sellwood bridge has the region divided. Then there's the comprehensive plan for Damascus, the levy for police vehicles in Seaside, and the transportation bond in Bend. These are just a few of the things people across the state are voting on. What is most important to you? How did you vote in your community? And what do you think of the results?
Segmentarticle - May 18, 2011
You may have been approached by a representative from Americans Elect asking you to sign their ballot access petition. The group is trying to get a spot on every state ballot in the nation so they can run their own candidate in the 2012 election. Technically, they're a third party, but they're not operating in typical third party fashion. They describe themselves as nonpartisan and, at the moment, they don't have a candidate. What they do have is a process. Americans Elect will hold an online nominating convention starting in the spring of 2012. After three rounds, six candidates will be left. To qualify for the party's nomination, each of them will have to choose a running mate from another party. For example, Democrats will choose Republicans, and vice versa. But each candidate will also have the option to choose an independent, who has not sworn allegiance to any party. To some, Americans Elect seems like a refreshing answer to political gridlock. Others are skeptical about the group's motives and their financing, or worried that their effort will end up being nothing less than a gimmick that will serve as an election spoiler for one of the major parties. Americans Elect has successfully gained ballot access in a handful of states, including California, which required over 1 million signatures. And now, they're in Oregon.
Segmentarticle - Sept. 29, 2011
Last month John Kitzhaber won the governor's election by a one percent margin. But while seven of 36 counties favored him, outside of the Portland-metro area, some counties favored his opponent Chris Dudley by as much as 70%. No Democrat was ousted at the federal level, but Democrats lost supermajority status in the state Senate. And the state House, which was once dominated by Democrats, is now evenly split 30-30. According to a survey (pdf) that OPB and Fox 12* commissioned, half of Oregonians feel optimistic about the election results, but the other half feels pessimistic. Statistically, the correlating factors show that those feeling optimistic tend to be Democrats residing in urban areas, and those who feel pessimistic tend to be Republicans in rural areas. Of course, there is much more nuance to the survey results, but purely by the numbers, these statistics point to a dividing line between rural and urban Oregon. The idea of a rural-urban divide is not new — in Oregon and many other states. Across America, people in small towns and big cities often have contrasting ideologies. But the history of Oregon politics shows times when rural Oregon was predominantly democratic and Portland was largely republican. Various factors like the mechanization of agriculture and environmental issues like the spotted owl led to fundamental shifts in political leanings. One way to understand Oregon politics today is to explore Oregon politics in the past.
Segmentarticle - Dec. 6, 2010
In addition to voting for a new governor, Multnomah County residents will be considering a host of local ballot measures, as well as a new county commissioner in district 2. They'll also be joining Washington and Clackamas county voters in deciding whether or not approve a TriMet bond measure that will affect property taxes in all three counties. The TriMet bond continues funding for the agency through property taxes at the current rate of about .08 cents per $1000 in assessed value. Voters originally approved the tax in 1990. If the measure fails, property owners will see a reduction in their taxes in 2012. If it passes, the funding will continue over the next 20 years. TriMet says the money is needed to improve buses and bus stops as well as services for the elderly and disabled. While there is no organized opposition to the bond, riders have expressed concerns, especially in light of TriMet's recent decisions to cut routes and raise fares.
Segmentarticle - Oct. 25, 2010
Our election night show is over and we have yet to know who the next governor of Oregon will be. Republican Chris Dudley and Democrat John Kitzhaber are neck-in-neck with Dudley having only a very slim lead with 49 percent of the votes compared to Kitzhaber's 48 percent. It is likely that as our show airs in the morning we still will not know who the next leader of our state will be. We do, however, know that our Congressional representatives — David Wu, Greg Walden, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader — will hold on to their seats even amidst some stiff competition. Senator Ron Wyden will also, not surprisingly, be returning to Washington. We also know that many of the state ballot measures — including annual sessions and minimum sentences — passed, but the controversial measure to approve dispensaries for medical marijuana and the casino measure did not. In Washington, Republican Jamie Herrera won the 3rd Congressional District, so will join a raft of new Republican House members in D.C. early next year. Washington'sSenate race between Republican Dino Rossi and incumbent Democrat Patty Murray remains, like Oregon's gubernatorial race, too close to call. As the morning comes we'll stay on top of the election news, bring you analysis, and get your reaction to the results.
Segmentarticle - Nov. 3, 2010
It's election night 2010. Tonight we'll bring you the local results from the Northwest as they come in and we want to hear from you. Follow the results on OPB News and let us know your thoughts about the results as they happen.
Segmentarticle - Nov. 3, 2010
The primary is over, the final ballots are being counted, and we're on our way to 2010's general election. We'll see a race to become the state's next Governor between John Kitzhaber and Chris Dudley; Ted Wheeler will face off against Republican Chris Telfer to be the state treasurer; Republican Jim Huffman will run against Senator Ron Wyden; and Scott Bruun will race against Congressman Kurt Schrader. On the morning after the election we'll talk to candidates heading to the primary and get analysis from people who have watched the results come in. Did anything surprise you? Did your favorite candidate win, or lose? And what are you looking forward to as we head to November?
Segmentarticle - May 19, 2010
Across the state, Republicans are fighting to win Democratic incumbents' seats; hoping to oust a Democratic supermajority in the legislature. With supermajority status since 2008, Democrats have possessed the votes needed to pass revenue-raising legislation. Democrats currently hold 36 seats in the House and 18 seats in the Senate, but several districts have been identified as close races to watch for a possible shift in power. Meanwhile, ballot measures and local issues across the state require voters' attention too. One ballot measure that received some debate during the primaries is a proposal to change Oregon's biennial legislative sessions to annual. Oregon is one of five states where the legislature does not meet annually. In 1990, Oregon voters rejected a similar annual sessions proposal. What state races are grabbing your attention? What do you want to know about how Oregon's legislature would function if there was a different party structure? Which way will you vote on going annual?
Segmentarticle - Oct. 20, 2010
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