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President Obama has been elected to another four years in office. Many wonder what changes those years will bring to the U.S. Supreme Court. All eyes are on 79-year-old Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has survived both colon and pancreatic cancer and is expected to retire by 2016 (though she's said she's not making any plans yet). Three other justices are in their seventies, making it one of the oldest courts in recent history. The reelection also means that Obama has a chance to make a more significant mark on the lower federal courts, where he hasn't had too much success nominating judges. We'll check in with our U.S. Supreme Court watcher Lisa McElroy about what the election means for the highest court, and what high profile issues Justices may decide in the next four years.
Portland has a new mayor. Oregon incumbents were reelected to state office. And President Obama's reelection came a lot sooner than many pundits predicted. At the local level, there were a few surprises. Portland's arts tax, which had polled poorly, passed by a large margin. And incumbent city commissioner Amanda Fritz took 58 percent of the vote to hold onto her seat, despite being neck and neck with her challenger Mary Nolan in the primary. Republicans in Clackamas County had a good night, celebrating victories by two conservative candidates for the county commission. While Oregonians weren't voting on the issue, advocates for gay marriage were watching other states closely. Washington's Referendum 74 is still too close to call, but voters in Maine and Maryland became the first states to make same-sex marriage legal by popular vote.
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.
Do you have plans for tonight? Do you know where you're going to watch — or listen to — the election results come in? Polls in Oregon close at 8 p.m., so make sure to drop your ballot off by then, but results from across the country will start to be released much earlier. On today's show, political analyst Jim Moore will walk us through the timeline of the night and what we may be able to expect. And if you're still looking for somewhere to celebrate or drown your sorrows, come on down to the Think Out Loud Election Night Party at Rontoms on Burnside. The fun starts at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
The most high-profile ballot item in this week's special election is no doubt Portland's vote on fluoride, which has been garnering national attention. But there are other important issues on ballots across the state. Lane, Josephine, and Curry counties are all considering tax hikes to increase funding for law enforcement. Residents of Clackamas County are voting on a measure that could complicate TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line. And ten districts across the state are asking voters to increase school funding.
One of the most contentious issues on the special election May ballot is the municipal fluoridation measure in Portland. Last year we heard arguments on both sides of the debate — before the city council voted to approve fluoridation for Portland's water and before opponents gathered enough signatures to put the measure to a popular vote. We'll check in with the yes and no campaigns as they head into the home stretch. Ballots are due May 21.