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State Elections

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?


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