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?
- David Steves: Reporter, The Register Guard
- Nick Budnick: Reporter, The Bend Bulletin
- Bob Hunter: Editor, The Mail Tribune
- Ted Ferrioli: Senate Republican Leader
- Diane Rosenbaum: Assistant Majority Leader of the Senate