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CIRCLE Evaluates 2012 CIRs

July 11, 2013

The latest study of the Citizens' Initiative Review has just come out. Conducted by CIRCLE, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Engagement, the study focuses on an analysis of media coverage of 2012 CIRs.

The researchers found that the media generally covered the CIR positively as an innovation in deliberative dialogue that provides trustworthy information to voters.

We're pleased to add this study to the growing body of academic research demonstrating the reach … more »

Democracy Fund Blog Guest Post: Professor John Gastil on The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review

February 27, 2013

This piece was originally published on the Democracy Fund blog on February 26, 2013

Guest Post: The Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review

by John Gastil, February 26

Local and statewide initiatives and referenda give citizens the opportunity to vote directly on legislation, but voters often lack the information they need to make informed choices. The State of Oregon has created a potential remedy for this situation, called the Citizens Initiative Review (CIR), which convenes a group … more »

Healthy Democracy is hiring!

January 22, 2013

 Title:  Development & Communications Manager



Healthy Democracy is seeking an experienced and driven advocate for political change to join our Oregon-based team in the position of Development & Communications Manager. Healthy Democracy is a nationally recognized, Oregon-based, 501c(3) organization working at the cutting edge of the movement for deliberative democracy.   We work to advance innovative and powerful ways for the public to engage in the democratic process and improve our political discourse. This full-time … more »

Part of the democratic process

November 1, 2012

Retired local middle-school teacher is ‘part of the democratic process’

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

By Jim Moore / The Daily Courier

Kay Ogden said being selected for one of Oregon’s historic new citizen initiative review commissions made her feel as if she had won the lottery.

“I saw it as an opportunity to be part of the democratic process,” the Grants Pass resident said.

She joined 23 other registered Oregon voters in Portland for … more »

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A brand new take on the Oregon voters’ pamphlet

October 25, 2012

Cannon Beach woman has a ‘new respect’ for Voters’ Pamphlet

In-depth review of casino measures shows that Oregon ballot proposals are complex

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:33 am

By Nancy McCarthy/ The Daily Astorian

CANNON BEACH — Sue Meyers might have glanced at the opinions expressed about the initiative measures in prior Oregon Voters’ Pamphlets, but she rarely read them in depth.

However, since her weeklong experience with the Citizens Initiative Review, which delved … more »

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