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Panel starts review of Measure 90

August 18, 2014

SALEM — A citizen panel got down to business quickly Monday to ask questions about a ballot measure that would change Oregon’s primary elections.

The 20 panel members are Oregon voters chosen at random from willing participants to reflect a diverse cross-section. They are the latest participants in the Citizens’ Initiative Review, which has taken place in some form since 2010.

On Monday, panel members asked questions of supporters and opponents — seated side by … more »

Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review Could Expand To Other States

August 15, 2014

By Chris Lehman, Oregon Public Broadcasting|Published August, 15, 2014

A group of Oregonians will meet this week in Salem to figure out where they stand on an upcoming ballot measure. It’s called the Citizens’ Initiative Review, and it’s been a part of the Oregon election process since 2010. This Oregon-based exercise in democracy is expanding to two more states this year.

The Citizens’ Initiative Review is a panel of 20 voters meant to represent a … more »

Public focus groups can help counter the privatization of direct democracy: Tim Nesbitt

August 8, 2014

By Tim Nesbitt, Guest Columnist for The Oregonian August, 7, 2014

This is the season of focus groups, the summer of an even-numbered year when ballot initiatives sprout on the political landscape and those who hope to reap what they sow develop an intense interest in the tastes of average voters.

The tasting rooms come with large tables, where Oregon voters gather in carefully selected groups of usually a dozen or so, take their seats … more »

Portland Tribune: Primary, GMO will be reviewed by citizen panels

July 16, 2014

Primary, GMO Will be Reviewed by Citizen Panels

Peter Wong, Portland Tribune

Citizen panels will review statewide ballot measures that propose to require labeling of genetically modified foods and change Oregon’s primary election.

The panels, each with 24 citizens representing all parts of Oregon, will meet Aug. 17-20 and Aug. 21-24 at the Salem Convention Center.

Each panel will review one measure. A spokeswoman for Healthy Democracy, the nonprofit that funds and manages the reviews, … more »

Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review to Make Recommendations on GMO and Open Primary Ballot Measures

July 16, 2014

(Portland, OR) — Oregon’s unique Citizens’ Initiative Review Commission has prioritized two measures for fall review. Pending measure certification, citizen panels will make recommendations on whether to label genetically-modified foods and whether to change Oregon’s primary elections process. Both measures are expected to be high profile, and campaigns on each side are expected to spend a significant amount of money leading up to the election. The Citizens’ Initiative Review results will be printed in the … more »