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FORMER LOTTERY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN WEIGHS IN ON MEASURES 82/83

From The Statesman Journal: Statement by Steven Ungar, Portland lawyer and former chairman of the Oregon Lottery Commission, on Measures 82/83,...

EDITORIAL: INITIATIVE REVIEW IS A USEFUL TOOL FOR VOTERS

From The Bulletin: There’s a valuable information shortcut for voters for two of the November election’s ballot measures. It’s the Citizens...

CITIZEN REVIEW PROCESS TAKES ON PRIVATE CASINO MEASURE

From The East Oregonian: Jeff Coffman, 53, of Pendleton was intrigued when he received an invitation in the mail this July...

IN MEASURE 85 DEBATE, IT’S UNIONS VS. BUSINESS … AGAIN: EDITORIAL ENDORSEMENT

From The Oregonian Editorial Board: We agree with backers of Measure 85 on one thing: The corporate kicker is bad public policy. Because good...

BUILDING PROGRESSIVE MOMENTUM: 5 BALLOT INITIATIVES LEAD THE WAY

From Yes Magazine: The ballot initiative process, which provides an injection of direct democracy in twenty-four states, often ends up helping...

BAKER RESIDENT HELPS EXPLAIN BALLOT MEASURE

From The Baker City Herald: Gail Duman strives to be involved in her community. The retired businesswoman sits on Baker City’s...

CITIZENS DID GOOD JOB OF INVESTIGATING BALLOT MEASURE

From The Statesman Journal: I was a panel participant in the Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) that studied Ballot Measure 85, which...

ROSEBURG MAN WHO TOOK PART IN CASINO PANEL DISCUSSIONS LIKES BALLOT MEASURES

From NR Today: A Roseburg man who sat on a panel that debated two measures on the November ballot said he...

A HEALTHY DEMOCRACY DEMANDS SCRUTINY

From The Portland Tribune: Despite misleading statements to the contrary, a fledgling effort to make sure voters are well informed about...

GREETINGS FROM PORTLAND … WISHIN’ WE WERE HERE

From Fox and Hounds: Dateline Portland where I’m here to observe Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review (CIR) process. As Joe Mathews noted...

STATE PANEL OPPOSES MEASURE ALLOWING PRIVATE CASINOS

From The Register-Guard: An Oregon Citizens’ Initiative panel voted 19-5 earlier this month to endorse Measure 85, which would eliminate the...

CITIZENS REVIEW PANEL OPPOSES MEASURE 82

From The Statesman Journal: By Peter Wong A ballot measure authorizing Oregon’s first private casino got a thumbs-down recommendation from 17...

PORTLAND-AREA CASINO PROPOSAL PANNED BY CITIZEN PANEL

From The Oregonian: A citizen panel charged with reviewing ballot measures has come out against one that would allow Oregon’s first...

CITIZEN BOARD SPLIT ON CASINO BALLOT MEASURES

From Oregon Public Broadcasting: The Citizens’ Initiative Review has come up with six findings on the potential impact of Measures 82...

A BRIEF AND INCOMPLETE HISTORY OF THINGS NAMED “THE GRANGE”

From Willamette Week:  The backers of a Wood Village casino on the November ballot revealed yesterday the project’s scope—and a name: The...

MEASURE 85 DRAWING MIXED REVIEWS

From The Central Oregonian: This November, Oregon voters will decide whether businesses continue to collect corporate tax kickers or public education...

LETTER FROM SALEM: UNIONS BOYCOTT AN INITIATIVE REFORM

From Fox and Hounds: I showed up to the Oregon capital of Salem to observe the most significant attempt at initiative...

THE MIND OF A FLIP-FLOPPER

In an article on voter identity and the potential for attitude change in political views, The New York Times Magazine...

CITIZENS PANAL SAYS ELIMINATE “CORPORATE KICKER”

From KATU2: A panel of citizens has recommended that Oregon voters eliminate “corporate kicker” tax rebates with a ballot measure...

CULTURAL COGNITION AND THE CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE REVIEW

From The Cultural Cognition Project Blog: On a weeklong visit to Salem, Oregon, I find myself reflecting on the recent...

PANEL SUPPORTS ‘KICKER’ CHANGE

From The Register-Guard: By: Saul Hubbard A panel of 24 randomly selected Oregon voters has come out in favor of a...

CITIZEN REVIEW PANEL SUPPORTS TAX MEASURE

From The Statesman Journal: By: Peter Wong A big majority of a citizen review panel backs voter approval of Measure 85....

INDEPENDENT PANEL RECOMMENDS OREGON VOTERS PASS CORPORATE KICKER MEASURE

From The Oregonian: An independent, citizen panel has suggested that Oregon voters support a November ballot measure that would amend the...

A TALE OF TWO STATE CAPITALS, AND TWO INITIATIVE REVIEWS

From NBC: This week, statewide ballot initiatives in both Oregon and California are coming up for formal public review. But those...

OUR OREGON SHIRKS ITS DUTY TO VOTERS

From The Statesman Journal: Oregon’s public-employee unions are trying to sabotage voters’ understanding of the initiative process. That’s the one conclusion...

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