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It's Kickoff Time!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Football season is underway. The NFL started their pre-season games a couple of weeks ago and we have already watched two weeks of non-conference college games.

It is a portent of things to come. The hot summer weather here in Southern Oregon is cooling down and there is a crisp feeling in the air when my dog Dino and I go for our walk in the morning. Fall is right around the corner. Soon, the trees will start to turn to the yellows, reds and oranges that signal a readiness to drop from the trees to be grudgingly raked before kickoff.

It is also an election year. Already, we are being bombarded by television ads telling us why one candidate is good and another doesn’t deserve our vote. But, it has only just begun. Historically, the campaign season truly kicks off right after Labor Day.

In Oregon, we will see several high profile races. John Kitzhaber is running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor. He is being challenged by Dennis Richardson, a state representative who has never run for statewide office. First term U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is being challenged by Portland pediatric surgeon Dr. Monica Wehby.

Sixteen Oregon Senate seats are being contested while all sixty Oregon House seats will be voted on. As with every election, many local races for city councils, county commission, judges and other elected positions will be decided.

Then, there are the ballot measures. There are three different types of ballots measures and we will see examples from all three this election cycle. There are two referrals from the legislature, one referendum of a legislative bill being questioned and four measure brought by Oregon citizens through the initiative process. Several of these will be very high profile and a couple will be lost in the (loud) conversation about the others.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will take and in depth look at all of these ballot measures to try and help you navigate through the issue and perhaps, understand each one a little better. In this space we will not try to convince you to take on side or another, but to present you with backgrounds and perhaps a few arguments presented by each side.

We hope you find this information useful. Your questions and feedback are not only encouraged, but appreciated, as well.

Next week, we will examine the two legislative referrals. Both measures would change Oregon’s Constitution, making them important.



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