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Marilyn Kruchell is the May Minuteman of the Month
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Marilyn Kruchell is the May Minuteman of the Month

Wisconsin CSE's Marilyn Kruchell is the Minuteman of the Month for May! Since I became the full time director for Wisconsin CSE last October, Marilyn has been integral in turning out people to events and also engaging others to do the same. Whether it is turning out in the cold of winter to press liberal Sen. John Edwards on Social Security reform, or to fight for a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights in the state capitol, Marilyn is on the job.

05/24/2004
Education spending: How much is enough?
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Education spending: How much is enough?

A publication of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. May 18, 2004 Volume 14, Number 12 Contact: Marsha Richards, Education Reform Director (360) 956-3482

05/24/2004
WI CSE to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum on June 10th
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WI CSE to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum on June 10th

Kenosha, WI – All four major candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will participate in a Candidate Forum hosted by Citizens for a Sound Economy on June 10 in Kenosha.

05/24/2004
WA State budget priorities: A time to learn, a time to be heard
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WA State budget priorities: A time to learn, a time to be heard

Are you ready to have your voice heard regarding Washington's budget and spending priorities?

05/24/2004
Washington Conservative Union Releases 2004 Voter Scorecards
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Washington Conservative Union Releases 2004 Voter Scorecards

How did your legislators vote on: • the “No New Taxes” budget • retaining the 60% approval required for property tax levies that exceed the state constitutional limit • increasing in local sales taxes? • making Sound Transit accountable to the voters?

05/24/2004
WI CSE to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum on June 10th
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WI CSE to Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum on June 10th

Kenosha, WI – All four major candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will participate in a Candidate Forum hosted by Citizens for a Sound Economy on June 10 in Kenosha.

05/24/2004
WA State budget priorities: A time to learn, a time to be heard
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WA State budget priorities: A time to learn, a time to be heard

Are you ready to have your voice heard regarding Washington's budget and spending priorities?

05/24/2004
Washington Conservative Union Releases 2004 Voter Scorecards
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Washington Conservative Union Releases 2004 Voter Scorecards

How did your legislators vote on: • the “No New Taxes” budget • retaining the 60% approval required for property tax levies that exceed the state constitutional limit • increasing in local sales taxes? • making Sound Transit accountable to the voters?

05/24/2004
Ballot are in -- Vic's out, Lewis is in
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Ballot are in -- Vic's out, Lewis is in

BY Gunnar Olson

State Rep. Vic Backlund (R - Keizer) was surprised in mid-March, shortly after the deadline to file to run for office, when another Republican entered the bid for District 25, saying, “I didn’t expect that.” After the May 18 primary, Backlund’s unexpected contender, Kim Thatcher, was the victor. Thatcher won the Republican bid for District 25, which covers Newberg, St. Paul and Keizer, with nearly 60 percent of the vote. “I just really was so humbled, grateful, for the suport that was shown to me by my fellow Republicans,” said Thatcher, a Salem contractor. “And I hope we can succeed in carrying the Republican message through the general election.” Thatcher collected 1,625 votes in Yamhill County, 987 more than Backlund’s 638 votes in the county. Considering Thatcher had 2,321 votes to Backlund’s 2,079 in Marion County – a difference of 242 votes – Yamhill County proved to be the swing vote. Thatcher will face Democrat Roger Pike of Gervais in the Nov. 2 general election. Like the Thatcher-Backlund matchup, the rest of the voting decisions made in Yamhill County occurred on the Republican ticket. The Yamhill County Clerk’s Office reported 17,786 Republican voters submitted mail-in ballots. State Rep. Donna Nelson, the Republican incumbent from McMinnville, beat out two challengers for the opportunity to run again for District 24, which includes Dundee but not Newberg. Nelson received 3,818 votes in Yamhill County, more than doubling McMinnville police officer Frank Butler’s 1,532 votes. Former Yamhill Mayor Charles Mitchell received 380 votes. Nelson will face Democrat Tim Duerfeldt of McMinnville in the general election. As the only Republican on the ballot for state senator of District 12, Gary George of Newberg won the nomination handily, with 5,122 votes from Yamhill County. He will face Democrat Hank Franzoni of McMinnville in the general election Yamhill County Republicans were in sync with the rest of the state in selecting Goli Ameri to face incumbent U.S. Rep. David Wu in the general election for the 1st Congressional District. Yamhill County Republicans gave 3,847 votes to Ameri, a telecommunications consultant from Tigard. Jason Meshell came in second in the county with 2,309 votes, and Tim Phillips took third in the county with 1,884 votes. Weighing in on the race for U.S. Senator, Yamhill County Republicans gave 1,911 of their votes to Al King, who won the nomination. Thomas Abshier took the second most votes in the county with 1,686 and Bruce Broussard had the third most with 1,515. King will face Democrat incumbent Ron Wyden in the general election. Getting this far for a lot of candidates meant spending a lot of campaign money; the intra-party race between Thatcher and Backlund was no exception. Thatcher had $58,682 in contributions to fuel her campaign against Backlund, according to contributions and expenditures (C&E) reports on the Oregon secretary of state’s Web site. The biggest contributor to Thatcher’s campaign was Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy, an anti-tax organization that helped defeat Measure 30 this spring. OCSE made more than $27,000 in contributions. “I think that I’m a good candidate; it happens to be I carried a lot of the same message these tax groups carried,” Thatcher explained. “And that’s why they backed me.” Thatcher’s policical committee, Friends of Kim Thatcher, spent the most campaign money — $13,585 — with George Advertising, a Tigard company owned by Larry George, the son of State Sen. Gary George and County Commissioner Kathy George. Backlund’s campaign contributions had topped out at $18,750 by May 14, according to the C&E reports. What his political party, Vic Backlund for State Representative, spent on campaigning, however, more than doubled his contributions, at $42,641. Oregon requires candidates to disclose their contributions that exceed $500 and expenditures that top $1,000. The numbers in this report reflect the filings as of May 14. Backlund said the issue that did him in was taxes, but he chalked his loss up to a failure on his campaign’s part to respond to accussations made by the Thatcher campaign, accussations he characterized as half truths and misrepresentations. “So the public, I think, believed what the hit pieces said,” Backlund said, adding that he enjoyed representing Newberg. Backlund and Thatcher hadn’t spoken to each other about joining forces to campaign for the November general election, but Backlund said it’s tradition for the party to reunite after the primaries and Thatcher said she’s hopeful Backlund will come to her aid. Thatcher said she her campaign for the general will remain the same as it was in the primary — fiscal responsibility and taking a closer look at the programs receiving money from the state budget. “I’m not targeting any programs,” Thatcher said. “They just need to be re-evaluated.”

05/24/2004
Voters signal 7 election trends
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Voters signal 7 election trends

BY STEVE LAW AND PETER WONG

It’s the taxes, stupid. That new political mantra might guide Oregon campaigners after Tuesday’s primary election. Oregon voters pummeled any candidate or proposal associated with higher taxes. They shot down Salem’s Cops and Kids measure, despite support from much of the local business establishment. They denied Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, a shot at a congressional seat, though she had the blessing of Republicans in the White House.

05/23/2004

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