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Holvey fends off challengers to face GOP's Young in fall
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Holvey fends off challengers to face GOP's Young in fall

BY David Steves

SALEM - Oregon's political landscape didn't exactly quake in Tuesday's ho-hum primary, but at least it brought next fall's general election showdowns into sharper focus. It appears that Democratic Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will face Republican challenger Betsy Close, an Albany lawmaker, who led with 52 percent to businessman Fred Granum's 48 percent with partial returns. And the Democrat-vs.-Republican lineups in 77 legislative races are now decided or closer to being settled, as the two parties prepare to fight for control of the House and Senate.

05/19/2004
The Cost of Uncertainty
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The Cost of Uncertainty

©2004 Copley News Service, 5/18/2004 Since enactment of the Bush "supply-side" tax-rate reductions, economic news has been almost singularly positive, despite the fact that we have been fighting a war. For months, the only economic indicator that didn't show conclusive signs of progress was the payroll employment numbers, but now that, too, has changed. During the last three quarters, real GDP has grown at its fastest rate in nearly 20 years - since Ronald Reagan was re-elected in a landslide - growing at an annualized rate of 5.5 percent.

05/18/2004
Tax issue key in some legislative races
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Tax issue key in some legislative races

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

The tax increase trounced by voters three months ago has once again emerged — as a key issue in some state legislative races in which challengers are trying to unseat incumbents in the May 18 party primaries. Just 11 of the 72 legislators up for election this year face foes on the primary ballot, all of them House members and seven of them Republicans. In some of the GOP races, challengers are focusing almost solely on the tax issue.

05/18/2004
Martinez backer withdraws support
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Martinez backer withdraws support

BY STEVE BOUSQUET

TALLAHASSEE - A prominent Washington lawyer who was White House counsel for former President Bush has withdrawn his support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mel Martinez, citing the candidate's past ties to trial lawyers and Democrats. C. Boyden Gray agreed to raise money for Martinez last month. But he dropped those plans and will support former U.S. Rep. Bill McCollum. In a letter of explanation, released Monday by the McCollum campaign, Gray said Martinez would be an obstacle to stopping frivolous lawsuits because of his past ties to the trial bar.

05/18/2004
Tax issue key in some legislative races
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Tax issue key in some legislative races

BY CHARLES E. BEGGS

Opponents took aim at lawmakers who backed an income tax increase in several contests in which legislators drew challengers from their own party in Tuesday's primary election. In a race seen as a key test of the issue, three-term Rep. Vic Backlund of Keizer was in a pitched battle with Keizer businesswoman Kim Thatcher. Backlund was among the Republicans who supported the $800 million tax boost in the 2003 Legislature to avert more cuts in education and social services.

05/18/2004
CSE Pursues Sound Forestry Policy
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CSE Pursues Sound Forestry Policy

Twenty-five CSE activists met with US Forest Service officials in Marion North Carolina recently to discuss concerns raised by several local CSE chapters. The Forest Service requested the meeting after receiving numerous letters and phone calls from CSE members when it became known that the Appalachian District of the Pisgah National Forest had only scheduled a very small quantity of timber to be offered in 2004 from the 161,000 acre forest.

05/17/2004
Lawsuit looms for candidate
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Lawsuit looms for candidate

BY STEVE LAW

A hard-fought Republican primary for the Oregon House seat in Keizer and Newberg just got hotter, with charges flying over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a company of one of the candidates. Two female employees sued KT Contracting Inc. on Feb. 26 in federal court, alleging sexual harassment and discrimination by a manager stretching more than three years. The women are seeking $2.5 million in damages and back wages. Two weeks later, company President Kim Thatcher filed to run in the House District 25 GOP primary against incumbent Rep. Vic Backlund, R-Keizer.

05/15/2004
CSE Raleigh Report
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CSE Raleigh Report

The first week of the short session was a busy one. Grassroots lobby groups included members of The North Carolina Sports Dog Association, NC Bike Pact, North Carolinians for the Arts, and a group from the American Cancer Society.

05/14/2004
Court approves anti-gay marriage ballot title
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Court approves anti-gay marriage ballot title

The Oregon Supreme Court has approved the ballot title for an initiative to ban gay marriage. If supporters of same-sex marriage don't ask the court to reconsider within five days, the authors of the ballot title can start gathering signatures by the middle of next week. To place the constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot in November, opponents of same-sex marriage would have to collect 108,840 valid signatures by the July 2 deadline.

05/14/2004
Money is the root of 5th District primary
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Money is the root of 5th District primary

BY DAN HORTSCH

Since late last year, Jim Zupancic has attacked state Sen. Jackie Winters, his opponent in the 5th Congressional District's Republican primary, as a tax-and-spender of the first order. He is not about to change strategies now. Especially after winning an endorsement from Citizens for a Sound Economy, which built its Oregon profile by taking a tax increase that Winters had voted for in the Legislature to voters, who soundly rejected it.

05/13/2004

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