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Coming in 2008: Slew of Ore. ballot initiatives from the right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Early signature-gathering efforts are already taking place around the state for the November 2008 election and it looks like there will be no shortage of ballot measures. The majority of the measures are sponsored by a group of familiar conservative activists. Anti-tax advocate Bill Sizemore says he is juggling seven potential ballot measures. The anti-tax group FreedomWorks and Republican Kevin Mannix are working on initiaves of their own.

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Coming in 2008: Slew of Ore. ballot initiatives from the right

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Early signature-gathering efforts are already taking place around the state for the November 2008 election and it looks like there will be no shortage of ballot measures. The majority of the measures are sponsored by a group of familiar conservative activists. Anti-tax advocate Bill Sizemore says he is juggling seven potential ballot measures. The anti-tax group FreedomWorks and Republican Kevin Mannix are working on initiaves of their own.

07/28/2007
In deja-vu plan, group will study Ore. tax changes

Over the years, Oregon's volatile tax system has been the subject of dozens of studies, with legions of recommendations on possible changes. But none of the plans passed muster with voters, leaving a system propped up by property taxes for local governments and income taxes for the state, enough to keep public services flush when times are good, and begging when the economy turns sour. Now, though, a new 30-member group is girding itself for another comprehensive look at tax reform.

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In deja-vu plan, group will study Ore. tax changes

BY JULIA SILVERMAN

Over the years, Oregon's volatile tax system has been the subject of dozens of studies, with legions of recommendations on possible changes. But none of the plans passed muster with voters, leaving a system propped up by property taxes for local governments and income taxes for the state, enough to keep public services flush when times are good, and begging when the economy turns sour. Now, though, a new 30-member group is girding itself for another comprehensive look at tax reform.

07/12/2007
Ore. senator faces tricky path to re-election

National Democrats have made it plain that one of their top targets in the 2008 Senate election will be Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, who's been reaching out more to moderate voters of late. But Smith could also face potential trouble within his own party at home. There are rumors that Smith might draw a primary challenge from the party's right wing. A national group that promotes fiscal conservatism is making noises about possibly bankrolling such an effort.

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Ore. senator faces tricky path to re-election

BY Brad Cain

National Democrats have made it plain that one of their top targets in the 2008 Senate election will be Oregon Republican Sen. Gordon Smith, who's been reaching out more to moderate voters of late. But Smith could also face potential trouble within his own party at home. There are rumors that Smith might draw a primary challenge from the party's right wing. A national group that promotes fiscal conservatism is making noises about possibly bankrolling such an effort.

04/08/2007
Health, property rights at issue with workplace smoking ban

State lawmakers, already leaning in favor of a ban on smoking in government buildings, are considering a bill to block smoking in all but a very few workplaces across North Carolina. Debate before a House committee on Thursday pitted the dangers of secondhand smoke against the rights of private property owners to run their businesses as they see fit. "You'd have to be under a rock not to know that smoking causes health problems," the bill's sponsor, Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, told the committee.

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Health, property rights at issue with workplace smoking ban

BY MARGARET LILLARD

State lawmakers, already leaning in favor of a ban on smoking in government buildings, are considering a bill to block smoking in all but a very few workplaces across North Carolina. Debate before a House committee on Thursday pitted the dangers of secondhand smoke against the rights of private property owners to run their businesses as they see fit. "You'd have to be under a rock not to know that smoking causes health problems," the bill's sponsor, Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, told the committee.

03/15/2007
Tuesday at the General Assembly

House

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Tuesday at the General Assembly

House

06/28/2006
Tuesday at the General Assembly

The House

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The House

06/28/2006
Ballot Measure Signatures Submitted for Early Count

Tax activist Bill Sizemore had his hand in three of the five statewide initiative petitions submitted Friday for early-signature verification. Each stands a good chance of getting on the November ballot. Four years ago, a Portland judge slapped a $2.5 million judgment against Sizemore for racketeering in initiative campaigns and barred him from dispensing money from political committees until he pays it, now more than $3.5 million with attorney fees. But Friday he filed an initiative barring insurance companies from using customer credit ratings to set rates.

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Ballot Measure Signatures Submitted for Early Count

Tax activist Bill Sizemore had his hand in three of the five statewide initiative petitions submitted Friday for early-signature verification. Each stands a good chance of getting on the November ballot. Four years ago, a Portland judge slapped a $2.5 million judgment against Sizemore for racketeering in initiative campaigns and barred him from dispensing money from political committees until he pays it, now more than $3.5 million with attorney fees. But Friday he filed an initiative barring insurance companies from using customer credit ratings to set rates.

05/26/2006
Senate Committee Takes Up Early Education Provision

MONTPELIER, Vt. --A Senate committee has started taking testimony on a bill that would allow public schools to offer preschool education by counting 3-and 4-year olds in their student population for state education funding. The bill is an extension of a provision inserted into the budget late in the session last year that caused an uproar.

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Senate Committee Takes Up Early Education Provision

BY Lisa Rathke

MONTPELIER, Vt. --A Senate committee has started taking testimony on a bill that would allow public schools to offer preschool education by counting 3-and 4-year olds in their student population for state education funding. The bill is an extension of a provision inserted into the budget late in the session last year that caused an uproar.

01/30/2006
Election Day is 11 months away, but Oregon politics heating up

The gubernatorial primaries could get bloody, a fight is brewing over control of the Oregon Legislature, the hunt for signatures to get several incendiary initiatives onto the ballot is already under way and the possibility of a special legislative session to patch a gaping hole in the Human Services budget is looming. And there's still 11 months to go until Election Day.

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Election Day is 11 months away, but Oregon politics heating up

BY JULIA SILVERMAN

The gubernatorial primaries could get bloody, a fight is brewing over control of the Oregon Legislature, the hunt for signatures to get several incendiary initiatives onto the ballot is already under way and the possibility of a special legislative session to patch a gaping hole in the Human Services budget is looming. And there's still 11 months to go until Election Day.

12/31/2005
Crooks unopposed so far in re-election bid for state's top court

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks found plenty of critics after a series of decisions this summer that angered conservatives. What he hasn't found is an opponent. Just a week out from the Jan. 3 deadline, no one has filed 2,000 signatures needed to take on Crooks in this spring's election. Barring a last-minute entry, Crooks will win another 10-year term unopposed.

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Crooks unopposed so far in re-election bid for state's top court

BY JR ROSS

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks found plenty of critics after a series of decisions this summer that angered conservatives. What he hasn't found is an opponent. Just a week out from the Jan. 3 deadline, no one has filed 2,000 signatures needed to take on Crooks in this spring's election. Barring a last-minute entry, Crooks will win another 10-year term unopposed.

12/24/2005

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