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Tobacco firms flex muscles in Oregon
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Tobacco firms flex muscles in Oregon

BY Steve Law

RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris delivered such a thumping to Oregon's proposed cigarette-tax increase Tuesday that the sound could be heard all the way in Washington, D.C. Some say the tobacco giants' $12 million pounding of Measure 50, on top of victories in California and Missouri last year, should prompt Congress to rethink a pending federal plan to raise cigarette taxes for children's health care.

11/12/2007
Freedom Works is wrong to criticize Rep. Betty Komp
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Freedom Works is wrong to criticize Rep. Betty Komp

BY David Vancil

I want to encourage the members of this community to ignore the hit piece that came out recently against State Rep. Betty Komp. A nameless individual, under the name of "Freedom Works" sent out a mailer maligning Ms. Komp for voting to put the corporate kicker into a rainy-day fund for the state of Oregon. For the six sessions before this one, the Republicans had control and they spent every nickel that came into the state treasury. This year, with Democratic control, there is finally some fiscal responsibility and some planning going on.

03/04/2007
Health Insurance for Kids
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Health Insurance for Kids

BY Editorial

A cigarette tax increase to pay the health insurance coverage for most of Oregon's well over 100,000 uninsured kids reminds me of using wood as a fuel to heat your home: You get warm chopping it, and warm again when it's used in your wood-burning stove, furnace or fireplace.

02/27/2007
Guest will speak on initiative process
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Guest will speak on initiative process

BY Steve Law

Russ Walker, the leader of the conservative group FreedomWorks, is guest speaker at today's meeting of the Valley Pachyderm Club. Walker will discuss efforts to change the initiative process in the Legislature. The noon luncheon takes place at the Salem Scottish Rite Center, 4090 Commercial St. SE.

02/15/2007
Spending-limit campaigns spend time, money on ballot battle
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Spending-limit campaigns spend time, money on ballot battle

BY BRAD CAIN

A coalition representing unions, education boosters and business groups is launching a get-out-the-vote effort to persuade Oregonians to reject measures on the Nov. 7 ballot to limit state spending and reduce state income taxes. Organizers say the effort against the Measure 48 spending limit and the Measure 41 tax cut features activists going door-to-door and working phone banks, urging opposition to measures they say would damage state services and "move Oregon backward."

10/29/2006
Impact on Measure 41 State Agencies is At Core of Debate
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Impact on Measure 41 State Agencies is At Core of Debate

BY Steve Law

Keizer conservative Russ Walker calls Measure 41 a "tax cut for the little guy." Silverton progressive Chuck Sheketoff calls the initiative, one of 10 on Oregon's Nov. 7 ballot, "fool's gold." Measure 41 supporters say it's a perfect time to cut state income taxes because Oregon's rebounding economy is causing state coffers to overflow with surplus cash. Measure 41 critics say it's a horrible time to cut taxes because schools, state police and other state services are limping from recession-induced cuts earlier in the decade.

10/01/2006
Judge-Election Measure Makes Ballot
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Judge-Election Measure Makes Ballot

BY Brad Cain (AP)

Members of Oregon's two highest courts -- which currently are dominated by judges from the Portland area and the Willamette Valley -- would have to be elected by district rather than statewide under a measure that qualified Thursday for the Nov. 7 ballot. State election officials said there were 102,637 valid petition signatures for the proposal. Supporters needed 100,840 to send the measure to voters. It was the final measure to be certified by the state for the November ballot, meaning that Oregon voters will decide on 10 initiatives in the fall.

08/04/2006
No Holiday For Signature-Gatherers
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No Holiday For Signature-Gatherers

BY Steve Law

Hundreds of Oregonians will be trying to take the law into their own hands in the coming week, gathering final petition signatures to put citizen-drafted bills and constitutional amendments before voters. Backers of initiative measures must turn in signatures to the state Elections Division by Friday to qualify for Oregon's Nov. 7 ballot. Citizens and special-interest groups drafted 165 initiatives, but now it's down to 13 proposals contending to make the ballot. Topics include abortion, campaign-finance reform and a statewide spending limit.

07/01/2006
George Reports More Money Than Starr
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George Reports More Money Than Starr

BY Peter Wong

Challenger Larry George raised more in services than incumbent Charles Starr did in cash in the final days of their Republican primary contest in Senate District 13, which includes Keizer. According to final-week reports filed with the secretary of state, George received $28,670 in services from Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy, the state offshoot of the national group FreedomWorks. George also credited $2,500 from his advertising company in Sherwood.

05/13/2006
Sleazy Fliers Distort Judge Lipscomb's Record
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Sleazy Fliers Distort Judge Lipscomb's Record

BY Opinion

Local judicial candidates tend to run low-key, high-minded campaigns. But fliers vilifying Presiding Judge Paul Lipscomb have pulled a Marion County race down to the level of a mud-wrestling match. The three fliers come from a political action committee with the chutzpah to call itself the Judicial Integrity Coalition. It is an offspring of FreedomWorks, a political group based in Washington, D.C., with a campaign center in Oregon.

05/07/2006

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