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Petitioner Scarcity
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Petitioner Scarcity

BY David Steves

Considering it’s June, things have been eerily quiet for Jenny Goodnough. Not quiet in the hearing-a-pin-drop sense. It’s the quiet as in, where are all the other signature gatherers?

06/07/2008
Lawmakers careful in talking about taxes
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Lawmakers careful in talking about taxes

BY David Steves

SALEM - Straightforward talk about raising Oregonians' taxes is hopelessly out of fashion in 2005. Public service and education advocates aren't giving up on the subject, though. They're just avoiding the joint appearance of the words "tax" and "increase" when they string sentences together at the Capitol. Sen. Bill Morrisette, D-Springfield, is hoping to bring in more money through the excise on beer. But he understands the necessity of steering the proposal around the stated opposition of House Speaker Karen Minnis and Gov. Ted Kulongoski to tax increases.

01/24/2005
Groups rally to raise tax on cigarettes
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Groups rally to raise tax on cigarettes

BY David Steves

SALEM - Despite the governor's opposition to raising cigarette taxes, health-care and anti-smoking groups are still hoping to reinstate 10 cents of that tax. That portion of Oregon's cigarette tax, which had been $1.28 a pack, was part of an array of revenue raisers that the Legislature approved, Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed, but voters defeated in February as Measure 30.

12/10/2004
Numbering of petitions undercuts Nader drive
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Numbering of petitions undercuts Nader drive

BY David Steves

SALEM - Ralph Nader's presidential campaign got derailed Wednesday in Oregon when Secretary of State Bill Bradbury ruled that his supporters didn't properly number some of their signature sheets. Nader backers responded with sharp criticism for Bradbury and vowed to fight the ruling with a court challenge.

09/02/2004