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Political fight brewing over appellate judge election in Oregon

PORTLAND — A national conservative group has begun collecting signatures to force a statewide vote on how appellate judges should be elected, after a similar measure was rejected in 2002. Judges for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals are elected on a statewide basis. The initiative campaign organized and financed by FreedomWorks would require the Legislature to divide the state into seven districts of equal population for electing Supreme Court justices.

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Political fight brewing over appellate judge election in Oregon

PORTLAND — A national conservative group has begun collecting signatures to force a statewide vote on how appellate judges should be elected, after a similar measure was rejected in 2002. Judges for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals are elected on a statewide basis. The initiative campaign organized and financed by FreedomWorks would require the Legislature to divide the state into seven districts of equal population for electing Supreme Court justices.

08/29/2005
Oregon governor has angered, soothed

The Associated Press Salem, Ore. SALEM, Ore. In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators including Republicans to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy.

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Oregon governor has angered, soothed

BY Brad Cain

The Associated Press Salem, Ore. SALEM, Ore. In his first year in office, Democratic Gov. Ted Kulongoski antagonized his labor allies with a strong push to reduce pension benefits of public employees and freeze state workers' salaries. At the same time, he worked with legislators including Republicans to crank out a budget deal and pass bills aimed at boosting the state's economy.

12/22/2003
Signature-gatherers' pay being investigated

SALEM, Ore. State election officials are investigating a complaint that petitioners for an anti-tax campaign may be breaking a law against paying workers for each signature they gather. Anne Martens, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, also said yesterday that the office is looking into an allegation that a petition circulator gave false information about the tax measure to prospective signers. Both complaints were brought by the Voter Education Project, a watchdog group that monitors those who collect signatures for ballot measures.

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Signature-gatherers' pay being investigated

BY Charles E. Beggs

SALEM, Ore. State election officials are investigating a complaint that petitioners for an anti-tax campaign may be breaking a law against paying workers for each signature they gather. Anne Martens, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, also said yesterday that the office is looking into an allegation that a petition circulator gave false information about the tax measure to prospective signers. Both complaints were brought by the Voter Education Project, a watchdog group that monitors those who collect signatures for ballot measures.

11/11/2003
Transit sales tax pushing ahead

Voters last night were approving Snohomish County's proposed sales-tax increase for expanded transit service. If Proposition 1 passes, it will increase the county's sales tax by 3 cents on every $10 purchase, enabling Community Transit (CT) to restore service it eliminated last year after the passage of Initiative 695. I-695, which led to a cut in auto-license fees to a flat $30 per vehicle, cost CT more than $18 million per year, or about 30 percent of its operating budget.

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Transit sales tax pushing ahead

BY Janet Burkitt

Voters last night were approving Snohomish County's proposed sales-tax increase for expanded transit service. If Proposition 1 passes, it will increase the county's sales tax by 3 cents on every $10 purchase, enabling Community Transit (CT) to restore service it eliminated last year after the passage of Initiative 695. I-695, which led to a cut in auto-license fees to a flat $30 per vehicle, cost CT more than $18 million per year, or about 30 percent of its operating budget.

09/19/2001
Group fights higher sales tax

With only two weeks to spare, Snohomish County's proposed sales-tax increase for transit service has attracted its first official opponent. Washington Citizens for a Sound Economy yesterday announced its opposition to Proposition 1, a measure on the Sept. 18 ballot would increase taxes by 3 cents on every $10 purchase. Community Transit (CT), which operates buses as well as dial-a-ride vans for the disabled and the elderly, last year eliminated all Sunday service in Snohomish County as a result of Initiative 695.

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Group fights higher sales tax

BY Diane Brooks

With only two weeks to spare, Snohomish County's proposed sales-tax increase for transit service has attracted its first official opponent. Washington Citizens for a Sound Economy yesterday announced its opposition to Proposition 1, a measure on the Sept. 18 ballot would increase taxes by 3 cents on every $10 purchase. Community Transit (CT), which operates buses as well as dial-a-ride vans for the disabled and the elderly, last year eliminated all Sunday service in Snohomish County as a result of Initiative 695.

09/05/2001
Oracle 'out to expose' Microsoft

WASHINGTON - The chairman of Oracle yesterday admitted hiring detectives to investigate Microsoft and defended the effort, including a cash-for-trash offer, as a means to force "full disclosure" of Microsoft's financial ties to allies. Larry Ellison acknowledged authorizing Oracle lobbyists in Washington to "investigate" Microsoft, but added that until Tuesday he had never heard of the private detective company that was hired.

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Oracle 'out to expose' Microsoft

BY John Hendren

WASHINGTON - The chairman of Oracle yesterday admitted hiring detectives to investigate Microsoft and defended the effort, including a cash-for-trash offer, as a means to force "full disclosure" of Microsoft's financial ties to allies. Larry Ellison acknowledged authorizing Oracle lobbyists in Washington to "investigate" Microsoft, but added that until Tuesday he had never heard of the private detective company that was hired.

06/29/2000