elections

guernicamag.org

Should making it easy to vote include voting via the Internet? 

And while we're on the subject of voting, should there be new limits on WHEN political figures can take donations?  Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

The campaign to privatize the liquor business in Oregon is getting started.

The Oregonian newspaper reports Oregonians for Competition, a political action committee tied to the Northwest Grocery Association, has already spent $30,000 on consultants.

It reported campaign expenditures last week of $15,000 each to Winner & Mandabach Campaigns and to the Silver Bullet company. Silver Bullet collects signatures for ballot initiatives. Winner & Mandabach worked on the campaign to defeat proposed labels for genetically modified food.

guernicamag.org

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

governor.oregon.gov

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber hasn't said whether or not he'll launch a re-election bid, but he's been busy collecting funds for one.

Kitzhaber's campaign has reported contributions of nearly $232,000 so far this year. More than half of it has come in during the last two months. He has matched the amount he raised in all of 2012.

Bringing Open Primaries Up For A Vote In Oregon

Oct 18, 2013
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California used its top-two primary system for the first time in the 2012 elections. 

All the candidate run in the same primary, and the top two vote-getters--regardless of party--face each other in the general election. 

Official Congressional Portrait

Republican Greg Walden of Oregon voted against the bill to end the partial government shutdown.

He broke with Speaker John Boehner but aligned himself with most of the GOP caucus.