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Commission Candidates Appear at Democrats Meeting in Siletz

April 18, 2014 Election 2014 No Comments

At 7 pm April 23 Lincoln County Democrats will go on the road to hear tribal counsel member Bud Lane speak of the activities and legislative agenda of the Confederated Tribe of the Siletz Indians.

Additionally, candidates for Lincoln County Commission will appear to speak briefly and field a few questions. This is an opportunity for East County residents to hear the candidates. In the new, non partisan
primary system, a candidate for commission can win in May without standing for a run off election in November as long as they receive 50% of the vote.

The meeting will take place at the Tribal Community & Cultural Center, 402 Park Way in Siletz, up the hill. Coffee and a light snack will be provided. Meetings of the Lincoln County Democratic Central Committee are free and open to the public. For more information, call Chair BillieJo Smith at 336-9578, or see the group’s website.

(Information from Lincoln County Democrats)

Children’s Trust, Newport bag ban both fail at the polls

Here is a link to the Lincoln County Clerk’s office.. The Oregon Secretary of State estimates a 25.26% turnout statewide. The Lincoln County turnout is estimated at 38.7%. There are many races involving positions on special taxing districts and two ballot measures.

Unofficial vote totals released so far constitute about 99% of the vote.

Measure 21-150 is for voters in the City of Newport, deciding whether to regulate Single-Use Plastic Carryout Bags and Paper Bags. The ballot question is, “Shall retail establishments, except restaurants, be prohibited from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags and required to charge for paper bags?”

Yes: 1,109

No: 1,481

 

Measure 21-151 is a county-wide vote asking to fund the Children’s Trust of Lincoln County. The ballot question is, “Shall County levy 19¢ per $1000 assessed value  for five years beginning in 2013-2014 to support children’s programs?”

Yes: 4,392

No: 5,856

 

Oregon gets top marks for clean election finances

May 17, 2013 Oregon, Politics No Comments

The National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center for Public Integrity gave Oregon a perfect score, according to a release from Secretary of State Kate Brown May 16. announced that Oregon received an “A” in a national scorecard of state campaign finance disclosure requirements for independent expenditure groups. The National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Center For Public Integrity co-released a new report and scorecard Thursday on the status of independent spending reporting requirements in the 50 states. Oregon was one of nine states to receive a perfect score. “I’m proud that Oregon continues to lead the nation in campaign finance transparency,” said Secretary Brown. “At the same time, we need to take additional action to bring special interest groups and their anonymous, last-minute attack ads out of the shadows.”

Brown used the opportunity to urge the Legislature to pass House Bill 3523, co-sponsored by Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, D-Portland, Rep. Greg Matthews, D-Gresham, Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Rep. Bob Jenson, R-Pendleton. It would require all contributions over $1,000 to be reported within 48 hours in the 14 days prior to the election; require independent expenditure campaigns to file electronic campaign finance reports in Oregon’s online campaign finance reporting database; and improve reporting of in-kind contributions. “The U.S. Supreme Court unleashed unlimited independent expenditure campaigns when it overturned the bi-partisan campaign finance law passed by Congress,” said Rep. Keny-Guyer. “HB 3523 includes an important fix that will shed more sunlight on independent expenditures. Giving Oregonians greater access to see the money being spent in their elections will keep the public policy process public.”

(Information provided by the Oregon Secretary of State)

Register to vote here

April 25, 2013 County, Election 2013 No Comments

You can register to vote right now at this link.

It takes less than two minutes. The registration deadline to vote in the May 21 election is Tuesday, April 30.

Voter registration deadline approaching

April 23, 2013 Election 2013 No Comments

voteSecretary of State Kate Brown is urging all eligible Oregon voters to make sure they are registered in advance of the May 21 election. The registration deadline is Tuesday, April 30.

 “Voting is one of our most precious rights as Americans,” said Secretary Brown. “I urge all eligible Oregonians to make sure they are registered so they can vote in this important upcoming election.”

 Eligible Oregonians can register to vote online. Oregonians who are unsure whether they are registered to vote or want to be certain the correct mailing address is on file can check or update their information online. Registration forms are also available at county elections offices and DMV.

The May 21 election features dozens of local races and ballot measures across Oregon. Registration cards must be postmarked by April 30 or submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m.

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