Oregon To Decide On Licenses For Illegal Immigrants

By Jim McCoy Wed 17th September Newsdriver's licenseselectionsimmigration
For a time last year, Oregon joined seven other states in giving driving privileges to people living in the country illegally. But a small anti-immigrant group rounded up just enough signatures to stop the law and put a measure before voters in November to void it. Oregonians for Immigration Reform says the state should not encourage illegal immigration. The law would haRead More »

It's Time To Get Registered To Vote

By Jim McCoy Thu 11th September Newselectionsvoter registration
The Oregon Secretary of State will be mailing postcards all around Oregon to eligible voters, encouraging them to get registered. The deadline to register to participate in this November’s election is October 14th. Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker says if you get a postcard, but believe you are already registered, visit www.oregonvotes.gov or call the county elections division at (541) 774-6148.Read More »

Ballot Measure Review Panel Won't Support Measure 90

By Jim McCoy Thu 21st August NewsCitizen Review PanelelectionsMeasure 90
A panel chosen for a citizen-level review of ballot measures isn't persuaded that Oregon should ditch its partisan primaries and adopt the top-two election system used in Washington and California. The voters on the Citizen Initiative Review panel heard arguments from both sides this week. After deliberating, they voted 14-5 to oppose Measure 90.Read More »

5-Way Tie For Cave Junction City Council Race

By Jim McCoy Mon 26th November NewselectionsJosephine County news
There's a five-way tie for a seat on the Cave Junction City Council - each person got three write-in votes each. So the election may be settled by chance, through drawing a name from a hat, for example. After the incumbent decided not to run, 62 voters wrote in names. Josephine County Clerk Art Harvey tells the Grants Pass Daily Courier the top finisher got seven votes but was disqualiRead More »

Ashland City Council Race Remains Close

By Jim McCoy Tue 20th November NewsAshland City Councilelectionsrecounts
The race for a seat on the Ashland City Council remains undecided. Incumbent Carol Voisin leads challenger Jackie Agee by just 28 votes- 4,884 to 4,856. The County Clerk's office still has problem ballots to work through that were rejected by tabulating machines.Read More »

County Commissioner Races Highlight Southern Oregon Races

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th November NewselectionsPolitics
Among the hottest races in southern Oregon are the races for positions on the Jackson and Josephine County Board of Commissioners. Doug Breidenthal, Jeff Scoggin are competing to fill the vacancy being left in Jackson County by the retiring C.W. Smith.Read More »

Prediction: Oregonians Expected To Say "No" To Pot, Gambling and Gillnet Ban

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th November Newsballot measureselectionsPolitics
Oregon voters have the chance to decide the state's future on marijuana, gambling and commercial fishing, but the odds are stacked against any of those measures passing. Polling has shown the state unwilling to regulate pot like alcohol. Oregonians are also unlikely to approve a nontribal casino outside Portland.Read More »

Oregon Expected To Not Be As "Blue" As '08

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th November NewsBarack ObamaelectionsPolitics
Barack Obama won big in Oregon four years ago with a 16-point gap over John McCain, and he was the first presidential candidate in state history to take 1 million votes. Obama will likely take Oregon again. But Obama fever has died down, even among young people. So his margin of victory here may well turn out to be less. Obama's huge win in 2008 was something of an outlier.Read More »

Investigation Into Ballot Tampering Continues

By Jim McCoy Mon 5th November Newselection fraudelections
Clackamas County officials say investigators looking into a report of tampering by an election worker have so far found only one or two ballots that were filled in where a voter hadn't made a choice. But the county's legal counsel, Scot Sideras, said Monday officials are looking through other ballots the worker handled to see if the tampering was more widespread.Read More »

Jackson County Voters Make History In Electing Heckert, Other Results

Beth Heckert has been selected by voters as Jackson County’s first female District Attorney, defeating her two opponents with ease. Voters also elected Kerry Bradshaw as County Surveyor and retained interim County Assessor Josh Gibson to continue holding the office. Republican Doug Breidenthal and Democrat Jeff Scroggins will face off in November to become Jackson County Commissioner.Read More »


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