Politics & Government

November 2014 Election
6:33 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Enviros Spending Big on Northwest Races

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, takes a morning walk with his father, Len, at the Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham. More than $200,000 of the campaign money being spent to unseat Ericksen can be traced to climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyers.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / Earthfix

When people vote, the environment is not always at the top of their minds.
But behind the scenes, the environment is a big part of this year’s election.
Environmental groups have emerged as some of the top spenders in elections in the Northwest - thanks to the help of California Billionaire, Tom Steyer.

 It’s about 8AM. I’m in Bellingham about to go mall walking.

Doug Ericksen: "Hey are you Ashley? Alright let’s roll. We’re on the clock."

Senator Doug Ericksen gently coaxes his aging father, Len, on his morning walk around the Bellis Fair Mall.

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November 2014 Election
3:17 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Your Vote Can Matter

If you ever doubted the importance of your vote, a would-be Lane Electric director may change your mind.

Lynn Bowers didn’t win her bid to be one of seven directors Monday night at Lane Electric’s annual meeting. She wasn’t even one of the top two vote-getters. 

Lane Electric is a cooperative serving a rural area around Eugene-Springfield. Six candidates vied for Central District director.  Bowers picks up the story:

Bowers: “The top two were Nathan Philips, 257 votes, and Ingrid Kessler at 256.”

A one-vote difference.

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Washington Marijuana
7:26 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Marijuana Measures In Oregon, Alaska Reflect Lessons Learned In Washington

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 1, 2014, a worker weighs out one-gram packets of a variety of recreational marijuana named "Space Needle," during packaging operations at Sea of Green Farms in Seattle
Credit Ted S. Warren / AP

Two northwestern states are considering whether to follow Washington’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana. Oregon and Alaska will each take up the question on Nov. 4, and both ballot measures reflect lessons learned in Washington.

There are plenty of different approaches to legalizing recreational marijuana, but for starters, there are basically two options on the menu: Colorado and Washington. So which one is more appealing to our neighbor states?

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November 2014 Election
6:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Two Candidates Vying For Mayor in Newport, Both Unhappy With Air Facility Closure

Credit Newport News Times

Newport citizens will choose between two candidates for this years' mayoral race. Incumbent Sandra Roumagoux has been at the job for two years. She's being challenged by Dean Sawyer, who is currently the Emergency Management Planner for the Siletz Tribe.

Sawyer previously worked for more than 30 years as a Sergeant in the Newport Police Department. He is a current city councilor. Saywer wants to increase citizen participation in government by holding more open town hall meetings where people can ask questions.

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November 2014 Election
12:43 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Three Candidates Compete For Florence Mayor

Florence Mayor Nola Xavier.
Credit www.ci.florence.or.us

After the November election, the city of Florence may have a new mayor and turnover in three of the four city council seats.

Nola Xavier has been mayor of Florence two years. Before that, she was a city councilor for eight years. She wants to serve another term in order to complete several ongoing projects:

Xavier: "We're in the process of hiring a new city manager. We need a new police chief. We've been working with an interim in both of those positions for quite some time."

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Politics & Government
6:04 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Sisters To Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

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A ballot measure in Sisters asks voters to decide if medical marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to operate within city limits.

Earlier in the year, the Sisters City Council adopted a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Sisters wasn't ready to welcome licensed medical pot shops. Now, the 1,200 or so registered voters in the small tourist town will decide on Measure 9-101. It would amend the municipal code and allow dispensaries.

McKibben Womack is president of the Sisters City Council. He hears the pros and cons of medical marijuana from constituents.

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November 2014 Election
1:48 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lincoln County Commision Chairman Strives To Keep Coast Guard Helicopter in Newport

Lincoln County Commission  Chairman Terry Thompson was adamant Tuesday the Coast Guard Air Station helicopter operations slated to be moved to North Bend are not going to leave Newport. 

Thompson emerged from a joint meeting with Newport City and Port officials and said:

(Thompson) "We're going to keep pushing.  They're going to take that helicopter out of our hands over our cold dead bodies.  It isn’t going to happen."

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Politics & Government
1:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lincoln County Library District To Vote On Measure 21-156

Credit Newport Public Library

Lincoln County libraries are hoping voters will say “yes” to ballot Measure 21-156. The measure asks the Library District to renew the levy that’s been funding the county’s five public libraries since the mid-90s.

Measure 21-156 asks county voters living outside of Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Yachats to renew the levy taxing nine cents on every 1,000 dollars of property value. These voters make up the Lincoln County Library District. The tax allows residents throughout the county access to the library. Ted Smith, the director at Newport Public Library explains:

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Marijuana Taxes
12:34 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Lane County Approves Tax on Pot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a local tax on marijuana. The ordinance passed 4 to 1 after only one person spoke at a public hearing.
 

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November 2014 Election
6:46 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Democratic Businesswoman Faces Uphill Climb In Oregon's Republican-Leaning 2nd District

Oregon's 2nd District
Credit USGS

Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District is a Republican stronghold. The GOP has held the seat since early 1981, and that likely won’t change this November.
This year’s Democratic challenger is hoping to make inroads by positioning herself as a moderate alternative on issues such as the economy and natural resources.

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