Turnout matters. That sounds a bit silly, but following most elections, we rarely hear about turnout. But because those who vote are the ones who decide an election – derp – the side that can get more of its people out to vote, wins.
This is not tautological silliness. This is the essence of winning an election. In 2010, 80,000 voters turned in their ballots in Multnomah County on Election Day, and John Kitzhaber was elected governor. On that same day across the country, state after state saw turnout rates of 30-40% – and Republicans won governorships and legislatures. In 2008 and 2012, voters came out in huge numbers, and Barack Obama...Read the rest
Submitted by T.A. Barnhart on Tue, 05/21/2013 - 21:34
I turned in my ballot about an hour ago, running up N Commercial to the Killingsworth Library in the rain (prior to some sprint training, also in the rain). I voted for Micro Dorrow, Tom Koehler and Martain Gonzalez. I voted Yes on the Children’s Levy and the Natural Resources Levy. Those were all easy votes.
Fluoride? I ended up voting from the place I was at when this campaign began: I did not cast a vote. I will be an undervote in the official tally: A ballot that does not vote on a particular issue. I’m not happy with that vote, but I’m also satisfied I voted my principles and my conscious.
This measure should never have been on the ballot. For starters, few voters have the competence to judge on the facts. I know I don’t, and I’ve paid attention. I’ve done...
Submitted by T.A. Barnhart on Sat, 05/18/2013 - 09:48
Rep Greg Walden posted this image & statement on Facebook:
Here I am with the "Red Tape Tower," thousands of pages of regulations associated with Obamacare. This is a stark representation about how Obamacare is holding back jobs.
I'm voting today to fully repeal this flawed law. Oregonians deserve a patient-centered health care system that allows them to access the care they need from the doctor and hospital they choose at the lowest possible cost. Share if you agree.
Submitted by T.A. Barnhart on Mon, 05/13/2013 - 13:22
Earlier this week, I met Jenna Passalacqua for the first time. I’ve heard Jenna speak several times but had not gotten the chance to introduce myself and let her know how much I admire what she is doing. I got that opportunity this week because she and I were both in Salem doing the same thing: advocating for gun legislation to save lives in Oregon.
If the name is not familiar to you, Jenna is the daughter of Cindy Yuille, and Cindy was one of three people who died at the Clackamas Town Center last December. I’ve been thinking a lot about Jenna today because, like me, her mom is not here on Mother’s Day...
Rep Gelser carried HB 2672 on the House floor, and it was passed with 32 Yes votes (including 2 Republicans). She notes the protections extended to domestic workers underscore the value we should be giving to work traditionally done by women.
With her is Sen Elizabeth Steiner Hayward; they were speaking at the Family Forward Mother's Day of Action at the Capital. May 8, 2013.