Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 OR Primary (Update 19)


Portland Wows Obama, But Clintons Get the Bigger Picture, originally uploaded by redmonk.


Obama Rally Waterfront Park, originally uploaded by tobiascoyote.

2008 Primary Picks

Wow. I was going to post some poll numbers on the Clinton vs. Obama Oregon primary race, but I think the estimated 75 THOUSAND people who decided to spend hours standing in line on a hot, sunny day speaks for itself. I have never heard of such a large crowd in Portland before.

No, Scott and I didn't go to the rally. We thought about it, but we're not fond of the heat or the sun. Also, Scott has seen Obama a few times leaving the hotel across from his work. However, we did see the waiting lines for the park stretch all the way to the art museum -- about ten blocks from the Waterfront Park.


I certainly don't consider myself to be a political junky or political blog pundit. Most of my political decisions are dependant on organizations that share my values (Basic Rights Oregon, etc.), local print media endorsements (Willamette Week, etc.), and bloggers I occasionally read (Jack Bogdanski, BlueOregon, etc.). Posting even a small part of decision-making process has been very time consuming, but also helpful in my own way of thinking this through.

NOTE: Red text refers to a something I feel is negative such as a statement, endorsement, or organization.




OR CIRCUIT COURT, 4TH DIST., POSITION 38
LWV Portland: "Term: 6 years; Salary: $111,132"
[X] Marilyn E. Litzenberger
RE-ELECTED

98% (97K) OR Elections 05/21 16:58
Unopposed. Unless I hear of a reason not to, I always vote for the unopposed candidates. Simply getting one's name on the ballot should count for something.


OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY, MULTNOMAH COUNTY
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $144,000"
[X] Michael Schrunk
RE-ELECTED
98%
(117K) OR Elections 05/21 16:58
Unopposed incumbent. For such a powerful office, it would be nice if voters had an option once in a while.


MULT CO. COMMISSIONER, DIST. NO. 1
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $82,000"
[_] Wes Soderback
7% (3K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Candidate's rambling website lists PACs and lobbyists that have "contacted" him, but not necessarily have endorsed him (i.e. Oregon Right to Life, NARAL OR Green Light, Basic Rights Oregon Equality PAC, The Oregon Family Council PAC).
[X] Deborah Kafoury
ELECTED

87% (43K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
WWeek, Merc, BRO Green Light, Just Out, The O; OR AFSCME Local 88 (MultCo's largest union) endorsement, MultCo Comm. Jeff Cogen, NARAL OR Green Light, Portland City Comm. Randy Leonard, Portland City Comm. Erik Sten, Metro Pres. David Bragdon, US Rep. Darlene Hooley, OR Labor Comm. Dan Gardner, Rev. Chuck Currie, Amanda Fritz, Portland Firefighters Assn, fmr US Rep. Les AuCoin, fmr OR Rep. JoAnn Bowman, fmr OR Gov. John Kitzhaber, fmr OR Gov. Barbara Roberts
[_] Mark Newey
2% (2K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
(I have not been able to find his campaign website and he apparently has not responded to Just Out's query.)
Write-In: 0.4% (0.2K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections

MultCo GOP: "no endorsement" (via BoJack)

Kafoury seemed to be the only one real option. I couldn't find anything about Newey. I recognize Soderback's picture as having been in prior election voter guides, but I didn't see a reason to vote for him.


PORTLAND MAYOR
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $113,818"
[_] Lew Humble
0.2% (0.3K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Restricting Abortion Except Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother: YES* (with qualification), Opposes Regulating Anti-Abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES* (with qualification), Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] Kyle Burris
0.2% (0.3K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Apparently, a young homeless man who is running because "Portland is fucked."
[_] David (The Ack) Ackerman
0.8% (1K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Library Internet Porn Filter: YES* (with qualification), Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES* (with qualification)
[X] Sam Adams
ELECTED

NO RUNOFF
58% (104K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12: 40%
WWeek, Merc, BRO Endorsement, Just Out, The O, Trib, OR AFSCME 189, Rev. Chuck Currie, fmr Mayor Vera Katz (and honory campaign co-chair), MultCo Comm. Jeff Cogen, MultCo Comm. Lisa Naito, MultCo Comm. Maria Rojo de Steffey, US Rep. Peter Defazio, OR Labor Comm. Dan Gardner, OR Rep. Tina Kotek, fmr OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, Multnomah County Democrats, NARAL OR Green Light, Sierra Club OR, Marc Acito, Terrence Bean, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer
[_] Patricia Stuart
2% (4K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Campaign website is her MySpace page which does not have any blog entries.;Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Regulating Anti-Abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES, Opposes Gorge Casino: YES, Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] Bob Leonard Forthan
0.1% (0.1K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES* (with qualification)
[_] Steven Entwisle
0.1% (0.2K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
[_] Sho Dozono
33% (59K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12: 25%
BRO Green Light, Mayor Tom Potter, NARAL OR Green Light, fmr OR Gov. Victor Atiyeh, US Sen. Daniel Inouye (HI), MultCo GOP: "A man of proven leadership in increasing society's wealth. ..." (via BoJack)
[_] Christopher Rich
0.5% (0.8K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
MySpace campaign website., Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Regulating Anti-Abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES, Opposes Gorge Casino: YES* (with qualification), Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES* (with qualification), Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage: YES, Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] Craig Gier
0.1% (0.2K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
MySpace campaign website., Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES, Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] Beryle Sylvia McNair
0.3% (0.5K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
MySpace campaign blog has not been updated since February.; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] Jeff Taylor
1% (2K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Campaign website is also his business website?, Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Restricting Abortion Except Rape, Incest, or Life of the Mother: YES, Opposes Regulating Anti-Abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES, Opposes Gorge Casino: YES, Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES, Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage: YES, Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
[_] James Bernard Lee
0.8% (1K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Has a mac.com blog.
[_] (write-in) Sal Kadri
Write-In: 0.3% (0.5K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BoJack
05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12: Other: 8%, Don't Know: 27%

Yes, as a gay guy, I have to admit that electing the city's first openly gay mayor appeals to me. However, I also having some reservations about Adams. Like his former boss, Mayor Katz, Adams seems to push the costly, attention-getting projects such as the streetcar, aerial tram, and now the unnecessary bike bridge (Nevermind, Adams announced bridge plan is "dead and buried"). These are neat and attractive projects, but at what point is the City willing to say, 'Great idea, but we cannot afford to do that now'? That said, I do like Adams and hope he can deliver on providing the basic city services and pretty development projects too.

The only other mayoral candidate that seems remotely viable is Sho Dozono. I was hoping Sho's outsider campaign would be similar to Mayor Potter's successful challenge to 2004's assumed-next-mayor. However, Dozono's Voter-Owned Election scandal, Joint Terrorism Task Force position, and now his unpaid City rent scandal just don't work for me.


PORTLAND COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 1
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $95,867"
[_] John Branam
12% (17K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES, Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES* (with qualification), Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES.
[_] Jeff Bissonnette
12% (17K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Merc, BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light, Rev. Chuck Currie: "...my second choice..."
[_] Chris Smith
9% (13K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light
[_] Mike Fahey
10% (14K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Regulating anti-abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES, Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES
[X] Amanda Fritz
RUN-OFF

42% (62K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
WWeek, BRO Green Light, Just Out, The O, NARAL OR Green Light, MultCo GOP (via BoJack)
[_] Charles Lewis
RUN-OFF

12% (18K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
Rev. Chuck Currie, BoJack, BRO Green Light
Write-In: 0.4% (0.6K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections

I'm mainly voting for Amanda Fritz because I'm familiar with her blog. I like how detailed she is the great job she has done acting as a watchdog. Hopefully, as an insider, she will not lose her ability to challenge status quo.


PORTLAND COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 2
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $95,867"
[_] Fred Stewart
6% (10K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
2% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12
NARAL OR Green Light, Dave Lister
[X] Nick Fish
61% (90K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
ELECTED

NO RUNOFF
28% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12
WWeek, BRO Green Light, Just Out, The O, BoJack, OR AFSCME 189, NARAL OR Green Light, Portland Comm. Randy Leonard, fmr Mayor Vera Katz
[_] Edward (Ed) Garren
4% (6K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
1% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12
BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light
[_] Jim Middaugh
21% (32K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
10% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12
Merc, BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light, Portland Comm. Erik Sten, Rev. Chuck Currie, US Rep. Peter DeFazio; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Regulating anti-abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES 05/14/2008 e-mail I received from Jim Middaugh: ". . . I didn't respond to the Oregon Family Council's questionnaire because I disagree with their positions on so many issues. . . ."
[_] Harold C. Williams Two
5% (7K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
4% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12
Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES* (with qualification), Opposes Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES
0.4% (0.6K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections

Don't Know 56% 05/08-05/09 Portland Tribune-FOX 12

MultCo GOP: "no endorsement" (via BoJack)

You know, I can't really specifically identify why I'm voting for Nick Fish. All I remember was that I wanted to vote for him in a prior city election, but he was narrowly edged-out by another candidate.


PORTLAND COMMISSIONER, POSITION NO. 4
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $95,867"
[_] Edward Kill
4% (6K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
NARAL OR Green Light; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES* (with qualification), Opposes Licensing of Private School Teachers: YES* (with qualification),
[_] Emily S. Ryan
11% (16K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BRO Green Light
[X] Randy Leonard
RE-ELECTED

NO RUNOFF REQUIRED
71% (98K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
WWeek, Merc, Just Out, The O, BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light
[_] Martha Perez
10% (14K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BRO Green Light, NARAL OR Green Light; Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Regulating anti-abortion "Pregnancy Resource Centers": YES* (with qualification), Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES* (with qualification), Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES* (with qualification)
0.8% (1K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections

MultCo GOP: "withhold vote" (via BoJack)

I see no reason to vote against the incumbent -- although I regret he didn't run for mayor.


METRO COUNCILOR, 5TH DIST.
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $37,044"
[X] Rex Burkholder
RE-ELECTED

98% (40K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
NARAL OR Green Light
[_] (write-in) Jack Bogdanski
Write-In: 1% (0.4K) 05/21 15:53 MultCo Elections
BoJack
MultCo GOP: "withhold votes" (via BoJack)

Unopposed incumbent.


OR MEASURE 51 AMENDS CONSTITUTION
ENABLES CRIME VICTIMS TO ENFORCE EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN PROSECUTIONS, DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS; AUTHORIZED IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION.
[X] Yes
PASSED
75%
(724K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
WWeek, Merc, Trib, BoJack, creepy Nevada GOP donor Loren Parks (see 2002 WWeek article) gave $20K to committee (ORESTAR)
[_] No
24%
(241K) 05/21 15:21 OR Elections
ACLU OR: "Neutral"
I don't really understand what these constitutional amendments do. They don't seem controversial and I have not found anyone that argues against them. Even the Portland Mercury endorses these amendments and the ACLU is not opposing them.


OR MEASURE 52 AMENDS CONSTITUTION
ENABLES CRIME VICTIMS TO ENFORCE EXISTING CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IN PROSECUTIONS, DELINQUENCY PROCEEDINGS; AUTHORIZES IMPLEMENTING LEGISLATION.
[X] Yes
PASSED
74%
(708K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
WWeek, Merc, Trib, BoJack
[_] No
25%
(237K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
ACLU OR: "Neutral"


OR MEASURE 53 AMENDS CONSTITUTION
MODIFIES PROVISIONS GOVERNING CIVIL FORFEITURES RELATED TO CRIMES; PERMITS USE OF PROCEEDS BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
[X] Yes
PASSED
50%
(471K) 05/21 15:21 OR Elections
WWeek, Merc, Trib, BoJack
[_] No
49%
(467K) 05/21 15:21 OR Elections
ACLU OR: "Neutral"


DEMOCRATIC PARTY PRIMARY NOMINATIONS


US PRESIDENT (DEM)
[_] Hillary Clinton
PLEDGED DELEGATES:
21 of 52 DPO (via BlueOregon)
19 of 52 CNN estimate
22 of 52 DemConWatch estimate
40% (251K) 05/22 08:48 OR Elections
42% 05/16-05/18 SurveyUSA
38% 05/17-05/18 PPP
34% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
OR Sen. & OR SOS candidate Vicki Walker, OR Sen. Ginny Burdick, MultCo Comm. Lonnie Roberts (!?! I assumed he was Republican.), MultCo Comm. Maria Rojo de Steffey
(I'm having trouble finding any local paper that endorsed Clinton.) Here's one: Statesman Journal (Salem)
Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES, Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage: Yes

OR SUPERDELEGATES:
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE:
[X] Barack Obama
PLEDGED DELEGATES:
31 of 52 DPO (via BlueOregon)
29 of 52 CNN estimate
30 of 52 DemConWatch estimate
58% (360K) 05/22 08:48 OR Elections
55% 05/16-05/18 SurveyUSA
56% 05/17-05/18 PPP
51% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
WWeek, Merc, The O, Trib, Rev. Chuck Currie, BoJack, OR AFSCME, ret. USAF Gen. Tony McPeak, fmr OR Gov. John Kitzhaber, fmr. OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, US Sen. candidate Steve Novick, US Sen. candidate & OR Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley, fmr. Portland Mayor Vera Katz, OR Sen. Avel Gordly, OR Treas. candidate & OR Sen.Ben Westlund, OR Rep. Tina Kotek, OR Rep. Mary Nolan, injured Trailblazer Greg Oden; Oregon "Family" Council: Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage: YES


OR SUPERDELEGATES:
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
John McCain
PLEDGED DELEGATES:

23 of 27 CNN estimate
81% (278K) 05/22 08:48 OR Elections
Write-In Votes: 0.8% (5K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
05/16-05/18 SurveyUSA: Other: 2%, Undecided: 1%
05/17-05/18 PPP: Undecided 7%

UNCOMMITTED OR SUPERDELEGATES (Democratic Convention Watch):
  • US Sen. Ron Wyden: 05/29/2008 announced he will make an endorsement by 06/13/2008. (OregonLive via Mapes On Politics)
  • OR DNC Chair Meredith Woods-Smith Endorsed Obama on 05/28/2008 (OregonLive via DemConWatch)
  • DNC Member Frank Dixon: "I’ll probably go with whomever the Oregon voters vote for." (from Merc)
  • OR DNC Committeewoman Jenny Greenleaf Endorsed Obama on 05/23/2008 (BlueOregon via DemConWatch)
  • OR DNC Committeeman Wayne Kinney Endorsed Obama on 05/28/2008 (BlueOregon)
  • DNC Member Gail Rasmussen Endorsed Obama on 05/29/2008 (OregonLive via DemConWatch)
  • DNC Member Hon. Bill Bradbury


I've previously blogged a little about my Obama decision. Basically, I love both candidates and continue to hope they will share the same ticket. However, I favor Obama because of his positive and inspiring campaign speeches. Hillary's negative attack ads and pandering just don't work for me.


US SENATOR (DEM)
LWV OR: "Represents Oregonians in U.S. Senate, Term: 6 Years, Salary: $169,300. Proposes and votes on new and revised federal laws. Votes on federal budget and taxes. Approves treaties with other nations. Confirms presidential appointments to certain offices. Helps Oregonians with problems with federal government."
[_] Pavel Goberman
2%
(11K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
1% 05/17-05/18 PPP
2% 05/01 SurveyUSA(3)
1% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE:
[_] Jeff Merkley
NOMINATED
44%
(236K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
33% 05/17-05/18 PPP
28% (Tie w/ Novick) 05/01 SurveyUSA(3)
21% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
Just Out, OR Gov. Ted Kulongoski, fmr OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, OR Attny Gen. Hardy Myers, Sierra Club OR, Humane Society Legislative Fund, OR AFSCME, Portland Comm. Sam Adams, Sho Dozono REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
Gordon Smith
RE-NOMINATED
85%
(286K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
[_] Roger S. Obrist
2%
(12K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
1% 05/17-05/18 PPP
4% 05/01 SurveyUSA(3)
1% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
[_] David Loera
1%
(5K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
1% 05/17-05/18 PPP
2% 05/01 SurveyUSA(3)
0% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
[_] Candy Neville
6%
(36K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
6% 05/17-05/18 PPP
8% 05/01/2008 SurveyUSA Poll (via BlueOregon)
3% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
[X] Steve Novick
41%
(221K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
38% 05/17-05/18 PPP
30% (Tie w/ Merkley) 05/01 SurveyUSA(3)
26% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
WWeek, Merc, The O, Trib, Rev. Chuck Currie, BoJack, fmr. Gov. John Kitzhaber, frm. US Rep. Les AuCoin, Portland Comm. Erik Sten, Portland Comm. Randy Leonard, OR Sen. Ginny Burdick, MultCo Comm. Jeff Cogen, MultCo Comm. Maria Rojo de Steffey, Metro Pres. David Bragdon, Metro Councilor Robert Liberty
0.4% (2K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
19% Undecided 05/17-05/18 PPP

(3) via BlueOregon
05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune: Don't Know 43%

I admire that Novick started his campaign so early and had the foresight that Smith would be vulnerable this year. Like Hillary Clinton's campaign, I don't get Merkley's attack campaign. Why attack someone in your own party? I also disagreed with Merkley's criticism of Novick's blog and online comments. Polite, quiet, and timid Democrat senators are what allowed the Bush Jr. Administration to get away with so much. We need Democratic leaders that are willing to speak out and risk offending.


US REPRESENTATIVE (DEM)
LWV OR: "Represents Oregonians in Congress; Term: 2 Years; Salary: $169,300; Proposes and votes on new and revised federal laws; Develops and votes on federal budget and taxes; Helps Oregonians with problems with federal government"
[_] Will Hobbs
16% (18K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
WWeek, The O, "We must . . .institute a guest worker program . . ."(1), Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES* (with qualification), Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES*
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE:
[X] David Wu
RE-NOMINATED

78% (86K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Oregon "Family" Council: Opposes Gorge Casino: YES** (position derived), Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES** (position derived)
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
Joel Haugen
NOMINATED
69%
(28K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
[_] Mark Welyczko
5% (5K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Library Internet Porn Filters: YES, Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES
Write-In: 0.2% (0.2K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections

(1) Quote from OregonLive.com (WARNING: OregonLive's neato Voter Guide froze Internet Explorer 6 and 7 on two different computers.)
Both The Oregonian and Willamette Week seem to endorse Hobbs as a protest vote against incumbent David Wu. They have some valid points. While I loved his Star Trek speech last year, he and the Democrat-controlled congress have not accomplished much or stopped the Bush, Jr. Administration. However, Hobbs' apparent endorsement of a guest worker program (i.e. non-citizen, non-invested, non-union, corporate-friendly, slave labor) doesn't work for me. I will vote for Wu and hope that he and his party can accomplish more with President Obama.


OR SECRETARY OF STATE (DEM)
LWV OR: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $72,000; Head of elections, audits, and record keeping; Supervises all state and local elections; Audits accounts of all state boards, commissions, and agencies; Keeps state records and registers corporations and trademarks; Along with Governor and Treasurer, oversees management of state lands"
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE:
[_] Kate Brown
NOMINATED

51% (266K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
42% 05/17-05/18 PPP
23% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
Merc, BRO Endorsement, Just Out, The O, NARAL OR Endorsement, Rev. Chuck Currie, fmr. OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, OR Sen. Avel Gordly, OR Rep. Tina Kotek, Portland Mayor Tom Potter, Portland City Comm. Sam Adams, Portland City Comm. Dan Saltzman
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
Rick Dancer
NOMINATED
98%
(244K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
[_] Rick Metsger
27% (140K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
19% 05/17-05/18 PPP
23% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
Trib, Oregon "Family" Council: Supports Personal Tax Kicker: YES** (position derived)
[X] Vicki L. Walker
17% (92K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
17% 05/17-05/18 PPP
12% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
WWeek, BoJack, OR Sen. Margaret Carter, Portland City Comm. Randy Leonard, Portland City Comm. Erik Sten

In it's endorsement, Willamette Week acknowledges that Walker tipped-off the paper about the Goldschmidt sex scandal which the paper won an Pulitzer for. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say her role in toppling a powerful and popular political figure may have played a role in her lack of some endorsements.

Oddly, the
Portland Mercury acknowledges Walker as "a fighter" and her "impressive" booklet about her idea for the office, but they hold these attributes against her.
[_] Paul Damian Wells
2% (13K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
1% 05/17-05/18 PPP
1% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
Apparently his website advocates something about election reform with a nifty animation, but I was too bored to figure out the point.
Write-In: 0.2% (1K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections

20% 05/17-05/18 PPP
Don't Know 41% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune

As the second highest office in the state, the Secretary of State is a surprisingly low profile office. The Portland Tribune's endorsement of Metsger mentions that Walker has a reputation as having a "zeal" and a "fiery temperament" but also admits that "She is willing to take down anyone suspected of wrongdoing." Oddly, the qualities some papers have held against Walker seem to me the very qualities the Secretary of State should have.


OR STATE TREASURER (DEM)
LWV OR: "Chief financial officer; Term: 4 years; Salary: $72,000; Manages investment of state monies; Manages the sale of state bonds; Along with Governor and Secretary of State, oversees management of state lands"
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE:
[X] Ben Westlund
NOMINATED

99% (391K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Just Out, OR Treasurer Randall Edwards, fmr OR Treasurer Jim Hill, OR Gov. Ted Kulongoski, US Sen. Ron Wyden, fmr Gov. Barbara Roberts, OR Sen. Margaret Carter, OR Sen. Avel Gordly, Portland City Comm. Sam Adams, OR AFSCME
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
Allen Alley
NOMINATED
99%
(225K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Write-In: 0.8% (3K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections

Unopposed.


OR ATTORNEY GENERAL (DEM)
LWV OR: Lawyer for the state; Term: 4 years; Salary: $77,200; Head of the Oregon Department of Justice; Provides legal services to state boards, commissions, and agencies; Leads consumer protection, crime victim compensation, and organized crime investigation programs.
[X] John R. Kroger
NOMINATED

55% (272K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
42% 05/17-05/18 PPP
22% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
Merc, BoJack, Sierra Club OR, fmr. Gov. John Kitzhaber, Portland City Comm. Randy Leonard, OR Sen. Avel Gordley
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
(Write-In)
NO NOMINATION
100%
(12K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
[_] Greg Macpherson
43% (214K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
31% 05/17-05/18 PPP
26% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune
WWeek, Just Out, The O, NARAL OR Endorsement, OR Attorney General Hardy Myers, OR Gov. & fmr OR Atty Gen. Ted Kulongoski, fmr. OR Gov. Barbara Roberts, US Rep. Darlene Hooley
Write-In: 0.2% (1K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections 28% Undecided 05/17-05/18 PPP
52% 05/08-05/10 FOX 12-Portland Tribune

Like the Secretary of State's race, this was a difficult decision to make. However, I decided to vote for the candidate the 'outsider' candidate. The Oregon AG has been a little too quiet and that Kroger is proposing shaking-up the status quo.


OR SENATOR, 18TH DIST. (DEM)
LWV Portland: "Term: 4 years; Salary: $19,884
[X] Ginny Burdick
RE-NOMINATED

98% (16K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
John Wight
NOMINATED
98%
(5K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Write-In: 1% (0.1K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections

Surprisingly unopposed. I thought she would be politically weakened by her 2006 Portland City Council loss and bad press. Apparently, no local Dems were willing to take her on.
OR AFSCME: "None"


OR REPRESENTATIVE, 36TH DIST. (DEM)
LWV Portland: "Term: 2 years; Salary: $19,884"
[X] Mary Nolan
RE-NOMINATED

99% (10K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
BRO Endorsement, NARAL OR Endorsement, OR AFSCME
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE:
Steve Oppenheim
NOMINATED
98%
(1K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections
Write-In: 0.7% (0.08K) 05/21 16:58 OR Elections

Unopposed incumbent.


OR NONPARTISAN JUDICIARY
Twenty-one positions, all unopposed incumbents.

UPDATE 19 (05/28/2008) Added Meredith Wood Smith's and Wayne Kinney's Obama endorsements.
UPDATE 18 (05/27/2008) Updated Presidential delegate and pledged delegate counts.
UPDATE 17 (05/22/2008) More Results
UPDATE 16 (05/21/2008 Results): Posted results
UPDATE 15 (05/19/2008 Election Eve): Added some poll numbers and Obama rally pics.
UPDATE 14 (05/14/2008): Added a few more notes this morning. This afternoon, I contacted Jim Middaugh regarding a position the Oregon "Family" Council said he had. Middaugh says he did not respond to OFC's questionnaire. I'm waiting for a response from the OFC.
UPDATE 13 (05/13/2008) REVISED: Added Oregon "Family" Council's voter guide results. Their right-wing voter guide doesn't endorse candidates, but lists candidates' stand on a bizarrely chosen range of issues. I added categories that the voter guide rated the candidate "Yes" or "Yes* (with qualification)".
- "LIFE: Supports Restricting Abortion Except Rape, Incest or Life of the Mother" Because a woman should only have control of her body if a male rapists, male sex-predator family member, or doctor allows it?
- "GAMBLING: Opposes Off-reservation Gorge Casino"
Somehow a Gorge Casino allowing Native American businesses off 'the res' will harm families.
-"DECENCY: Supports Library Internet Pornography Filters":
Because it's the government's job to censor internet content?
-"MARRIAGE: Supports One Man, One Woman Marriage"
Notice this vaguely worded category does not necessarily mean a candidates supports a anti-gay constitutional amendment or opposes civil unions or domestic partnerships.
- "RELIGION: Supports Religious Exemptions for Purposes of Faith & Conscience" I decided to leave out this category. It's vaguely defined and I'm not sure what the point of this category is. Isn't everyone pro-church/state seperation?
- "EDUCATION: Opposes State Licensing of Private School Teachers"
WHAT!? They WANT private school teachers to be unlicensed?
- "TAXES: Supports Reducing Taxes" or "KICKER: Supports Personal Tax Kicker"
Because deficit spending and ransacking the Social Security is moral?
UPDATE 12 (05/09/2008): Added US Rep. Defazio's Obama endorsement.
UPDATE 11: Added Multnomah County Republican Party endorsements. LOL!
UPDATE 10: DONE! Decided on last two votes: Sec. of State and AG.
UPDATE 9: Added pretty tables.
UPDATE 8: Decided in favor of unopposed and incumbent candidates.
UPDATE 7: Decided on US Rep.
UPDATE 6: Added more union and Rev. Currie endorsements and decided ballot measures.
UPDATE 5: Added The Oregonian and Jack Bogdanski endorsements
UPDATE 4: Added NARAL endorsements, candidate website links, and endorsements I find interesting.
UPDATE 3: Revised Portland Mayor.
UPDATE 2: Added Just Out's endorsements.
UPDATE 1: Revised MultCo Commissioner, Dist. No. 1.

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