Politics & leadership

Politics In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

DHS CONTACTS STATES ABOUT 2016 ELECTION HACKING The Department of Homeland Security directly notified election officials in 21 states last month that they had been targeted by hackers connected to the Russian government during the 2016 election campaign...

Politics In Brief - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

CONGRESSWOMAN JOINS CROWD SEEKING TN GOVERNORSHIP U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), announced this week she will run for governor of TENNESSEE . Black has served as chairwoman of the House Budget Committee, where she has been a strong advocate for cutting...

Effort to Establish Impeachment Process Appears Doomed In OR | 06-02-2017

Oregon is the only state in the nation that doesn’t have a process to impeach and remove its governor from office. Last month the state’s Democrat-controlled House overwhelmingly passed a resolution that would ask voters to approve one. HJR...

Politics In Brief - May 15 2017 | 05-12-2017

Congress Blocks State Retirement Plans Congress voted to eliminate an Obama-administration rule removing regulatory hurdles obstructing states from creating retirement programs for workers who don’t have access to retirement plans through their...

Politics In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Western States Ponder Secession Days after the election of Donald Trump as president, two Oregonians submitted a petition for a 2018 ballot initiative providing for OREGON’s secession from the United States. A number of Californians have voiced...

‘Motor Voter’ Could Have Big Impact On Elections | 09-30-2016

Voter ID laws have drawn a lot of attention in recent years, but “motor voter” laws could have a much bigger impact on elections, given that at least 35 million eligible voters are not registered. “Registration is one of the biggest...

Politics In Brief - May 9 2016 | 05-05-2016

Auto Voter Registration Comes to VT VERMONT Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) signed legislation that will automatically register eligible residents to vote when they apply for a driver’s license. The law, which will take effect in 2017, makes Vermont the...

All-Mail Elections Alone May Not Increase Voter Turnout | 01-08-2016

Oregon became the first state to conduct elections entirely by mail with a voter-approved initiative (Measure 60) in 1998. Washington made the switch via legislative action in 2011. And Colorado followed suit in 2014. The nation’s most populous...

OR Needs Impeachment Process | 08-21-2015

In a guest viewpoint appearing in The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon last week, retired teacher and counselor Gary Crum advocates for the adoption of a proper impeachment process in the state “to address serious transgressions by state officials...

Politics In Brief - June 1 2015 | 05-29-2015

CO Signs HB 1057 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) has signed a bill (HB 1057) requiring citizen petitions for constitutional amendments to include estimates of the proposals’ fiscal impact. Currently such estimates aren’t required until...

OR Adopts Automatic Voter Registration | 03-20-2015

Last week Oregon became the first state in the nation to adopt automatic voter registration when Gov. Kate Brown (D) added her signature to a bill providing for the provisional registration of unregistered Oregonians to vote when they obtain or renew...