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Legislature adjourns on time and on budget

With a 30-30 tie in the House, a closely divided Senate, and a third term governor, no one expected the 2011 Legislature to produce much. But like my colleagues, I was committed to working together to move Oregon forward and I think we did that. We balanced the budget without raising taxes, and we slowed [...]

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Independent commission should handle redistricting

The end is near.   The end of the legislative session, that is. We are voting on all sorts of bills – budget and policy.   In the midst of that rush, the compromise redistricting plan was issued by the committee.  As you know, every 10 years, the Legislature is tasked to redraw House and Senate districts [...]

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Fair, bipartisan redistricting plan is an accomplishment

Last week the Oregon Legislature accomplished something that’s eluded Oregon’s state legislatures for decades: They reached a bipartisan agreement on redistricting. As you know and no doubt have witnessed, redistricting, which immediately follows completion of the U.S. Census, generally is a divisive and rancorous battle between Republicans and Democrats at the state level across the [...]

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Redistricting is too important to be this political

Over the course of the last few months, as the Redistricting Committee has traveled the state and then conferred here in Salem, I have been thinking about and examining the redistricting process as it stands in the state of Oregon. First of all, this system is flawed to the very core. In the current system, [...]

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Redistricting plans don’t bode well for cooperation

Occurring every 10 years, immediately after the census numbers are released, the legislature is required to re-draw congressional and legislative district lines.  The law mandates that districts are contiguous, be of equal population, utilize existing geographic and political boundaries, and be connected by transportation links. Most importantly, the boundaries must not divide communities of common [...]

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Oregonians deserve fair, nonpartisan redistricting

Every 10 years the Oregon Legislature is charged with redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional district boundaries.  The criteria for establishing these districts are clear.  Districts must be contiguous; be of equal population; utilize existing geographic or political boundaries; not divide communities of common interest; and be connected by transportation links.  The law is also [...]

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