Oregon 2008 statewide measures, newspaper endorsements

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There is surprising consensus among Oregon newspaper endorsements, for the 2008 statewide ballot measures. Most newspapers support all four legislative referrals (54, 55, 56, and 57) and Measure 65; nearly all oppose all the remaining initiatives (58 through 64).

Newspaper endorsements

Publication 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65
Oregonian yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Portland Tribune (also see [1] and [2]) yes yes yes yes no no no no no  ? no yes
Willamette Week yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Eugene Register Guard yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Salem Statesman Journal yes yes yes yes no no no no yes no no no
Bend Bulletin yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Daily Astorian yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Cascade Business News yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Corvallis Gazette Times yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Yamhill Valley News Register yes yes yes no no no no no no no no yes
Southern Oregon Mail Tribune yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Gresham Outlook (see also [3]) yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
East Oregonian yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Wallowa County Chieftain (see also [4]) yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes
Hermiston Herald (see also [5] and [6]) yes yes yes yes no no no no no no yes yes
Blue Mountain Eagle yes yes yes yes no no no no no no no yes

Ballot measure summaries

Title Subject Description
54 Elections Standardizes voting eligibility for school board elections with other state and local elections
55 Legislatures Change operative date of redistricting plans to allow affected legislators to finish term in original district
56 Double majority May and November property tax elections are to be decided by majority of voters voting in the relevant election (removes supermajority requirement established by Measure 47 in 1996.
57 Law enforcement Increases sentences for drug trafficking, theft against elderly, and specific repeat property and identity theft crimes, more.
58 Education Requires English immersion for non-English speaking students
59 Tax reform Makes federal income taxes fully deductible on state return
60 Education "Teacher compensation must be based on classroom performance"
61 Judicial reform "Mandatory sentences for drug dealers, identity thieves, burglars and car thieves"
62 State budget "15% of lottery profits for crime prevention, investigation and prosecution"
63 Property Rights Allows minor improvements to property without building permit
64 Payroll Deductions Prohibits using taxpayer-funded resources to collect political funds
65 Conduct of elections The "top-two" measure; creates open primaries. All voters would be able to vote in all state and local partisan elections, regardless of party affiliation.

See also