State of Oregon Archives: on Government Reform


Jason Conger: Voted NO on looser campaign finance reporting

SB 270: Campaign Finance Reporting (Bill Failed House, 5-54); Conger voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart summary: 2014 Oregon Senate legislative session

Monica Wehby: Founders never imagined a permanent political class

The problem with career politicians is that they become so out of touch that they lose the ability to relate to every day Americans. It's time for a return to a problem solvers approach, an approach our nation was founded upon. Five physicians signed the Declaration of Independence. Josiah Bartlett was a renowned innovator in the field of medicine and is also considered one of the chief architects of the US Constitution. Our founding fathers intended that we elect people to office who have excelled in non-political fields and who can bring their experience, knowledge and talents to a deliberative body for the betterment of every day Americans.

The founders didn't add term limits to the constitution because they never imagined that we would create a permanent political class. Serving in office was considered a sacrifice. When you got the job done you returned to your family. That's why Dr. Wehby supports a two-term limit for US Senators. Twelve years is enough time to get the job done.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, MonicaForOregon.com, "Issues"

Jeff Merkley: Nuclear option: Allow confirmation of Obama's appointees

Ever since they arrived in the Senate, Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall have had one huge, seemingly insurmountable goal: To change Senate rules on the filibuster. On Thursday, they won.

"This is a terrific vote for the US Senate," said Merkley. "The American people want this institution to function. They want to see it take on the big issues. They don't want to see the entire calendar of the year eaten up by paralyzing process on nominations."

Filibuster reform has long been a marquee issue for Merkley (OR) & Udall (NM), who are part of a new breed of Senate reformers who have never served in the minority. Now, they're looking to expand their change to filibuster rules governing legislation--but that's going to be a much harder sell.

Critics of the two first-term senators say they led a movement they don't even understand--they have only served in the majority, longtime GOP senators charge, and don't appreciate ways that the filibuster has been used to the benefit of the country in the past.

Source: Politico.com coverage of 2014 Oregon Senate race Nov 21, 2013

Gordon Harold Smith: Increase individuals campaign donation limit

Source: Oregon Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 18, 2008

Bruce Broussard: Good government follows clearly outlined public procedures

Parking lot politics is not good politics. Sometimes the result may seem to produce innovation, but it robs the citizens of the right to participate in the democratic process. Same-sex marriage policy, for example, while an important issue to many Oregonians, was ‘railroaded’ past the people of Multnomah Country without the benefit of open, democratic debate and decision-making. It creates the unfortunate situation in which the value of the policies in question don’t get addressed and must take second place to whims of those currently in positions of power. It is not a right use of the people’s trust. Good Government is government that follows the public procedures clearly outlined in the laws that govern our land.
Source: 2004 Senate campaign website, broussardfororegon.com Aug 11, 2004

Kevin Mannix: Fix budget with government structure change not tax hike

Oregonians should oppose the January 2003 income tax increase measure because it simply pumps more income into government without changing the way government does business and it will further deepen Oregon’s recession. As Oregon’s new Governor, in January, I will collaborate with the legislature to implement emergency structural changes to fill the budget gap without raising taxes, without hurting education for our kids, and without endangering our neighborhoods.
Source: 2002 Gubernatorial website, MannixForOregon.org, “Budget” Oct 15, 2002

Winona LaDuke: Stop corporate funding of elections

“We can’t have corporations underwrite our elections process,” she said, adding, “it is also a question of ethics for the politicians.”
Source: U-wire article, “Native Week at Oregon State” May 23, 2000

Jeff Merkley: Spending limits on campaigns, plus full disclosure

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: Yes.

Q: Would you vote to ratify an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?

A: No.

Q: Do you support using vote-by-mail for all elections?

A: Yes.

Source: Oregon State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

John Kitzhaber: Limit individual campaign donations; require full disclosure

Source: Oregon Gubernatorial 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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