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Democratic Party of Oregon Chooses Positions on Statewide Ballot Initiatives

Aug 20, 2014


Contact: Andrew Gorry / press [at] dpo [dot] org / (503) 239-8634

PORTLAND, Oregon (August 20, 2014) – 

Today, the Democratic Party of Oregon is announcing its official positions on all statewide ballot measures for 2014.
Official positions of the Party are made by a voting body comprised of the State Central Committee delegates, alternates, and associates.
When voting to support, oppose, or take no position on a statewide ballot initiative, a two-thirds vote for or against a measure is required for the Party to take an official Support or Oppose position.
This year, all of the measures on the ballot received a strong, greater than two-thirds majority for a Support or Oppose position, and the Party is taking an official position on every measure.
Here are the positions of the Democratic Party of Oregon for the 2014 statewide ballot initiatives, along with a quote from Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Frank Dixon:
Measure 86: Education Investment Bonding
“This smart investment in Oregon’s students will help maintain the skilled workforce we need to grow our economy and ease the financial burden our college students are facing. Treasurer Wheeler has shown impressive leadership crafting and promoting Measure 86, and we’re proud to endorse it. Vote Yes on 86.”
Measure 87: Allow state judges to work at colleges and in National Guard
“This simple, uncontroversial bill should attract broad support from Oregonians of all stripes. Oregon’s state judges should have the same opportunities to serve in uniform and in the classroom as any other citizen. Vote Yes on 87.”
Measure 88: Driver cards for all Oregon residents
“Measure 88 will make our roads safer for everyone. Oregon Democrats join business leaders, community leaders, and working Oregonians in supporting this common-sense measure. Vote Yes on 88.”
Measure 89: Equal Rights Amendment

“We can’t take women’s equality for granted—it needs to be law. We can make that happen this year by giving women full equality in the Oregon Constitution. Vote Yes on 89.”
Measure 90: Top-Two Primary
“Oregon voters already rejected this bad idea in 2008 by 66%-34%. Measure 90 is complex, confusing, ripe for all sorts of mischief, and could double the cost of elections. Democrats shouldn’t have to compete for the votes of Republicans to win our Party’s nomination. It doesn’t work in California or Washington now, and it won’t work here. Vote No on Measure 90.”
Measure 91: Marijuana Legalization
“A majority of Americans and large majority of Democrats now support state regulation of legal marijuana use. Measure 91 is the right approach to legalization in Oregon, strictly regulating use while funding law enforcement and schools. Vote Yes on 91.”
Measure 92: Genetically Engineered Food Labeling
“We need a precautionary approach to genetically engineered foods that includes full disclosure to consumers through labeling. Measure 92 would provide that disclosure and protect the interests of Oregon farmers. Vote Yes on 92.”