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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Finally, a useful campaign ad

Written October 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Much of the campaign propaganda raining down on us now is based on distortion and falsehood. Now and then there’s a useful exception. A newly arrived mail piece, for  example, has just reminded us that, unfortunately, one mid-valley candidate favors a state program to make motor fuel more expensive.


Big money aims at Albany senator

Written September 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Oregon has been suffering from one-party government for years now. And if you’re a voter in Senate District 8 (Albany and Corvallis), a super-rich guy in California is counting on buying your vote in order to help cement and prolong our state’s unfortunate fate.


District 8 Senate race: Uneven money

Written June 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

As far as campaign money is concerned, the contest for state Senate in District 8 (Albany and Corvallis) is a fairly lop-sided affair. Democrat Sara Gelser of Corvallis, a state representative hoping to move to the Senate, has raised almost twice as much in cash contributions for her campaign as Republican Sen. Betsy Close of Albany […]


Senator Close makes it official

Written October 17th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

As expected, state Sen. Betsy Close, R-Albany, next year will run for a four-year term in the position to which she was appointed a year ago. She talked to me on camera just before she announced her plans at a reception at the Albany Golf and Event Center Thursday evening. She plans to file on Friday. […]


Rep. Olson’s plan: He’ll file again

Written September 23rd, 2013 by

Here’s a bit of news from the political front. In an email on another subject, I asked Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany: “And by the way, are you going for another term in the House in ’14 or do you have other plans?” His answer a few days later, on Sept. 22: “I do plan to […]


Cell phones: The urge to punish

Written February 13th, 2013 by

What is it that some members of the legislature seem to have against the people of Oregon that they want to punish us every chance they get? The Senate Judiciary Committee has just voted for a bill that would increase the maximym fine for using a hand-held cell phone while driving from $250 to $1,000. […]


 
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