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A twist, but Hare’s case goes on

Written September 19th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

There’s been an unusual twist in the complaint against Albany City Manager Wes Hare over his alleged electioneering: A private citizen paid Hare’s $75 civil penalty or fine.


Hare case: Facts prove state wrong

Written April 25th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you doubt that state authorities were wrong in fining the Albany city manager for a press release about last fall’s city bond election, read the state’s own legal brief and your doubts will vanish. The state’s brief claims that Wes Hare violated the election law by making an impartial statement, but the facts and […]


Promotion’s OK but free speech isn’t?

Written April 18th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Something is definitely screwy with Oregon’s election law and how it’s being enforced, and the news from Albany and Corvallis points this out. Free speech is the main issue, but so is the penchant by local government to try to affect the outcome when people are asked to vote on higher taxes.


Punishing people for facts: It’s wrong

Written February 24th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Speech control in the name of preventing electioneering by public employees. That’s the issue in the latest dispute over statements by public employees, and this time it involved Albany. The city council on Monday had a chance to be tough about it, but it chose a softer route.


 
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