The national election's got nothing on the local election

Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 05:00 pm
It's the bullshit shuffle in Oregon this year.

Without getting too yammery, here's an example:

Oregon works on what they call an initive system: come up with an idea, write up a law, get enough people to sign your petition and your idea gets on the ballot.

There is this one asshat who comes up with crazy stuff every election. This year he came up with manditory minimum sentencing for non-violent crimes. On the face of things it sounds good but what they don't tell you, unless you look close, is that it diverts money from schools to build prisons. Oregon already has one of the worst school systems in the country.

Here's where it gets weird....

The legislature was so worried that this measure would pass that they put another measure on the ballot that diverts less money from the schools and provides for some drug treatment options.

But they're both total bullshit, which even the legislature admits. They don't even want their own bill to pass. But they especially don't want asshat's bill to pass.

The measure with the most votes wins!

What nuttiness is happening in your local election?
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Fri 17 Oct, 2008 11:36 pm
I've learnt that the system of referenda and initiatives has a long tradition in Oregon (more than 100 years).

We don't have such here - our 'parliamentary democracy' is though to work.

We do have (in our state as well as - similar - in all other states) in local (not state) level two different kinds of 'referenda' (one, changing a decission made by the local council, the other ordering the local council to act - the latter is on state level as well).

In nearly all cases, these ballots are on different days than any other election.
(For the first time ever, we'll have the election for EU-parliament and for local/county parliaments on the same day next: an idea by the governing conservatives which might give them some advantage.)
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