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Parties, City Club offer stands on ballot measures

Democrats, Republicans agree only on opposition to Measure 90.


The nonpartisan City Club of Portland and the Democratic and Republican parties have announced their stances on seven ballot measures that Oregon voters will decide Nov. 4.

Not surprisingly, the Democratic and Republican parties agree on only one ballot measure. Both parties oppose Measure 90, which would change Oregon’s primary so that the top two finishers would advance to the general election regardless of party affiliation. Under the current system, which dates to 1904, only voters registered with each major party can choose party nominees for the general election.

The City Club took no position on that measure.

Oregon voters rejected a similar measure in 2008. California and Washington have switched to top-two primaries.

Party stances on measures were determined by Democratic leaders, and the Republican state central committee. City Club stances were determined by membership vote after five separate panels studied measures and offered recommendations; a two-thirds majority was required for a formal endorsement.

The City Club also sponsored its first "Ballot-palooza" on Aug. 20 at Oregon Public House to inform people about measures.

Other City Club panels studied and offered recommendations on four issues that did not qualify for the statewide ballot. They can be found at the City Club link below.

The measures:

• Measure 86, constitutional amendment creating a post-secondary scholarship fund financed through bonds or other debt: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no; City Club, yes (81 percent).

• Measure 87, constitutional amendment allowing judges to teach in law schools or serve in the National Guard: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no stand taken; City Club, no stand taken (measure was not studied).

• Measure 88, allows state to issue driver’s card regardless of immigration status to those who meet other driving requirements: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no; City Club, yes (95 percent).

• Measure 89, constitutional amendment writing Equal Rights Amendment for women into Oregon Constitution: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no stand taken; City Club, yes (67 percent).

• Measure 90, changes primary to advance top two finishers to general election: Democrats, no; Republicans, no; City Club, no stand taken (measure was not studied).

• Measure 91, legalizes marijuana for recreational use, directs Oregon Liquor Control Commission to regulate cultivation and sale: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no; City Club, yes (83 percent).

• Measure 92, requires labeling of food with genetically modified organisms: Democrats, yes; Republicans, no; City Club, yes (77 percent).

Democratic statement:

dpo.org/party/business/ballot_measures

Republican statement:

oregoncatalyst.com/28362-orp-positions-ballot-measures.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OregonCatalyst+%28The+Oregon+Catalyst%29>oregoncatalyst.com/28362-orp-positions-ballot-measures.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+OregonCatalyst+%28The+Oregon+Catalyst%29

City Club of Portland:

pdxcityclub.org/ballotmeasures>www.pdxcityclub.org/ballotmeasures

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