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The other primary: Oregon

Posted: Monday, May 17, 2010 12:48 PM by Domenico Montanaro
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From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have gotten all the attention ahead of Tuesday's primaries.

But there is another state going to the polls -- Oregon. There are at least two races of interest.

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is looking to win election again. He has a primary opponent in Bill Bradbury, an environmental activist, who was endorsed by Howard Dean

"There is only one progressive candidate running for Governor of Oregon and that is Bill Bradbury," Dean told The Oregonian, which Bradbury quotes in his state election guide questionnaire.

Kitzhaber is the favorite.

The race for the GOP nomination is perhaps the more interesting one to pay attention to. Former professional basketball player Chris Dudley, who played for the Portland Trailblazers, stands tall in fundraising, outraising his opponents. 

One robo-poll showed the 7-feet-1-inch former center with a substantial lead (but just shy of his 46% career free-throw shooting percentage). Another survey, though, showed a different story with businessman Allen Alley with a slight edge. Another robo-poll showed Kitzhaber and Dudley in a general-election tie. There hasn't been a lot of -- if any -- reliable polling in the state for this race, so it's tough to read too much into what the state of play actually is.

But if Dudley wins, in this anti-incumbent climate, his name ID and ability to raise money, could at least give Kitzhaber some headaches.

Wyden up for reelection
Incumbent Sen. Ron Wyden is also up for reelection. Wyden was first elected in 1996 and is the clear favorite. He does have two primary opponents on the ballot -- Pavel Goverman and Loren Hooker

Don't expect Wyden to have a problem here, but some of his opponents' answers to their election guide questionnaires merit mentioning.

Goberman described car insurance as "Street Robbery. If no accident - 50% money back." He also believes "English must be official language" and he claims, "I will make peace on the MiddleEast."
 
Here's Hooker: "NO NEW SPENDING-I don't care if it's 'paid for'. NO NEW OR INCREASED TAXES-on anybody." And: "TAKE BACK all unspent bailout money. TAKE A CHAINSAW to the Budget. AUDIT THE FEDERAL RESERVE."
 
The main Republican is law professor Jim Huffman. Wyden is expected to hold double-digit leads for over him.

Oregon is entirely vote-by-mail. Ballots must be returned by 11:00 pm ET (8:00 pm local time).

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Sounds like Wyden has no problems with his two clueless conservative Democratic challengers Goober Goverman and Red Light District Loren Hooker.  Both those flakes belong in the repugnant one's primary that's for sure.

Chris "Big Dud" Dudley was a big dud as an NBA player and will be an even bigger dud as a politician, no doubt he's just in it because he used to be a pro sports player and has some name recognition from his pathetic excuse of an NBA career.
It may be that Dudley is Dudley do wrong and not Dudly do right. Just because he can play basketball doesn't mean he can govern the state of Oregon. Maybe he could govern Alaska, however. I understand it doesn't take much to govern Alaska, anyone can do it.
Oregon's system of voting by mail leads me to believe that if Charles Manson ran there as a Democrat, he'd win in a landslide.

Then again, I'm a cynic.

I see the Alinsky Rules are back.  Just a reminder:I read the book.  I'm immune.

Oh, and here's something he never told you-personal attacks make you look=what's the word?-oh, yeah

LAME
I finally got my California Voter's Guide and there was one very important thing I noticed, there are no Tea Party candidates listed.  The Teahadist Paliban is not a real political party as there are no candidates for this horrid excuse of a political party.  Nope nothing but repugnant ones as all the Teahadist Paliban are are nothing but repugnant ones in disguise, but then after wrecking our country and economy they have to hide their real identity.

I saw that Whorely Taitz, the Birther Queen nutcase, is listed as a repugnant one.  So when will Pinhead Palin endorse this Teahadist Paliban fool?

I sure can't wait for my state's primary in a little over three weeks, going to be fun voting against all the worthless propositions promoted by Idiot Arnold, PG&E and the repugnant ones while voting for incumbent Democrats.

The Tea Party is a Hoax!
Oregon. Oregon? Oregon, oh yes! State with the highest unemployment rate, and they can't figure out why! Sure Oregon, elect a tree-hugging progressive, can't see how that would harm your unemployment rate!
At least the good people of California can't feel too bad. They have just as many nuts up in Oregon also.
You'd never think you'd find people more clueless then the people of California, but then Oregon comes rolling along. At last look, Wyden couldn't spend money fast enough in DC, and it's done what for Oregon? Made them one of the top unemployment states in the country.

Sure Oregon, re-elect Wyden. What could wrong with that?
First Read: Oregon is entirely vote-by-mail. Ballots must be returned by 11:00 pm ET (8:00 pm local time).


A state that is too damn lazy to have their people try and wander down to a polling place.
Just trying to figure out what Senator Wyden's claim to fame is, and other then spending money the country doesn't have, I can't seem to come up with one.
Oregon. The overflow area for the loons that don't fit in California.
Let's be REAL clear:  not just I, but EVERY taxpayer should object to funding the Obamas lavish lifestyle.  They want cavier, champagne, and Kobe beef.

no joe, no bo, nj (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 12:14 PM)
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That’s right folks… the world according to AllBlow!

Sorry there AllBlow… I don’t object! I’ll take our CIC serving Kobe Beef and Champagne over pudding & punch any day!

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1640433,00.html
Eric wrote:
Chris "Big Dud" Dudley was a big dud as an NBA player and will be an even bigger dud as a politician, no doubt he's just in it because he used to be a pro sports player and has some name recognition from his pathetic excuse of an NBA career.

Seriously...what on Earth happened that made you so hateful towards anyone considering themself a Republican?

How many NBA games have you played in?  Did you grab over 5,000 rebounds?  The guy played in the NBA for 16 years...to play at the pro level for that long, you've got to be pretty good.  Not only that, but it's not like the guy quit college after his freshman year...he got degrees in economics and poli sci from Yale.  He did all this with diabetes and has contributed tons of time and money to helping improve the lives of diabetic children.  

And Government is the Problem?

Pietro, Columbus, Ohio (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 9:37 AM)


The answer is unequivocally yes.

No serious analyst from the right is arguing that government does not have a role in a catastrophe. Whether it’s Katrina or the Gulf oil spill or the next devastating earthquake in California, it is appropriate for governments at all levels to bring resources to bear to address the chaos and suffering that ensue from such events..... At issue is the concept of individual responsibility and control over one’s journey through life versus an intrusive government that not only erodes individual control but also allows some segments of society to avoid responsibility for their own actions.
Bill, Fairfax, VA (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 11:08 AM)

Actually, the problem is people like you Bill.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes are all natural disasters. There is no party responsible, so government is the only entity that can possibly respond.  The BP oil-gusher is a MAN-MADE disaster.  BP is ENTIRELY responsible for cleaning it up and paying for ALL damage it has caused.  You want corporations to be considered "persons"? Maybe the BP person should go to jail for negligent homicide of the 11 workers killed. What a total hypocrite you are.
I finally got my California Voter's Guide and there was one very important thing I noticed, there are no Tea Party candidates listed.  The Teahadist Paliban is not a real political party as there are no candidates for this horrid excuse of a political party.  Nope nothing but repugnant ones as all the Teahadist Paliban are are nothing but repugnant ones in disguise, but then after wrecking our country and economy they have to hide their real identity.

I saw that Whorely Taitz, the Birther Queen nutcase, is listed as a repugnant one.  So when will Pinhead Palin endorse this Teahadist Paliban fool?

I sure can't wait for my state's primary in a little over three weeks, going to be fun voting against all the worthless propositions promoted by Idiot Arnold, PG&E and the repugnant ones while voting for incumbent Democrats.

The Tea Party is a Hoax!
Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:20 PM)
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Funny... but no one ever said that the Tea Party was a political party.  It was a grass-roots movement designed to send Washington a message.  Nothing more.

Oh... I understand now... because the name "Tea Party" has the word P-A-R-T-Y in it you think that makes it a real political party... HAHAHAH!

By the way... in case you forgot (or just haven't read your history book) there was once another little grass-roots movement that came to be known as the "Tea Party".  It was designed with the same purpose in mind... to send a message... and it worked pretty darn well!
We know NJALLBLOW, your personal attacks against President Obama, daily, are, what, shall we say:

Lame !
I finally got my California Voter's Guide and there was one very important thing I noticed, there are no Tea Party candidates listed.  The Teahadist Paliban is not a real political party as there are no candidates for this horrid excuse of a political party.  Nope nothing but repugnant ones as all the Teahadist Paliban are are nothing but repugnant ones in disguise, but then after wrecking our country and economy they have to hide their real identity.

The Tea Party is a Hoax!

Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:20 PM)
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Funny... but no one ever said that the Tea Party was a political party.  It was a grass-roots movement designed to send Washington a message.  Nothing more.

Oh... I understand now... because the name "Tea Party" has the word P-A-R-T-Y in it you think that makes it a real political party... HAHAHAH!

By the way... in case you forgot (or just haven't read your history book) there was once another little grass-roots movement that came to be known as the "Tea Party".  It was designed with the same purpose in mind... to send a message... and it worked pretty darn well!
Oregon, isn't this the state you have to wait weeks to find out who one because they do everything my mail?  Nothing like what amounts to 100% absentee ballots to cut down trees for ballots and up the chance for fraud.
Wow.....didn't know we had such fans in other states.  And here I thought TN and FL might have their own issues to keep the proud residents focused on.  Guess I didn't realize how lacking life must be there........
Oregon's system of voting by mail leads me to believe that if Charles Manson ran there as a Democrat, he'd win in a landslide.
Then again, I'm a cynic.
no joe, no bo, nj (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:19 PM)

No, it doesn't make you a cynic, it makes you IGNORANT. I have lived in Oregon for over 20 years and we consistently have some of the highest voter turnout rates in the country. I can not recall any legitimate voter fraud issues here ever. We even allow people as ignorant as you to vote by mail! Maybe you would get better politicians if you tried it in NJ, as they have so many crooked pols there.

Wyden in a landslide!

My money is on Bill Bradbury, but Dudley doesn't have a chance in the general against any Dem here.
Oregon. Oregon? Oregon, oh yes! State with the highest unemployment rate, and they can't figure out why! Sure Oregon, elect a tree-hugging progressive, can't see how that would harm your unemployment rate!
Yuel Gibbons (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:31 PM)

Boy, aren't you a smart one.  No home construction/remodeling, no need for timber, no jobs. Hug THAT tree! WHY do liberals always have to explain such basic concepts to you right wing idiots?
pietro   I know that not ALL of the constituencies in the Gulf States are against Government, but it is quite ironic how there seems to be more catastrophies in the REDDEST of the states (Gulf States, Tennessee) where Government assistance is needed - and given.

And Government is the Problem? DUDE!! look at a map. Since when is tennessee a gulf state??? You are apparently NOT from this country..
Fred. gulf coast FL (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:54 PM)
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Come on, Fred... read a sentence, will ya?  That sentence was in reference to RED STATES, not GULF states!!

I tried to thread the needle there, Fred.  Since you seem to be from the Gulf States, do you have a problem with my premise or conclusions?  If you do, then let's discuss them (no snark intended).
K in Oregon,
My thoughts exactly, but you forgot to include Kansas and AllBlow in the great (snark) state of New Jersey, she is one to critisize isn't she? Those who throw stones.....
Can First Page MSNBC find no one who can write or is illiteracy a virtue at First Page?
Eric, Salina, CA  -  the Gold Standard of a left wing loon
Oregon, isn't this the state you have to wait weeks to find out who one because they do everything my mail?  Nothing like what amounts to 100% absentee ballots to cut down trees for ballots and up the chance for fraud.
Left Coast Country (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 2:34 PM)

Sorry, that's, "who won" not "who one" didn't want to be charged with making race sensative remarks.
The Oregon mail in ballots are the best system ever. It eliminates all the problems of other types of voting. It gives Oregonians time to carefully consider all candidates.

That being said, it's still a tough decision. I like both Bradbury and Kitzhaber.
From an earlier thread, eagle1776 wrote about Mrs. Bush: What she saw in George is anyone's guess.

Eagle1776, in my opinion, she saw a very likable person who really wanted to do the right thing.  She also saw an easily controlled 'nice guy'.

After reading Bob Woodward's series about the Bush White House, my attitude toward Dubya has softened.  Mostly I see him as a willing dupe of Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Karen Hughes.  In any other family, he would have been one of those 'low information' voters that give us Presidents like him, Senators like Jim Demint and Mitch McConnell and Representatives like John Boehner or Michelle Bachmann.
By the way... in case you forgot (or just haven't read your history book) there was once another little grass-roots movement that came to be known as the "Tea Party".  It was designed with the same purpose in mind... to send a message... and it worked pretty darn well! Hey Kettle... You're Black! signed... the Pot (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 2:28 PM)
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#1 the Tea Party is funded primarily by corporate interests...Hence it is not Grass Roots...it's astroturf(artificial)

#2 This Tea party does not represent the historic tea party by any rate.  The original tea-party was protesting the unfair advantages given to corporate entities in England.  The Corporate tea-traders in England lobbyied the parliment for an unfair advantage over the colonies...and did so successfully.

#3 if the Tea Partiers were so concerned about debt in this country, they wouldn't even go near tax-cuts...Even before Obama there was no way to pay off our massive debt by issuing tax-cuts even in conjunction with spending cuts.

Hi, Eric!

I saw your response to me too late in the day on Friday to reply to it.

Now, I'm not as naive as you think I am. I understand the way the world works and I know why certain laws are passed. The story I found about this new law was an AP article on Yahoo news (of all places) and it does state that there may be some mention of "white oppression" in the classes. Here's the link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100512/ap_on_re_us/us_arizona_ethnic_studies

We all know that Europeans did things no one should be proud in the past. The same could be said of any people.

But what I took away from this article is that there are classes being taught to students of just one particular race or ethnicity. This is wrong. Yes, ethnic studies classes should be used to encourage pride in one's race, but it should be open to people of all races so that others have the opportunity to learn of other races and cultures. A Hispanic studies class that is open only to Hispanics does a disservice to itself by not educating others on the Hispanic culture.

The best analogy I can give is from my sophomore year in high school. I attended a Catholic high school here in NJ. (Please save the anti-religious attacks against me, OK?) During my sophomore, all students were required to take a world religions class. We learned about Jews, Hindus, Muslims, and other Christian faiths. This class was designed to teach us not only what was different about each faith, but also what makes us the same. I think that is what the point of ethnic studies classes should be: to teach how cultures are different and how they are similar and not to preach any kind of hatred or animosity towards another race or culture.

Well, those are my thoughts on it. Thanks for listening and thanks for not calling me names in your reply. I really appreciate it, my friend!
Wow!! Didn't know there were so many  ignorant people out there when it comes to their knowledge about Oregon.. Let's keep it that way. We won't get to be over populated and "concrete" as all of you and your states.. Visit, but don't stay..
The Oregon mail in ballots are the best system ever. It eliminates all the problems of other types of voting. It gives Oregonians time to carefully consider all candidates.

That being said, it's still a tough decision. I like both Bradbury and Kitzhaber.
D Ray Eugene, OR

I'm sure that they all have a great time down at the union hall filling in all those ballots.
The Tea Party is a Hoax!

Eric, Salinas, CA (Sent Monday, May 17, 2010 1:20 PM)

That hoax is kicking your liberal behind all over the country.
Wow.....didn't know we had such fans in other states.  
K in Oregon
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Hey, I like Oregon!  I lived there for a few years.  It's really quite nice.  Everybody who goes there wants to live there...

Problem seems to be that even people with college diplomas are sweeping the floors there because there are so many people with diplomas.  You have to have a masters degree to be competitive there.  

No diploma?  It's damn hard to find a job that pays better than unemployment which adds to unemployment numbers.  The bright side is that, as is the case with large communities of people with higher educations, it is a very progressive state meaning  there is a lot of humanitarian and green efforts.
We're proud Oregonians who live in a beautiful state with clean air, clean water, snow white mountains, big open country to the east, big green valley in the middle and a deep blue ocean to the west.
We're independent and we love living here. You don't like the way we live our lives then don't bother coming.
Amusing to read the right bemoaning campaign contributions to Pres Obama and democrats by big oil, big insurance, etc. AS IF the republicans were not getting an equal, if not more bountious, load of cash from those same big businesses. Jody, Iowa

Jody, do you ever do a little research on anything? Obama got 7 times the contributions from Goldman Sachs as did Bush the previous election cycle. Obama got more money from BP then any other politician in the last 20 years. Obama has been bought, sold to, and gift wrapped to do the bidding of big oil and big finance, and he hasn't disappointed them.

Then you go off the this rant "Oh, Republicans do it too". But Obama is The Change, remember? Doesn't do things like the Business As Usual Republicans. No, Obama is identical to the Republicans, and the Old School Democrats. And Obama too will be shown the door for being the liar he's been saying he isn't.

Jody, rather then kissing Obama's butt all day in and all day out, when are you actually going to lift a finger to figure something out for yourself? Do you have to be spoon fed for everything? Pathetic.
LOOKY HERE

Donovan, Cedar Rapids (earlier)

First, we will give you the FACT that the GOP has some blame as far as lying. It happens in both parties but the Dems have a monopoly on it, from Slick Willie to Edwards to Kerry to Gore to the entire Obama regime.

Next, SMART people didn't elect Obama or he wouldn't have gotten elected. CBS took to the "streets" BEFORE the election and asked people who Obie was running against. Half didn't know the name McCain but most knew Palin because of the outstanding threat that she had going in after her initial speech at the GOP convention and Obie's boys took to Alaska to discredit her so everyone on the street was againt Palin, most not even knowing her first name, and when they asked about Obama ALL THEY KNEW WAS "CHANGE." They were sucked in by the Obama Trauma Train because they were duped big time and it worked. So don't tell us that smart people voted Obama. These whacks were dumber than a box of rocks, and there were millions of them.

Oh, some "intellectuals" that love the socialist idea voted for him and the hardcore Dem with a softcore brain. But, no, Obie got to the top by the use of one word, CHANGE, and people "fell" for it. Bush got him elected as much as the absence of human reason.
They ever catch that white guy, Wall Street type, homophobic, Republican Tea Partier, militia member that tried to bomb Time Square?
We the people are the government. We elect people to represent us in making and executing our laws. When we diapprove of the job they are doing we let them know. First we need to let them know how we see the issues in the first place. People don't communicate with their representatives to tell them how they wish to be represented and then complain when the represent us the way we want. Then we keep voting for those who aren't representing us instead of voting them out because they aren't representing us.

It is WE THE PEOPLE. Government of the people, by the people and for the people still exists, although it is hard for some to believe.
My…My…My…

From the looks of the attached link – I’m curious as to when the Quitter from Wasilla had any time to actually GOVERN!

What a bunch of busy little ‘bees’ that bunch is!  No wonder there’s revolving doors at the courthouse!  With the number of appearances by the immediate Palin family it’s a wonder she had time to get knocked up again! LOL

All you gotta do is type Palin in as the last name and take a peek at what pop’s up!

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.courtrecords.alaska.gov%2Fpa%2Fpa.urd%2Fpamw6500.display&h=5282c


Shout out to Anita for her awesome research!  Thanks GF!
I have lived in a lot of different states and I have to say that Oregon's election system is the best of anywhere I have been.  Due to the thoroughness of Oregon's voter education pamphlet,which is mailed to every voter, I was the most informed about the issues and candidates there than anywhere else I have ever voted.  The voting by mail system saves the state a lot of money and enables a much higher voter turnout because you can vote at your convenience.  For those of you who are criticizing this system, you should try it.  It's great.  I wish they had it where I live now.
Hello everyone. I am an Oregonian and I have lived or visited just about every state in the Union and I have to say Oregon has one of the best if not THE BEST voting system in the country. I am a liberal tree hugging, NRA supporting, legalize all drugs realist that is supporting Ron Wyden (who is trying to simplify the tax code and have a 1 page form to file your taxes). I am also supporting Bill Bradbury for Governor (Kitzhaber thinks keeping the freeway speeds at 60mph in rural areas is good thing---YUCK---). Oregon have many great things to offer and the biggest problem our state has are the conservative Republicans that want to destroy the environment, the farm lands, the economy, remove all military bases from Oregon and who want to have corporations rule the USA. (Can You Say Fascist) If you think there are a ton of loonies living in Oregon you are most likely correct but we are well educated and free thinking which make Oregon great.  


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