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Tim's Voter Guide for the 2010 Oregon and Multnomah County General Elections (3rd Congressional District and 46th State Legislature District edition)

In which I read the candidate statements so you don't have to )

tl;dr version: Take this opportunity to vote your conscience for House and Senate. Vote Kitzhaber for governor -- it's close. Vote Yes on State Measure 76, County Measures 26-114 and 26-118, and TriMet Measure 26-119 to fund parks, libraries, museums, and public transit -- you know, basically all the things government is capable of providing to make your life better. Vote Yes on Portland Measure 26-117 if you want someone to show up when your house is on fire. And for fuck's sake, whatever else you do, vote NO on 73 and tell all your friends to do the same.

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Two thoughts on reading an article announcing that Measures 66 and 67 passed (woot and yay):

- "Opponents, led by a coalition of business organizations, spent at least $4.6 million, donated by wealthy entrepreneurs such as Nike's Phil Knight and Columbia Sportswear's Tim Boyle." -- never buying anything from Columbia again unless it's in a thrift store

- "'It's disappointing and discouraging,' said Pat McCormick, spokesman for Oregonians Against Job-Killing Taxes. 'The tone and tenor was often venomous, trying to pit the haves against the have-nots.'" -- Funny, I didn't think anyone had to *try* to pit the haves against the have-nots. I thought the haves were doing a pretty great job of that on their own. Guess it's not "venomous" when the haves fuck the have-nots, and it's only venomous when the have-nots try to fight back.
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A couple days ago, I filled out a thing on VolunteerMatch to volunteer to tutor prisoners studying for GEDs. I just got this reply:
"Good Morning Tim,
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. Due to recent budget issues, our education program has been temporarily suspended."

Would that we could make up our budget issues by cutting back on prisons rather than withholding (volunteer-provided!) education from prisoners.

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