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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Oregon’s Initiative Process “Checkbook Democracy?”

September 17, 2007

Salem, OR – Loren Parks is no stranger to Oregon's ballot initiative process. So far, he's contributed more than $1 million to fund ten initiatives. A new analysis from Democracy Reform Oregon shows he's given nearly three out of every four dollars to fund the 2008 initiatives filed by conservative activists Russell Walker, Bill Sizemore and Kevin Mannix.

Janice Thompson, author of the report, says although the initiative process is supposed to be a grassroots effort, it's beginning to look more like "checkbook democracy." She believes so much money from a single donor alters the spirit of the initiative process.

"Ballot measure politics are typically dominated by big donors, but this level of giving by Loren Parks to signature- gathering efforts is so high that the populist originators of the initiative process must be rolling over in their graves."

Parks, who now lives in Las Vegas, also contributed $300,000 to three initiative petitions in 2002. The full analysis is available online, at www.democracyreform.org.

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OR