Measure 73 would require anyone convicted of a "major felony sex crime" who had previously been convicted of a sex crime to be sentenced to 25 years in prison. That would be a change from the current minimum sentence of 5 years, 10 months.
With voters scared about the economy and sour on incumbents, Oregon Democrats are at risk of losing their supermajority in the state Legislature. Republicans say the political climate favors their candidates and issues.
"I can tell you had they done this three years ago, they'd be gone," Allen St. Pierre, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, said. "If they'd done it 10 years ago, there would be yellow tape around them....
Any day now, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger will announce results of his investigation into whether Portland Mayor Sam Adams broke the law in his sexual relationship with a teenager. The much-anticipated report will put him back in the spotlight.
Retiring Lane County District Attorney Doug Harcleroad is planning a second career as a Salem lobbyist for the Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance. Alliance president Kevin Mannix announced Wednesday that Harcleroad would take on the lobbying job beginning Jan. 1.
Conservative Nevada millionaire Loren Parks found a new Oregon politician to favor with his fortune: Lane County's Rick Dancer. A political action committee almost exclusively bankrolled by Parks paid for $185,672 in TV advertising for Dancer's campaign.
The ballots are out and voters in Oregon are wading through 12 ballot measures, many of which are complicated in their verbiage and potential impact on Oregonians. To help you understand them, we have provided an index of all our coverage on the measures.