Senate GOP leader Ted Ferrioli announced Tuesday that he'll seek the recount in Senate District 3, where Democratic incumbent Alan Bates leads Republican Dave Dotterrer by 275 votes out of nearly 49,000 ballots cast.
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.
Going into the session with no environmental agenda of their own, Republicans worked on "damage control." They feel they succeeded on their top priority, though they could not stop a ban on a destination resort.
With just days left until the Legislature adjourns, lawmakers pushed through a $5.8 billion school funding bill, overriding the governor's veto. For nearly two weeks the governor and legislative leaders have been at odds over how to organize the school budget.