Filing Day: Looking ahead to the 2012 elections

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It's shaping up to be a fairly interesting - if somewhat unusual - election year in Oregon in 2012. Here's some observations and reactions from filing day, including some of the big news.

I am delighted that Jeff Reardon is running in my district. I did actively consider running since I had not heard that any one else was willing to step up. Someone obviously needed to! When I heard that there was indeed another possible candidate, I talked both with him and his campaign manager, met with Jeff and discussed his background and some issues and was satisfied that Jeff would do a conscientious job as a legislator, and would mount a serious campaign and I have endorsed him. I hope those of you who can will support him with donations and volunteer help. Best regards, Mary Wendy Roberts

OK, what did I miss? And what are you reactions to the election lineup we've got?

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    Full disclosure: My firm built campaign websites for Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Kate Brown, Brad Avakian, and Dick Schouten. I speak only for myself.

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    Minor spelling correction: Jamie Damon

    Also, Jeff Caton ran as independent against Schaufler in 2010.

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    WRT the fourth district, I can only think that this was to prevent democrats from re-registering as republicans to vote for the late-filing-challenger-that-wasn't in the primary. So Art uses his kids as pawns in his paranoia inspired strategies. Nothing new here.

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    from Knopp's statement:

    Knopp said he felt compelled to run, referring to Ronald Reagan’s quote “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

    so, another Republican with a Jesus complex. just what Oregon needs.

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    If Art Robinson is a crackpot, what does that make you? Art speaks of real solutions to real problems. As an educator he is surpassed by few.

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      Art is a crank. I've covered this guy for at least three decades. He lives on an isolated hilltop near Cave Junction and likes to think he's throwing thunderbolts of wisdom from on high. He's an anti-social crank who really doesn't know how to get along with others-- to be charitable.

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    Regarding Art and Matthew Robinson: Not knowing them, all I can do is speculate, but the thought that occurred to me, is that by filing in the Democratic Primary, Matthew will be able to submit a voters pamphlet statement that either touts his father or attacks DeFazio. This is a cheap way to get some advertising out there that will likely be read by Democrats, to build up to the General Election. Since the real race will be in the General, Art can get a jump on the campaign by having his son submit a voters pamphlet statement in the Primary.

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      Interesting theory, Jim. That's a pretty good motive. Again Art uses his kids as pawns. Not sure when they find time for their studies while dancing to Dad's tune.

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          According to KVAL, Matthew got involved because that mean Mr. DeFazio said they live in a survivalist compound. Matthew says it's a sheep farm, I prefer to call it (OSMI) a tax dodge but, you know...

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    The Multnomah County Dems are proud to announce a Mayoral Candidate Forum consisting of all Democrats seeking that seat. 15 - count 'em - 15 Democrats will take the field for a classic Rugby-esq scrum

    4/1/12 MIDNIGHT

    OF course, I AM kidding!!

    Good grief....

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      But, actually, that wouldn't be so bad.

      Back in 2000, I was the moderator of the only debate that included Mayor Vera Katz and her main challenger, the 20-year-old Jake Oken-Berg.

      Mayor Katz insisted that if she was going to appear at a forum with Jake Oken-Berg then all 17 of their opponents would have to be invited too.

      All but two showed up, so we had 17 people on stage. Rather than ask each person to answer each question (which is obviously absurd), it worked like this: We took questions from the audience. The questioner could address the question to one or two candidates. Those candidates would get to answer, then I'd solicit answers from up to two more candidates. I kept a running tally of how many answers each candidate gave, and worked to keep it balanced.

      Obviously, most questions went to Mayor Katz and Jake Oken-Berg - and everyone else got 3-4 answers in.

      It went pretty well, all in all.

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    Wow, so how long did that event take?

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    "I hadn't noticed this before, but there are three Oregon Supreme Court seats up this year - and two don't have an incumbent... I'll be taking a closer look at all three in short order."

    Counting on that, please.

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