The Libertarian Party taking credit for the result is a bit rich.
posted on 01/31/2003 7:06:09 PM PST
Why? The GOP would not state a position on the issue.
"The Oregon Republican Party never took a formal stand on the measure."
posted on 01/31/2003 7:07:49 PM PST
Of course, the mighty dope smoker party is taking credit. Why, without their vast horde of stoners, the referendum might have only been defeated 46% to 54%.
posted on 01/31/2003 7:09:46 PM PST
No kidding. What a joke.
They put their money where their mouth is and helped pay for the ad campain and held "town meetings" to rebut the crap the papers and OPB and other media where spewing.
You couldn't get squat from the ORP (and I'm a precinct comittee rep in OR).
It was Repub leadership in the legislature that sent this turkey to the voters because they didn't have the cajones to fight against the dems over it.
This last election may stiffen their spines a little, (God, I hope, please!!!!)
posted on 01/31/2003 7:38:00 PM PST
actually I live here,
I am a republican.
I am active...
and my party is not.
the candidate for governor here kevin mannix did not admit he was against any increase till just before the election when lars larson and the libertarians (strange bedfellows) put kevin's feet in the fire...
HAD kevin come out jumping and screaming NO NEW TAXES... he would have won the libertarian vote... as it was, he was too stealthy with the teacher's unions. He is a lawyer.
I gotta hand it to the libertarians for their superb efforts here... they were the primary stirrers of the hornets nest that is "tax increase" here in WESTERN oregon.
Credit where credit is due.
Had we elected mannix as governor... I think Mannix would have pushed the tax increase... and though he came out as personally opposed when lars larson pushed him... he would not rule out some kind of tax increase from the get go...
that is the real reason I think Kevin lost... not anti tax anti big gov enough... we already spend more than almost any state per student for education... and he would not rule out increases in the education budget to MY satisfaction.
there are such things as tax and spend statists, who run as republican.
the tax increase failing... was truly righteous.
thank you libertarians and over taxed democrats who voted against big spending increases and taxes....
I know Oregon is full of anarchists but I seriously doubt whether 2% of the people who voted against this even know who the Vichy Libertarian party even is.
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