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Oregon

Abbreviation

OR

Established

2/14/1859

Nation

United States


EXECUTIVE BRANCH

Governor
Term 2011-15

John Kitzhaber  (D)

49.29%

Governor
Term 2011-15

John Kitzhaber  (D)

49.29%

Attorney General
Term 2013-17

Ellen Rosenblum  (D)

56.17%

Labor Commissioner
Term 2013-15

Brad Avakian  (N)

52.53%

Secretary of State
Term 2013-17

Kate Brown  (D)

51.28%

Superintendent of Public Instruction
Term 2011-15

Susan Castillo  (N)

50.02%

Treasurer
Term 2013-17

Ted Wheeler  (D)

57.84%


LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

State Senate
Term 2013-2015

Democratic Party Control (D)

53.33%

State House
Term 2013-2015

Democratic Party Control (D)

56.67%


JUDICIAL BRANCH

Oregon Supreme Court


FEDERAL ELECTIONS

US President
Term 2013-17

Barack Obama  (D)

54.24%

US Senate Class II
Term 2009-15

Jeff Merkley  (D)

48.90%

US Senate Class III
Term 2011-17

Ron Wyden  (D)

57.22%

US House
OR - District 01

Term 2013-15

Suzanne Bonamici  (D)

59.60%

US House
OR - District 02

Term 2013-15

Greg Walden  (R)

68.63%

US House
OR - District 03

Term 2013-15

Earl Blumenauer  (D)

74.46%

US House
OR - District 04

Term 2013-15

Peter A. DeFazio  (D)

59.11%

US House
OR - District 05

Term 2013-15

Kurt Schrader  (D)

54.04%


COUNTY LIST

Counties


EDUCATION

PARTY LEADERSHIP

Democratic State Party Chair

Republican State Party Chair

Socialist State Party Chair


OTHER

Measures


DESCRIPTION

Issues far from Oregon shaped affairs along the Pacific Coast in the 1850s. Sectional tensions heightened during the bumbling presidencies of Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan. The Compromise of 1850 gained a little time, but its concessions satisfied neither proslavery extremists in the South nor abolitionists in the North. The nation was on its course to the Civil War. Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, enraged slaveowners as it swept across the country in a powerful indictment of the "peculiar institution." Formation of the Republican Party in 1854, troubles in "Bleeding Kansas" in 1856, the Dred Scott decision in 1857, and John Brown's raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry in 1858 confirmed the divisions and tensions. The Republicans had drawn the line--no further expansion of slavery. They nominated John C. Fremont, a popular western explorer, for the presidency. Although Fremont lost, within four years their candidate, Abraham Lincoln, was headed to Washington, D.C., as the 16th president. Passions were high. Then came secession and war. Three parties vied for political control in Oregon. The Democrats were an odd lot, including northerners opposed to slavery and southern diehards who supported an institution barred by the Organic Act of 1848. The Whigs held political patronage in the early 1850s but watched their party disintegrate nationally. The Know-Nothings were opposed to the political clique that had managed territorial government in Salem. These divisions confirmed the heavy hold of old persuasions and attitudes--the intellectual baggage carried by emigrants. Without enabling legislation from Congress, Oregonians voted in June 1857 to hold a constitutional convention. The delegates assembled in Salem during the summer and drafted a governing document. It was modeled on those of Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan. The constitution limited public debt and placed tight controls on banks and corporations. An agricultural people, the convention delegates argued, had little use for frivolous expenditures or unnecessary institutions. In the fall voters faced three questions. Did they approve the constitution? They voted yes. Did they want slavery? They voted 7,727 no and 2,645 yes. Did they want freed African-Americans to live in Oregon? They voted eight to one against permitting their residency. The actions in 1857 were predictable. Oregonians hungered for control of their own government and an end to the patronage appointments produced by shifting administrations in Washington, D.C. They also affirmed they did not want slavery in Oregon. The question of driving free African-Americans from the new state revealed resoundingly racist attitudes. They did not see freed slaves, Indians, or women standing equally before the law. In this Oregonians differed little from Thomas Jefferson. Architect of the Declaration of Independence and its gracefully worded affirmations of natural rights, Jefferson was a slave-owner all his adult life. He could not rise to the noble philosophy of personal freedom he articulated in the 1770s. Oregonians in 1857 appeared to have drunk from the same well. In June 1858, residents of the territory elected officials as defined by their new constitution. For months the fate of Oregon statehood floated on shifting political coalitions distrustful of changing the fragile balance of power in Congress. It was known Oregon would be a free state, yet its newly elected senators--Joseph Lane and Delazon Smith--were proslavery Democrats. Finally Congress acted and on February 14, 1859, President Buchanan signed the bill. Oregon joined the federal union.


INFO LINKS

Constitution Party of Oregon

Democratic Party of Oregon

Libertarian Party of Oregon

Pacific Green Party of Oregon

Oregon Republican Party

Socialist Party of Oregon


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MEDIA

EVENTS

1/1/1900

General Election

OR Poll Open and Close Times Set

Posted by RP

5/15/2012

Primary Election

OR Primary Election

Posted by Picimpalious


NEWS

Date

Category

Headline

Contributor

11/22/2011 3:50 pm

Rule Change

Kitzhaber stops Oregon's death penalty

RP

6/30/2010 11:00 am

Proposed Legislation

New [OR] law prohibits credit history checks by most employers

RP

4/2/2009 2:00 pm

Blog Entry

Semi-fusion voting

Ralphie

2/25/2009 12:40 pm

News

Marionberry denied Oregon honour

--

12/30/2008 1:00 pm

Proposed Legislation

Oregon will move to tax cars by the mile

RP

5/19/2008 9:00 am

News

A Shift in Voters, but Oregon Still Embraces the Unconventional

ArmyDem

4/29/2008 11:55 am

Oops

Voter guide to . . . phone sex? Sorry, wrong number

CBlock941

1/19/2008 11:45 am

News

Oregon mayor unnerved by lingerie photos

The Sunset Provision

12/29/2007 10:00 pm

News

Judge halts civil-unions law

The Sunset Provision

10/9/2007 11:55 am

News

Law for domestic partners stands in Oregon

The Sunset Provision

8/14/2007 10:00 pm

News

Oregon group running out of time to block pro-gay laws

The Sunset Provision

6/28/2007 1:00 pm

Proposed Legislation

Paid family leave effort stumbles in Senate

CBlock941

6/26/2007 11:15 am

Proposed Legislation

Paid family leave survives vote

CBlock941

6/7/2007 4:10 pm

News

Oregon passes one of nation's toughest renewable energy standards

WesternDem

5/24/2007 1:00 pm

News

[OR] Senate rejects measure for open primaries

WesternDem

5/21/2007 12:00 pm

News

In legislature, freshmen rebels with a cause

CBlock941

5/9/2007 10:00 pm

News

[OR] Governor [Kulongoski] signs gay-rights bills

WesternDem

5/3/2007 11:30 am

News

[OR] Governor set to OK state civil unions

The Sunset Provision

3/5/2007 10:00 am

News

In Salem, moderate + Republican = power

CBlock941

1/2/2007 2:00 pm

News

[OR] Couples see hope for civil union law

The Sunset Provision

11/10/2006 3:00 pm

News

Linder leads Roberts in pricey fight for high court

karin1492

5/23/2006 3:00 pm

Report

Legislators shouldn’t show up drunk, panel says

CBlock941

5/4/2006 9:00 pm

News

Important State meeting of the Constitution Party

Chronicler

10/27/2005 7:10 pm

Proposed Legislation

Wyden Provides Real Tax Relief for Middle Class in “Simpler, Flatter, Fairer” Reform Plan

RP

7/9/2005 12:35 pm

News

Oregon Senate Passes Civil Union Bill

The Sunset Provision

5/5/2005 3:00 am

News

Tug of war intensifies on gay-marriage issue

None Entered

4/14/2005 11:00 pm

News

[OR] Governor [Kulongoski] pushes for civil unions

WesternDem

3/29/2005 1:00 am

News

Ore. Lawmakers Weigh Outlawing Foie Gras

Sir Reginald Featherbottom III

3/18/2005 7:00 pm

Humor

Football Player Caught With Stolen Sheep

BILLYW

8/16/2004 12:00 am

General

Appeals court rejects Ashcroft's fight against assisted suicide

RP

5/21/2004 12:00 am

News

Legislators finds Goldschmidt portrait offensive(poor conjugation skills not found offensive)

None Entered

3/10/2004 12:00 am

Election Guide

[OR] GOP election lineup lacks major names

InspectorMorse

1/1/2004 12:00 am

News

[Oregon] Governor defends job picks

PragCon 3.0

3/26/2003 2:21 pm

General

OR GOP Bill: War Protestors are Terrorists

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