Seen on the Statesman-Journal's website:
The Associated Press
January 14, 2004
SALEM — After watching his fellow lawmakers engage in partisan warfare over the budget the past three years, Sen. Charlie Ringo thinks he knows how to improve the Legislature: dump the party labels.
The Beaverton Democrat is sponsoring an initiative for the November ballot to make state senator and state representative offices nonpartisan.
The current system of electing lawmakers as Republicans or Democrats has created an "intensely partisan" atmosphere where party loyalty and discipline take precedence over making good public policy, Ringo said.
"People are tired of the partisan fighting," he said. "They have a right to expect that their elected officials will go to Salem to make good decisions for their state and not engage in partisan battles."
Oregon would become only the second state, after Nebraska, to move to a nonpartisan legislature if the initiative wins approval, the senator said.
See the rest of the article at: http://news.statesmanjournal.com/article.cfm?i=73721
See the intitiative status at : http://sos-venus.sos.state.or.us:8080/elec_srch/web_irr_search.record_detail?p_reference=20040129..LSCYYY.
Read the full text at: http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/irr/2004/129text.pdf
Reach Sen. Ringo at: firstname.lastname@example.org