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Friday, May 2, 2008

Our picks in the primary

The ballots are here, and it's time to stop thinking and talking, and to start voting. Here's what we've decided; how strongly we feel about it (enthusiasm rated on a scale of 1 to 10); whether we think our candidate will win in the primary (confidence rated on the same scale); and what the mainstream media outlets have recommended:

OfficeOur pickDeg. of Enthus'mDeg. of Confdce.TribO Willy WeekMerc
PresidentBarack Obama1010 ObamaObamaObamaObama
U.S. SenateSteve Novick68NovickNovickNovickNovick
Oregon Att'y Gen'lJohn Kroger45MacphersonMacph'sonMacph'son Kroger
Oregon Sec'y of StateVicki Walker103MetsgerBrownWalkerBrown
Oregon Senate (23)Jackie Dingfelder29 DingfelderDingfelderDingfelder
Oregon House (45)Michael Dembrow55 BostonDembrowBoston
Portland Mayor(Write in) Sal Kadri80AdamsAdamsAdamsAdams
Portland Council 1Charles Lewis85LewisFritzFritzBissonnette
Portland Council 2Nick Fish36FishFishFishMiddaugh
Measure 51Yes210  YesYes
Measure 52Yes210  YesYes
Measure 53Yes210  YesYes
Metro (5)(Write in) Jack Bogdanski100    

Comments (23)

Only a 5 for degree of confidence for Lewis? Have some faith Jack...

It's a tight, tight race with six viable candidates. Anything can happen. The chance of a runoff is about 99%.

Jack,
You have my vote for any office in Portland you want.

Write me in for Metro. I'd shake that place up just a little.

Please, please, don't use the words 'shake' or 'up' together in a sentence when talking about local politics. It reminds me too much of that idiot Adams.

Thanks for the support, Jack.

If anyone wants to learn more about my campaign, my website is www.nickfish2008.com

Nick Fish

In the one place we differ, Jack, it is a bit surprising (to me) that you don't "see through it."

Kroger is Hillary and Macpherson is Obama. Now, not that Macpherson/Obama is anybody's ideal candidate package, nor even that performance in Office is going to be great. Just that the Kroger/Hillary 'type' is so destructive and diabolically so.

Not quite a 'lesser of two evils' vote. Rather, a 'neutral instead of evil' vote.

Kroger/Hillary is Bush, 2000; I could never understand talking with a million people for a million years, why voters for them could not 'see through' the campaign p.r. false-facade and realize beforehand Bush was going to do the destruction he's caused. Ditto Hillary/Kroger.

And you (and me) match the same in all the other votes, so the mystery is how this one is not seen the same.

If Portland used instant runoff voting, it would let voters rank their choices 1-2-3-4-5 ... and then there'd be no need for an expensive runoff, no need for an additional round of public financing or for candidates to raise money again and the winner would be the candidate who could muster a majority of support.

I definitely agree George - are there any campaigns to institute IRV for Portland elections?

Bummer about the Dembrow endorsement.

Tenskwatawa, I dont like your analogy, I think Kroger is closer to Obama than Hillary. Having met John, and spent time around him I have to say he seems very genuine to me.

it has been suggested that you and I, Ginny Burdick and Erik Sten would make a powerful "coming together" ad for Steve Novick. :)

I'm game.

Mrs. Anti-Gun is still in politics?

Jack, you're in for Metro. With all the Metro Council always thinking alike, we do need another voice like you. That is why I support Kroger, Walker, Kadri, Fish, Lewis or Fritz. Good luck.

Dang. Sorry I didn't see your Metro bid before I completed my ballot. Would gladly have written you in. Rats!

My wife and I were planning on voting for Fish, but then we met Fred Stewart. We are voting for Fred Stewart. My wife and I are impressed with his clear view of Portland.

John Kroger is getting my vote as well. Wife and I argued about this so we have agreed to dissagree. She is voting for Macpherson.

Our make up vote is for you Jack.....LOL

Fred Stewart is a devoted acolyte of Erik Sten. Just ask him -- nobody ever did more for Portland than his beloved Erik. He's just another Middaugh or Bissonnette. No thanks.

Imo, anyone who thinks Macpherson is the lesser of two evils for AG is extremely naive about Oregon politics.

Tensk,
This will of course shock you but there are many people smarter than you who support Kroger and for very good reasons.

My impression of your McPherson choice is that you find him more partisan. That narrow mindedness further exposes your lack of wisdom.
A lacking your long windedness cannot replace.

Tenskwatawa, your analogy fails because you never actually support your argument with anything other than circular logic (and a vague reference to Kroger's well-run campaign). What I think we pretty clearly have is a political outsider running an surprisingly successful insurgent campaign against a tired establishment hack. I leave it to you to find the obvious parallels in the Presidential and OR Senate races.

Glad you share my enthusiasm for Vicki Walker...got my fingers crossed over here, she could really make a big splash on the future of the state if she wins.

I'm surprised you like Measure 53. It allows seizure of property without a conviction, and would allow police to profit from property seizures. I would never support either.

Every one of the measures had a message of support from Kevin Mannix in the voters guides. That was enough for a "No" vote on each for me.


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