Throwing civility under the bus for personal and political gain

Ken Moore, Democratic candidate in Yamhill County’s House District 24, told the News-Register editorial board some weeks back how he intended to run a respectful campaign against his Republican opponent, ...

Jeffries: Please stand down; Council: What’s the rush?

Dear Councilor Jeffries: We really appreciate your eight years of service on the McMinnville City Council. You’ve spent virtually your entire tenure as its youngest member, so winning appointment ...

Pierce’s balance is just what the doctor ordered

This election, Oregonians have an opportunity to shift the balance of power in Salem. In the process, they have an opportunity to slow a political agenda being rammed down their throats in a manner that ...

Hill stands head and shoulders above his competitor for mayor

Seldom has an editorial board faced an easier choice than retired banker and longtime civic leader Scott Hill for mayor of McMinnville. Hill combines 37 years in banking, much of it at the executive level, ...

Noble bid preferred in District 24 House race

Long a Republican stronghold, redistricting and the incumbent’s retirement have made House District 24, which includes McMinnville, Lafayette, Dundee, Yamhill, Carlton and a portion of rural Washington ...

Thompson, Boquist deserve nod in House 23 and Senate 12 races

Jim Thompson and Brian Boquist, two moderate, independent-minded legislative veterans from Dallas, stand head and shoulders above the opposition in their legislative districts. In Thompson’s case, ...

Meeker’s drive was appreciated by many

What was perceived as a new beginning ended abruptly this week when Martha Meeker stepped down as McMinnville city manager after just under two years. All involved parties have labeled the parting amicable, ...

Wyden, Bonamici easy choices for return to Washington, D.C.

Quick! Name either of the two candidates challenging Democrat Suzanne Bonamici for re-election to the U.S. House in Oregon’s 1st District. Stumped? Try naming any of the five attempting to obliterate ...

Measure 97 a sales tax in thinly veiled disguise

What’s the good of working to increase graduation rates, only to send newly minted alumni out into a job market devastated by Measure 97? Why invest in expanded services to seniors, only to force ...

Read gets nod for state treasurer, Rosenbloom for attorney

Given Oregon’s pronounced Democratic dominance, the GOP has often struggled to recruit credible candidates. It has frequently been saddled with obscure or extreme standard-bearers harboring no realistic ...

Current college landscape poses some new challenges for Linfield

Linfield College President Thomas Hellie delivered some refreshingly direct remarks last week about the state of McMinnville’s four-year university. The message he drove home is how no college or ...

Richardson earns nod for Secretary of state

Two years ago, longtime Southern Oregon lawmaker Dennis Richardson got caught running the wrong race. The conservative principles shaped by his LDS faith, rural roots, Republican politics and Vietnam ...

Not much to like in this year’s crop of measures

The seven measures making Oregon’s 2016 general election ballot are a motley group, often featuring poor conception or poor execution, if not both. We can find full favor with only three, none of ...

Lack of contested local races a missed opportunity for voters

A lack of interest in seeking office raises concerns about apathy and complacency on the part of the citizenry. Local politics and policies are apparently not seen as sufficiently important in everyday ...

District raises solar objection worthy of serious state scrutiny

Earlier this summer, we published an editorial dismissing neighbor opposition to solar arrays proposed for farm tracts in the Sheridan and Dayton areas, based on fears of glare, traffic, noise, heat, distraction, ...

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