Category Archives: Oregon Secretary of State (SOS)

Secretary of State has the right tools for records searches

Q: Nowadays, it is so easy to find copies of recent public records such as marriage licenses or property data, because they are digitized in some way. But what about older records from before the digital age? How can I find, for example, a marriage license from the year my parents got married, in 1965? […]
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Editorial: Auditors identify significant risks in employment department’s computer upgrade | Opinion |

State auditors were in the middle of an audit of the Employment Department’s computer upgrade when the pandemic hit. Auditors put it on hold. They didn’t want to put more strain on the department as it struggled to handle thousands of unemployment claims. Source: Editorial: Auditors identify significant risks in employment department’s computer upgrade | […]
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Oregon child welfare foster care

Anyone who fears that government agencies never learn should be reassured by what’s happened at the Oregon Secretary of State’s office. Two years ago, that office issued a scathing audit of Oregon child welfare that managed to ignore the most important cause of its failure: Oregon’s obscene, decades-old-record of tearing apart families needlessly at rates […]
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Citizen redistricting petition gets a little more time

Attorney general says federal judge has rewritten state Constitution and seeks 9th Circuit review. Source: Citizen redistricting petition gets a little more time

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Will Appeal Federal Judge’s Relaxation of Ballot Measure Requirements

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced her agency will appeal U.S. District Judge Michael McShane’s recent ruling giving proponents of a redistricting initiative an extra month to gather signatures and slashing the number of signatures the group needs to collect. Source: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Will Appeal Federal Judge’s Relaxation of Ballot Measure Requirements

Editorial: Should people or politicians decide redistricting?

When Common Cause, the League of Women Voters, local chapters of the NAACP and business interests have lined up to support an initiative petition and the labor group Our Oregon and Planned Parenthood are lined up against it, it’s an unusual political fight in Oregon. Source: Editorial: Should people or politicians decide redistricting? | Opinion […]
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Oregon Attorney General Seeks To Keep Gerrymandering Limits Off November Ballot

Oregon’s attorney general is hoping to block a judge’s ruling that paved the way to put an anti-gerrymandering measure on the November ballot. Source: Oregon Attorney General Seeks To Keep Gerrymandering Limits Off November Ballot

Under Federal Judge’s Order, Secretary of State Bev Clarno Extends Deadline for Redistricting Measure

Secretary of State Bev Clarno late Monday grudgingly gave proponents of Initiative Petition 57, which would change the way Oregon redraws legislative and congressional districts, more time to gather signatures and lowered the bar for qualifying for the November ballot. Source: Under Federal Judge’s Order, Secretary of State Bev Clarno Extends Deadline for Redistricting Measure

Interviews with Secretary of State candidates

State Library Ed. Note:  When we can include links to both major party candidates, we will include interviews for statewide offices. Extended interview with Shemia Fagan, Democratic Nominee for Oregon Secretary of State | KATU Interview with Oregon Republican secretary of state candidate, Sen. Kim Thatcher|KATU Source: KATU

Lawmakers approve $200 million in federal aid for coronavirus relief programs

Black families and businesses, arts and cultural groups, unemployment applicants will benefit. Source: Lawmakers approve $200 million in federal aid for coronavirus relief programs