Doug Moore | 11.09.12 12:00 am

What a great election night! 

Here is a quick update on what we were able to accomplish:

Let’s start with the big win – the Oregon House of Representatives. We have won a pro-conservation majority! Two of our top targeted races, Ben Unger in HD 29 and Joe Gallegos in HD 30, defeated anti-conservation incumbents. We also made pro-conservation gains with the wins of Shemia Fagan (HD 51), Chris Gorsek (HD 49), David Gomberg (HD 10), John Lively (HD 12), and Brent Barton (HD 40).

| 11.02.12 3:46 pm

Admittedly, politics are not my thing.  I was never involved in the dynamics of local, state or national politics before joining OLCV.  But, I have always voted.  I vote because I believe that if you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. And because I believe you cannot complain about what is or is not being done unless you are an active participant.

Bend is a gorgeous, family-friendly city that feels like a small town where recreational opportunities are never-ending, and people believe in keeping the community clean and safe. We care about our water and air, forests, land and wildlife.

Nikki Roemmer | 10.09.12 4:19 pm

I'm excited to introduce you to a great candidate running for the Oregon House in Bend's House District 54: Nathan Hovekamp.

We have a terrific opportunity right now to elect a new pro-conservation leader to the state House and oust a very bad actor at the same time. All you need to do is look at Jason Conger's votes and who financially supports him to see what I'm talking about.

A biology professor and former member of the City of Bend Planning Commission and the Bend-La Pine School Board, Nathan will stand up to protect our natural legacy and our kids' health.

Andy Maggi | 10.09.12 3:05 pm

 “I am committed to fighting for and protecting Oregon's natural legacy. We must work hard to protect such precious things to ensure the health of our kids and the future of our state.”

-Joe Gallegos, candidate in House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains)

I couldn't have been more excited when Joe Gallegos entered the race for House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains) - for two reasons.

Andy Maggi | 10.09.12 1:19 pm

Here in Oregon, we often locate our conservation heroes in our state's past -- people like Governor Tom McCall, who took strong stands in the 1970s to protect what makes Oregon such a great place to live.

Today, we're lucky to have leaders like Senator Jackie Dingfelder and Rep. Jules Bailey carrying the torch for us in the state legislature. And now we have a great opportunity to add another name to our list of champions in the Oregon House: Ben Unger.

Andy Maggi | 04.26.12 10:45 am

The list of Jeff Reardon supporters continues to grow. In the last week, Jeff has added some pretty big names to his list of endorsements. If you missed the news here are some big ones just from this week:

Andy Maggi | 04.24.12 7:42 pm

It finally happened. Koch Industries has finally started putting money into races here in Oregon. Just yesterday, they contributed $3,000 to Mike Schaufler’s campaign.

If you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years, you may not know that Koch Industries is a privately held company that contributes to extremely conservative politicians and has been a crucial financial backer for the Tea Party movement.

Andy Maggi | 01.20.12 2:34 pm

A few weeks ago, in response to a question about climate change, Rob Cornilles said, "I'm running for congress, not scientist." While this might be true, it is not an excuse to ignore science.

Elected officials take countless votes over the course of their careers. Often votes involve issues where they may have little or no expertise. In this instance Rob could have easily said, “I am not running for economist or farmer.”

Doug Moore | 01.13.12 5:29 pm

I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from the Special Election in Oregon’s First Congressional District. As someone moving across the country to start a new job, I wasn’t familiar with the candidates and I was only just learning about the communities in the 1st District.

Andy Maggi | 01.06.12 2:07 pm

In less than one month, voters in Oregon's 1st Congressional District will send a new representative to Congress.

Historically, the conservation values that so many Oregonians share have been well represented in Oregon's 1st Congressional District, and we need to make sure this continues after January 31st.  

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