Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, was the deadline for referring legislative action to the ballot. Our democratic overlords in Salem have again done their best to corrupt and defeat our referendum/petition system. It appears the tax or assessment on health care will qualify while the gun confiscation law will not.
Our overlords use various tactics. On the health care referral the title was drafted by a democratic committee that called the tax an assessment. That language is being challenged as supporters want rightly to call the tax a tax. Assessment sounds more benign to voters.
On the gun confiscation law Governor Kate Brown delayed signing the bill into law, which reduced by 30 days the time allowed to collect signatures. It may have not qualified anyway but Brown should have signed the bill and let our system work.
No matter which way you swing this manipulation should give you pause. My democratic friends are outraged at the manipulation at the federal level because it doesn’t fit their political view. I am outraged at all political corruption and manipulation of the voters’ right to decide.