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  • Our picks on Nov. 4

    Here is the full list of the Mail Tribune Editorial Board's election endorsements
  • Following is a recap of the endorsements made by the Mail Tribune editorial board for the Nov. 4 election:
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  • Following is a recap of the endorsements made by the Mail Tribune editorial board for the Nov. 4 election:
    Measure 54: Yes. This housekeeping measure would standardize voting requirements for school board races to match other state and local elections.
    Measure 55: Yes. This would allow legislators to serve out their terms if redistricting pushed them out of their district.
    Measure 56: Yes. The double majority requirement for money measures is anti-democratic and this measure would waive it for all May and November elections.
    Measure 57: Yes. We're not crazy about this $70 million anti-crime measure, but it is far preferable to Kevin Mannix's Measure 61 (see below). If both pass, the one with the most votes will become law.
    Measure 58: No. This one-size-fits-all measure from Bill Sizemore would micromanage the way schools handle bilingual education, throwing out the good with the bad.
    Measure 59: No. If you make $1 million a year, this Sizemore initiative to allow 100 pecent of federal taxes to be deducted from state taxes is a good deal. For the rest of us, it saves little and would gut education and other state-funded programs.
    Measure 60: No. Another Sizemore disaster, the measure would attempt to establish merit pay for teachers, but is so poorly written as to be virtually useless.
    Measure 61: No. This measure sponsored by Kevin Mannix would get tough on drug and property crimes, but Oregon — which already leads the nation in prison spending — can't afford the pricetag of up to $200 million.
    Measure 62: No. This Mannix measure would cut the lottery pie into smaller pieces, giving 15 percent to law enforcement at the expense of education and economic development.
    Measure 63: No. Another Sizemore measure, this one would jeopardize safety and home values by eliminating building permit requirements for projects costing less than $35,000 annually.
    Measure 64: No. Sizemore (need we say more) is again going after the unions, but his attempt to limit payroll deductions also would hit charities like United Way, food banks and the Humane Society.
    Measure 65: Yes. This would turn Oregon's every-other-year May primary into an open contest, with the top two vote-getters advancing to November. We think it would reduce the partisanship in political offices.
    Measure 15-87 (Ashland library levy): Yes. Ashland voters should continue to support expanded library hours.
    Measure 15-88 (Ashland restaurant grades): No. The existing state system is adequate to safeguard diners.
    Measure 15-89 (Shady Cove burning ban): Yes. Shady Cove should eliminate unhealthful open burning.
    Measure 15-90 (Applegate fire district): Yes. Voters in this rural district should continue the existing support for a valuable service.
    Circuit Court: Lisa Greif and Doug McGeary bring the most well-rounded experience and temperament for the two positions.
    Medford City Council: Chris Corcoran would bring leadership qualities and collaboration to the job.
    State Legislature: Our choices are incumbents Rep. Dennis Richardson (District 4), Rep. Peter Buckley (District 5) and Sen. Jason Atkinson (District 2) and newcomer Lynn Howe, who is running for House District 6.
    Jackson County commissioner: Incumbent C.W. Smith has been a stabilizing force in helping to guide the county through a tough time.
    Jackson County clerk: Chris Walker's experience gives her the edge.
    State treasurer: Ben Westlund brings a combination of state government experience and common sense.
    Secretary of State: Kate Brown has a clear advantage over her opponent in government experience.
    U.S. House: Incumbent Rep. Greg Walden represents his mostly rural district well and his opponent has been virtually invisible here.
    U.S. Senate: Incumbent Sen. Gordon Smith has clout, a moderate track record and provides badly needed representation for rural Oregon.
    President: This country desperately needs to change direction and Barack Obama is the best choice to accomplish that.
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