Attempt to Abolish Independent Party of Oregon Backfires
"dumb, partisan and unconstitutional" (The Oregonian)
spawned by the "Joe Stalin Graduate School of Political Maneuvering" (Albany Democrat-Herald),
"heavy-handed" (Medford Mail-Tribune).
The Oregonian's editorial earned a top, full-width headline. Today's Sunday Oregonian featured further criticism of the bill on the front page of the metro section.
More About the Hearing
"We are aware of no legal precedent in any jurisdiction in the United States that would allow a legislature to ban the use of a word in the name of a political party, and are highly skeptical that the Oregon Constitution, with its broad protections for free speech, would permit such an intrusion on the association and speech rights of a duly constituted political party. . . . This bill is cynical, political mischief of the worst, most juvenile kind -- worthy of being thrown on the legislative scrap heap, so this body can get down to the important business at hand."
Also submitting written testimony were former State Representative Tony Van Vliet and attorney Stephen Goldberg.
Monday, April 18, 2011
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