GMO Labeling Measure Raising Millions

SALEM, Ore. – The battle over labeling foods in Oregon containing genetically modified organisms is turning into an expensive enterprise. According to the Secretary of State’s Office, nearly $23 million has been raised by campaigns for both sides of Measure 92, with those looking to defeat the proposal out-raising proponents almost 3-to-1. The news comes … Continue reading »

State Investigating Sheriff Winters

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore – The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office is investigating the re-election of Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters, after receiving an allegation of false information in the November Election Voter Pamphlet. According to officials, this type of investigation may lead to criminal charges. NewsWatch 12 has reached out to Sheriff Winter’s for his reaction, but so far he … Continue reading »

Web Extra: Merkley and Wehby

  MEDFORD, Ore.– Senator Jeff Merkley and his challenger Dr. Monica Wehby have been two key players in the race for U.S. Senate during this November’s election. Each candidate spoke separately with Newswatch 12, and explains plans for Southern Oregon if elected, and their campaign so far.

Bates and Dotterrer Debate Big Topics

MEDFORD, Ore. –  Oregon state senator candidates talked through many topics Thursday morning outlining their goals and focus while running for office. The topics included job creation, healthcare, education, O&C lands, driver licenses for undocumented residents, gun control and state budget cuts. Over the last 12 years, current Democratic State Senator Alan Bates has focused a … Continue reading »

Measure 88: Driver’s Cards

MEDFORD, Ore. — State Ballot Measure 88 was created in response to Senate Bill 833, passed and signed into law in 2013. The law allows the state to give out driver cards, not licenses, to people who meets all other identification and driving qualifications, but cannot prove they are legally in the country. Those opposed to … Continue reading »

Voter Pamphlets Heading to the Mailbox

MEDFORD, Ore.– The people of Jackson County will start seeing voter’s pamphlets in their mailboxes this week. The Jackson County Elections Office sent out the pamphlets Monday, as part of the voter education process. Measure arguments and candidate statements will be provided, but some will be missing. County clerk officials said they are actually are optional, and … Continue reading »

Measure 17-63 Seeks to Ban Pesticides

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. –  Josephine County voters will decide whether or not to drastically change pesticide use in the county. The measure, initiated by the Freedom from Pesticides Alliance, will ban all pesticides used by government and corporate agencies. Measure 17-63 asks voters if widely used pesticides by large agencies should be outlawed in the county. … Continue reading »

Multi-Party Ballot Affiliations

MEDFORD, Ore. — Colleen Roberts and Kevin Talbert are running against each other for Jackson County Commissioner Position Three, but Roberts is running as both the republican and democratic candidate, while Talbert represents the Independent Party. Roberts, who is a registered Republican, won the Republican Primary Election in May. According to the Jackson County Elections … Continue reading »

Councilors Keep Seats After Recall Vote

GOLD HILL, Ore. –  The fate of four Gold Hill City Councilors was decided Monday night by voters after a special recall election. Margaret Dials, Doug Reischman, Gus Wolf, and Lorraine Parks will all keep their seats after they each won over 60 percent of the votes cast for no recall. Councilor Dials say she was … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Voter Trouble with Ballots

GOLD HILL, Ore. — Ballots for the special election in Gold Hill are due on Monday, but many people who say they believe they were registered to vote did not get their ballots. When those community members contacted the elections office, they were surprised at the reason. According to the Jackson County Elections Office, when … Continue reading »

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