Ballot Measures Deadline has Passed

SALEM, Ore. — The deadline to get initiatives on the November ballot has now passed. Voters will be asked to choose whether to grant driving privileges to people who can’t prove they’re legally in the U.S. Voters will also need to decide on an equal rights amendment. Petitions to legalize recreational marijuana and require businesses to … Continue reading »

GMO Opponents Launch Labeling Effort

MEDFORD, Ore. — After winning the battle over growing genetically modified food in Jackson County, opponents of GMOs are now turning their sights on making sure all food sold in Oregon is labeled about its GMO content. Supporters are out gathering signatures hoping to get a statewide initiative on the ballot in November. The plan … Continue reading »

Both Sides of GMO Issue Rally in Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two rallies on both sides of the GMO debate were only separated by about an hour this morning in downtown Medford. Supporters of measure 15-119, which would ban the growing of genetically modified crops in Jackson County, hit the streets across from Medford City Hall around 10:30 a.m. Supporters chanted and waved … Continue reading »

Group Pushing for GMO Labeling

SALEM, Ore. — The consumer advocacy group “Oregon Right To Know” is working to require all GMO products in the state to be labeled. Yesterday the Oregon Supreme Court certified a ballot title for the groups plan to try and get its GMO labeling initiative on the November ballot. The group released a statement saying, … Continue reading »

Review to help explain Measures this May

MEDFORD, Ore.– This May, Southern Oregon will be asked to decide between several measures and candidates in the 2014 primary election. According to the organization, Healthy Democracy, one out of every four Oregonians say ballot measures are hard to understand. They say this can be discouraging, and often a vote is uncast. This may be … Continue reading »

Local Seed Growers Support GMO Ban

MEDFORD, Ore.– Local seed growers are speaking out against GMOs, clearing up what they say are “factual issues” on the ballot measure to ban the crops. The Southern Oregon Seed Growers Association said they do not have a stance on the move to ban genetically modified crops. However, during a press conference, Tuesday, at Oregon … Continue reading »

Satire Performance for GMO Campaign

MEDFORD, Ore.–  Activists fighting for the Jackson County GMO Free Measure are using a bit of satire to push back against the opposition. Actors dressed in costumes to represent wealthy business people and performed a skit at the Medford Growers and Crafters Market on Thursday. They were armed with a wheelbarrow full of “cash” and handed out … Continue reading »