Ballot Measure Endorsements: At the Central Committee meeting last week, the Endorsement Task Force made its report and the Central Committee voted on ballot measure endorsements for the November election. A "YES" or "NO" endorsement required a 2/3 vote of the members present. Here is a summary of the results: Statewide Measures Measure #70 : (Legislative Referral) Amends Constitution: Expands availability of home ownership loans for Oregon veterans through Oregon War Veterans' Fund. Endorsed: YES Measure #71 : (Legislative Referral) Amends Constitution: Requires legislature to meet annually; limits length of legislative sessions; provides exceptions. Endorsed: YES Measure #72 : (Legislative Referral) Amends Constitution: Authorizes exception to $50,000 state borrowing limit for state's real and personal property projects. Endorsed: YES Measure #73 : Requires increased minimum sentences for certain repeated sex crimes, incarceration for repeated driving under influence. Endorsed: NO Measure #74 : Establishes medical marijuana supply system and assistance and research programs; allows limited selling of marijuana. Endorsed: YES Measure #75 : Authorizes Multnomah County casino; casino to contribute monthly revenue percentage to state for specified purposes Endorsed: NO Measure #76 : Amends Constitution: Continues lottery funding for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, watershed protection beyond 2014; modifies funding process No Position City of Portland Measures 26-108 Continues City public campaign financing for Mayoral, Commissioner, Auditor candidates [“Voter Owned Elections" / "VOE”] Endorsed: YES 26-117 General obligation bonds for fire vehicles and emergency response infrastructure. Endorsed: YES Additional Local Measures will be considered at the September meeting: 26-109 County Term Limits 26-110 Multnomah County Official Running for Office Midterm 26-111 Salary Commission 26-112 Vacancy in Office 26-113 Multnomah County Election to fill Vacancies 26-114 Multnomah County Library District Ballot Measure endorsements will be included on our “slate card” and distributed to voters during the voting period. Please contact us at email@example.com to join the effort, one of our most effective means of bringing in the Democratic vote in November.