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Tuesday's election resulted in a change in power in the Oregon House.  After 2 historic sessions of an even 30-30 split, voters in the Portland area replaced several Republican incumbents with Democratic challengers.
 
State Representative Mike McLane says negative campaign Ads may have played a big role in the outcome.
 
He explains that a blast of negative ads in the Portland market may have worked.  He says the ads were not only negative they were inaccurate and misleading.
 
 "THE FOUR INCUMBENTS IN THE PORTLAND AREA DID NOT LOSE BY MUCH - AND TO ME THE SIGNAL IS REALLY ABOUT MAKING SURE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES DEFINE WHO THEY ARE TO THEIR CONStITUENTS AND NOT LET THEIR OPPONENTS DEFINE THEM THROUGH A BARAGE OF NEGATIVE ADS.
 
The Ad used in Portland was the some one used against Republican Jason Conger of Bend. Conger said it was very misleading and portrayed his record on schools differently than what actually happened in Salem.   Republican Leader Mike McLane spoke with KBND news shortly after the election.
 
"I WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THE VOLUME OF NEGATIVE ADS ANd IT CREATED A CHARICATURE OF OUR HOUSE CANDIDATES AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CHOSE TO BELIEVE THE ADS RATHER THAN TAKE THE TIME TO CHECK OUT FOR THEMSELVES THE REAL INFORMATION."
 
Still, McLane says there are no "sour grapes".  He says Republicans need to do a better job of combating false ads and getting their message out.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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