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Money is the Root

By Henry Houston-

The race to become the Democratic Party’s nominee to be governor has attracted a lot of money for three major candidates. But Brownsville resident Patrick Starnes is making the case that all that money will influence those candidates’ policymaking. That, he says, is the problem with Oregon politics. 

Four years ago, Starnes ran for governor as the Independent Party of Oregon’s nominee. He pulled out of the race shortly after ballots were mailed to voters to endorse Gov. Kate Brown, then saying the two would work on campaign finance reform. He’s returned to the governor’s race, but this time as a Democrat. He says tackling campaign finance reform can lead to solutions to the state’s problems, such as providing residents with universal health care…

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