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Politics Ballots due Tuesday; postmarks don't count Ballots due Tuesday; postmarks don't count
Lane County Elections recommends that voters mail their voted ballots to the Elections Office no later than Thursday, May 14. After that date, return ballots to one of the many official ballot drop sites.
Politics Obama stumps at Nike for Trans-Pacific pact: 'Just do it' Obama stumps at Nike for Trans-Pacific pact: 'Just do it' (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When President Barack Obama promotes trade, he likes to say that 95 percent of the world's markets are outside the nation's borders — a potential goldmine for U.S.-made products. But Nike, where Obama made a pitch Friday, wants easier access to the U.S. market for the products it makes overseas.
Politics OSU says GMO ban on county ballot a threat to research OSU says GMO ban on county ballot a threat to research (Photo Gallery)
"We are now experiencing a quantum leap in humanity's ability to improve the properties of plants and animals," Gene Tools CEO Jim Summerton said, "except perhaps in Benton County if our local Luddites (anti-technology folks) succeed in getting voters to pass Measure 2-89."