Why Lifelong Oregon Dems Are Ready to Vote Red

Christine Drazan-a pro-life, pro-gun rights Republican best known for fighting a state climate-change bill-is in a dead heat to become the next governor of Oregon.

I repeat: Oregon.

Oregon, where Democrats have controlled the governor’s mansion for four decades, and the state legislature for 15 years. Oregon, where medical marijuana has been legal since 1998 (trailing only California) and assisted dying is a birthright and hippies have long been a major constituency. (In 2013, the real-estate blog Estately ranked Eugene the No. 1 city in America for hippies.)

If you want to know why super-progressive Oregon is thinking about voting red, consider one small community of people living in houses floating on the Columbia River. Read more…

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