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  •  How Negative Are Oregon's Campaigns? (2+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, sacrelicious

    Part of the strategy of negative campaigning is to lower turnout. If that isn't part of the equation does it change the nature of the campaigns?

    Good Government. Traffic Lights Aren't All That Weird. Vote Democratic!

    by HL Mungo on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:10:05 PM PST

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    •  Neg (1+ / 0-)
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      HL Mungo

      There's definitely negative campaigning going on. In the race for the state House position held by the Republican Speaker, her campaign charged that the Democratic challenger (by opposing internet filters at libraries) was a supporter of pornography. There is a lot of the usual mud-slinging. But it gets diffused, I think, by the fact that enough people vote earlier and there's the possibility for blowback from sleazy campaign strategies being exposed.

      Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

      by darrelplant on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:16:38 PM PST

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    •  There are still negative campaigns/ads (1+ / 0-)
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      HL Mungo

      but there's not the intense barrage at the end. Having the voting period stretched out over two weeks makes it unfeasible to target a media buy as effectively.  So we don't get hit with so much right at the end.

      Also, since the elections office records that you voted when the receive and verify the signature on the outer envelope, you stop getting calls (robo or otherwise) as soon as you vote!  Very nice. :)

      Take the party back for the people!
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      Most. Annoying. Emphasis. Technique. Ever.

      by spurdy on Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:17:47 PM PST

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    •  negative campaigns (0+ / 0-)

      Negative campaigns don't play too well here--especially the obviously manipulative ones.

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