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More state election analysis from leagues
MADISON, Wis. (11/8/10)--Two more leagues--in Oregon and Vermont--have provided an analysis of their state-level election results from last week. The Credit Union Association of Oregon (CUAO) noted that Oregon's House will be split 30 Democrats and 30 Republicans, while the Oregon Senate will likely be 16-14 with Democratic control (Oregon Outlook Nov. 5). Democrat John Kitzhaber won the gubernatorial race against a former professional basketball player by one percentage point while Ted Wheeler, another candidate supported by credit unions, was elected state treasurer. Of the 16 races in the Oregon Senate, credit union-supported candidates won all but two races. Chuck Thompson beat credit union-supported Brent Barton for a seat vacated by Sen. Rick Metsger in District 26, and Sen. Alan Bates lost to Republican challenger Dave Dotterer in District 3. Of the 60 races for the Oregon House, credit-union supported candidates won all but two races. Mark Johnson beat incumbent Suzanne VanOrman and Jason Conger beat incumbent Judy Stiegler. Both incumbents had supported HB3700, the public funds bill, said CUAO. In Vermont, candidates supported by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions (AVCU) fared well with 38 of 43 state legislators winning their races (Newslines Express Nov. 5). "Of particular note, Shap Smith will again be Speaker of the House and strong credit union supporter Ann Cummings will chair the Senate Financial Committee," said AVCU. Peter Shumlin will be Vermont's 81st governor, AVCU noted. "Although all three branches of Vermont Government are now controlled by a single party, AVCU's lobbying team believes there will not be major changes in statehouse attitudes towards financial institution or consumer issues compared to last year," said the association. "Although Democrats and Republicans shifted a few seats around in the House, its makeup will remain ostensibly the same with 94 Democrats, 48 Republicans, five Progressives and three Independents. The Senate remains solidly in the hands of Democrats, 22-8, although Republicans did pick up a net of one seat," AVCU said.


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