On Monday, Restore America's David Crowe sent out an email that indicated his group is not giving up on their effort to send HB 2007—the state's new domestic partnership law—to the ballot next fall. Crowe and his allies fell just 116 valid signatures shy of the number needed for a referendum vote, and they're reportedly going from county to county, asking elections officials to re-examine signatures that were tossed out.
If the anti-gay activists can convince elections officials to reinstate just six signatures before the count is certified on Friday, October 26, they'd have a shot at the ballot (each signature that was disqualified actually took out 20 signatures, due to the statistical formulas used to calculate valid signatures).
According to Crowe, "Marion County rejected a significant number of valid signatures." Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess says the county "will not, without court order, legislation, or secretary of state directive, reconsider petition signature verification." AMY J. RUIZ
MAYOR AVEL GORDLY?
State Senator Avel Gordly—who represented a swatch of NE and SE Portland, first as a Democrat, then as an Independent—is rumored to be considering a bid for the mayor's office, according to well-connected sources. Gordly, currently an associate professor at Portland State University's Black Studies program, spent 17 years in the state legislature, earning a reputation as a tireless advocate for mental health issues—she co-chaired Mayor Tom Potter's Mental Health Task Force—and better police oversight.
Gordly did not return several calls for comment. TRIXIE BELDEN