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" l-S(zl-exn-S-;en-e- i onW°rksh°PLegislativeSlated By Jack Zimmerman ! Process in State ......... .| A workshop on the Oregon Important 'Elections' Will Balloting of Tuesday - laden ballot meas- get credit for the record of Oregonians who to vote in this week's while voters were ab- with the issues, relative- understood their contri- te the every-other-year game" that follows elections in Salem. course of settling those voters also balloted for Labor Commissioner, of Public In- tion, their legislators, of Congress and many local candidates and is- any other or issue, votes for mere- of the state legislature most important to the "numbers game". voters doubtless were kPted primarily by the to help decide the race. Others, by to elect a county mayor or city members. And many out to re-elect a state install a newcomer lacumbent's seat. only a relative were motivated by to influence the structure that will the course of the 60th biennial session of the which convenes in city on Monday, Jan. so much that this is reserved as it is that individual voters Can't influence the "num- . The whole thing resem- a Colossal game of chance. subsequent elec-  cnducted in the next few 90 privileged in- will have much to do the vast body of new laws to be enacted in Salem the first six months of rule, tradition and law, revolves around two elected to preside the Senate and House of Presiding of- have the authority to shape legislation by appointing committees and assigning bills to those committees. The senate president and House Speaker are generally elected during a caucus of their partisian peersmwhenever clear cut partisan majorities evolve from the General Election. A partisan majority in the 30-member senate consists of 16. In the 60-members House, the magic number is 31. Democrats have sustained a partisan majority in the Senate since 1965. And since only half the Senate is elected to four-year terms every two years, it was numerically impossible for Republicans to significantly alter last session's 24-6 Demo- crat majority, this year. The House of Representatives is something else. Twice as many members--each elected for only two year termsmmeans the odds for change are greater each election. Democrats have sustained House majorities since 1972. And, though pre-election fore- casts suspected the previous 37-23 Democrat superiority might be eroded, even the most ardent Republican doubted his party would re-gain a solid majority. Philosophical strife among House Democrats, last session, wrought havoc with House traditions; ud that same strife will play a part when a speaker is chosen this year. That strife--coupled with any Republican gains--could pave the way for coalition leadership in the House. In other words, a combination of dissident Demo- crats and Republicans could wrest leadership control from regular Democrats. This type of activity is more common in the Senate than the House of Representatives. And it often leads to delays and wounds that are slow to heal. The 1957 session was delayed 15 days before Senators elected Boyd Overhulse President; and the 1971 session failed to achieve organization for 12 days until a coalition installed John Burns. i legislative process is schedule for next Thursday, Nov. 16, at the County Squire Inn, at the Coburg exit of Highway I-5, according to Jack Wood, Linn County Extension Agent. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. speakers from the State govern- ment and OSU Extension ser- vice will cover such disucssion topics as: --Structure of State govern- ment anti.he legislature, --The bill process, --Testifying at a public hear- ing, --Communicating with your Legislature, --Access to the News Media --Role of the Lobbyist in the legislative process and --Summary panel represent- ing several Agricultural and Commodity organizations. The forum has a $10 registra- tion fee and is limited to 50 people. Similar workshops will be conducted in Pendleton and Lake Oswego, next Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Town Hall Meeting The Halsey political scene got lively on Election Day Eve, when a town hall meeting was held at the fire hall to hear from candidates for the mayoral and city council seats. Twice the Oregon Legislature has failed to organize and gone home without conducting its normal functions. Senators were unable to elect a leader in 1860 and House members couldn't agree on a Speaker in 1897. Few observers believe either chamber will be leaderless during the session to come, however. The Senate is expect- ed to name its President this week and House Democrats will try to elect a Speaker shortly after. So, while you're still absorbed with the "numbers" voting for and against candidates and issues last Tuesday, keep the Salem "numbers game" in mind and those magic figures. They are 16 like-minded Sena- tors and 31 like-minded Repres- enatives. And most interesting of all is whether the 16 and 31 are members of the same political party. Keep Oregon Green Spaoe Heaters for Ohilly Mornings Halsey Hardware Grandon & Lorna Hedges ).2226 Halse Ore ton The Greeks and Romans didn't eat butter, but used it as a remedy for skin injuries. 'Said the Spider to the Fly'... IT'S JUST A PLAIN FACT OF LIFE... it is lmpo.ible for Anyone to sell their produets below €ost, and stay in business. Yet, some se-ealled "Discount" places would have you believe they do this on Just about every- thing they sell! THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS... if you are paying less on one item, you are, probably, paying more than you should on others. Is there a way to beat this game? WE SUGGEST that you Choose a Pharmacy that has a repu- tation for Fair Pricing on everything offered for sale. Our Phormacy--here in Your Ilometown--trles to Have-- and deserve--this reputation. Why don't you Try Us for Prompt, Friendly Service? . . . Here at Home. Community Drug 339N. Main Brownsville Phone 466-5353 OPEN: 9-6, Mon.-Fri.-10-3, Saturday Long-lasting "" work clothes for lob comfort. Reeves has a good selection of Name Brands you can trust Men & Boys Clothing 566 Main 258-5566 Leboqon Ill m