Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Meeting David Edwards: Part III

[Part one of my interview with David Edwards is here. Part two is here. Apologies that part three has been so long in coming. We've had a lot of breaking stories lately and unfortunately I had to push this back]

We've covered Edwards' ideas and plans for policy should he be elected to the Oregon House. We've also discussed the fundamental differences between Edwards and his GOP opponent, Edward Curry.

I felt it would also be instructive to understand Edwards' stance on some of the various Ballot Measures in play.

We began with Measure 39. Edwards says he is a supporter of property rights, he is concerned that 39 will unfairly limit the ability of cities, service districts and counties to do rational land use planning. Edwards believes that sometimes its necessary for government to take these steps to draw business into an area.

Edwards says he rejects both Measures 41 and 48 as "a disaster for our state". When we're already struggling to provide resources for essential services like schools and public safety, these measures would exacerbate those problems.

Edwards opposes Measure 43 but does support an alternative called the Pregnant Teen Protection Act as introduced in the 2005 session by Mary Nolan. David says that this measure would better protect the health and safety of young women. The last Legislature had the opportunity to pass the Pregnant Teen Protection Act, a common sense plan that ensures caring, supportive parents are involved when teenagers face medical decisions like abortion. He supports this plan to allow a doctor to determine whether notifying a pregnant young woman's parents would expose her to serious risk.

When we addressed Measure 42, Edwards noted that he works with statistics for his job. He said that he recieved information from the Insurance Commissioner of Texas that indicates there is a strong correlation between credit rating and insurance risk. Therefore he opposes Measure 42.

Edwards also rejects Measures 46-47. He noted that as much as he'd like to see campaign finance reform he doesn't believe these are the appropriate Measures. Edwards says that wealthy individuals would have advantages that others wouldn't have. Edwards maintained that he would like to pursue campaign finance reform in the legislature. Edwards would like to begin with lobbyist reform and then work toward campaign finance reform that would pass the muster of the State Supreme Court. The difficulty is the "money is free speech angle", but Edwards does think we can enact reasonable limits on contributions. In terms of publically financed elections, Edwards says he'd like to study it further to see if its a viable option for statewide elections.

In wrapping up our interview, we also covered the local community reaction to Edwards' campaign. David noted that his responses when door knocking as well as his tracking poll results show that he has a clear shot to win this seat in the House.