First, the kudos. Which I'm forced to offer to myself, since my marvelously precise prediction about how the vote on Measure 49 would turn out hasn't received the non-Brian praise that it so obviously deserves.
Back on November 2, I said that 63% of Oregonians would vote "yes" on 49. And so it (almost) came to pass on November 6, with the latest results showing a 62% approval.
So Brian, congratulations.
Why, thank you, Brian. On behalf of Brian, who happens to be me, I accept this public acclamation and all that comes with it.
Dude, this is just a freaking blog post. It's barely "public." And nothing comes with it, except the satisfaction that comes from giving praise where praise is due. Namely, from me to you, Brian to Brian.
Now, the calumny. Which is beginning to show up from die-hard Measure 37 zealots who refuse to recognize that the people of Oregon overwhelmingly approved the fix of Measure 49.
Land Use Watch just reported that a Douglas County commissioner is ignoring the law. He's spouting off that every Measure 37 claim is vested, so can continue on as if Measure 49 doesn't exist.
That's absurd. Read my recent post about vesting and you'll see why.
This Roseburg newspaper story shows that both the county planning director, Keith Cubic, and the commissioner, Doug Robertson, either are clueless about vesting or (more likely) are letting their political views interfere with their duty to uphold the laws of Oregon.
That's disturbing. So I'll end on a positive note – more praise of me.
In my pre-election prediction post I said:
We're not going to see the same sort of urban-rural split as in 2004. I'm predicting that a majority of Oregon counties are going to say "Yes" to Measure 49.
Check out this map of the counties where a majority of voters said "yes" or "no" to Measure 49. Twenty-two counties are in the Yes camp, and just fourteen in the No.
Right on, Brian! Thank you, Brian.