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By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Governor’s bowing out of debate disservice to voters


June 14, 2016

Earlier this week, newspaper publishers around the state learned that Gov. Kate Brown had declined their invitation to debate Republican challenger Dr. Bud Pierce in July at the publishers’ annual state convention.

This debate has been a longtime political tradition in Oregon and it’s been an opportunity for candidates to essentially get things started with the first big face-off of the gubernatorial election.

Except, of course, this isn’t going to be a face-off.

There was a time, not that long ago, when we, as citizens, got most of our information rather simplistically – fro...

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