Summary Post

The project ended up being much more about direct democracy in Oregon than it did about New Judicial Federalism – but that’s okay. As it turned out, not only was information on Oregon’s ballot measures easier to access (and that’s a low bar – Oregon Bluebook needs to update their website), but there was so much more there than I expected!

As it turns out, I don’t think that there’s much of a relationship between Oregon’s ballot measures and its protection of civil liberties. Certainly I didn’t find the kind of oppression of minority liberties that I expected, especially when you compare it to Oregon’s civil rights record with direct democracy. Tyranny of the majority is real (trust me, I saw all the measures), just not particularly in the realm of civil liberties.