"For the Fourth Time Since 1956, Portland Voters Reject Fluoridation"

"For the fourth time since 1956, Portlanders on Tuesday night rejected a plan to fluoridate city water, 60 percent to 40 percent."

"'There's a libertarian component to Oregon politics ... a kind of opposition to what the establishment might want,' said Bill Lunch, a political science professor at Oregon State University. 'Those who have more money, despite the kind of popular presumptions in this regard, don't always win elections.' ...

In Portland, where a largely Democratic electorate often finds liberal candidates struggling to differentiate themselves, the fluoride debate created stark, and heated, divisions."

Ryan Kost reports for the Portland Oregonian May 21, 2013.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013