In an earlier version of Sources, we incorrectly said the fluoride referral would appear on the May 2013 ballot. In fact, it will appear on the May 2014 ballot.

Sources apologizes for any confusion our mistake caused.

That also means a number of tax measures are likely to appear on the May 2013 ballot after all. They include a Metro open spaces bond measure and an extension of the Portland Children's Levy.

A Portland Parks & Recreation bond measure is being considered for the November 2013 ballot.

Art campaign stays cool

One surprise of the 2012 general election was the easy passage of Portland’s $35 per-person art tax. Two major independent polls showed it likely to lose in the closing days of the election. But the campaign calmly refuted the validity of the polls in an Oct. 30 email. It noted the polls asked voters how they felt about the art tax instead of showing them the language as it appeared on the ballot.

In the email, the campaign said it had conducted four internal polls that showed voters the measure’s actual language. When that happened, voters supported it by margins ranging from 68 percent to 76 percent. Sure enough, on election night, the measure passed with more than 60 percent of the vote.

Lessons from women leaders

The Center for Women, Politics & Policy at Portland State University is launching a digital archive of personal papers of five well-known Oregon women political leaders. The purpose is to help students and others better understand the paths to leadership these and other women took in Oregon.

The archive includes documentation on efforts the late Betty Robert undertook to retain her name after marrying Keith Skelton. Roberts, an attorney, state legislator and Oregon Supreme Court judge, faced both legal and cultural challenges to her political career not that long ago.

In addition to Roberts, the archive includes papers from: equity activist Eleanor Davis; former state legislator Avel Gordly; former state legislator, Multnomah County Commissioner and Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury; and former Multnomah County Commissioner, state legislator, secretary of state and Gov. Barbara Roberts.

The mission of the Center for Women, Politics & Policy is to increase women’s leadership in public policy through targeted teaching and community service programs.

The archive will be available through its website at

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