Tracking Oregon newspaper endorsements

Another quick post for a quick project.

Putting together my ballot for the November election, I looked up a few Oregon newspapers to check on their endorsements on certain issues. I don’t put a whole lot of stock in these (the main value is a reality check on smaller ballot measures to make sure they’re not full of it), but having worked at a paper and knowing some of the smart, thoughtful people who write these endorsements, I always like to see who went for what.

Of course that ended up in a spreadsheet, which I saw as a great opportunity to practice using Twitter Bootstrap and Tabletop.js. Thus Oregon Newspaper Endorsements was born.

I know this has zero real-world value for anyone, but it was a good exercise for me to learn some new tools and keep up on jquery, using data I had lying around basically. It was a lot of fun, with the added bonus of having the election (and Oregon’s early vote by mail) give me a tangible deadline.


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