Measure on Portland government to appear as-is on ballot

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Multnomah County judge has ruled that a sweeping proposal to change the form of government and election system in Portland, Oregon, should advance to November’s ballot, rejecting a legal challenge from a city business organization. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the Portland Business Alliance filed a lawsuit in July saying the proposal approved by the city’s Charter Commission violated the Oregon constitution’s requirement that ballot measures address only a single subject. Circuit Judge Stephen Bushong disagreed in the Monday ruling, saying a unifying principle — reforming the structure and operation of city government — logically connects all provisions in the measure.