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Another year of fun filled snarky news commentary and analysis is almost over and this December marks the second consecutive month that MGx has reached over 20,000 global visitors. Most visitors are from the US and 1% are classified as "addicts" and 35% as "regulars" by Quantcast. Almost 450 regulars are Oregon residents from Portland to Salem to Ashland to Brookings.
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The World reporting on the position two commissioner candidates attending the chamber forum this week seems to track fairly close with perceptions sent this way. John Sweet and Tim Bishop are viewed as extensions of the chamber and SCDC with their narrow focus upon enticing big business while ignoring existing and new small business. Both candidates believe hiring an administrator will solve all the county’s unspecified ills while Geno Landrum and Mark McKelvey are less convinced an administrator is the solution. The feedback I receive is that McKelvey has disappointed the progressive democrats, independents and greens with his positions on LNG and coal export as an acceptable means to and end but dyed in the wool democrats may still vote for him especially if he supports fixing the incinerator at Beaver Hill Disposal Site.
Frank Vincent and Kermit Gaston are still relative unknowns but the feedback I get on Gaston is that he has potential and neither candidate is packing a lot of baggage unlike Tim Bishop in Coos Bay and North Bend.
Still trying to catchup on business and blogging and I believe i will have some news regarding a possible OSHA complaint and other action regarding the solid waste department forthwith.