The Oregon constitution prohibits persons who are employed in one branch of our government from holding a paying position in either of the other branches, with some exceptions. This prohibits judges, who are employed by the judicial branch, from teaching in public colleges and the University of Oregon law school (Oregon's only public law school), which are part of the executive branch, and similarly prohibits them from serving in the Oregon National Guard, which is also within the executive branch. Measure 87 would allow the public schools and colleges to employ state judges as teachers, and would allow judges to receive compensation for serving in the Oregon National Guard. (The law doesn't prohibit judges from being employed by private schools, only by public schools.) Judges have enough problems in their workaday lives to make me wonder why they would seek out yet more hostile fire, whether from silent snipers or snarky students, but this proposal doesn't create any ill effects that I can see. It will get a "yes" vote from Isaac.
Measure 91 would allow the state to regulate and tax the cultivation, sale, possession, and use of marijuana: it would make marijuana legal in a manner similar to our regulation of alcohol. In fact, the measure proposes that the OLCC would regulate marijuana growers and sellers. Of all the arguments pro and con this measure, the two that most appeal to me are these. First, legalizing the possession and use of marijuana in small amounts would reduce what we spend on the justice system by removing from the justice system people who aren't dangers to society and letting the courts and jails prosecute and house people who really ought to be in prison. Second is that the press by the government (mostly the national government) to fund its police forces through civil forfeiture (i.e., "If we catch you running a grow house, we'll take your house away even if we never charge you with anything") has pushed commercial growers to set up shop in the unforfeitable and not very policeable national forests, creating dangers to Oregonians who want to enjoy the outdoors without running into booby traps or armed guards. Adopting this measure would remove the financial reason for large operators to set up in the forests, would reduce the money flow to organized gangs, and would let a number of our politicians (including some that I know) be a little more honest about how they like to unwind after a hard day of legislating. Isaac is voting "yes" on 91.