Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers
Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories:
• 0102: The second of January is the deadline to register to vote in the Jan. 23 special election to decide whether to affirm a health care-funding scheme approved by the Legislature earlier this year.
• 3.2: The percentage of unemployed people in Benton County in November. New statistics released by the Oregon Employment Department Tuesday showed that county has the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
• 21: On Jan. 1, Oregon will become the fifth state to increase the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21, after California, Hawaii, Maine and New Jersey.
• 6: The number of languages offered on voter registration forms. The Secretary of State recently added Chinese, Vietnamese, Somali and Russian to the existing forms in English and Spanish.
• 15: The number of days that agencies have to release public records in most cases, starting Jan. 1.
• 36.2: The percentage of Oregon's voters who were registered as Democrats in November, according to statistics released Tuesday by the Oregon Secretary of State's Elections Division.
• 37.4: The percentage of Oregon's nearly 2.7 million registered voters who are nonaffiliated or a member of a third party, according to the same statistics.
• 2022: The year former U.S. Sen. Mark Odom Hatfield's papers will be released to the public, coinciding with his 100th birthday July 12 of that year.
• 135,000: The number of dollars the former owners of Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes has to pay a lesbian couple for refusing to bake the couple a wedding cake based on the couple's sexual orientation, according to an Oregon Court of Appeals decision Thursday.
• 27 million: An estimate of the reduction in the number of itemizers nationwide in 2018 because of the increase in the standard deduction to $10,000 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, according to the Tax Policy Center.