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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.

Here are 10 numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories.

180: Degree switch by Gov. Kate Brown's administration after a public outcry over her education department's plan to quietly delay the release of school rankings until after the election. Brown is up for reelection against Republican Knute Buehler.

1: Sassy headlines in The Oregonian about the incident. The newspaper compiled a searchable database of school rankings in half a day after state claimed that work would take weeks.

$784 million: Amount in new cigarette and alcohol taxes the state's health department is proposing for the next two-year budget.

33: Inches of rain in the coastal town of Florence so far this year, according to Pacific Standard Magazine.

69: Typical annual rainfall, in inches, in Florence. About one-third of Oregon experienced extreme drought this summer.

78: Approximate number of text messages reportedly missing from former OHA Director Lynne Saxton's government phone, according to The Portland Tribune. A health care nonprofit suing the state wants a federal judge to sanction the state over the missing messages, which may have been deleted in violation of state law. Saxton resigned in the wake of a publicity scandal last summer.

8.7: Percent of Oregon voters who turned out for the midterm elections by Thursday, according to the Secretary of State's office.

1: Oregon's rank among states for access to voting, according to a new study cited by the Washington Post.

17: States, not including Oregon, that have a same-day voter registration policy. The District of Columbia has one as well.

7: New murals in small-town Oregon, as part of a new campaign by the state's travel agency, according to OPB.