AUTHORS

Phil Keisling is director of the Center for Public Service at Portland State University's Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. He served from 1991 to 1999 as Oregon's secretary of state, following a two-year term in the Oregon House of Representatives.

Keisling also is a former journalist who worked for Portland’s Willamette Week and Washington Monthly magazine.

From 2000 to 2009, he was an executive vice president of CorSource Technology Group, a Beaverton, Ore.-based software services company. He is among the founders of several nonprofit organizaions, including the Oregon Progress Forum, the Oregon Public Affairs Network and Smart Grid Oregon.

December 10, 2014

The Troubling Partisanization of Elections for Secretary of State

Party money is now pouring into these races, which once drew little attention. The threat to the integrity of elections these officials administer worries two former secretaries of state.
September 16, 2014

What a Public Employee Really Costs

It's about a lot more than salaries. We need to do a better job of comparing total costs, both across jurisdictions and across comparable jobs.
May 7, 2014

The Few Who Decide Who Governs America

These days, most elections are won or lost long before Election Day in primaries in which tiny numbers of people vote. It's plunging our political system further into dysfunction.
February 13, 2014

Beyond Groupthink: the Real Way to Reform Voting

A presidential commission's recommendations focus largely on improving the polling-place experience. But why do we even need polling places? Let's let everyone vote by mail.
November 6, 2013

The Wrong Ways to Elect America's Mayors

Holding partisan mayoral elections ensures low voter turnout and disenfranchises vast numbers of voters. So does voting in odd-numbered years. We need to re-think how we approach these important elections.