Newsletter - September 23, 2014

Upcoming Events

The Jackson County Democrats (JCD) will be at these upcoming events.  If you are available to staff the JCD booth, contact Jan Waitt at rjwaitt@opendoor.com. If you would like to walk in a parade, contact Allen Hallmark at hallmark3843@gmail.com.

 

Sept 27 - 21st Annual Greater Medford Multicultural Fair, Alba Park
Official Website
Please join us at our booth! The Multicultural Fair has music, food, dancing and is fun for the whole family!

October 4 - Talent Harvest Festival
Official Website
Parade, Artists, Music and Food. We hope to see you in Talent for the parade and at our booth in the vendor area!

October 9-11 - SOPride, Ashland
Official Website
"A weekend of Strength through Solidarity." Everyone is invited to show Pride by walking in the parade or visiting our booth on Oct. 11.

Democratic Candidates

Election: November 4, 2014

U.S. Senator

Jeff Merkley

jeffmerkley.com
facebook.com/JeffMerkleyOregon

U.S. Congress, 2nd District

Aelea Christofferson

AeleaforCongress.com
facebook.com/AeleaForCongress

Governor

John Kitzhaber

JohnKitzhaber.com
facebook.com/KitzhaberforGovernor

Labor Commissioner

Brad Avakian

BradAvakian.com
facebook.com/BradAvakianOregon

Oregon Senate

Dr. Alan Bates

AlanBates.net
facebook.com/SenatorAlanBates

Oregon House of Rep., Dist. 5

Jackson County, Including Ashland, Talent, Phoenix & Jacksonville 

Peter Buckley
OregonLegislature.gov/Buckley
Rep.PeterBuckley@state.or.us 

Oregon House of Rep., Dist. 4

Jackson County, Including Central Point, Gold Hill & Rogue River 

Darlene V. Taylor
your.rep.2014@outlook.com
(541) 326-2655 

Jackson County Commissioner

Tonia Moro

VoteForTonia.com     (541) 326-1236
facebook.com/ToniaMoroForCommissioner

Jackson County Commissioner

Kevin Talbert

KevinTalbertForCommissioner.com
facebook.com/Kevin.Talbert.for.Commissioner

Jackson Co. Circuit Court Judge

Hon. Adam Peterson

JudgeAdamPeterson.com
facebook.com/JudgePeterson

Medford City Council, Ward 3

Kevin H. Stine

KevinStine.com
facebook.com/KevinHStine

The Democratic Parties of Oregon and Jackson County encourage you to vote YES on the following measures on November 4, 2014:

BALLOT MEASURE 86 (Education Investment Bonding): Creates a permanent investment fund to Finance student assistance needs for Oregonians pursuing post‐secondary education.

BALLOT MEASURE 87 (Allow state judges to work at colleges and in National Guard): Amends the state constitution to allow state judges to serve in the National Guard and teach at state universities.

BALLOT MEASURE 88 (Driver cards for all Oregon residents): Allows the DMV to issue “driver cards” to Oregon residents who pass written and driver tests, and can provide proof of Oregon residence for more than one year.

BALLOT MEASURE 89 (Equal Rights Amendment): Amends the state constitution to ban discrimination based on gender.

BALLOT MEASURE 91 (Marijuana Legalization): Allows possession, manufacture, and sale of marijuana to adults 21 and over, subject to state licensing, regulation, and taxation. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would regulate all sales.

BALLOT MEASURE 92 (Genetically Engineered Food Labeling): Requires food manufacturers and retailers to label genetically engineered foods.

And vote NO on the following measure:

BALLOT MEASURE 90 (Top‐Two Primary): Ends the current system which allows political parties to pick their nominees for the general election by a popular public vote of its members in a primary election. Replaces with a "top‐two primary" system that allows a voter of any party to vote for one candidate of any party and only the top two vote getters advance to the general election, even if they are in the same party.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register for new Oregon voters is Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Pick up a registration form at the library, Department of Motor Vehicles, Jackson County Democrats’ office,(37 N Central, Medford), or the County Elections Office (1101 W Main St, Medford - 541-774-6148)

Newsletter - September 10, 2014

Volunteers Are Vital to Elections!
Jackson County Democrats Needs Volunteers

A lot is at stake for Jackson County this November! Candidates and Measure Campaigns are looking for volunteers. Will you help?

To join Senator Merkley and Governor Kitzhaber's phone bank from Sept. 13-27, sign up on VolunteerSpot at http://vols.pt/cS6SGj.



See Full List of Volunteer Opportunities for Jackson County Democrats

Special Central Committee Discussion and Vote

Thursday, Sept 18 at 6:30PM 

Representatives of the various ballot measure campaigns will be invited to join us. After education and discussion, the Central Committee will vote on each measure to support, endorse or remain neutral. 

The Committee will meet on 
Thursday, Sept 18 at 6:30PM in the Oregon Educational Association Building at 2495 S Pacific Hwy.
 
We will review the numerous and important statewide ballot measures and vote on which ones to endorse as a county party. Our positions will be featured in our newsletter and website as information for voters.
 
In the following link, you can view the Democratic Party of Oregon’ endorsements with some supporting statements as reference. http://dpo.org/party/business/ballot_measures
 
We hope you can attend, debate and cast your vote on these important measures.
Pipeline Perspectives

Why So Much Opposition to Keystone and the LNG Pacific Connector?

Thursday, Sept 25 at 6:30PM 

Join us for an educational evening during our Central Committee Meeting with speakers Alan Journet and Robyn Jannsen. They will speak on the LNG and Coos Bay Pipelines. Alan Journet, Ph.D. is Professor emeritus in Biology & Environmental Science from Southeast Missouri State University. Robyn Jannsen of Rogue Riverkeeper Robyn was born and raised in Southern Oregon and has spent most of her life working on the water.

Note "Pipeline Perspectives" has been moved and will be held at Medford Library at 205 S Central Ave on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30PM.
 
Senator Jeff Merkley Visited Us!

We at the Jackson County Democrats were honored that Senator Merkley chose to spend his Saturday, September 6th right here in the valley! He led a round-table discussion with local women, visited ScienceWorks, and attended two local parties.

Senator Jeff Merkley Women's Issues Round Table

Senator Merkley wants to put an end to wage discrimination that millions of women are subjected to, many of whom could be fired just for asking what her co-workers earn.


Senator Merkley attended an event at Roxy Ann Winery put on by Myra & Ron Silverman, Pat & Jim Stocker, Anita & Russy Sumariwalla. He also was guest at a hosted by Matt Messner, Neil Sechan, Debra Wolfson, and Larry Wolfson.

Local Democrats on Facebook
Alan Bates on Facebook with Elizabeth Kucinich

Tonia Moro Facebook Post

Here are some Facebook Pages of local, progressive leaders:

Kevin Talbert for County Commissioner

Kevin Talbert will be the independent Party nominee for County Commissioner, Position 3, but he is a registered Democrat and has the support of the Jackson County Democrats.  Right now, his campaign needs lawn sign and road sign locations, especially in the south end of the county. The easiest way to help is to go to his website: http://www.kevintalbertforcommissioner.com/volunteer
There you can enter your address and request a sign.  Otherwise, please send an email request to talbertks@gmail.com.

 

Register to Vote

Can you Help us Find a Computer?Windows 7 Desktop

The Jackson County Democratic Office is in great need of computers.  With the campaign season upon us and phone banks starting up, we would appreciate any donation or loan of computers with Operating System of Windows 7. Unfortunately the 5 computers we have are all old and running on Windows XP. Without good computers we will be forced to revert to paper lists to call from and will not be able to utilize the technology available to us thru our voter management system. If you can help call us at 541-858-1050.

Newsletter - August 26, 2014

Wine in the Garden was Electrifying!

The thunderstorm held off until the last few minutes and a good crowd enjoyed wine & noshes in the beautiful gardens of South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville, OR, Tuesday evening. Incumbent candidates Oregon State Senator- Alan Bates and Rep. Peter Buckley were joined by Tonia Moro for Jackson County Commissioner, Position 1; Kevin Talbert, for County Commissioner, Position 3; Darlene V Taylor, for state rep., House District 4, and Kevin Stine for Medford, Oregon City Council. Special guest speaker Ramon Ramirez, executive director of PCUN, and one of the leaders of the "Yes on Measure 88" campaign, explained why it's essential to pass the measure and allow residents to apply for and receive a driver's card even if they are undocumented to make our roads safer for all. Both Bates & Buckley both strongly support a YES vote on Measure 88. Photos taken by Allen Hallmark. View All Photos

Journalist, Edward Girardet, Gave First-Hand Account about Wars in the Middle East

Edward Girardet VideoJackson County Democrats hosted a presentation by renowned journalist, Edward Girardet, on Friday August 15 in the Medford Library. Although Girardet is not affiliated with the Democratic Party, he agreed to educate us on a very important topic. He gave an excellent overview about the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle-East. If you missed the presentation, you can watch the video.

Jeff Merkley Meet and Greet Sept. 6

Senator Jeff Merkley

Please Join Myra & Ron Silverman, Pat & Jim Stocker, Anita & Russy Sumariwalla to meet Senator Merkley and listen to him talk about his vision of America and the State of Oregon Saturday, September 6 from 10 am to Noon at RoxyAnn Winery (3285 Hillcrest Rd. Medford). Minimum Contribution: $100 per person.

RSVP to Myra Silverman at (541) 857-6666 or myrasilverman@aol.com

Senator Bates' Education Forum

Senator Bates at Education Forum

Over 150 guests came to the Education panel discussion hosted by Senator Alan Bates last week in Medford. Panelists were Oregon Stand Director Toya Fick, Superintendent Teresa Sayre of Phoenix-Talent SD, Tom Cole of Kids Unlimited, Superintendent Brian Shumate of MSD, Dee Anne Everson of United Way, Marlene Yesquen MSD School Board, Jeff Kinsella from Medford School District, and Judy Harrison of OEA.

Many Oregonians are counting on Senator Bates to be re-elected. If you want to help, please consider signing up to volunteer for Senator Bates.

Labor Day Picnic at TouVelle Park

Labor Day Picnic

The Southern Oregon Central Labor Council is having a labor day picnic on Monday, September 1st at TouVelle State Park at 8425 Table Rock Road in Central Point. Food and live music are FREE, but parking is $5. Fun begin at 11:00 AM with speakers and lunch will be served until 1:00 PM. Music will play until 3:00 PM.

Volunteers Canvass with Tonia Moro

Tonia Moro's Volunteer Canvassers

 

September 6:  We will meet in Ashland at the Law Office of Dave Seulean, 622 Siskiyou Blvd, Ashland at 9:30 for training and assignments. There are just a few parking spots at the Law Office, but the Safeway right across the street has a large parking lot.


Phone Bank (Orientation prior to each shift)

September 7:  Two shifts available - 4:30 to 6:30 and 6:00 to 8:00, at the Democratic Office, 37 North Central, Medford.

Please RSVP your attendance by calling Tracy at (541) 326-1236

Please be sure to check out Tonia’s website at www.VoteForTonia.com.  On the website, you can sign up to receive emails regarding upcoming activities, make a donation to her campaign, and contact us to volunteer.  We are currently in need of volunteers to canvass, conduct phone banks, and to place/display lawn signs. 
Tonia also has an active Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ToniaMoroForCommissioner

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Meeting

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Come Join NEW APPROACH OREGON for a Volunteer Meet & Greet.

NEW APPROACH OREGON is getting together for a volunteer kickoff. You can come get to know the staff and other advocates and learn about all of the different ways to help the campaign legalize, regulate and tax marijuana in Oregon this November.

Thursday, August 28th
From 1:00pm – 3:00pm
At Limestone Coffee Company
217 E Main Street, Medford OR 97501

Can you Help us Find a Computer?Windows 7 Desktop

The Jackson County Democratic Office is in great need of computers.  With the campaign season upon us and phone banks starting up, we would appreciate any donation or loan of computers with Operating System of Windows 7. Unfortunately the 5 computers we have are all old and running on Windows XP. Without good computers we will be forced to revert to paper lists to call from and will not be able to utilize the technology available to us thru our voter management system. If you can help call us at 541-858-1050.

Newsletter - August 7, 2014

Last Call: Get Tickets for Wine in the Garden

Tuesday, August 12 from 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Senator Bates at Last Year's Wine in the Garden

The Jackson County Democrats invite you to attend our 4th Annual “Wine in the Garden” fundraiser on Tuesday, August 12, 5 – 7 pm at South Stage Cellars in Jacksonville. Come enjoy the garden and mingle with Sen. Alan Bates, Rep. Peter Buckley, Candidates for County Commissioner Tonia Moro and Kevin Talbert, Candidate for Medford City Council Kevin Stine, Candidate for House District 4 Darlene Taylor, and Judge Adam Peterson.

$35 per person, includes delicious hors d'oeuvres and a glass of South Stage Cellars wine.

Please reserve your spot by August 5th.

Ramon Ramirez
Our guest Speaker will be Ramon Ramirez, co-founder and President of Oregon's farmworker union  Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, a union that represents 6,000 farmworkers.


To order tickets go to: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jcd-wine-2014

Journalist, Edward Girardet to Present

Friday, August 15 from 6:30-9:00 P.M.
Award-Winning Journalist, Edward GirardetKilling the Cranes
Jackson County Democrats are hosting a presentation by renowned journalist, Edward Girardet, on Friday August 15 from 6:30-9:00 P.M. in the Medford Library. Mr. Girardet has written from war-zones throughout Asia and Africa. In his book "Killing the Cranes", Mr. Girardet chronicles over 30 years of conflicts in Afghanistan, including meeting and debating with Osama bin Laden.

Senator Bates' Forums This Month

Senator Bates is hosting a second forum on Creating Jobs and Workforce Readiness next Thursday, August 7 from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Medford Public Library. A panel of experts will discuss how to close the divide between the skills employers need, and the skills the workforce has.

Panelists include Dr. Brian Shumate, MSD Superintendent and Dr. Peter Angstadt, President RCC; State Treasurer Ted Wheeler on Higher Education funding initiatives; Jessica Gomez, CEO Rogue Valley Microdevices and Chair Sustainable Valley Technology Group; Richard Csuk, VP Operations Alltrax Motors, Board member Drive Oregon; Nikki Jones, Express Employment Professionals and Rogue workforce Partnership; and Ron Fox, Executive Director Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc (SOREDI).

On August 13 at the Smullin Center from 7 to 8:30 PM, Senator Bates will be hosting a Forum on Improving Access to Healthcare.

Guests include Dr. Mark Bradshaw, Director of the Coordinated Care Organization All Care, Rita Sullivan On-Track, and Pat Garoutte, President NAMI of Southern Oregon, and Michelle Glass of Oregon Action.

On August 21 at the Medford School District Education Center from 7 to 8:30, Senator Bates will be participating in a panel discussion focused on Strategies to Close the Achievement Gap.

Guests include Oregon Stand Director Toya Fick, Superintendent Teresa Sayre of Phoenix-Talent SD, Tom Cole of Kids Unlimited, Superintendent Brian Shumate of MSD, Dee Anne Everson of United Way, and Marlene Yesquen MSD School Board.

Volunteers Canvas for Tonia Moro Saturday

Tonia Moro, Jackson County Commissioner Candidate for Position 1, will kick-off the volunteer canvass activities Saturday, August 9th, at 9:30 a.m.  We will meet at the Jackson County Democrat Office for training and assignments, then head out to the East Medford area.  Can’t make it on August 9th?  Then join us on the following two Saturdays in Ashland!  August 16th and 23rd we will be canvassing the Ashland area.  Meeting location to be announced.   Please RSVP your willingness to help by calling (541) 326-2650.

Please be sure to check out Tonia’s website at www.VoteForTonia.com.  On the website, you can sign up to receive emails regarding upcoming activities, make a donation to her campaign, and contact us to volunteer.  We are currently in need of volunteers to canvass, conduct phone banks, and to place/display lawn signs.

Tonia also has an active Face Book page at https://www.facebook.com/ToniaMoroForCommissioner.  

Dem. Kevin Talbert to Run as Independent

Although no Democrat ran in the May primary election for Jackson County Commissioner Position #3, registered Democrat Kevin Talbert did run in the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) primary in July - and WON! Kevin believes the County Commissioner positions should be nonpartisan, and is reaching out to Jackson County Democrats to support his campaign. His opponent this November is Colleen Roberts, an extreme conservative who won the Republican primary. For more information about Kevin, visit http://kevintalbertforcommissioner.com

 

Newsletter - July 24, 2014

4th Annual Wine in the Garden Event

Tuesday, August 12 from 5:00-7:00 P.M.
Senator Bates at Last Year's Wine in the Garden
Join us again for a Jackson County Democrats rendezvous in the South Stage Cellars’ garden at 125 S. 3rd St. in Jacksonville.  Last year’s event was delightful ... please come (again)! Invite your friends for this casual fundraising event ... only $35 per person, which includes your first glass of South Stage Cellars wine (no‐host bar also available) and delicious hors d'oeuvres.            

We’re looking forward to hearing what our highly‐qualified candidates have to share with us about their plans, important measures on the ballot, and how you can help promote progressive politics in Jackson County!

RESERVATIONS NEEDED! Please reserve your spot by August 5th.

Ramon Ramirez
Our guest Speaker will be Ramon Ramirez, co-founder of Oregon's farmworker union  Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, a union that represents 6,000 farmworkers.


To order tickets go to: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jcd-wine-2014

 

Edward Girardet to Speak in Medford

Friday, August 15 from 6:30-9:00 P.M.
Award-Winning Journalist, Edward GirardetKilling the Cranes
We are excited to announce that Jackson County Democrats are hosting a presentation by renowned journalist, Edward Girardet, on Friday August 15 from 6:30-9:00 P.M. in the Medford Library. Mr. Girardet has written from war-zones throughout Asia and Africa. In his book "Killing the Cranes", Mr. Girardet chronicles over 30 years of conflicts in Afghanistan, including a debate with Osama bin Laden.

Photos from 4th of July Parade in Ashland

parade

 
Library District and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley
 
Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley
 

Newsletter - June 30, 2014

Senator Jeff Merkley Meet and Greet

Thursday, July 3 at 4:30-6:30 P.M.

Senator Jeff MerkleyWe are very lucky to have Senator Jeff Merkley come visit our new campaign office this Thursday for a meet and greet. Stop by and say "Hello" at our office at 37 N. Central in Medford (ground floor of the Woolworth Building).

To add to this excitement, we just heard from Senator Ron Wyden that he plans to visit our office during the Meet and Greet! This is a very special opportunity to meet two Oregon Senators here in Southern Oregon. State Senator Alan Bates and Representative Peter Buckley will also attend.

Please RSVP by phone at 503-200-5518 ext. 100 or by email at tiffany@jeffmerkley.com.​

 

4th of July Celebration in Ashland

Join the Jackson County Democrats as we support our Country and our candidates on Independence Day! There are several ways you can get involved:

Watch the Ashland Parade

Wave to the Jackson County Democrats in the parade, including Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley, Aelea Christofferson (Greg Walden's challenger), Tonia Moro (Running for County Commissioner) and many more great Democrats!

March in the Ashland Parade

Both of our U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, that they will meet up with Jackson County Democrats' parade-walkers at 9:30AM on the 4th of July in Ashland! We hope you'll come meet the Senators before you walk in the parade with us.

We will gather on Alida Street in Ashland - To find us, look for the large banner that says Jackson County Democrats. RSVP to Allen Hallmark at hallmark3843@gmail.com.

Staff the Booth

We are in need of people to staff our booth at the Ashland celebration and pass out materials in two hour shifts (from 10:00-12:00,12:00-2:00, and 2:00-4:00). To sign up, contact Jan Waitt at rjwaitt@opendoor.com or 541-482-8249.

Buy a 50/50 Ticket

50/50 tickets will be available at our booth in Ashland and the winning ticket, worth up to $5000, will be pulled at the Ashland 4th of July Booth at 2 PM. Tickets are only $10 / ticket or 3 for $25. You can also purchase your tickets online. Please indicated that you are buying 50/50 tickets, to make sure we get your name “in the hat.” You do not need to be present to win.

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