An Active April
Ice Cream Social with Ted Wheeler, Oregon State Treasurer
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.
OEA Building, 2495 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford
Representative Peter Buckley will introduce him.
Let's fill the room! It's free and fun. Check out the flyer here
Senator Ron Wyden to Hold a Town Hall
Tuesday, April 10, 12:30 p.m.
Medford City Council Chambers
411 W. 8th Street, Medford
Representative Peter Buckley and Senator Alan Bates to Hold Town Hall
Tuesday, April 17, 7 - 9 p.m.
Ruch Library Meeting Room
7919 Hwy 238, Ruch, Oregon
They will review some of the significant legislation passed concerning health care and education, and the details of the budget re-balance during the February 2012 session. They also look forward to hearing your questions, concerns and ideas on local and state issues.
County Commissioner Democratic Candidates Forum
Tuesday, April 24, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
OEA Building, 2495 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford
This is your one and only chance to meet and listen to all three of our Democratic candidates for County Commissioner Position 2 as they answer questions and debate the important issues facing our County. The candidates will be given several questions ahead of the Forum and the remainder will come from the audience. Don't miss this chance to hear what our candidates have to say and show your support for them.
Come meet John Beatty, Mark Soderstrom and Jeff Scroggin; they will have their best ideas ready. There will also be time to socialize. This is the last time to hear all of them before the ballots go out.
JCD Meeting - "A Democratic Strategy for the 2012 Election"
Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
2495 S. Pacific Hwy
That's the intriguing title of guest speaker Ric Holt's presentation. Ric Holt is a popular speaker and this topic should have us at attention.
Also, Jim Diefenderfer, candidate for State Senate for State Dist. 2 (from Central Point north, including Josephine County) will introduce himself. A short Central Committee meeting will be squeezed in between.
Help! JCDs Need Help for the Upcoming Elections
Critical positions for this election cycle need filling: Volunteer Management, Voter Registration and Outreach. If you have the skills or could learn the skills, we need you. Contact Jan Waitt at email@example.com or 541-482-8249. Our website will have the details for all the positions. Find your place to help here
Support the Democrats! Consider a monthly contribution (any amount) to keep our office open year round, and our activities supported
Help us Elect Democrats in 2012! Please keep the Democrats Presence in Jackson County Strong!
Help us keep a progressive voice in Jackson County. Having a year-round office is the exception in Oregon. Contribute one time or monthly via credit card by going to the website, www.jcdemocrats.org or by sending a check (and your Grassroots Commitment) to the JCD HQ, PO Box 4474, Medford, OR 97501.
Remember, any amount is welcome - one time, or recurring. Thank you!
April 24: Last day to register to vote in the primary election or make corrections
Do it now on line! If you've moved, you need to re-register to vote and update your mailing address. Simply click here, have your Oregon Driver's License handy, and 5 minutes from now, you cross this "to do" off your list! By the way, this new on-line voter registration was made possible under Secretary of State Kate Brown - she's running for re-election, and we need to keep this type of progressive-thinking public official in office. If you want to do it the old-fashioned way, go to the Jackson County Elections Office, 1101 W. Main, upstairs. If you have questions, call 541-774-6148.
JACKSON COUNTY & OREGON NEWS
Awareness Alert! Dangerous Measures on the May Ballot
Local Watch Dog Group 'Rogue Advocates' Issues Warning
County ballot measures 15-110 and 15-111 http://www.co.jackson.or.us/page.asp?navid=3769 have been filed for the May ballot. In the simplest terms the two bills considered together intend to essentially declare Jackson County exempt from our statewide land use planning system and to reinstate the defunct Measure 37 as the local law of the land.
If these bills pass, Jackson County will be required to pay for all claims of diminished property values resulting from resource lands zoning a la Measure 37 takings language. It would break the county's fiscal back to benefit the few since the bill includes no option of a waiver as did Measure 37. More dangerously it would also be the first step in trying to get this type of rule to fly in other counties. The ultimate goal is to undo the long standing benefits of statewide land use planning for the short term gain of the few, one county at a time.
While we believe that the measures are ultimately illegal, the time wasted in court fighting this will be a drain on the public's resources. Contact Jimmy MacLeod, Rogue Advocates, a 1000 Friends of Oregon affiliate, voice 541-846-1083, fax 541-846-1251
Want to be a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Sept. 3-4? You have to Run!
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention need to file for the position before May 17. First you become a delegate from the 2nd. Congressional District. The 2nd Congressional Dist. Delegate Convention will be at the Medford Library June 2nd. Three delegates will be chosen. The 2nd Congressional Dist. has been divided in two. Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties will be included in the June 2nd Delegate Convention. Remember: those with the most friends attending the convention and voting for them, wins.
These delegates go on to the State Delegate Convention on June 16th. The form for filing and all the details for running are at the DPO website http://charlotte.dpo.org/
Although it's not a requirement, I would like to know who plans to run. There are two local people who have attended a national convention and could give you tips. Contact me, Jan Waitt, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
List of Democratic Candidates Entered in the May 15 Primary Election
Federal and State Offices:
- Congressional Dist. 2 (includes Jackson County) Joyce Segers www.segersforcongress.org
- State Senator, Dist 2 (upper Jackson and Josephine counties): Jim Diefenderfer : email@example.com. Click here for his introductory statement.
- State Representative, Dist. 5 (Southern Jackson County), Peter Buckley: www.peterbuckley.org
- State Representative, Dist. 55 (parts of north east Jackson County) John Huddle firstname.lastname@example.org
3 Democratic Candidates for County Commissioner:
- John Beatty - Click here for his statement
- Jeff Scroggin - Website under construction
- Mark Soderstrom - www.electmarksoderstom.com
Volunteers are welcome for any and all of these campaigns.
Two Democratic Candidates for Oregon's Attorney General: Get updates on their campaigns
Ellen Rosenblum receives endorsements from former Attorney General Hardy Myers and many others. Click here for her endorsement letter information. The Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney general website can be viewed at www.ellenrosenblum.com
Democratic Party in the News
Check out news articles from around the state about our elected officials. "State Republicans Balk at Helping Homeowners," "Congressman Earl Blumenauer takes passionate stand against Boehner over transportation bill" and many more. For the entire list of recent releases, click here
We want to make sure you understand the challenge that Kate Brown faces in this election. Kate's opponent, Republican Knute Buehler has just announced that he has nearly raised five hundred thousand dollars. Click here to go to Kate's Web site and support her.
ALEC in Oregon? Demand Disclosure!
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which has recently developed model legislation to eliminate collective bargaining, require voter identification, and allow for school vouchers to be used, should be redefined as a lobbying organization and be forced to disclose its funding sources and follow the rules governing lobbying organizations in Oregon.
Hyung Nam, Portland Move-On member, created a petition to the Oregon House and Senate and to Governor John Kitzhaber on SignOn.org. The petition says: We demand public disclosure on the workings of American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the state of Oregon and that ALEC operate within the rules established for lobbying organizations.
Click here to add your name, and then pass it along to your friends.
Save the Violence Against Women Act!
The latest attack on women is over the Violence Against Women Act
The all-male Republican block on the Senate Judiciary Committee voted down the bill. That's right: Republicans are now standing in the way of reauthorizing an incredibly popular and successful program that has reduced domestic violence rates by 58% since it was first passed in 1994.
Tell the Republican leadership to pass the Violence Against Women Act. Sign the CREDO petition here.
Nuclear Disarmament Possible? Encourage Our Senators to Ratify The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
Last month the National Academy of Sciences released a report that provides powerful new support for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The CTBT bans nuclear test explosions and establishes a global monitoring system to ensure compliance. Its implementation is the next step on the road to a world free of nuclear weapons. To date, the CTBT has been signed by more than 180 countries and ratified by more than 150. The U.S. has signed, but not ratified this treaty. The nonpartisan National Academy of Sciences report provides an opportunity for your senators to speak out publicly in favor of ratification of this treaty and build support for ratification in the next Congress. Read FCNL lobbyist David Culp's thoughts on the impact this report will have, and see the Academy's CTBT fact sheet for more in depth analysis.
Reinforce this report's message by writing to your Senators and telling them to push for ratification.
"Oval Office Phone Inspection"
Official White House photographers capture some wonderful candid shots of the Obama Administration, including this photo of Corbin Fleming, inspecting the President's phone.
Check out the full collection for more candids – Let's Move! celebrated its 2nd Anniversary with top chefs and NFL stars, and the President sang with Mick Jagger and B.B. King in the East Room during "In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues."
Free Reading of "The Way of Water" by Caridad Svich
Monday, April 9, 7 p.m.
87 Fourth Street, Ashland
This benefit for Occupy Ashland is one of several on the two-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill. It is being marked both in the U.S. and abroad with free readings of Caridad Svich's new play, "The Way of Water". The play is about the lives of two Louisiana gulf fishermen and their wives, who are directly involved, and addresses the aftermath of the oil spill and its effects on human health and the environment in the US Gulf region.
The Social Justice and Action Committee at RVUUF (Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship) is sponsoring the free reading. Door donations are welcomed to support the work of Occupy Ashland. Save the date for an evening of empowering theatre. For more information contact Andrew Seles: email@example.com or 541-727-2677
Occupy Ashland has a Move-to-Amend working group
The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, located next to the Police Department. A Council meeting follows at 7 p.m. The next meeting will be on is April 3, 2012 at 6 p.m. http://www.occupyashland.org/groups/move-to-amend-working-group/
SOU Science Seminar Series entitled "Is Climate Change A Crock?
Friday, April 13, 4 p.m.
Room 118, Southern Oregon University Science Hall
"Considering Contrarian Claims," presented by Alan Journet, Ph.D. Refreshments and socializing at 3:30 p.m. in the building foyer. These presentations are open to the public.
Tea Party/Occupy Connection Town Hall
Monday, April 23, 2012, 7 to 9 p.m.
Medford Congregational United Church of Christ, 1800 Jackson, Medford
Join in a dialogue with us. Let's talk, listen, and understand one another. Key questions for our conversation: Where do our political and social views come from? What is the essence of what's wrong in our country? What can make it right again? Sponsored by United Church of Christ congregations of Ashland and Medford. Moderated by Jeff Golden, Host of "Immense Possibilities" on SOPTV. For further information call 541-772-8860
"Immense Possibilities" SOPTV, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
See what's coming at www.immensepossibilities.org
Reminder: Earth Day is April 21. Watch for up-coming local activities.
Rural Organizing Project Holds Conference May 12
Saturday, May 12, Woodburn, OR
Rural Occupations from across the state will converge to share strategy, tactics, materials, and camaraderie in Woodburn during the Rural Caucus and Strategy Session. Register now for an early-bird discount! Get more meeting details by reading the entire article here
Andrew Bacevich presents the SOU Civility Series Lecture, "The Sources of American Conduct"
Thursday, May 17, 2012, time to be announced later
SOU Music Recital Hall
Andrew Bacevich is an influential historian and a retired Army colonel. In his writings, Professor Bacevich addresses the unprecedented political, military and economic crises facing America today. Read the entire statement here.