10 Days to Election Day
Ballots are out.
If you don't have your ballot, call the Election Office, 541-774-6148
Or visit the Election Office at 1101 W. Main, Medford
Four Ways to Support the Jackson County Democrats and our Candidates
DO IT NOW!
#1 - Buy Drawing Tickets - win prizes valued up to $1,000 for only $10
We are thrilled to be able to offer wonderful Drawing Prizes as a fundraiser. Tickets are only $10, and you could win:
- A week at an elegant Phoenix, Arizona resort in May 2013 - valued at $1,000
- A fantastic 2-hour "from the air" tour of Northern California, the Cascades and Crater Lake with Oregon Executive Charters - valued at $1,000
- Politics, Poker & Pizza Party for two with Representative Peter Buckley and former Jackson County Commissioner Dave Gilmour - priceless!
- A basket of goodies and gift certificates from eateries throughout Ashland - valued at more than $200
- A case of delicious locally-grown wine from various Rogue Valley wineries -valued at $200
- 6 hours of "Obamacare" for your garden, from Master Gardener Myrl Bishop, and Landscape Designers Jane Hardgrove & Jose Gonzalas - valued at $400
- Shakespeare Clock by artist Richard Newman & Hilltop Gallery - valued at $325
- Original Watercolor by artist Rochelle Newman & Hilltop Gallery - valued at $300
Winning tickets will be drawn at the Blue Bash on Tuesday, November 6, but you do not need to be present to win, so please purchase Drawing Tickets, whether you're coming or not by clicking here!
Blue Bash is Sold Out - Get on the Waiting List! G'Obama!
Yes, we have filled the 250 seats available for the Blue Bash, the JC Democrats' Election Night celebration! We always have last-minute cancellations, so if you still want to go, please call the HQ at 541-858-1050 and get on the waiting list.
And remember, whether you're going or not, buy those Drawing Tickets - only $10 each, and you could win prizes valued up to $1,000. You do not need to be present to win.
#2 - JOIN THE BLUE CREW! There's a place for you! Call the JCD HQ Office (541-858-1050) for additional information and to volunteer.
#3 - SUPPORT OUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES!
WRITE A LETTER TO THE EDITOR. Get a Letter in This Week in Support of Our Candidates
Click here for letter writing tips and newspaper e-mail addresses.
Letters about the November 6 election must reach the newspapers by 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 30.
- GET-OUT-THE-VOTE CALLS: October 28 - November 6 - Fill the shifts!
The phone bank will operate October 28 to November 6. These calls are to remind voters to get their ballots in. Call from HQ office. Call the office (541-858-1050. Shift schedules are:
- Weeknights 5 - 6:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon, noon - 2 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m.
- Sundays, 3 - 5 p.m.
#4 - ELECTION PROTECTION OBSERVERS
A few shifts are still available. Monitor the counting of votes at the Jackson County Elections Office, October 29 through November 6
This is very interesting and very easy. Training is provided. Shifts are 8 a.m .- noon, 1 - 5 p.m. Probably even later on election night. Volunteers need to be flexible depending on the needs of the election office.
Obama Buttons are Still Available. We're Out of Lawn Signs and Bumper Stickers
We're asking for a donation to cover the costs. Call the office for more information at 541-858-1050.
JACKSON COUNTY & OREGON NEWS
Complete descriptions of all candidates and issues are in the "The Voters Guide", now available on line at www.oregonvotes.org.
Paper copies of the Oregon Voters Guide have been mailed to households.
The League of Women Voters guides are available on line at www.vote411.org
Check out our Jackson County Democratic Candidate List
Click here to take a look: www.jcdemocrats.org. or pick up your copy of the slate.
Get it at Jackson County Democrats Headquarters, 40 S. Central, Medford during office hours (11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays).
Recommendations Issued by the Democratic Party of Oregon Regarding Ballot Measures
There are nine important state-wide issues listed below.
Measure #77: SUPPORT (95.3%)
Amends Constitution: Governor may declare "catastrophic disaster" (defined); requires legislative session; authorizes suspending specified constitutional spending restrictions.
Measure #78: SUPPORT (96.5%)
Amends Constitution: Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes.
Measure #85: SUPPORT (92.9%)
Amends Constitution: Allocates Corporate Income/Excise Tax "Kicker" Refund to Additionally Fund K Through 12 Public Education.
Measure #79: OPPOSE (92.9%)
Amends Constitution: Prohibits real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009.
Measure #82: OPPOSE (94.1%)
Amends Constitution: Authorizes Establishment of Privately-Owned Casinos; Mandates Percentage Of Revenues Payable To Dedicated State Fund.
Measure #83: OPPOSE (96.5%)
Authorizes Privately-Owned Wood Village Casino; Mandates Percentage Of Revenues Payable To Dedicated State Fund.
Measure #84: OPPOSE (95.2%)
Phases out existing inheritance taxes on large estates, and all taxes on intra-family property transfers.
Measure #80: NO ENDORSEMENT (Support 45.9%; No Endorsement 43.5%; Oppose 10.6%)
Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale.
Measure #81: NO ENDORSEMENT (Support 55.3%; No Endorsement 34.1%; Oppose 10.6%)
Prohibits commercial non-tribal fishing with gillnets in Oregon "inland waters," allows use of seine nets. Although the DOP vote indicates "no endorsement", Governor Kitzhaber recommends a "no" vote. He has a better plan.
Jeff Scroggin for County Commissioner Campaign Needs YOU!
Get-Out-The Vote effort begins today. Call the Scroggin Campaign at 541-941-7015 and sign up
The Good News Continues: Jeff Scroggin's latest endorsement has come from the Medford Mail Tribune
Jeff has also received an endorsement from sitting GOP County Commissioner Don Skundrick as the "person who would do a better job". And he has received the support of the Rogue Valley Association of Realtors (RVAR), normally a right-leaning group, because of his initiatives re family-wage jobs.
Signs for Segers. Help Her Grassroots Campaign Gain Visibility - Show a Sign
Printable window signs for your home or car are available at www.segersforcongress.org. Click on MEDIA.
There are twenty window signs to choose from. Show your support for Joyce and President Obama's agenda by strengthening our Democratic voice in the House.
Important Election Information Roundup
- If you've moved, update your registration any time before Election Day. Ballots are not forwarded. Visit the Elections Office.
- Jackson County Elections Office: 1101 W. Main, Medford (upstairs). Their telephone number is 541-774-6148 for any questions you may have.
- If you have not received your ballot, call the Elections Office.
Senator Wyden asks you to take the pledge for Kate Brown and Brad Avakian
"Secretary of State Kate Brown is a staunch advocate of open and fair elections. She's worked to defend every Oregonian's right to vote, and will always stand up against extremist voter ID laws. Moreover, Kate is looking out for small businesses - including creating an online business portal to help entrepreneurs work with the state to grow their businesses and create jobs."
"Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is a champion for middle-class families and workers. He's worked to grow Oregon's economy by restoring career technical education in our schools, fought on behalf of Oregonians facing unlawful discrimination, and is leading the charge to ensure Oregon women can receive equal pay for equal work."
Click here to confirm your pledge to support them.
NO LNG EXPORTS!
Oppose the massive Oregon and Washington LNG (liquefied natural gas) export project
Submit a public comment to FERC (the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission). CREDO shows how to do it. Click here.
DPO in the News
Read the article "Brown's Extraordinary Service Earns Our Vote For Secretary of State" in the October 22 East Oregonian
Most voters probably don't realize that the Oregon Secretary of State is the second highest elected office in Oregon. As such it is an extremely important job. The office oversees election procedures, audits state agencies, provides legislative guidance, promotes commerce and is the state's primary record keeper. Read how well she's done here.
This link connects you with this and other articles about our elected officials. Click here to learn more about Oregon Democrats in action.
New Yorker Magazine Endorses Barack Obama: "The Choice" in the October 29, 2012 Issue
True to "New Yorker" style, it's lengthy, well reasoned, and very satisfying for Obama supporters
Click here for the article.
Poll Watchers, Here's a Website for You!
www.Fivethirtyeight.com from the NY Times gives you the very latest poll statistics. Check it out.
Today! World-renowned reporter Amy Goodman to Appear in Ashland
Sunday, October 28, 7 p.m., Ashland High School, $20
Tickets are available at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland. The event is a fundraiser for SOPTV.
Amy Goodman - anchorwoman, fearless journalist and producer of Democracy Now - is celebrating 16 years of reporting on hot topics at the cutting edge of politics often ignored by mainstream media. On her current tour, she is promoting her new book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, written with Denis Moynihan.
League of Women Voters Series Presents Films with Election Themes
Saturday, November 3, 7 p.m. discussion, 8 p.m. film, Medford Library large room, 205 S. Central, Medford
The film is the Manchurian Candidate with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep. Discussion led by Jeff Golden. Click here for more details on this and other films to be presented in the series.
Need Help with a Foreclosure? Project Reconomy has Information for You
"Read about our homeowner programs by following the link below. We've put together an updated list of the new options homeowners have to fight wrongful foreclosures in Oregon. Please share this page with anyone you know who may be facing foreclosure."
Citizens for Peace and Justice Host Guest Speaker with Dinner
Friday, November 9, 6 p.m., Lidgate Hall, Medford Congregational UCC, 1801 E. Jackson St., Medford
The free hosted dinner will be followed at 7 p.m. with the program "Refugees in Trouble: A Report from Jordan by Mary Madsen". Ms. Madsen is co-director of the Collateral Repair Project, which operates a community center for Iraqi refugees and programs for them in Amman, Jordan. Recently returned from Jordan, she will tell us how the civil war in Syria has complicated the refugee problem there and made it even worse. For further information, visit www.cpjmedford.org.
Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Skills Class for Activists
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location TBA
This day-long class will be taught by Anna Cassilly and Paula Sohl. The class is co-sponsored by Peace House and Citizens for Peace and Justice. See the Peace House calendar at www.peacehouse.net.
Don't Forget "Immense Possibilities" on Fridays
"Immense Possibilities" can be seen on SOPTV, Friday, 8:30 p.m.
See what's coming at www.immensepossibilities.org
JCD Facebook Page
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