Fate of Build Back Better rests with Senate
State Platform Convention update
Nov. 20, 2021
I’m pleased to share with you today the final draft of the 2021 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform. Over the last 4 months our Platform and Resolutions Committee has worked tirelessly to solicit input and feedback from Democrats across the state, and I’m incredibly grateful for their work. I would also like to thank the DPO staff who supported this committee in processing hundreds of feedback items to ensure that every item was thoughtfully considered for inclusion.
I am also pleased to share the initial list of Legislative Action Items for your consideration. These items will be added to, edited, and prioritized during the subject committee breakout sessions on Saturday, December 11th, to create our final list of Priority Legislative Action Items that will guide the DPO’s legislative agenda for the next two years.
Our Rules Committee has worked hard to adapt our 2021 Convention Rules for a virtual convention. I appreciate their work, including scheduling a special meeting this week to help support this pivot to a virtual event.
I know there are many questions about how the virtual convention will be conducted. I wanted to make you aware that our convention schedule has been slightly modified to assist with the transition, and that updated schedule is now on the web at dpo.org/platformconvention.
Our staff will be holding a number of orientations and technical support sessions leading up to the Convention. I encourage all of our Delegates to attend one of these training sessions, as none of us have ever attended a virtual DPO Platform Convention before!
A few topline considerations for Convention participants as you prepare for the Convention:
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P.S. A printed copy of all of the convention documents and agenda will be sent by mail to all Convention Delegates and Alternates.
"It's time to get something done and stop talking. ... That's what the American people are looking for," President Biden said during a press conference following House passage of the $1.2 trillion bill.
DPO opts to move State Platform Convention online
After careful consideration of the best public health guidance and much consultation, the DPO Admin Committee has made the difficult decision to move our 2021 Platform Convention online for the weekend of December 10-12th, and to cancel all in-person Convention plans. Our 4th Quarter SCC meeting will also be moved online as a virtual meeting due to these emergency situations.
While we believe and hope that it will soon be safe to gather in person, COVID-19 is still being widely spread through community transmission, even to some folks that are fully vaccinated. This means that it is not yet safe for all of our members to gather together in person. We encourage you all to continue to stay safe and protect your community!
As you know, our staff have been hard at work preparing for any eventuality with this Convention, and they will have more information in the days ahead about how the Virtual Convention will proceed. This may also include some schedule adjustments during the weekend to accommodate technology.
This year’s convention will look different, but we are hopeful that all of our participants will still be able to tune in and participate to make this the strongest DPO Platform yet! I ask for everyone’s patience in the coming days as we work on the logistics for this event. We will also hold numerous trainings prior to the convention to make sure everyone is prepared to fully participate.
If you have been appointed by your county or caucus as a delegate or alternate and have not yet registered, you will receive a new registration link on Monday with details on how to register.
For folks who have already registered, you will receive an email shortly about how to process a refund for your registration.
As a note, while we are moving our convention online, and are therefore removing registration fees, there are still costs associated with putting this convention on. Additionally, we’ll be unable to host the Nan Honeyman fundraising Dinner as part of Convention weekendSo after you register, you’ll receive a link asking you to chip in to help offset these costs, and if you are able to help out it would be greatly appreciated.
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'Welcome, New Democrats' meeting set for Nov. 18 on Zoom
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We look forward to seeing you Nov. 18.
Nov. 2 Election Results
Voters OK Linn law enforcement levy, Mill City marijuana measure, Stayton Rural Fire levy
The measure was passing with 17,950 yes votes (61.90 percent) to 11,049 no votes (38.10 percent).
The current law enforcement levy, approved in 2018, will expire on June 30, 2022. Measure 22-189 will replace the expiring levy and extend through June 2026.
The measure will cost $2.98 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The monthly cost will be approximately $45.94 on a home with an assessed value of $185,000 — an increase of $2.31 per month from the expiring levy rate.
The levy will maintain existing public safety services with revenues funding the operations of the Sheriff's Office (76 percent), criminal prosecution at the District Attorney's Office (10 percent), and juvenile offender supervision and detention with the Linn County Juvenile Department (14 percent).
The levy will:
• Provide funding to renovate and upgrade the women's housing unit of the Linn County Jail, as well as the 911 Communications Center.
• Increase the availability and capacity of digital forensics services and technology available to investigate and prosecute computer and other technology-facilitated crimes.
• In partnership with mental health professionals, increase mental health crisis response capabilities and trained personnel, as well as connect people in crises with mental health and medical assistance.
• Mill City voters approved a measure to allow medical marijuana dispensaries, producers, processors and retalliers in the city. The measure was passing with 318 yes votes (55.50 percent) to 227 no votes (44.50 percent).
• Voters in the Stayton Rural Fire Protection District approved a five-year local option levy for general operations. The measure was passing 228 (59.69 percent) to 144 (40.31 percent).
Linn Dems urge passage of Build Back Better Act
In other business at the Oct. 7 LCDCC meeting:
• Paula Connaghan of Lacomb was elected Ambassador of the Linn County Democratic Central Committee She succeeds Stephanie Schlitzkus, who has moved back to her home state of Louisiana. Paula is also a precinct committee person and Neighborhood Leader, and she co-managed the Linn Dems campaign office last fall.
Stephanie also served as an alternate for the Congressional District 4 Committee and State Central Committee. The elections for new CD4 and SCC alternates were tabled until Nov. 4.
In other business, the LCDCC:
• Adopted Resolution 2021-3 supporting the Build Back Better Act. (The entire resolution is listed below)
• Elected half of its potential 22-member slate to the Democratic Party of Oregon Platform Convention in December. Those elected were: Genny Lynch, Jerred Taylor, Susan Heath, Chris Smith, Edie Koenig, Keith Kolkow, Wendy Nilson, Nina Brenner, Mindy Lowden, Jackie Montague and Brenda Sterner.
"We have 11 more seats we will be considering at our November (4th) meeting," said Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor, encouraging precinct committee people to nominate themselves or other Democrats. (See story below to nominate someone).
RESOLUTION 2021-3, SUPPORTING THE BUILD BACK BETTER ACT
WHEREAS, the bulk of Linn County has been redistricted into Congressional District 5 and the current Representative is Congressman Kurt Schrader, and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 2 “We believe government plays key roles in creating and supporting a vibrant economy through investments and regulation of 21st Century infrastructure, including transportation, utilities, information access, education, healthcare, justice systems, and social services. We believe the economy depends upon businesses fulfilling their financial responsibility to support this infrastructure through taxes,” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 12, “We support making it easier and more financially rewarding for businesses to invest in creating well-paying, clean energy jobs than in creating jobs dependent on fossil fuels” and,
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article 3 plank 25, “We support state, national, and international greenhouse gas pollution reduction programs aimed at accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in the preamble to Article 8, “Oregon Democrats support maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure. We demand new infrastructure projects prepare for a future that includes the realities of climate change,” ... “and our“housing crisis,” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) Democratic Party of Oregon Platform states in Article I plank 15, “We believe in expanding workplace rights for all workers in all employment contracts, including flextime, compensatory time, and parental and family leave” and
WHEREAS, the current (2018) platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon states that, “We support authorizing state and federal governments to negotiate drug prices with transparency” and,
WHEREAS, All the above planks are funded in key programs in the House reconciliation bill HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” and the tax raises on the wealthy will completely fund the bills expenditures, and
WHEREAS, our prospective Congressman Kurt Schrader has refused to support HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act”
NOW, THEREFORE, THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF LINN COUNTY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. We call upon Representative Kurt Schrader and all our Congressional Delegation to support the reconciliation bill HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” with a yes vote, and
Section 2. we call upon Representative Kurt Schrader and all our Congressional Delegation to not amend it to weaken HB 5376 the “Build Back Better Act” programs and funding, and
Section 3. we will communicate our urgent request, in writing, to the Oregon members of the Democratic National Committee, the Oregon Democratic Congressional Delegation, and via a press release to the Oregon media..
Resolution submitted by Linn County Democrats Platform Resolutions and Legislative Action Committee
Adopted by the LCDCC on Oct. 7, 2021
Healthcare for All Oregon urges federal waivers
to allow states to redirect funds for universal health care
HCAO is asking that people contact Sen. Ron Wyden about including waivers that would allow states to redirect federal ERISA (Employment Retirement Income Security Act) and other funds that cannot currently be applied to paying for a publicly financed system of universal health care. Since a substantial majority of medical insurance falls under ERISA, a state-based universal system is not feasible until such a waiver is passed. You can contact Sen. Wyden at https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact
• Divided Oregon lawmakers OK congressional, legislative maps (Sept. 28, Oregon Capital Insider)
• Oregon Democrats unveil their redistricting proposal (Sept. 17, Oregon Public Broadcasting)
• Oregon State redistricting information
Nominations are open for Democratic
State Platform Convention delegates, alternates
Linn County has been awarded 22 delegates and 11 alternates to the State Platform Convention, and nominations are officially open, Any Precinct Committee Person may nominate any resident of Linn County who has been a registered Democrat since Jan. 31, 2021. Precinct Committee Persons may self-nominate as well. The Linn County Democratic Central Committee will elect all 22 delegates and 11 alternates at our Oct. 7 Linn County Democrats monthly general meeting. Nominees must be present to be elected as a delegate or alternate. In the event we do not have a full slate after our October meeting, remaining positions will be filled at our Nov. 4 meeting.
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