A message from Gov. Kate Brown
Oregon’s 2019 legislative session is about to kick off. To get it started, on Monday I delivered my Inaugural Address to lay out my priorities for the coming year and defend the values that make Oregon the place we love.
Our team is focused on finally funding Oregon’s education system at a level our children deserve. We’re building on our successes by making sure health care remains accessible and affordable for every Oregonian. We’re working to address the housing crisis and defending our democracy so every voice is heard. And of course, we’re working to meet the challenges of the future with a comprehensive plan to meet the challenge of climate change.
Below, you’ll find details on some of my plans, and I’m looking forward to keeping you informed as we make progress.
2019 holds so much promise for making our state an even better place to live. I can’t thank you enough for all your support in helping us achieve that goal.
Spotlight on… climate.
There are no two ways about it: Oregon is suffering as a result of climate change. The Rogue Valley was covered in smoke for more than eight weeks last summer. Wildfires have increased in intensity and severity in the past decade, threatening our culture, our communities, and our economy. Ninety percent of our state is in drought. And last year was the warmest year in Oregon since 1895.
We simply can’t afford inaction on climate. Oregon must continue to pursue solutions that will reduce harmful emissions while creating good jobs and building a clean energy economy. Our young people deserve to inherit an Oregon as beautiful and bountiful as the one we cherish today.
In November, Kate released a comprehensive plan for how we can get this done (you can read it here), and she’s looking forward to working with the legislature to pass its elements into law. Among our strategies:
Spotlight on… housing.
Every Oregonian should have a warm, safe, dry place to call home -- and it should be affordable and accessible. Kate is proud that as governor, she's worked towards building or preserving more than 11,000 affordable homes across the state. But we still have a housing crisis -- and we must act quickly to help the chronically homeless, our children, families, and our veterans.
We can’t keep doing the same thing expecting a different result, which is why Kate is challenging the legislature to try something new: If they approve a $20 million bonding package early this session, we can speed up construction of 200 units of permanent housing for the chronically homeless.
Beyond that, Kate’s budget makes a historic $400 million investment in housing. It’s an ambitious plan. But if we move now, we can get results quickly.
We also need to help Oregonians who have homes but are struggling with the high cost of rent. When problems arise, they need technical assistance to stay in their homes and not end up on the streets. Landlords and tenants are counting on us to help navigate this tight housing market -- and that’s exactly what we must do.
Spotlight on… health care.
Health care is a fundamental right. And we’re well on our way to making that a promise in Oregon.
Because of the work we’ve done to expand the Oregon Health Plan, today 94 percent of adults have access. And because of the work we did to pass Cover All Kids, every single one of our children has access.
But we have a lot left to do to make sure health care is affordable for everyone. Families across Oregon need to know that they’ll be able to see a doctor when they’re sick and afford the medicine they need. Kate’s budget sets forth a consensus approach as to how we stabilize funding for the Oregon Health Plan.
We can also achieve lower costs and better health by reducing the silos in health care -- by integrating physical health, mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and oral health services.
With your help, we’ll work to make it happen.
Nominations open for Linn Dems officers, delegates, alternates
We're looking for people who will enthusiastically lead the Linn County Democratic Central Committee (LCDCC) in 2019.
Nominations opened Dec. 6 for all LCDCC offices (chair or co-chair, vice chairs (up to three), secretary, treasurer and ambassador) and delegates and alternates to the State Central Committee and Congressional District 4 Committee.
All those positions are open to people who have been registered Democrats for at least 180 days, as of Jan. 3, 2019.
Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted up until the election during the LCDCC Reorganizational Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, at Albany Public Library. (Social time begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30). All nominees will be given time to speak before the vote.
Nominees can email their name, position they are seeking and their email and mailing addresses and phone number to Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury, firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominees may include up 300 words about why they are running and what qualifies them for the position. All qualification statements received by Jan. 1 will be posted on the Linn Dems website.
Regardless of whether someone is nominated or self-nominated before Jan. 3, all nominations will be made from the floor on Jan. 3.
Please click here for more about the Reorganizational Meeting and the positions that are open.
Linn Dems will look ahead to 2019 at Dec. 6 meeting
ALBANY – The Linn County Democrats will discuss ideas and strategies for 2019 and beyond at their monthly general meeting Thursday, Dec. 6, at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.
A social time with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m.; the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.
Child care will be provided.
Also on the agenda will be a debrief of the Nov. 6 general election and an explanation of the Linn Dems’ reorganizational meeting, scheduled for Jan. 3 at the library.
New party officers and delegates and alternates to the Democratic Party of State Central Committee and Congressional District 4 Committee will be elected at the January meeting.
Nominations and self-nominations will open at the Dec. 6 meeting for chair or co-chair, vice chairs (up to 3), treasurer, secretary and ambassadors, and state and congressional district delegates and alternates.
The idea and strategy brainstorming will be done in breakout sessions during the second hour of the Dec. 6 meeting.
For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury, 541-974-2075.
Words of thanks from Gov. Kate Brown
Thanks to the help of Oregonians in every corner of our great state, I am very honored to say that I will serve four more years as governor!
This election showed that when Oregonians are given an opportunity to invest in our classrooms, to build affordable housing, and to protect health care, it’s not a toss-up… it’s not even a close call… it’s a slam dunk!
But make no mistake, this fight isn’t over. We’ve never had someone so divisive in the White House, or someone with less respect for the truth, or for the people affected by his decisions. And as we’ve learned this election, Oregon isn’t immune from those threats. But thanks to all of you, and the voters of this great state, we’re going to keep Oregon a shining beacon of hope.
Together, we can ensure that every one of us has a warm, safe, dry place to call home. We can ensure that we all have access to affordable health care. We will continue to grow the economy in every corner of the state. We’re going to fight to ensure that every student has the tools they need to succeed. And we’re going to fight to protect our air, water, and pristine coastline, no matter what the federal government does.
I want to say thank you to every single volunteer who helped us knock on 400,000 doors in ten days, or who texted or called their neighbors to remind them to vote in this election and defend our Oregon values. Every moment of your time made a difference.
I have never seen the level of collaboration and the diversity of voices that came together to fight for Oregon. We did it because we love this state -- and no matter who you voted for or where you live, we can all agree on one thing: Oregon is a very special place. And in the days ahead, we will work together to build a better Oregon for everyone.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Election Night Gathering starts at 6 at Taqueria Alonzo
ALBANY – Please join the Linn County Democrats for our Election Night Gathering and Monthly General Meeting on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, at Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. S.W.
A social time and no-host dinner will start at 6 p.m. at Taqueria Alonzo in Two Rivers Market. A short monthly general meeting, including brief remarks by Democratic candidates, begins at 6:45 p.m. The election night watch gathering will follow in Taqueria Alonzo and the adjacent Linn County Dems Campaign Office, where dessert will be served.
The election ends locally at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be televisions with election results in both Taqueria Alonzo and the Linn Dems Campaign Office. Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops, tablets and smartphones to get local and statewide election results.
The Linn County Dems also invite all Democrats to join them in the Veterans Day Parade through downtown Albany on Saturday, Nov. 10.
For more information about the election night gathering and participation in the parade, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at 541-974-2075 or email@example.com.
Candidates to speak at Oct. 4 Linn Dems meeting
ALBANY – Democratic candidates for Linn County Commissioner and State Representative will be the featured speakers during the Thursday, Oct. 4, meeting of the Linn County Democrats in the Albany Public Library Meeting Room, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.
A social time, with light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30.
Child care will be provided
Three candidates, all endorsed by the Linn County Dems, will give opening remarks, then answers questions. They are:
• Stephanie Newton, Linn County Commissioner candidate, who faces Republican incumbent John Lindsey and Independent candidate Gary Sullivan in the Nov. 6 general election.
• Jerred Taylor, House District 15 State Representative candidate, who is running against Republican Shelly Boshart-Davis and Independent Cynthia Hyatt.
• Renee Windsor-White, House District 17 State Representative candidate, who who is running against Republican incumbent Sherrie Sprenger.
Later in the meeting, other candidates in attendance who are Democrats or consider themselves allies of the Democratic Party will be given time to talk. There will also be an update on statewide and county ballot measures.
On another note, the Linn Dems Campaign Office in Two Rivers Market, 250 Broadalbin St. S.W. in downtown Albany, is open from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.
For more information about the meeting and the Linn County Democrats, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury, 541-974-2075 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vigil of Protest and Lament set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29
A Vigil of Protest and Lament will start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in front of the Linn County Courthouse, 300 Fourth Ave. S.W. in downtown Albany.
"Gather tomorrow as we come together to process our reactions to the Kavanaugh nomination, says Christine Webb of Albany Region Indivisible, which is hosting the vigil. "Bring signs. Wear black. This will be a very organic event." Please share this event on your Facebook pages."
Carly Gabrielson, campaign manager DeFazio for Congress released the following story in an email on Thursday, Sept. 6.
EUGENE — Art Robinson's deeper connections to illegal activity were revealed in a photo of political operative W. Samuel Patten and Robinson at his home in Cave Junction, Oregon in 2014.
As part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Patten pled guilty on Friday to working as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukraine and funneling $50,000 of illegal foreign money to Donald Trump’s presidential inaugural committee. Additionally, prosecutors argue that Patten's business partner, a Russian national, has ties to Russian intelligence.
Patten worked for Cambridge Analytica, the corrupt political data company that illegally harvested data from 50 million Facebook users and interfered with elections around the world. The company admitted to, "effectively managing Robinson's (2014) campaign in its entirety" and Robinson was Cambridge Analytica’s first federal political client.
But, in March 2018, The Washington Post, Willamette Week, and Roseburg News-Review interviewed Robinson about his engagement with Cambridge Analytica. Robinson said nothing about Patten’s visit to Oregon. In fact, he tried to distance himself from the disgraced company while defending their work for his campaign. He told the Willamette Week that, “Cambridge Analytica didn’t manage work for us, they did political targeting.” In an interview with the Roseburg News-Review, Robinson said that he didn’t, “feel any qualms about what we did because it was perfectly above-board.”
“Art Robinson has never fully explained the extent of his relationship with Cambridge Analytica or to the company’s primary funder, Robert Mercer. Oregon’s voters deserve to know the extent of Robinson’s relationship to Patten. It’s time for Robinson to come clean about his ties to illegal activity plaguing our representational democracy,” said Carly Gabrielson, DeFazio’s campaign manager.
Cambridge Analytica was partly owned and funded by hedge fund billionaire and right-wing political extremist Robert Mercer. Mercer first began meddling in Oregon elections in 2010 when he funded a super PAC aimed at electing Robinson. DeFazio was the first member of Congress to be attacked by a Wall Street-backed super PAC. Since then, the Mercer family has spent $1.7 million on Robinson’s failed congressional campaigns. Mercer also funds Robinson’s institute, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, which Robinson runs from his sheep farm in Cave Junction. Mercer has given Robinson’s institute $1.77 million including a $150,000 donation at the start of 2018.
Sept. 6 Linn Dems meeting to feature judicial candidates
ALBANY – Linn County Circuit Judge candidates will be the featured speakers Thursday, Sept. 6, during the Linn County Democrats Monthly General Meeting at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E.
A social time with light refreshments begins at 6 p.m. The meeting starts at 6:30. Child care will be provided.
The Linn County Circuit Judge candidates for Position 1 are Fay Stetz-Waters, the current judge, and Michael Wynhausen, longtime Linn County Deputy District Attorney.
The Position 3 candidates are Rachel Kittson-MaQatish and Teri Plagmann, both trial attorneys.
The four non-partisan candidates will give opening remarks then field questions.
Also on the agenda will be campaign updates from Democratic candidates and recommendations and a vote on state and county measures that will appear on the general election ballot.
The Linn County Democrats are opening a campaign office in downtown Albany.
Hours of the office, in Suite 107 of Two Rivers Market at 250 Broadalbin St. S.W., are tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, starting Tuesday, Sept. 4, and continuing through Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6.
An office open house with light refreshments is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12
For more information, contact Linn Dems Co-Chair Graham Kislingbury at 541-974-2075 or email@example.com.
Linn Dems Potluck Picnic & Pie Auction set