Peter DeFazio files for re-election
Exciting news: today is the first day to file as a federal candidate in Oregon, and I'm thrilled to announce that I'm running again to represent the people of Oregon's 4th Congressional District. It continues to be an honor to fight for our shared values in Washington D.C.
Americans want a federal government that works for everybody not just the wealthy, Trump's family, and his friends. 2020 is the year that We the People rise up and take back our country.
✔️ I've worked tirelessly to preserve protections for those with pre-existing conditions and expand affordable health care. I will continue to fight for lower prescription drug prices and universal health care!
✔️ I'm proud of my work with Bernie Sanders and others to safeguard Social Security and Medicare for today's beneficiaries and future generations. We have a lot more work to do. I guarantee we will make progress in 2021 with a Democrat in the White House!
✔️ It's a badge of honor to be a top target of Wall Street billionaires because I've fought to tax their outrageous profit margins. I won't stop working to level the scales of inequality until the wealthiest among us pay their fair share of taxes.
✔️ I consider it my duty to address the impacts of climate change and work to save our environment. As Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I have been leading Congress on reducing fossil fuels by building an electrified transportation system with 21st-century technology.
For my entire career, I've tirelessly advocated for smart, green investments in our nation's infrastructure — the kind of investment that boosts growth, creates thousands of living-wage jobs, and keeps us competitive in the world economy.
I have never backed down from a fight and I never will, despite the attacks from out-of-state special interests trying to slow me down.
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) started spending money on attack ads back in February and polled in support of my new Republican opponent. They're teaming up with the Trump campaign, who recently said that they plan to spend money in Oregon to sway voters. They even sent out a press release highlighting my primary opponent. They'll stop at nothing to drain our resources, weaken my candidacy, and stop our collective movement. But we won't let them!
I never take an election for granted. My success has been because of YOU. It is your support, your encouragement, and your vote that allows me to do the important work of this country. In 2020, we will work harder than ever. We are going to fight harder than ever. We will defend our seat in Congress and win bigger than we've ever won in November 2020.
I am grateful to the people of Oregon's Fourth Congressional District for their strong support. I pledge to continue to fight for Oregonians and the issues that matter most to Oregon families: access to higher education, a family-wage job, a healthy planet, and affordable healthcare.
Let's do this,
Dems to elect delegate, hear proposed bylaw changes Sept. 10
ALBANY – The Linn County Democrats will elect a new delegate to the Congressional District 4 Committee (CD4) and hear the first reading of two proposed bylaw changes during its monthly general meeting Tuesday, Sept. 10, 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.
(The Dems meeting was rescheduled from Sept. 5 to Sept. 10, so people could attend the Don Rea Appreciation Day Ice Cream Social at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Albany First Christian Church.)
The CD4 committee meets quarterly in various communities in the Fourth District. The Linn Dems will host the third-quarter CD4 meeting Sunday afternoon Sept. 29 at 255 N. Main St., Brownsville.
At the Sept. 10 Linn Dems meeting, there will be first readings of proposed bylaw changes updating language regarding vacancies and adding the ability to make temporary State Central Committee delegate appointments when elected delegates and alternate delegates cannot attend an SCC meeting.
For more information, contact Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor at email@example.com
ALBANY – Don Rea, a longtime Albany resident, will be honored Thursday, Sept. 5, for his 47 years of volunteer service in the community.
The Don Rea Appreciation Day Ice Cream Social will start at 6:30 that evening at First Christian Church, 432 Ferry Street S.W., where Rea has been a member since 1973. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Rea, 94, will be recognized for his volunteer and leadership roles with Fish of Albany, Waverly Elementary School, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Club of Albany, Friendship Force, Albany Peace Seekers, Albany Kiwanis Club, Jackson Street Youth Services and the church.
Rea grew up in Aberdeen, Wash., and served in the Navy during World War II. He graduated in 1949 from Linfield College with a bachelor’s degree in social studies.
He married Elizabeth "Betty" Neumann on Sept. 6, 1952, in Negaunee, Mich. They raised four sons, Brent, Matt, Kirby and Joel. Betty died in 2014.
Rea has five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
The family moved in 1972 from Kirkland, Wash., to Albany, where Rea served as associate director and later executive director of the Mid-Willamette Family YMCA. He worked for Ransom and Smith Real Estate from 1975 until his retirement in 1986.
In addition to his continuing volunteer work, Rea is known for his unwavering dedication to peace and justice.
The Sept. 5 ice cream social will also include a number Rea’s favorite songs. The sing-alongs will be led by Paul Pritchard, First Christian member, and Jim Asleson, recently retired YMCA executive director.
For more information, contact First Christian Church, 541-926-8606.
Please note: The Linn Dems monthly general meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Sept. 10, so people can attend the Don Rea Appreciation Day Ice Cream Social on Sept. 5. The Sept. 10 Dems meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Albany Public Library, 2450 14th Ave. S.E. A social time with light refreshments begins at 6.
They're cowering while our country is dying
By Sen. Jeff Merkeley
This weekend, we saw two mass shootings within 24 hours of each other.
Like you, I've just had it. America doesn't have markedly more mental illness or poverty or more violent video games than other countries. What we do have? Way more guns. And violent white nationalism being encouraged from the White House. It's a toxic combination.
Assault rifles are weapons of war. A semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines are designed for carnage. The Dayton shooter killed and wounded three dozen people in only 30 seconds.
We need to get these weapons off the street. We need to close the loopholes that let dangerous people arm themselves. These steps might not end all killings, but it's an NRA argument that if we can't stop all shootings, we shouldn't try to stop any.
And that's really what it comes down to: Will Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, and others in Washington ever decide that the lives of Americans take priority over the NRA?
And will other Republicans ever denounce white nationalism and commit the same kind of focused effort at fighting white nationalist terrorism that they're so eager to do when the terrorists come from the Middle East?
I'm tired of the empty rhetoric and hollow promises. We need leaders who will put address this national crisis, and it they're not willing to, they need to go.
Join me on Facebook. Say no more to this awfulness and commit to voting each and every person responsible out of office in 2020.
Linn Dems to talk about presidential candidates
The Linn County Democrats will hold a follow-up discussion about the recent Democratic presidential candidate debates during their monthly general meeting Thursday, July 11, in Albany Public Library meeting room, 2450 14th Ave. S.W.
A social time, with light refreshments, begins at 6 p.m. The meeting will start at 6:30.
The Linn Dems held two watch parties in Albany during the debates. The 25 people who attended took part in post-debates polls, resulting in the following top-10 ranking:
1, Elizabeth Warren; 2, Pete Buttigieg; 3, Kamala Harris; 4, Kristen Gillibrand; 5, Bernie Sanders; 6, Cory Booker; 7, Bill de Blasio; 8; Joe Biden; 9, Jay Inslee 10, tie, Tulsi Gabbard and Andrew Yang.
Also on the July 11 agenda will be a push to fill a number of committee and subcommittee openings in the county party.
A variety of buttons will be available for sale before and after the meeting.
For more information, contact Linn Dems Chair Jerred Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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