Linn Dems Potluck Picnic & Pie Auction set for Friday, Aug. 10; please RSVP by Aug. 8
LEBANON – Join us for our fun second annual Linn Dems Potluck Picnic & Pie Auction in picturesque River Park, 1235 E. Grant St., Lebanon. Horse shoes, croquet and conversation start at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will start about 5:45, followed by the shortest monthly business meeting we've ever had, brief remarks by Democratic candidates and the pie auction. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 8, with an email to email@example.com or by calling 541-974-2075. Hamburgers, veggie burgers, water and lemonade will be provided. It's potluck on everything else. If you bring a perishable item, please make sure to have a way to keep it cold. Picnic tables are available, but feel free to bring a lawn chair Musical entertainment will be provided by the Crazed Weasels String Band, the fabulous duo of Loren Ford and Judy Arter. PIE AUCTION If you want to auction off a pie (and we hope you do) here are the details: Bake (or buy) your favorite pie, name it, tell us a brief story abut it and auction it off! All proceeds will go to the Linn County Dems.
Representative Knute Buehler moves out of district, DPO challenges his ability to serve
PORTLAND –– Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, submitted a letter to the Secretary of State calling for an investigation of Republican gubernatorial hopeful Knute Buehler today, claiming the State Representative has moved out of his district and is no longer eligible to represent House District 54. In two media interviews this summer, Buehler has stated definitively that he has moved from his district in Bend to a new home in Tualatin, 165 miles from Bend, where he was elected to serve. This relocation puts Buehler in violation of ARTICLE IV, Section 8 (7)(a) of the Oregon Constitution, which states: "A person may not be a Senator or Representative if the person at all times during the term of office of the person as a Senator or Representative is not an inhabitant of the district from which the Senator or Representative may be chosen or which the Senator or Representative has been appointed to represent.” Evidence for the complaint comes from Buehler’s own words. In both a print and radio interview, Buehler states that he has moved to Tualatin. “Knute Buehler has put his political ambitions above the people who he was elected to serve in the House of Representatives. Once he won re-election to his House seat in 2016, he turned his back on his constituents. He hasn’t had a town hall since April of 2017 and has done little to serve his constituents since he decided to run for Governor,” said Atkins. “To add insult to injury, now he’s unapologetically telling the media that he’s moved to Tualatin. Not only is this disingenuous, his actions are in clear violation of the Oregon Constitution.” In the June 7th edition of the Portland Tribune article titled, "Former Beaver makes pitch for politics," Buehler told reporter Kerry Eggers that he had recently moved to Tualatin, saying "The first house we bought was in Tualatin. After 25 years, I told my wife, 'We've come full circle. Now we're living in an apartment.'” On July 5th, Knute Buehler further detailed his move on Mark Mason’s radio show on 1190 KEX in Portland, confirming he no longer lives in Bend and has relocated to Tualatin (you can listen to the clip here): MASON: [9:27] Knute Buehler of Tualatin now. BUEHLER: [9:29] Of Tualatin now, yeah, just down the street. MASON: [9:33] No longer Bend. BUEHLER: [9:34] Yeah, and soon to be a resident of Salem. MASON: [9:35] (laughter) Alright, we'll leave it at that. “As desperately as Knute Buehler wants to be Governor, he needs to be held accountable to the job he already has as a State Representative in Bend,” said Atkins. “Voters are right to question the integrity of a candidate who draws a state paycheck but has turned his back on his constituents.” A full copy of the letter to the Secretary of State can be found here.
Monday in Helsinki, Donald Trump shocked the world. He stood beside autocrat and adversary, Vladimir Putin, who directed an attack on our democratic elections, and shockingly discredited American intelligence agencies. On the world stage, Trump had a chance to send a strong message that the U.S. will hold Russia accountable for an assault on our country, but instead, he chose Putin over America. The outrage could be heard around the world. Despite the overwhelming evidence from U.S. intelligence agencies that Putin and Russia manipulated our 2016 elections, or the very detailed indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of 12 Russian spies for breaking into Democratic National Committee servers and stealing files to attack our election process, Donald J. Trump publicly and defiantly sided with Putin, not U.S. law enforcement agencies or the American people. He unequivocally said, "I don't see any reason why it WOULD be Russia." We all heard it plain as day. We are watching. And counting the days until Donald Trump is held to account for his outrageous crimes against democracy.