Jan 6: One year later
• Oregon House District 44 vacancy will be ninth since 2020 (Jan. 12, Oregon Capital Bureau)
• Secretary of State: Oregon Supreme Court should decide Kristoff eligibility soon (Jan. 10, Oregon Capital Insider)
• Kotek, Courtney leaving leadership roles in Legislature (Jan. 7, Oregon Capital Insider)
Candlelight vigil set for Jan. 6
After Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-4th District, announced Dec. 1 that he would not seek re-election in 2022, Linn County Democratic Central Committee Chair Jerred Taylor and Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Carla “KC” Hanson released the following statements:
Thank you Peter DeFazio for your years of public service and for being a champion for all Oregonians in Congress. Even though you would have no longer been our Congressperson after redistricting, we will never forget how much you fought for us here in Linn County. Your voice and your leadership will be missed.
— Jerred Taylor
“Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, Representative DeFazio.
“You have honored the people of Oregon with your tireless service for 36 years, and we are tremendously sad to see you retire at the end of your term. As the chair of the House Transportation Committee and a founder of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, you have led the way by speaking hard truths and fighting for policies that prioritize the needs of the working people of southwestern Oregon and across the United States. Your steadfast work on transportation has culminated in one of the largest infrastructure investments in our nation’s history.
“We will miss your leadership, dedication, and sense of humor, and we’ll do all we can to ensure that Oregon’s Fourth District continues to be represented by a Democrat who will continue your legacy as a passionate and effective lawmaker and a true champion for the people of Oregon.”
— KC Hanson
'A great 36 years' for DeFazio
(Dec. 2, Albany Democrat-Herald)
Good road ahead with Infrastructure
Investment and Jobs Act
• Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will deliver for Oregon
• Rare bipartisan gathering is scene of infrastructure bill signing (Nov. 15, CNN)
• Oregon Dems help pass historic bipartisan infrastructure bill (Nov. 6, DPO)
Fate of Build Back Better rests with Senate
State Platform Convention update
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:
- The Convention will be held over zoom.
- All participants will need a device that can connect to zoom over the internet (such as a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone), so you can access the app and use the voting features. Phone users only using audio features by "dialing in" cannot be accommodated. If you need help with this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible so we can support you!
- You will need to make sure your zoom software/app is up to date. You can find instructions on how to update your zoom here.
Democratic Party of Oregon
P.S. A printed copy of all of the convention documents and agenda will be sent by mail to all Convention Delegates and Alternates.
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