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.
Immigration rights, campaign finance reform
Ready to help us make a change? We are working hard to develop and elect leaders who will fight for progressive ideals right here in Linn County, and we can't do it without your support. Together, we can flip Linn County from red to blue. Thank you for your continued support!
A message from Gov. Kate Brown
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:
- Implement a market-based program to achieve our state climate emissions reduction goals.
- Hasten the pace of electrification of vehicles in Oregon, putting 50,000 electric vehicles on Oregon roads by 2020.
- Decarbonize the electricity sector by achieving the state’s renewable energy targets and encouraging grid modernization.
- Pursue climate solutions that benefit rural communities and tribes, support working lands, and foster resilience to climate change.
- Create the new Oregon Climate Authority to better align state programs and expertise to achieve the state’s climate policy goals.
- And much more.
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
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, email@example.com. 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.
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