Jan. 20, 2021: 'This is America's Day'
President Biden: 'My whole soul
is in this: Bringing America together'
• Full text: President Joe Biden's inaugural speech transcript (Jan. 20, POLITICO)
• Joe Biden sworn in as President of the United States (Jan. 20, PBS NewsHour)
• Kamala Harris sworn in as Vice President of the United States (Jan. 20, CNBC)
• Oregon political leaders comment on inauguration (Jan. 21, Democrat-Herald)
• Poet Amanda Gorman reads 'The Hill We Climb' (Jan. 20, ABC News)
• Lady Gaga sings the national anthem (Jan. 20, USA Today)
• Jennifer Lopez sings medley of American classics (Jan. 20, J. Lopez YouTube channel)
• Amy Klobuchar delivers inauguration opening remarks (Jan. 20, CNBC)
• Biden signs flurry of executive orders (Jan. 20, AP/Democrat-Herald)
• Harris swears in trio of senators, officially giving Democrats majority (Jan. 20, AP/Democrat-Herald)
• Biden, Harris, former presidents visit Arlington National Cemetery (Jan. 20, CNBC)
• Obama, Bush, Clinton praise peaceful transfer of power (Jan. 21, Washington Post)
• In pictures: The inauguration of Joe Biden (Jan. 20, CNN)
• CNN updates
• Windows smashed at Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters (Jan. 21, Oregon Live & DPO)
Windows smashed at DPO headquarters in Portland
PORTLAND – The Democratic Party of Oregon’s headquarters building in Portland was damaged by demonstrators Wednesday afternoon.
Oregon Live provided this account:
“A crowd of about 200 people, including self-described anarchists, marched in the city's Central Eastside area and smashed windows at the DPO’s headquarters.
“Some of the demonstrators carried a sign that read ‘We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!’ in response to ‘police murders’ and ‘imperialist wars.’ Portland police said they arrested eight people.”
The Democratic Party of Oregon issued this statement Wednesday:
“We’re frustrated and disappointed about the damage done to our Democratic Party of Oregon Headquarters in Portland this afternoon. We’re thankful that none of our staff were in the building at the time. This is not the first time our building has been vandalized during the past year – none of the prior incidents have deterred us from our important work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and this one will be no different.
“None of this should take away from the fact that today is a joyous and momentous day for America as we celebrate the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. President Biden is already starting the work to build back better, with more than a dozen critical Executive Orders on climate, pandemic response, immigration, racial equality, and more. We at the Democratic Party of Oregon are resolute and determined to do everything in our power to support the Biden/Harris administration, and to help Oregon and America recover from the pandemic stronger than before.”
'Vigil for a Peaceful Transition'
Thirty people turned out for the Jan. 19 "Vigil for a Peaceful Transition" in downtown Albany. The noontime vigil started in the Albany First Christian Church parking with words by Nancy Greenman and FCC Associate Pastor Eric Eide and a prayer by Albany Mennonite Pastor Peter Epp. Participants then walked to Fourth and Ellsworth, where the vigil continued until 1 p.m. The vigil was coordinated by the Albany Peace Seekers. Greenman remembered two longtime Peace Seekers, now deceased, who would have been all in for Tuesday's vigil. Don Rea, who died last Feb. 5 at age 94, and Ed Hemmingson, who passed away last Friday at 93, were well known locally for their peace and justice activism. Ed's wife June took part in Tuesday's vigil.
Linn Dems re-elect Jerred Taylor as chair
The Linn County Democratic Central Committee has reelected Jerred Taylor for another two-term as chair.
At our biennial reorganization meeting Saturday, Jan. 9, on Zoom, the Central Committee elected 2021-22 officers and delegates and alternate delegates to the Democratic State Central Committee and the Congressional District 4 Committee.
Here is the full slate of officers, delegates and alternate delegates:
Chair: Jerred Taylor.
Vice Chairs: Miriam Cummins, first vice chair; Stephanie Newton, second vice chair; Chris Smith, third vice chair.
Secretary: Renee Windsor-White.
Treasurer: Jackie Montague.
Ambassador: Stephanie Schlitzkus.
State Central Committee Delegates: Miriam Cummins, Genny Lynch, Chris Smith, Jerred Taylor.
State Central Committee Alternates: Derek Dunham, Keith Kolkow, Stephanie Schlitzkus, Brenda Sterner.
Congressional District 4 Committee Delegates: Derek Dunham, Steve Harbert, Stephanie Newton, Wendy Nilsen.
Congressional District 4 Committee Alternates: Scott Bruslind, Edie Koenig, Stephanie Schlitzkus, Jerred Taylor.
Congratulations to our newly elected officers, delegates and alternate delegates!
Wyden among senators calling for Cruz, Hawley to resign
Jan. 8, 2021
By Alexander Bolton, The Hill
Multiple Democratic senators are calling on Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) to resign because of their roles in objecting to the certification of Joe Biden’s election.
Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the incoming chairman of the powerful Finance Committee, became the second Senate Democrat on Friday to urge the GOP lawmakers to step down.
“Every member of the Senate takes a sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Upholding that oath is a matter of conscience. The behavior of President Trump and Senators Hawley and Cruz culminating in the assault on the seat of our democracy shocks that conscience,” Wyden said in a statement.
Wyden said: “Any senator exhorting such an assault violates their sworn oath and is unworthy of holding federal office.”
He said “there must be consequences for senators who would foment a violent mob for personal gain.”
“I call on Sens. Hawley and Cruz to resign and accept the responsibility which they so clearly bear,” he said.
Wyden’s statement came shortly after Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.), the No. 3-ranking Senate Democrat, called for Cruz and Hawley to step down for challenging the validity of Biden’s victory.
(Click here to see to full story.)
Wyden favors removal of Trump by impeachment or 25th Amendment
(Jan. 7, 2021)
Since the moment he took office, Donald Trump has presented a clear and present danger to the United States. He's spent every day of his presidency debasing the truth and undermining our democracy, all the while fanning the flames of violence and fanaticism. And for those same four years, Republican lawmakers have enabled him every step of the way.
Yesterday, we witnessed the result.
For two months, he's amped that mob up with lies and demagoguery. And yesterday, he set them loose on the United States Capitol. As his thugs tore through the building, Trump told them, "We love you."
Donald Trump can't remain in office one minute longer
Trump's Cabinet must immediately use the 25th amendment to act. Should they fail to do their duty and hold him accountable, Congress must act. The Senate is ready to receive articles of impeachment from the House should they act to impeach this dangerous man.
Trump has torn our nation apart long enough, and we have to use every means at our disposal first to remove him and hold him accountable for his role in yesterday's violence in Washington.
Linn Dems urge prompt removal of Trump from office
sThe LInn County Democratic Central Committee has unanimously approved a resolution urging the prompt removal of Donald Trump from office. The Linn Democrats took the action Thursday, Jan. 7, at their monthly general meeting on Zoom. Here is the resolution:
Linn County Democratic Central Committee Resolution 2021-1
Recommending the removal of President Donald J. Trump from office by impeachment and/or the 25th Amendment, including prohibition from serving in federal office.
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump on Jan 2, 2021, asked the Georgia Secretary of State to fraudulently “find” enough votes to flip the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election outcome, so that Trump would become the winner in that state; and
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump has ceaselessly lied to the American people, falsely contending that the election was “stolen” and that he was the winner; and
WHEREAS, President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, exhorted his supporters in Washington, D.C. to “show strength,” emboldening them to lay siege to the nearby United States Capitol, resulting in deaths, injuries, damage, chaos and an egregious assault on our democracy.
NOW THEREFORE, THE LINN COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CENTRAL COMMITTEE RESOLVES that President J. Donald should promptly be removed from office by impeachment and/or the 25th Amendment, including prohibition from serving in federal office.
Local leaders condemn 'domestic
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