Hot off the Press
This week, a sitting President of the United States of America was forced to pay out over $2 million to charities.
Why? Because Trump eventually admitted he had used veteran fundraiser money to buy a portrait of himself for his hotel.
Current actions by the Republican Secretary of State illustrate the importance of electing a law abiding candidate come 2020.
As Oregonians, we take pride in our election system. We lead the country in voter access and holding safe, secure elections. Unfortunately, all that is being threatened by Oregon’s Republican Secretary of State, Bev Clarno.
One of the Democratic leaders, Representative Tiffiny Mitchell of Oregon’s North Coast, is being threatened with an outrageous recall effort.
She didn’t break the law or abuse her power. Instead, climate-deniers are collecting signatures to remove her from office simply for delivering on her promise that she would vote to take bold action on climate change in 2019. Recall proponents know that they can’t win on the merits of their argument, and that’s why they’re now accused of violating four different election laws in their efforts to recall Rep. Mitchell.
But instead of holding them accountable, Republican Secretary of State Bev Clarno is turning a blind eye.
Despite multiple formal complaints and nearly two months of waiting, Secretary Clarno’s office has failed to take any investigatory action.
There are fewer than two weeks until signatures are due, and if the Secretary’s office runs out the clock and fails to act before December 4, there could be dire consequences:
- Illegal and false statements about Rep. Mitchell’s voting record could be printed on the ballot that is sent to voters in a recall election.
- Signatures gathered under false pretenses, including from voters who don’t even live in Rep. Mitchell’s district, could be counted toward the recall.
- If election and signature gathering fraud succeeds in our elections system, it could set off a string of reckless recall efforts around the state.
Secretary Clarno is giving preference to the recall effort and hoping that no one will notice if she just doesn’t investigate.
At a time when it’s already hard enough to tell fact from fiction in politics, we need to know that our elections administrator will enforce the law, call out fraud, and decline to print falsehoods on our ballots. At the very least, she should not be putting her finger on the scales in favor of right-wing extremists.
Organized by Rogue Indivisible
When: 5:30 pm on the eve of the impeachment vote
Where: Josephine County Courthouse
Bring: A flashlight to light the night! Bring flags, signs, friends and your unbridled enthusiasm!
At 5:30 pm on the eve of Trump’s impeachment vote (whenever that may be), at least 300 groups including from around our nation, including Indivisible and MoveOn.org, will hold events asking our Members of Congress to Impeach & Remove our incompetent, corrupt, and criminal President. Nobody Is Above the Law. That’s why we’re calling on Congress to Impeach & Remove Donald Trump.
By choosing to attend this event, you are committing to participate nonviolently and in accordance with the law, to work to de-escalate confrontations with others, and to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and of law enforcement. You also acknowledge that you are solely responsible for any injury or damage to your person or property resulting from or occurring during this event and that you release all event sponsors and organizers (and their officers, directors, employees, and agents) from any liability for that injury or damage. We disavow all who advocate violence as a solution to our Nation’s present crisis.
Please RSVP for the event to make sure you get updates on the event from the host.
News from the Rural Organizing Project
The Secretary of State has disqualified IP43, the initiative petition that was an attempt to overturn the Driver’s Licenses for All bill (also known as HB 2015, The Equal Access to Roads Act) that passed the Oregon legislature earlier this year!
Driver’s Licenses For All was passed last year in the Oregon legislature. The opposition, spearheaded by two petitioners, submitted enough signatures to qualify to receive a ballot title so that they could be certified to collect signatures to place their measure on the ballot. But, the Secretary of State has determined that their measure does not meet constitutional requirements and cannot move forward!
Here is more information from the ROP website:
The Secretary of State debate on Sunday will be available to stream. This is happening at the Democratic Party of Oregon Summit happening this weekend in Sunriver. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will be debating her two rival Democrats.
Here is the link to all events that are being streamed, the SOS debate is the last in the list.
It’s been almost three years since a Democrat sat in the Oregon secretary of state’s office. Now a cluster of prominent Democrats are preparing to battle each other to take it back.
For more on this story please follow the link to Oregon Public Broadcasting:
“We need to build those relationships that really strengthen our Democracy…and it’s on all of us,” Jamie McLeod-Skinner told an audience of about 55 people at the Josephine County Democrats’ annual fund-raiser September 28. She reminded Democrats of what they stand for and related a story about hearing two kids talking about political parties:
“What’s a Republican,” one kid says. “Well, Trump,” the other answers.
“Then what’s a Democrat?”
“They care about people,” was the answer.
“That’s become my favorite definition now,” said Jamie.
She went on to remind Democrats of what they stand for, caring about people, and said Democrats need to listen to others even if it makes them uncomfortable, that it’s ok to have people who think differently in the same party and in the community. To build the party she said Democrats should listen and respond to young people worried about endless war and climate issues, to the poor, people of color and rural people and build partnerships with these groups to ensure all voices are heard in the halls of power. She said since running for Congress she’s been on a mission to bridge the rural/urban divide and incorporate their views on issues affecting them such as land management and policies addressing economic disparity. She reminded those present that people of color make up 20 percent of CD 2, including tribal people, and it’s our responsibility to reach out to them, listen, and get them engaged so they have a voice in decision-making.
Our political relationships and democracy has suffered lately, taken huge steps backward, and it’s on all of us to rebuild, she concluded. [Jamie’s address is at the end of this post.]
In addition to Jamie, KC Hanson, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, said people generally agree with what Democrats stand for. “Who doesn’t want to leave a better planet for their kids,” she said, then cheered on the Josephine Democrats. She said they’ve had challenges making headway in such a conservative district but the enthusiasm among those present was encouraging. KC also ran the auction during the fund-raiser, helping to bring in several hundred additional dollars Democrats will need for their campaign to get non-affiliated voters to register as Democrats for the upcoming primary in May, for training, and for materials.
JCDCC Chair Brian Clark opened the presentations with an overview of what the party’s goals are for the upcoming election season. He said motor-voter is convenient, but it’s creating a lot of people who don’t bother to register with a party, and then are surprised to learn they can’t vote in party primary elections. We have a team who are contacting these voters, he said, informing them about Oregon’s primary rules, and encouraging them to register as Democrats.
Pattie Hanson and Jed Keller hosted the event at their spacious home and the food was catered by Cartwrights. Anita Savio and Brian headed up the fund-raising effort with the help of Executive Committee members and Bette Mathis. Although there were bouts of showers, Pattie’s large covered patio sheltered most of those attending, and the intermittent sunshine warmed things up. The event was scheduled from 4-6 p.m. but it was so much fun people lingered awhile talking to Jamie and KC and enjoying the comradery.
Beyond Boom and Bust are offering FREE tickets to members of the Josephine County Democrats for our upcoming documentary dance theatre production about local people’s experience of the economy, specifically cannabis and legalization. The show is set to happen next week in Ashland on Friday October 4th and Saturday October 5th. Tickets are sliding scale Pay What You Can, $25 suggested donation. To access free tickets, please use the discount code FREE on our ticket website here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4325538
Please see the recent article in Rogue Valley Messenger about our show: http://www.roguevalleymessenger.com/your-cannabis-stories-conveyed-riverstars-presents-the-whole-beyond-boom-bust/
As rural communities across the country are struggling with decreasing manufacturing and ongoing flight of young people to the cities, a group of artists in rural southwestern Oregon are looking for creative ways to develop a more resilient local economy: through performance.
Beyond Boom & Bust is a multi-year initiative exploring the topic of rural economies through an artistic lens, focused on the Illinois Valley in southwestern Oregon. The economy, what wealth means, and resilience are the focus of the upcoming show, The (w)HOLE, which will be performed in Ashland on October 4-5 and in Cave Junction on October 6.
Please note that this show contains some mature content.
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit RiverStars Performing Arts, which cultivates youth voice and power by providing free dance and theatre training to over 80 youth in the Illinois Valley.
FOR TICKETS TO TAKILMA PERFORMANCE:
With questions or problems, call (541) 415 5363 or email us at email@example.com. For more info, you can visit their website at beyondboomandbust.com!