From the website: The State of Oregon has a Citizen Legislature consisting of the Senate, whose 30 members are elected to serve four-year terms, and the House of Representatives, which has 60 members elected for two-year terms. The assembly convenes every two years in regular session on the second Monday in January during odd-numbered years, a date set by statute. Oregon Constitution does not specify a limitation on session length, however most sessions last approximately six months. During the interim, legislators serve on interim committees and task forces that study issues likely to be faced during the next legislative session.
The Oregon Blue Book is the official state directory and fact book about all levels of government in Oregon.
The Oregon Progress Board is an independent state planning and oversight agency. Created by the Legislature in 1989, the Board is responsible for monitoring the state’s 20-year strategic vision, Oregon Shines. The 12-member panel, chaired by the governor, is made up of citizen leaders and reflects the state’s social, ethnic and political diversity. Oregon Benchmarks measure progress towards Oregon´s strategic vision, Oregon Shines. Its goals are three-fold: 1) quality jobs for all Oregonians, 2) safe, caring and engaged communities, and 3) healthy, sustainable surroundings. Benchmarks are organized into seven categories: economy, education, civic engagement, social support, public safety, community development and environment. Generate a report at theOregon Benchmarks Portal
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Josephine Social Justice Alliance is an all-volunteer coalition in Grants Pass committed to making Josephine County a place where all are welcome regardless of skin color, immigration status, religion, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status.
BlueOregon is a place for progressive Oregonians to gather ’round the water cooler and share news, commentary, and gossip.
Rogue Indivisible is a volunteer group of non-partisan activists trying to make a positive difference both in our community, as well as, influencing issues impacting our country.
Rogue Indivisible members decide which bills, legislation, representatives to communicate with via postcards, emails, and calls; in person meetings with representatives; marches and more. Join the group that speaks to your interest whether it’s writing letters to the editor to researching Oregon State legislation, we have need of your assistance.
Women in Black is a worldwide network of women united in their commitment to a world free of violence. Women in Black vigils are composed of women standing in silence in a public place at regular times to honor the lives lost to violence and to represent peace. Given the current state of American society where hatred and discrimination continue unabated and senseless killings occur daily, you can make a statement by joining Women in Black peace vigils.
Women in Black vigils began in Israel in 1988 when a group of Palestinian and Israeli women stood together to bring attention to the violence of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. The idea quickly spread throughout the world. The movement was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and an Israeli Women in Black group accepted the 2001 Millennium Peace Prize for Women from the United Nations.
Women in Black have a vision of peace, compassion and justice. Since 2002, hundreds of people have stood in Women in Black vigils in Grants Pass, Medford, Ashland, Cave Junction, Shady Cove, Roseburg and throughout the world.
The Grants Pass Women in Black vigil is held on the first and third Mondays of each month, with the exception of holidays, from noon until 12:30 on the south side of the post office on Sixth Street. All are welcome, including men.
The Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) was founded in August of 2003 as a forum of thought on politics, government, and policy. NPI believes that America will only be a better place if our freedoms are kept safe, our country works for peace, not aggression, and we as a people come together to realize our place in the world. NPI is a grassroots think tank. It’s an unconventional concept, but basically, it’s an institution created to research progressive ideas and promote progressive values and solutions to elected officials, opinionmakers, and the American people.
Owned and powered by NPI, Pacific Northwest Portal was founded in January of 2005 to provide the citizens of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska with local news and political commentary, as well as allow the rest of the nation and the world to gain access to an entire region of news & local progressive viewpoints through one website.
The portal was designed to be a regional start page, making it easier for people living in the Pacific Northwest to access local news and viewpoints.
Grants Pass HS YODA Facebook is a group page for Grants Pass High School YODA (Young Oregon Democrats of America) chapter members. We are a club dedicated to ensuring political education around our community. Join us to educate the future voters of Oregon!
The Rural Organizing Project (ROP) is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice and the right to self-determination. Starting in 1992, ROP’s challenges to the anti-democratic right have earned ROP a national reputation for being an effective grassroots organization that takes on the hard issues.
Daily Kos created on May 26, 2002 by Markos Moulitsas — a.k.a. “kos”, is the premier political community in the United States.
Democracy for America (DFA) is a political action committee dedicated to supporting fiscally responsible, socially progressive candidates at all levels of government—from school board to the presidency.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 450 stations in North America.
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.
Joshua Micah Marshall started publishing Talking Points Memo (TPM), a political blog, in November 2000 during the disputed Florida election recount. The site has been in continuous publication ever since. It has a monthly readership of well over half a million readers and is frequently noted in publications across the United States.
Think Progress is a project of the Center for American Progress Action Fund a nonpartisan organization that along with the blog, CAPAF seeks to provide a forum that advances progressive ideas and policies.
The Three Branches of Government is a primer about our Government. It is presented by a national law firm.