Newsletter - August 4, 2015

Wine in the Garden in Jacksonville SOLD OUT

Thursday, August 13, 5-7PM, South Stage Cellars

Photo of Wine in the Garden

Tickets are SOLD OUT.

Join the Jackson County Democrats for the 5th annual "Wine in the Garden" on Thursday, August 13 from 5-7PM. This party features wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres at the South Stage Cellars garden at 125 S. 3rd Street in Jacksonville

This casual fundraising event is only $35 per person, which includes your first glass of South Stage Cellars wine (no‐host bar) also and delicious hors d'oeuvres. 

We’re looking forward to hearing updates from Sen. Alan Bates and Rep. Peter Buckley about the latest legislative news, as well as critical projects and elections that you can help with.

From the Chair

As Democrats, we have much to be proud of at this time.  Thanks to a big effort by the DPO and our allies, Oregon was the only state in the nation to buck the 2014 Republican tide and both houses of the legislature gained Democratic  seats in the midterm elections.  In Jackson County, we successfully re-elected Senator Alan Bates, despite being outspent by a margin of 2 to 1, and Representative Peter Buckley was returned to Salem as well. We know how to win!  

As we review the record in the waning days of the 2015 legislative session, the following bills have already produced tangible results that will benefit all Oregonians for years to come:  

  1. Oregon's new Universal Voter Registration Law, a first in the nation, will use DMV driver's data to automatically register all eligible Oregonians.  

  2. Paid Sick Leave-  employers with at least  ten workers  must provide 5 days per year

  3. Birth Control Access through your pharmacist  with 12 month prescription paid by insurance

  4. Ban The Box- helps those with a felony record gain a job interview

  5. Firearms background checks for private sales

  6. Oregon's Clean Fuels Program - reducing GHG emissions in our fuels

  7. Expanding Oregon's K-12 education budget - $7.84 billion

  8. A new Retirement Savings Plan for workers lacking access to one through their employer

  9. Police Reforms on profiling, body cams, etc.

Our collective effort to expand our majority has paid off handsomely.  We can justly feel proud.  Indeed, this is why we do this work!  So, next time someone calls to ask you to volunteer on a campaign,  remember what happened in 2015.  And, thanks again to everyone who helped make this happen.  

Best wishes to everyone for a great summer and don't forget to buy your tickets for Wine In The Garden coming up on August 13th.   See you there!  

David Roadman, Chair

Central Committee Meeting
The next meeting is Thursday, September 24, 6:30PM at OEA Building

Wider Community

Thursday, August 6, 6PM - 8:30 PM  
Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave.
The topic:  TRANSPORTATION PRESENT AND FUTURE; ACCESS, TRANSIT, INFRASTRUCTURE.  Please come and share your thoughts about the challenges of the current transportation systems in Jackson County, and your ideas about improving it. RSVP to by August 4, 2015

August 10-13
St. Vincent De Paul is putting on their annual School Supply Giveaway and is looking for help. Volunteers will greet families, review the applications, pack bags with supplies and hand out the backpacks. Bi-lingual help is especially needed. For more information contact Laura Grosz at 541-770-2019 or email

Sept 5, 2015
A group of southern Oregonians are about to embark on a 235 mile hike of the proposed route of the Pacific Connector Fracked Gas Export Pipeline.  They will be be arriving in Shady Cove on the 5th of September. Community members are invited to join the hikers in a Jackson County March, and welcome them at a community "No LNG Export" event. Stay tuned at for more details or check out the "Hike The Pipe" page on facebook.

October 13 and 14
Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN) is hosting a summit addressing the urgent climate crisis confronting the Rogue Basin on October 13th and 14th at the Inn at the Commons, 200 N. Riverside Ave, Medford. Register or learn more at:

5th Annual Wine in the Garden - August 13

Join the Jackson County Democrats for the 5th annual "Wine in the Garden" on Thursday, August 13 from 5-7PM. This party features wine and delicious hors d’oeuvres at the South Stage Cellars garden in Jacksonville. 

Invite your friends for this casual fundraising event that's only $35 per person, which includes your first glass of South Stage Cellars wine (no‐host bar) also and delicious hors d'oeuvres. 

We’re looking forward to hearing updates from Sen. Alan Bates and Rep. Peter Buckley about the latest legislative news, as well as critical projects and elections that you can help with.

Sorry, Tickets are SOLD OUT.

Newsletter - June 24, 2015

Central Committee Meeting with Prof. Donnie Maclurcan
Thursday, June 25, 6:30PM at OEA Building

Donnie Maclurcan
Join us next Thursday night, June 25th, as SOU Professor Donnie Maclurcan offers his views exploring a future beyond economic growth, a world in transition to sustainability, one not fueled by carbon. He co-founded the Post Growth Institute to focus on creating global prosperity without economic growth. What are the possibilities, and what does this mean for humanity? How will we sustain ourselves, our way of living?  

Professor Maclurcan is described by his colleagues as an extremely engaging public speaker filled with enthusiasm. Along with his many professional achievements, his spare time accomplishments include a Guiness World Record for the fastest journey on foot across his native Australia, running from Perth to Sydney in 67 days at age 20.  

This promises to be an exciting program and one you don't want to miss. We'll see on Thursday, June 25th @ 6:30 PM at the OEA Building, 2495 S Pacific Hwy, Medford - across from the South Medford Grange Co-Op.

Wider Community

Saturday, July 4 9AM
Ashland 4th of July Parade

The NO Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Exports Coalition will be marching in the Ashland 4th of July Parade.  They are seeking people who would like to walk with them. Their entry will help educate and inspire action to the thousands of people lining the street. The more walkers, the stronger the message.  Please volunteer to help them reach their goal of 75 walkers. For more information call 541.840.1065, email, or go to the Facebook page Walkers are asked to wear blue and can buy or borrow a NO-LNG shirt. 

Thursday, August 6, 6PM - 8:30 PM  
Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave.,

August 6 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford Oregon.  The topic:  TRANSPORTATION PRESENT AND FUTURE; ACCESS, TRANSIT, INFRASTRUCTURE.  Please come and share your thoughts about the challenges of the current transportation systems in Jackson County, and your ideas about improving it.  RSVP to by August 4, 2015

Six-Month Internship
Jackson County

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is now offering a six-month organizing internship in Jackson County. The position description is attached and is also posted on their website. The internship is unpaid but will offer interns a small stipend. Anyone who is interested can contact Field Organizer, Kerry Edinger, with any questions or concerns at

Newsletter - May 9, 2015

May 19 Election

For the following election, our Candidate Committee and Central Committee voted to endorse the following candidates:

Medford School District No. 549C candidates:

Position 4:  Karen Starchvick

Position 5:  Michael Campbell

Position 6:  Janet Lightheart

Position 7:  Lilia Caballero

Rogue Valley Transportation District Board:

Position 3:  Tonia Moro

Our Committees did not vote on every candidate and measure, so we encourage you read more about them in the voters pamphlet which you can download here. Other election items include the Jackson County Library District Board, Ashland School District's 5-year Levy, RCC Directors, Ashland School District, Central Point School District, Phoenix-Talent School District and Fire Districts.

If you are interested in volunteering for a particular candidate or measure, please go to their website for further information.

Ballot Drop Site Locations

Greg Holmes To Speak at Central Committee Meeting 
Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM

The Jackson County Democratic Party invites you to join our Central Committee Meeting on Thursday, May 28 at 6:30 PM at the OEA Building (2495 S. Pacific Highway, Medford).

Greg Holmes, a Southern Oregon planning advocate for 1000 Friends of Oregon will be speaking about the Urban Growth Boundary Amendment process which is occurring in Medford and is starting in Talent and Central Point. Mr. Holmes works with residents, affiliates, and communities throughout Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties.

The Central Committee meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month and are open to the public.

Wider Community Events

LNG Rally in Salem
Tuesday, May 26

Salem Capitol, 900 Court St. SE
LNG Rally on May 3, 2015
Over 150 people came out in Medford last Sunday to stand up against the LNG Pipeline in a rally organized by Rogue Climate and Rogue Riverkeeper. Now activists from throughout Oregon are bringing their voices to Salem. You can join hundreds of people as they ask Governor Kate Brown to protect Oregon's environment from the LNG pipeline. RSVP HERE.

Saturday, May 23, 2PM  
RCC/SOU Higher Education Building, 101 S. Bartlett, Medford

Learn about laws in Oregon that could raise the minimum wage, increase paid sick leave, improve retirement security, end profiling, and ban the box (criminal question on job applications). Learn More or RSVP at Oregon Strong Voice's Facebook Page or by emailing Shaun at

Friday, May 29, 9-3:30pm 
Medford Armory, 1701 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford 

Jackson County Community Services Consortium Homeless Task Force. ONE DAY ONE PLACE ONE GOAL. It's a collaborative effort between service providers, government agencies, businesses, and individuals in the community working together to help change for the better the lives of people threatened with or experiencing a loss of their homes and security. Join in! Help make a difference! Contact Jan for more information at 541-773-5339 or

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Newsletter - February 19, 2014

Meet Sheriff Corey Falls

Thursday, February 26 at 6:30PM

Location: Medford Library, 205 South Central, MedfordSheriff Corey Falls

Please join us after our next Central Committee Meeting where we will be joined by Sheriff Corey Falls who will speak on the topic of "My Road to Becoming Sheriff, Setting up my Management Team and Building Public Trust." He will also answer questions from the audience about public safety in Jackson County.

Sheriff Corey Falls grew up in the Applegate Valley and is a graduate of South Medford High School. He plans work to provide a safe community by building partnerships, coordinating resources and efficiently managing personnel. 
Note: This meeting has been moved to the Medford Library.

Open to the Public! New Members Welcome! Invite Your Friends!

DEQ Can Stop Jordan Cove Project, Wants Your Comments

The Department of Envionmental Quality (DEQ) in Oregon has the power to stop the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector LNG Project and they are asking for your public comment until March 13, 2015. If you are concerned about a pipeline going through our wetlands and under the Rogue River, please take a moment and leave a comment for the DEQ

In case you are interested in some suggestions about making comments we want you to have this information. Find sample topics, questions and more on our website a

Gov. Kitzhaber Resigns, Kate Brown Steps inGov. Kate Brown and John Kitzhaber

John Kitzhaber has resigned governorship amid an investigation that will likely take months and in which he is hopeful to have his name cleared. Kitzhaber said "I love this state and its people, its rivers, its mountains and its landscapes with every fiber of my being. It is because of that love that I tender my resignation as Governor." Read or Listen to Kitzhaber's statement.

On Wednesday morning Kate Brown was sworn in as Governor this morning and plans to focus on bi-partisan efforts to help Oregon. "Although as individuals we may have our differences, one thing connects us -- we are all Oregonians." Read or Watch Gov. Brown's written inaugural speech.

Medford City Council Bans Styrofoam, Thanks to Sam Becker and Community Supporters

Sam Becker

Medford will soon have a lot less styrofoam waste, thanks to Saint Mary's senior, Sam Becker. The Jackson County Democrats supported Becker and his community initiative that protects both human health and local environment. 

Read more about the
 Polystyrene containers ban from the Mail Tribune.



Jolie Johnson

With heavy hearts we report the sudden loss of Jolie Johnson, who passed away while on vacation in the Caribbean on February 10. Jolie is survived by her wife, Kathy Bauer.

Jolie was an advocate for our community, especially helping women and children. Her death has left many people broken-hearted.

"She was a strong advocate for anything that helped make the community stronger and people’s lives better," said Michelle Wilson, from the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County.

Read Jolie Johnson's obituary in The Daily Tidings

Victor RogersWe are very saddened to learn that Victor Rogers passed away on February 3. Victor is survived by his wife Arlene Rogers, a retired member of the Executive Committee for the Jackson County Democrats. Victor supported the Democrats in many ways and also was active in the Ashland Food Project, Mountain Meadows Community, created stained glass, woodworking, and miniatures. 

Read Victor Roger's obituary in The Daily Tidings

Rochelle SavittRochelle Savitt of Medford passed away at home February 1, 2015. She will be missed. Rochelle was an office volunteer for Jackson County Democrats and will be missed. Born in Chicago December 12, 1935, she worked as a stage and film actor in Los Angeles and here in Medford and Ashland. She is survived by a daughter, Susan Schwartz, and a son, Richard Savitt, both living with their families in Southern California. Memorial contributions to the Maslow Project (


Wider Community Events

Oregon Labor Candidate School, Candidate Communications Training
Saturday, Feb 28, 9:00AM-4:00PM, & Sunday Feb 29, 9:00AM-2PM 
This interactive training will cover public speaking, working with the media, campaign literature, social media, and messaging.  This training is intended for rank-and-file union members, community group members, and non-union workers who are considering running for public office in Southern Oregon.  Electing labor champions not only benefits union members, it benefits all Oregonians. OLCS trains people to run for elected office who will pass laws that support an economy that grows the middle class, which benefits all Oregonians. 
Location: OEA Building, 
2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford
To register: Please fill out the online application by February 20th, 2015: Communications Training Application. For more info, contact Sara Ryan at 503-957-0306.

'A Fair Shot For Oregon' Community Forum
Monday February 23, 5:30-7:30pm - 
 Fair Shot supports local legislation around raising the Oregon minimum wage, required paid sick days for all workers, retirement security for all workers, ending profiling, ending hiring discrimination based on previous arrests or convictions. Join the community forum on Feb 23 at RCC/SOU Higher Education Center located at 101 South Bartlett Street, Medford, OR 97501.

Rogue Valley Food Systems Network Brainstorming Session
Wednesday, March 4th at 3:00pm to 4:30pm - Join the Rogue Valley Food System Network for a productive brainstorming session at their next meeting to discuss local infrastructure needs. Topics will include meat processing, distribution/ aggregation/ storage, seed cleaning, and on-farm refrigeration. For more info contact Hannah Ancel from ACCESS at 541-618-4019RSVP to hancel@accesshelps.orgThis meeting will be held at the new Jackson County Public Health building located at 140 S Holly Street, Medford

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Letter from Bryan Sohl about Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline in our region

Dear Friends,
As most of you know there are plans in place to put a large, 36” diameter Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) pipeline in our region, that would bring Fracked Natural Gas from the Rockies, and Western Canada, to the Oregon Coast at Coos Bay.  This pipeline would allow for the export of LNG to China and other parts of Asia, and would primarily profit a Canadian company called Veraseen, INC, and Williams Energy.  
I had an Op-Ed published in the Meford Mail Tribune Tribune yesterday Jan 19 about this.
This pipeline would run from Malin, near Klamath Falls to the Port of Coos Bay.  Along the way it would cross many waterways that are dear to our hearts and souls.