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.

Newsletter - January 20, 2014

Central Committee Meeting This Week

Thursday, January 22, 6:30PM

Location: OEA Building, 2495 South Pacific Highway, Medford

Please join us for the next Central Committee Meeting for the Jackson County Democrats on January 22. Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) will have important decisions to make including: 

  • Election of Officers
  • Review and vote to Gov. Kitzhaber on letter regarding Jordon Cove Pipeline
  • Elect New PCPs
  • Approve 2015 Budget
  • Review 2015 plans/calendar 

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

Wider Community Events

January 22 at 5PM- Rally at 5:00PM, then the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will be holding a public meeting at 6:00PM at North Medford High to answer questions about water quality impacts from the proposed Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector gas export project. The address is 1900 North Keene Way Drive. Speakers and assistance if needed will be given beforehand how to submit questions/comments for this DEQ meeting. The agency has a critical role to play in protecting Oregon's water quality from pipeline and terminal construction impacts to 400 waterways in our region, and needs to hear from you how this project could damage our clean water! Plan to attend the meeting, then zip over to the Central Committee meeting at 6:30PM (see above).

January 27 at 5PM - Peacehouse is having a fundraiser on Tuesday, January 27 at Paschal Winery at 1122 Suncrest Road in Talent so local activists can attend a Lobby day in Salem on Wednesday, February 11 to support single payer health care. To reserve and pay on line, go to http://peacehouse.net/buses-to-lobby-in-salem-for-single-payer-health/ Subsidies are available. For more information, contact Bev at beverlyr123@charter.net or Rich at rvoarich@yahoo.com.

February 7 at 10AM - AAUW Medford Branch invites the community to attend and participate in a discussion with Brad Avakian, the Oregon Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries on Saturday, February 7, 10 - 11:30 AM at the Medford Public Library.

YOUR EVENT HERE - To post upcoming event, please email Michelle at CommunicationsChair@jcdemocrats.org

Obituaries

Paulie Brading

Paulie Brading, former chair of the Jackson County Democrats, passed away at home after months of treatment and care for pancreatic cancer.

She was JCD chair in 2007/8 during a historic campaign year that saw Barack Obama winning in Jackson County and Jeff Merkley defeating Gordon Smith. Paulie was a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 2008. 

Her family will host a celebration of life party on Saturday, January 24, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, at the Imperial Event Center, 40 N. Front Street, Medford. 


Read The Mail Tribune's story on Paulie Brading.

Pat BurtonPat Burton, a former JC Democrats' Volunteer Coordinator and longtime volunteer, passed away last month. She will be greatly missed. The photo shows her at the check-in table at the JCDP Wine in the Garden event last August.

Read Pat Burton's obituary in The
 Mail Tribune

 

Register to Vote

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Newsletter - December 10, 2014

Holiday Potluck in Woolworth Building 
Sunday, December 14, 5:30PM

You are Invited...It's that time of year again and we are gearing up for our always fun, annual holiday potluck. Bring your favorite dish and join us at our office conference room on the second floor of the Woolworth Building at 33 N Central in Medford.

Oil Pipeline Public Hearing and Rally

Jordon Cove Pipeline Proposal

On Thursday you can give public comment about the gas pipeline proposed to go beneath the Rogue River and through private property in Jackson County for EXPORTING gas. At 5PM Rogue ClimateRogue RiverkeeperSOCAN, and others concerned with this project will wear red and rally. The hearing starts at 6PM at Central High School in Medford, 815 S. Oakdale (Dakota St. side).

Library Seeks Budget Committee Candidates

The Jackson County Library District is seeking candidates to serve on its Budget Committee.  Up to 5 (five) candidates will be selected.  Because this is the first Budget Committee of the Library District, terms will be from one (1) to three (3) years.  Candidates should have experience in creating budgets and the ability to understand financial statements.  Knowledge of financial policy and procedures for non-profits and special districts is desired.  The candidates should have the time to dedicate to this professional volunteer opportunity, which would involve attendance at regular meetings over a three to four month period and occasional special projects.

An application form for the Committee is available on the Library District web site at jacksoncountylibrarydistrict.org. Paper copies are available at all library branches. Applications will be accepted until December 19, 2014.

Please call District Board Member Maureen Swift at 541-864-9242 for further information.

Oregon Political Tax Credit

The Oregon Political Tax Credit is one of those progressive ideas that makes Oregon a great place to live, work, and play.

Through our tax system, the State of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can't keep it. Instead, you must either pay it back in state taxes -- or donate it to a qualified political campaign or cause.

To put it another way: By donating $50 to a political campaign of your choice, you can reduce your taxes or increase your refund by that same $50 (assuming you pay at least $50 in taxes). That's right: it's a full 100% credit, not a deduction.

The bottom line? By contributing $50 to a progressive political campaign, like the Jackson County Democrats, you can make Oregon a better place - and it won't cost you a dime. Married, filing jointly? It's $50 per person - so you and your spouse can donate $100 and get it all back!

One note: As of the 2014 tax year, tax credit is only available to single adults with incomes under $100,000 and joint filers with income under $200,000.

How do you claim the $50 tax credit?

You'll find it on line 37 of the Form 40, the long form.

Please, make your $50 contribution TODAY at www.jcdemocrats.org, or by mailing a check to: Jackson County Democrats, PO Box 4474, Medford, OR 9501.

Newsletter - November 22, 2014

The unofficial election results are in and the good news is many of the candidates and measures won that were supported by the Jackson County Democrats. 

Good News:

  • Dr. Alan Bates WAS RE_ELECTED as State Senator
  • Peter Buckley WAS RE_ELECTED as State Representative 
  • Jeff Merkley WAS RE_ELECTED as U.S. Senator
  • Dr. John Kitzhaber WAS RE_ELECTED as Governor
  • Darby Stricker WAS ELECTED as Talent Mayor
  • Kevin Stine WAS ELECTED to Medford City Council
  • Measure 87 PASSED (State judges working for other gov. branches) 
  • Measure 89 PASSED (Equal rights amendment)
  • Measure 90 DID NOT PASS (Top-two primaries)
  • Measure 91 PASSED (Marijuana legalization)

Bad News:

  • Tonia Moro WAS NOT ELECTED as County Commissioner
  • Kevin Talbert WAS NOT ELECTED as County Commissioner
  • Hon. Adam Peterson WAS NOT RE-ELECTED as Circuit Court Judge
  • Darlene V. Taylor WAS NOT ELECTED as State Representative
  • Aelea Christofferson WAS NOT ELECTED as U.S. Representative
  • Measure 88 DID NOT PASS (Driver ID cards for immigrants)
  • Measure 92 MAY NOT HAVE PASSED (GMO Labeling). This measure is likely headed for a recount (see below). 

For more information about local results, visit the County Election websiteTo read about state-wide results, view the Oregonian's election report.

Measure 92 Recount Observers Needed

Measure 92 (GMO Labeling) has most likely qualified for a recount, but is currently trailing by fewer than 1500 votes. The State won't declare a recount until the first week of December. Measure 92 organizers and the Democratic Party of Oregon have asked us to organize our experienced observers. It's likely the first day would be Tuesday, Dec. 2. If you're available for this extra duty, please contact Jan at rjwaitt@opendoor.com or 541-482-8249. Thanks!

Holiday Potluck in Woolworth Bldg. 
Sunday, December 14, 5:30PM

You are Invited...It's that time of year again and we are gearing up for our always fun, annual holiday potluck. Bring your favorite dish and join us at our office conference room in the Woolworth Building at 33 N Central in Medford.

Post-Election Celebration

Tina Kotek

Our post-election celebration party on November 9 with Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek was so much fun! Almost 150 people joined us including Senator Alan Bates, Representative Peter Buckley, Tonia Moro, Kevin Talbert, Darby Stricker, and Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine. Thank you to all who attended and made this night possible.

New Office and Office Hours

Now that the election is mostly wrapped up, our office has moved back to its regular location upstairs in the Woolworth Building, 33 N Central, Suite 210 in Medford.  Our office will be closed until January 6,  2015.  Phone messages (541-858-1050) and emails (mail@jcdemocrats.org) will be checked daily. Beginning January 6, the office will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 11-3.

Greater Community Events

Canvassers for styrofoam Ban in Medford, Nov. 23

Sam Becker, a local high school student, is looking for canvassers willing to help collect signatures this Sunday from 1PM-4PM. He saw first hand how harmful styrofoam (polystyrene) is for the environment while volunteering to clean our local greenway. If you are able to canvass on Sunday, please contact Sam Becker at samhbecker@gmail.com or phone/text (541) 301-1053.

Oregon Climate Forum, December 7

Oregon Climate, a local non-profit, will hold an interactive forum on December 7 from 1-3PM at KOBI in Medford to discuss the risks and opportunities our state must navigate as it considers a carbon pricing policy in the 2015 legislative session. RSVP at oregonclimate.org/action_day. This event is free and open to the public.

LNG Pipeline Public Hearing, December 11

Come to the Jackson County Hearing on the project Thursday, December 11, 2014 6-9 pm, Central High School, Medford (link to details). This is the main chance for your voice to be counted.

Newsletter - October 31, 2014

Have you voted? If so, HIGH FIVE! What about your neighbors, friends and family? In this election YOU can make a huge difference not only by voting your self, but also by encouraging like-minded people to vote, too. Ballot boxes close at 8PM on November 4. You can drop your ballot off at five official sites around the county. For more details about drop sites, visit the County Elections website.

Ballot Drop Sites


Election Night Party at 4 Daughters Irish Pub
Tuesday, November 4, 7:00PM-CLOSE

Election Night Party
On election night, you'll find us at 4 Daughters Irish Pub and Restaurant at 126 W Main St. in Medford. We will have appetizers and a no-host bar while we watch the news results come in!


Post-Election Celebration with Tina Kotek 

Sunday, November 9, 4:30-7:30PM

Tina KotekThe Jackson County Democrats are thrilled to welcome Oregon Representative and Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, to speak and answer questions at the 2014 Post‐Election celebration and fundraiser. We will have a dinner buffet catered by Larks Restaurant, located at Inn at the Commons in Medford (formerly Red Lion). 

Tickets are $65 per person, or tables of 8 are available.

Reserve online (click here), by mail (click here) or by phone (541-858-1050). Download the Flyer


Lawn Sign Removal - Do You have Truck?

We want to keep our community clean, so we're picking up all democratic lawn signs on November 4 and 5. We are looking for volunteers who can help out. Pick-up trucks really speed up the process. If you are available, please email us at christineh1@charter.net.

Newsletter - October 24, 2014

Jackson County voters have begun casting their ballots and people are abuzz with excitement. There is so much to gain in this election. We might soon have more rights to know what is in our food. We could have a full team of lawmakers locally, state-wide and nationally who are committed to protecting our environment. Senator Bates, Representative Buckley, Senator Merkley, Governor Kitzhaber, Tonia Moro and Kevin Talbert are just some of the candidates who seek to benefit our community with their positive, progressive ideas.

If a progressive community is important to you, then please join us in Getting Out The Vote. In this election YOU can make a huge difference not only by voting your self, but by encouraging like-minded friends, family and neighbors to vote, too. You can join our organized movement by emailing Karen Starchvick at gstarchvick@aol.com.

Sen Merkley Rally
Hundreds rallied for Senator Merkley in Medford last week before his debate. 

Upcoming Events:

Oct 24 to Nov 4 -  Neighborhood Get Out The Vote for all Democrat races. Email Karen Starchvick to sign up: gstarchvick@aol.com

Sat. Oct 25, 3:00-6:00PM - Fundraiser for Darlene V Taylor, Grange Hall, 436 Pine St, Central Point. Call 541 326-2655 for info.

Wed. Oct 29, 1:30-2:15PM Rally with Senator Merkley in Medford, Our U.S. Senator, Jeff Merkley, is doing a final swing through the state next week and will be in Vogel Plaza in Medford for a rally.

Wed. Oct 29 to Nov4 - Observe the Election. Starting Oct. 29th shifts are available for observing the ballot counting process. Contact Jan at rjwaitt@opendoor.com or 541-482-8249.

Now until Nov 4 - Host a Lawn Sign. Pick up lawn signs at our office 11-3PM M-F. 
For lawn sign delivery call 541-773-1680 and leave name, address and phone number and what candidate signs wanted.

Tues. Nov. 4, 7:00PM - Election night Party at 4 Daughters. The election night party will be at 4 Daughters Pub in Medford. There will be appetizers and a no-host bar. Come watch the news and results, eat, drink and socialize.

Sun. Nov. 9 4:30-7:30PM - Save the Date for our Winter Fundraiser Party. Our Special guest will be Tina Kotek, Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives.

Post-Election Celebration with Tina Kotek 

Sunday, November 9, 4:30-7:30PM

Tina KotekThe Jackson County Democrats are thrilled to welcome Oregon Representative and Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, to speak and answer questions at the 2014 Post‐Election celebration and fundraiser. We will have a dinner buffet catered by Larks Restaurant, located at Inn at the Commons in Medford (formerly Red Lion). 

Tickets are $65 per person, or tables of 8 are available.

Reserve online (click here), by mail (click here) or by phone (541-858-1050). Download the Flyer

Democratic Candidates

Election: November 4, 2014

Jackson County has an exciting group of candidates and measures to vote on for the November 2014 election. View the entire list here.

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