JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS MOUNT WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN FOR MIKE MORAN

- BREAKING NEWS -

JACKSON COUNTY DEMOCRATS MOUNT WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 06

I want to announce a late breaking development for the upcoming May 17th Primary Election.  Members of the Jackson County Democrats have reached out to Mike Moran asking if he would accept the nomination for State Representative, House District 06, which encompasses the city of Medford with some variation, if the Jackson County Democrats run the campaign on his behalf.  He has accepted.  If he receives the nomination he will run in the General Election against Sal Esquivel.  If you are a voter in this district, we ask that you write in Mike Moran (exactly that) to be your representative. Mike's long and distinguished career in law enforcement, and as a former School Board member for Medford 549C, make him eminently qualified for this position. 

With ballots already in the mail, it's imperative we get this message out to Medford voters ASAP. You can help by contacting family and friends in HD 06 by phone immediately before they fill out their ballots.    

Additionally, we will be running a phone bank at the JC Dems Office on Monday, May 2nd from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.  Please come and help call voters in HD 06 and urge them to write in Mike Moran.  Please bring your cell phones as we only have a few phones on site. Please RSVP to Christine at 541.773.1680 if you will come to the phone bank.

Our sincere appreciation goes out to Mike Moran for accepting this challenge and agreeing to run for this important seat. Should we prevail, the JC Democrats will have a formidable opponent for Sal Esquivel in the fall general election.  I ask for your help to make this a reality. 

Thank you all, 

David Roadman

Chair, Jackson County Democrats

Newsletter - April 26, 2016

Deadline to Register to Vote is TODAY!  April 26

(see bottom of this email for more details)
If the DMV registered you to vote automatically with Non-affiliated Voter (NAV) status, or if you are a registered Independent and you want to vote in the Democratic Primary, you need to change your party affiliation.

 

Candidates And Issues Forum at the Monthly JC Central Committee

THIS Thursday, April 28 . 6:30 PM

OEA Building, 2495 S Pacific Hwy.,Medford
Across from Harry & David

Public Welcome

The Following 2016 Primary Candidates will present campaign reports:

  • U.S. Senate: Candidate Kevin Stine
  • U.S. Congressional District 2: Candidate Jim Crary
  • Oregon Governor:  Representative for Julian Bell
  • County Commissioner: Jeff Thomas
  • Oregon House District 06: Candidate Pam Marsh
  • Oregon House District 55: Candidate Brie Malarkey

Report on Local Ballot Measures:

  • Measure 15-141- Rogue Valley Transportation District Levy; Tonia Moro
  • Measure 17-69- Rogue Community College District Levy; Campaign Rep.

Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) Measure 15-141 Event

THIS Friday, April 29th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Peter Sage and Debra Lee's home:  305 Harvard Place, Medford
(Corner of Harvard and Princeton, one block up Princeton from Foothills Road)

Peter Sage and Debra Lee invite you to their home to learn about and lend your support for Measure 15-141.

Bill Thorndike and Peter Buckley will discuss the value of a robust public transportation system and how Rogue Valley Transit District’s levy deserves our support.  RVTD General Manager, Julie Brown, will also be on hand to answer questions.

RSVP to Debra via email by clicking here.
 
Join our growing list of endorsers, including the following organizations: 
 
Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
Oregon Transit Association
Medford 549C School Board
Rogue Community College
City of Ashland City Council
City of Talent City Council
City of Jacksonville
Jackson County Library Services

Rogue Valley Transit District (RVTD) Measure 15-141 Needs Your Help

DATES WE NEED YOUR HELP – SIGN UP FOR THESE EVENTS HERE
Please indicate the times you are available to volunteer.

  • Art In Bloom, downtown Medford - tabling May 7, 10:00-5:00, May 8, 11:00–4:00
  • Canvassing at the Grower's Market, times TBD (Tuesday Ashland, Thursday Medford, Saturday Medford)
  • Canvassing on buses, dates TBD - see below

Thank you for supporting Measure 15-141 with your time and energy! Please feel free to share this with your groups or networks.

Paige Prewett
RVTN Organizer
RVTN Online
RVTN on Facebook – Please keep engaging here to help us grow our audience!
 

Ride and Register RVTD Voters - Help Pass the Bus Levy

Sign up to ride a bus, to register voters and to help pass the RVTD bus levy in May. Please share this with anyone you know who might volunteer to help.

*A bus pass is available for all volunteers
*If you drive to the Front Street Station you may park behind on the RVTD side, not the Greyhound side

Sign up here.

Rogue Community College Bond Measure 17-69 Needs Your Help

If you can help with:

  • Canvassing 
  • Lawn Sign teams: Installation & removal (some trucks helpful)
  • Phone calls - organizational and/or to contact voters
  • Clerical - copies, packet assimilation, data entry
  • Organizers - would like to lead a project 
  • Neighborhood captain/ help with voter turn-out and collecting ballots

Contact:
Julia McFadden, Field Organizer
541-778-9704
Email
Website
Facebook – Please keep engaging here to help us grow our audience!

Marsh and Thomas Campaigns Need Volunteers

One of the critical issues this year is getting Democratic voters to vote ALL the way down the ballot.  It is all about increasing Voter awareness of important local races. We believe the entire election can hinge on getting every last Dem to fill out their ballot....all of their ballot.  

You can help by volunteering to canvass in heavily Democratic areas...and put up a lot of signs  And, yes, we are starting now ... we need our fellow Dems to become familiar with Pam and Jeff before the primary in May.
 

Can you help?

Jacksonville
Sign locations needed
Canvassers needed (flexible time/date: call for info)
 
Ashland

April 30 - 10:00 am Canvass
 
Talent

May 1 - 1:00 pm Canvass

Please contact Karen via email for more details and to sign up!

Attention LGBTQ Advocates

We have an open position for an LGTBQ advocate in our Stonewall Caucus. This position meets with our Executive Committee once each month in Medford, at 6:30PM on the 2nd Thursday. Help us fill this position soon, so please call us at 858-1050 if you are interested or know someone who can help.

 
OREGON PRIMARY:  TUESDAY, MAY 17
The deadline to register or re-register to vote for the Oregon Primary is APRIL 26.
Register/register on line by clicking above ... you'll just need your Drivers License #.

  • If you want to change party affiliation. For instance, you are a registered INDEPENDENT, or you are not currently registered with a particular party, but want to vote for a DEMOCRATIC candidate in the Primary.  You can only vote for a DEMOCRATIC candidate if you are registered as a Democrate.  You can always change your party affiliation back after the Primary.
  • If you have moved since the last election (your ballot CANNOT be forwarded to your new address).
  • Click on the graphic above this article, and you'll be taken to the Secretary of State Elections website.
Submit a Hard Copy
 
If you have changed your name due to marriage, divorce, or just decided to change your last name for your own good personal reasons, you need to re-register ON PAPER, not on-line.  The Secretary of State will need a new signature on-file.

All voters can complete a paper voter registration form​​ (PDF), and submit it to any county elections office​ to update their information.

 
You can find a voter registration card at a post office, library or county elections office. You can also ask your county elections office or the Oregon Elections Division to mail you a card. Fill out the card completely, including the registration updates section at the bottom of the card and return the card for processing to your county elections office.
 
You can update your voter registration information, except to change your party for the Primary Election, until 8 p.m. on Election Day and still be able to cast a ballot. However, if your registration is updated close to an election, your ballot might have to be issued at the county elections office.

Newsletter - February 20, 2016

Join Our Open House February 22, 2016 in Medford  

Jackson County Democrats OfficeThe Jackson County Democrats now have a new, ground-floor office in downtown Medford! Come see our new headquarters during this Open House and enjoy wine, drinks and light snacks. The open house will be at 110 E. 6th Street in Medford on February 22, 2016 from 3-7PM.

Central Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Oregon Education Association, 2495 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501

Northwest Seasonal Workers will present at the next Central Committee Meeting. Join us for this important discussion, to hear a legislative update, and to hear an update about Rogue Valley Transportation District.

Legislative Session: Progressive Bills Passing, Despite Republican Obstructionism

Republicans in both the Oregon House and Senate have resorted to obstruction politics in an attempt to slow down the process and prevent progressive bills.

In a fillibuster-like maneuver, state Republicans have insisted that entire bills be read on the floors, adding hours to proceedings. Another obstruction was seen on the first day of session, when no Republicans showed up on the Senate floor to vote for an hour. It was an apparent threat to make the point that without them there would be no quorum and no votes could be made.

Even without these political games, progressive bills are making their way through the Senate and House including an energy bill and minimum wage bill. 

Minimum Wage Bill Passes House and Senate
Senate Bill 1532, which increases minimum wage, passed out of the Senate on a 16-12 vote and the House with a 32-26 vote. According to the Statesman Journal, "Gradual increases would take place annually through 2022, when Portland's rate would be set at $14.75 an hour, other urban counties at $13.50 and rural counties at $12.50." Gov. Kate Brown has said she will sign the bill, and wage increases would begin July 1.

Energy Bill Passes House
House Bill 4036, which would eliminate coal power in Oregon by 2030 and double the state's renewable energy standard by 2040 passed the House by a 39-20 vote. Next it will go to the Senate for further debate.

Dredge Mining: Senate Bill 1530

Sponsored by Senator Alan Bates, this bill will help protect streams and rivers in Jackson County and throughout Oregon. Dredge mining can pose significant risks to our natural resources, including endangered fish and other wildlife, riparian areas and water quality. This bill needs to move through hearings quickly to have a chance of passing, so please send letters to the Majority Office if you want to voice your support: Senator BurdickPresident CourtneySenator RosenbaumMembers of Ways and Means Committee.  

Healthy Climate Bill: SB 1574
Healthy Climate Rally

Earlier this month, hundreds of Oregonians, including 70 from Jackson and Josephine Counties, came together in Salem for a major Healthy Climate rally at the capitol and for meetings with legislators. Check out the pictures HERE and read about it in the Statesman’s Journal HERE. Thank you to all who made the trip to Salem! 
The proposed legislation of SB 1574 would cap greenhouse gas emissions and create thousands of jobs transitioning our state more quickly to cleaner energy and greater energy efficiency. Read more here: Why Oregon Needs the Healthy Climate Act

This bill already has the support of Rep. Peter Buckley and Sen. Alan Bates but the key potential roadblock is whether the senate and house leadership will bring this bill to a vote. Can you send an email to Leadership in the State Senate and House asking them to pass the Healthy Climate Bill this session?  (sen.petercourtney@state.or.us,  Rep.TinaKotek@state.or.us) For a sample email, please email Hannah@RogueClimate.org.

New Oregon Laws and Proposed Bills

On January 28, 2016, the Central Committee held an educational forum about New Oregon Laws. Guest speakers at the meeting included: 

New Oregon Laws

  • HB 2177: Motor Voter - Sarah Westover
  • House Bill 2002 - End Profiling Law - Michelle Glass
  • Senate Bill 454 - Paid Sick Time - Shaun Franks
  • House Bill 2828 - Health Care Finance Study - Sandra Coyner
  • HB2879 and HB3343 - Contraceptive Access - Celine LeClerc
  • House Bill 2960 - Retirement Security - Ralph Browning

Proposed Bills

  • Healthy Climate Act - Hannah Sohl
  • LC 163: The Transit Expansion Fund - Tonia Moro
  • LC 250: Mental Health Gun Reporting - Don Morris
  • SB1530 - Protecting Rivers From Dredging - Sen. Alan Bates

Download the PDF to view a full summary of the new laws and bills

Photos courtesy of Allen Hallmark

Wider Community Events

Transportation in the Rogue Valley - A Now and Future Look
Presented by SOCAN
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6:00PM-7:30PM
Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Medford

The panel discussion: “Transportation in the Rogue Valley. What does the future hold? How can we make it happen?” will comprise Mike Faught, Ashland’s Public Works Director; Al Densmore, Senior Account Executive with John Watt Associates Public Affairs doing consulting work for the City of Ashland Public Works Department and Rogue Valley Transportation District; and Julie Brown, General Manager, Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD). Each will share their perspective on the challenges, what needs to be done, and how we can take action.

New Oregon Laws & Proposed Bills - January 28, 2016

On January 28, 2016, the Central Committee held an educational forum about New Oregon Laws. Below is a summary of new Oregon Laws and Proposed bills for the 2016 Legislative Session.

Download the PDF to view a full summary of the new laws and bills

New Oregon Laws

HB 2177: Motor Voter - Sarah Westover

House Bill 2002 - End Profiling Law - Michelle Glass

Senate Bill 454 - Paid Sick Time - Shaun Franks

House Bill 2828 - Health Care Finance Study - Sandra Coyner

HB2879 and HB3343 - Contraceptive Access - Celine LeClerc

House Bill 2960 - Retirement Security - Ralph Browning

Proposed Bills

Healthy Climate Act - Hannah Sohl

LC 163: The Transit Expansion Fund - Tonia Moro

LC 250: Mental Health Gun Reporting - Don Morris

SB1530 - Protecting Rivers From Dredging - Sen. Alan Bates

Click Read More to view a full summary of the laws.

Newsletter - January 15, 2016

January 28 Central Committee Meeting

New Oregon Laws Forum - How Southern Oregon is Affected

The next Central Committee Business meeting is on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 in the OEA Building at 2495 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501. This event is open to the public, but only Precinct Committee People can vote. Please join us if you are interested in getting involved with the Jackson County Democrats and making a difference in local campaigns.
Democratic Party of Oregon
During this meeting, Jackson County Democrats will vote to send up to 38 delegates and 19 alternates to Portland for the Democratic Party of Oregon’s (DPO) Platform Convention on March 4-6 in Hillsboro. This is your opportunity to make changes and additions in the DPO Platform and set Legislative Action Items and prioritize them.
 
To be considered please come to the meeting and contact at Jan Waitt rjwaitt@opendoor.com or 541-482-8249.

Directly after the Central Committee meeting, we will hold an educational forum about Oregon Laws that have recently passed or are up for consideration during the February Legislative Session. Local expert speakers include Michelle Glass (Oregon Action), Hannah Sohl (Rogue Climate), Sarah Westover, and Don Morris.

 

January 22 - Special Cathy Allen Event

In addition to the Campaign Candidate & Volunteer workshop tomorrow (see below), the Jackson County Democrats are pleased to offer a free and open to the public chance to hear Cathy Allen present: “If this is the Biggest Year for Politics, What are you going to do about it?”

If you want to learn how to make a difference in our community, you won't want to miss this very special event. 

This event is open to the public at no charge. Light Snacks will be served. Learn more and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/557743897714468/.

    Where:  Medford Library Large Meeting Room

    When:  Friday, January 22, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

January 23 - Campaign Candidate & Volunteer Workshop with Cathy Allen and Cathy Shaw

This full-day Campaign Workshop is for Democrats only from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM on January 23 at the Talent Community Center, 104 E. Main St., Talent.

Jackson County Democrats will host this Candidate & Volunteer Workshop, a fast-paced session who plan to file for or are considering running for elected office and for the campaign managers and volunteers who support them.  

The workshop will be facilitated by Cathy Allen, a Harvard educated communications specialist who is an active member of the leaders in Hillary Clinton's past and present campaigns. 

Presenter Cathy Shaw is the author of the successful book "The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections" and was mayor of Ashland for 3 terms.

Pre registration is required: The registration fee is $20 per person and will cover the cost of snacks and lunch.  Scholarships are available. Participants can sign up online or by calling Democratic Party head quarters: 541.858.1050 and either pay by credit card or make arrangements to pay by check.  Seating is limited.  Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

 

Gov. Kate Brown Dinner on January 8, 2016 Big Success!

Thank you to Gov. Kate Brown and everyone who joined us for dinner earlier in the month in Medford. People from throughout southern Oregon mingled and chatted. Our generous attendees helped us raise money to support our volunteers and candidates in this year's upcoming elections. Thank you Allen Hallmark for taking photos!

Wider Community

Renewable Energy: Lake County and Beyond
Wednesday, January 26, 2016
Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Ave. Medford

At the next SOCAN Regular meeting, Jim Walls will discuss how Lake County is leading the state and nation in its drive to curtail greenhouse gas emissions by powering the community with renewable energy.  Walls will explain why and how Lake County has undertaken this transition, and explore what lessons the experience might offer other rural counties interested in such an effort.

Healthy Climate Bill - Rally and Lobby Day 
Wednesday, Feb 3, 2016
Oregon State Capitol - 900 Court St. NE, Salem, Oregon

On February 3rd, join hundreds of Oregonians in Salem to call on legislators to support the Healthy Climate Bill. Rally starts at Noon and Lobby Day begins after.  RSVP on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/791805140924810/. Carpools will leave from Ashland, Medford and Grants Pass. For more info, contact Hannah Sohl at 541-840-1065 or hannah@rogueclimate.org

Newsletter - December 22, 2015

We hope you are having a happy holiday season! 

January 22 - Informational Event with Cathy Allen

Cathy Allen will Present: “If this is the Biggest Year for Politics, What are you going to do about it?”

How will this political behemoth of a year change your world?  What’s at stake?  What could happen you aren’t expecting?  Should you be an active part of the political scene—and if so, what would you do to make a difference in the 2016 campaigns.

Join the Jackson County Democrats as we begin to read some of the political tea leaves of presidential year politics.  On the eve of our first political campaign training, Jackson County Democrats will take advantage of a national campaign professional to give us their perspectives on the political landscape to come.  This event is open to the public at no charge. Light Snacks will be served.

    Where:  Medford Library Large Meeting Room

    When:  Friday January 22 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 PM

January 23 - Campaign Candidate & Volunteer Workshop

SIGN UP

On January 23, 2016, Democrats will host: Campaign 2016: structuring Winning Campaigns, A Candidate & Volunteer Workshop. Are you interested in running for public office? The Jackson County Democrats will present a full-day Campaign Workshop for Democrats only on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. at the Talent Community Center, 104 E. Main St., Talent.

This fast-paced session is designed for registered Democrats who plan to file for or are considering running for elected office and for the campaign managers and volunteers who support them.  

Speakers will cover these topics and more:

  • The definition of a strong candidate

  • Crafting a winning campaign strategy and plan

  • Developing an effective team

  • Securing the votes to win

  • Fundraising and budgeting

  • Direct voter contact

  • Getting the word out

  • Get out the Vote

  • Ask the Experts

Pre registration is required: The registration fee is $20 per person and will cover the cost of snacks and lunch.  Scholarships are available.    Participants can sign up by calling Democratic Party head quarters: 541.858.1050 and either pay by credit card or make arrangements to pay by check.  Seating is limited.  Registration deadline is January 15, 2016

The workshop will be facilitated by Cathy Allen, National Vice President, National Women’s Political Caucus; President, The Connections Group, Inc.; Co-Founder, Center for Women and Democracy (Seattle, WA)

Cathy Allen has helped recruit, train and elect women, young people and progressives in 49 countries and all 50 states. She is currently recruiting candidates in several states and countries to run in 2016 Campaigns.  Ms. Allen is an active member of the national team of women leaders helping Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Born in Massachusetts, Cathy has a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a reporter by training having worked for the New York Times for many years. She has four completed books on women and power, many used at American universities.

Cathy Shaw will also be presenting.  She served 3 terms as mayor of Ashland Oregon and served as a member chief of staff in the Oregon legislature.  For over two decades, she has managed and consulted for scores of political campaigns, successfully passing innovative taxing measures for funding public education and libraries, among others.  Ms. Shaw has also been a frequent guest speaker and instructor for political science classes and campaign schools..  She currently works as a political consultant. Her book The Campaign Manager: Running and Winning Local Elections is in its 5th edition.

SIGN UP For Candidate Workshop on Jan 23

Holiday Party on December 17!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Holiday Party and potluck on December 17, 2016. We celebrated a great year and made plans for the future!

Holiday Party on December 17!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Holiday Party and potluck on December 17, 2016. We celebrated a great year and made plans for the future!

CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
OEA Building at 2495 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford

Join us for the Central Committee Meeting where we will have an educational forum on new Oregon laws such as Motor Voter, marijuana, gun background checks, clean fuels and transportation. We will also hold a business meeting and discuss which PCPs want to attend to the state meeting.

Gov. Brown Dinner Rescheduled for January 8

Oregon Governor Kate Brown rescheduled dinner for Friday, January 8, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The previous date had to be changed due to the unexpected and tragic events at Umpqua Community College.

If you had previously reserved tickets the dinner, it is essential that we confirm your attendance,  so please RSVP to our office at (541) 858-1050 or mail@jcdemocrats.org as soon as possible to let us know if you can make it!

If you would like to attend but didn't get a ticket to the original event, please contact us to get on the waiting list.

Wider Community

LNG Hearings Public Meeting Global Climate Rally
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Community Rally - 3:00 PM - 4:00PM  

Hearing - 4:00 PM - 7:00PM  
Rogue Regency Inn 2300 Biddle Road, Medford

Important Department of State Lands (DSL) Public Meeting on Jan. 6th in Medford. 
DSL is one of the main state agencies that can shut down this project by denying necessary ‘removal-fill’ permits to the Jordan Cove Energy Project.  DSL can deny permits for projects if they interfere with the public use of waterways for things like fishing and recreation, if they are inconsistent with the conservation of state waterways, or if they interfere with public health and safety of the public. You can submit comments easily online here thanks to our partners at Rogue Riverkeeper. 

Jan. 6: Medford
Community Rally 3:00pm-4:00pm
Public Meeting 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The Rogue Regency Inn 
2300 Biddle Road
Medford, OR
Jan. 7: Coos Bay/North Bend
Public Meeting 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
North Bend Public Library 
1800 Sherman Ave.
North Bend, OR              

 

Can you help pack the room by making some phone calls on Monday or Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm leading up to the hearings? Email Sarah@rogueriverkeeper.org to sign up.

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