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.

Register to Vote

Register to Vote (or Update Address)

Newsletter - November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. We are so grateful for all the volunteers and supporters who help the Jackson County Democrats achieve progress in our amazing and beautiful community!

Gov. Brown Dinner Rescheduled for January 8

We are excited to announce that Oregon Governor Kate Brown has given us a date for her 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.

Holiday Party on December 17!
Holiday Party

Please join us for a Holiday Party and potluck
December 17 6PM - 8PM
in the Oregon Education Association (OEA) Building 
2495 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford, across from the Grange Co-Op.  

Come celebrate a great year and help us plan for the future! Bring your favorite holiday dish to share, a beverage, and your good cheer. 

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.

Wider Community

Global Climate Rally
Saturday, November 28, 2015, 12:00 Noon - 1:30PM  
Ashland Plaza

Join SOCANRogue Climate, local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby,
Southern Oregon Pachamama Alliance, and 350.org for a Global Climate Rally on the day before the big U.N climate summit in Paris.

Community Conversations: Affordable Housing
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:00PM - 8:30PM  
Medford Library, 205 S. Central Ave.

Share your thoughts, ideas and solutions about the affordable housing crisis in Jackson County. Expert facilitators will be Cindy Dyer (ACCESS), Jason Elzy (Housing Authority of Jackson County), Denise James (Habitat for Humanity), Josh LeBombard (Dept. of Land Conservation Dev.), Amy Moore (Twin Creeks Real Estate), and Linda Reid (City of Ashland Housing Program).

Discussions will highlight Access, Inventory/Land Use, and Development. Community Conversations is a project designed to encourage public engagement by providing an comfortable, respectful, non‐partisan, non‐confrontational opportunity for members of the community to share their views on important issues. 

A light supper will be provided and a Spanish translator will be available. RSVP to JCCommunityConversations@gmail.com.

Jordan Cove State Comment Period Extension and Hearings

There is an important way you can help stop the LNG pipeline today. Please sign the petition or call Director Stephanie H. Cummins at 503-986-5224 today to ask the Department of State Lands (DSL) to give the public more time to comment on project impacts to public waterways.

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) is one of the state agencies that can shut down the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export project. DSL is currently asking for public comments to help them evaluate whether to issue permits and easements across state owned land, or to deny them and protect our waterways and our communities. The Department has given only 30 days to dig into more than 3,000 pages of documents detailing these proposals, and has not provided any venue for people to give testimony in person! The Jordan Cove LNG project would threaten 400 streams, risk drilling accidents in our rivers, and allow public land to be leased for massive fossil fuel infrastructure, all while creating the largest source of climate pollution in the state.

Stand Up and Celebrate - End of Year Party for Rogue Climate
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 6:00 PM
Talent Town Hall - 110 E Main St, Talent
Join staff, volunteers, and supporters of Rogue Climate and No LNG from throughout southern Oregon for a fun and informative evening of food and drink; music and dance; storytelling; a year-end review of their many accomplishments.

Newsletter - October 18, 2015

Central Committee Meeting

A CONVERSATION WITH PETER SAGE 
Thursday, October 22, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
OEA Building at 2495 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford

Our speaker is long-time JCD supporter Peter Sage. Peter is a former Jackson County Commissioner (elected 1980), philanthropist, and political tourist.

He recently returned from two weeks on the east coast attending political town halls and rallies getting a close look at the field of candidates running for president. During that time he saw Hillary Clinton, Lindsay Graham and Rand Paul three times, Chris Christie and Bernie Sanders twice, plus Martin O'Malley, Lincoln Chaffee, and Donald Trump once.

His itinerary included 17 events in 12 days while camping in a Manchester, NH hotel. He also included a visit to the JFK School of Government at Cambridge.

He will be giving us a report on his experience and analysis of the candidates from his perspective with a Q & A to follow. For a preview, you can access his blog "Up Close, With Peter Sage" at  www.peterwsage.blogspot.com.

Mark your calendar for a lively and informative evening with the JC Democrats.

Peter Sage and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie
Peter Sage and N.J. Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Kate Brown Event POSTPONED

Dear Friends of the Jackson County Democrats,

By now, you may have heard of the horrendous shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Current count is that 10 people have been killed, and 20 people injured. The 20-year-old gunman is also dead.

Governor Brown is, appropriately, cancelling her upcoming commitments, such as our event, so that she can go to Roseburg and provide assistance.

So, we are postponing the event scheduled for Friday, Oct. 2nd and will reschedule, hopefully sometime very soon. We would prefer NOT to refund tickets until the event is rescheduled, and if you’re unable to attend at that time we can either refund your ticket price, or you might consider making it a donation to the Jackson County Democrats.

We are sorry for the short notice, but we’re sure you understand.

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