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:
Oregon's new Universal Voter Registration Law, a first in the nation, will use DMV driver's data to automatically register all eligible Oregonians.
Paid Sick Leave- employers with at least ten workers must provide 5 days per year
Birth Control Access through your pharmacist with 12 month prescription paid by insurance
Ban The Box- helps those with a felony record gain a job interview
Firearms background checks for private sales
Oregon's Clean Fuels Program - reducing GHG emissions in our fuels
Expanding Oregon's K-12 education budget - $7.84 billion
A new Retirement Savings Plan for workers lacking access to one through their employer
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
COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: TRANSPORTATION
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 email@example.com by August 4, 2015.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATE: "HIKE THE PIKE" EVENT IN SHADY COVE
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 RogueClimate.org for more details or check out the "Hike The Pipe" page on facebook.
SOCAN ROGUE BASIN CLIMATE SUMMIT
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: http://socanclimatesummit.info.