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Senator Ron Wyden Town Hall

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden held his annual Union County town Hall meeting at La Grande Middle School Commons on August 28, 2009. A crowd of approximately 200 people turned out to ask the Senator questions on a wide range of topics. Senator Wyden opened the event by reminding people that he voted against the bank bailout bills requested by Presidents Bush and Obama. He also stated that the healthcare bill he wrote with Republican Senator Bob Bennett of Utah, The Healthy Americans Act, was judged by the Congressional Budget Office to be revenue neutral.

The first image in this Flickr slideshow is Larry Glaze, Superintendent of La Grande School District who opened the Town Hall Meeting.

The mostly Republican crowd was respectful and asked thoughtful and incisive questions. The Senator was very responsive and at some times quite passionate in his answers and was generally well received.

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Breaking news: Single payer to be voted on in House of Representatives

Dear colleagues: We are at a potentially watershed moment in history. For the first time ever single-payer health insurance will be voted upon on the floor of the House of Representative following the current congressional recess. We need your support. Please contact Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and urge support for the Weiner amendment to HR 3200. The Weiner amendment substitutes the language of HR 676 (the Conyers/Kucinich single payer bill) for most of the language in HR3200. I met with Rep. Walden when I was in Washington, DC for the Medicare:Made in America single-payer rally and lobby day last week. I contended that single-payer is the most fiscally conservative approach to health insurance reform. He listened attentatively and asked his staff to review the materials I left for him. I believe there is a possibility that he will support single-payer if enough constituents contact him.

Speaker Pelosi agreed to a House floor vote in order to avoid the possibility of Republicans joining progressive Democrats and winning the substitution in committee, to the embarrassment of the Democratic leadership. The fear was that, having transformed the bill in committee, Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats wouold kill any possibility of legislation on the floor.

We need to mobilize progressive Democrats and allies to urge our representatives to support the Weiner amendment. With your help history is ours for the making. Thanks for all you are doing. Please share this information with colleagues throughout Oregon.

The PNHP memo below contains full detils and provides a lnk to Kaiser Family Foundation side by side analysis of all the health insurance reform proposals currently before Congress.

Bill Whitaker
SCC Delegate for the Democratic Party of Oregon

Dems Represented at Union County Fair & Parade

The Union County Democrats occupied their usual booth at the 2009 Union County Fair. Nan McDaniel organized the schedule which covered July 29 through August 1. We appreciate all the volunteers who served in the booth. The fair booth had signs touting Democrats, offered buttons, banners and t-shirts. There was an issues poll with the opportunity to make suggestions. Most visitors were friendly. Only a few people asked questions or made comments indicating they are believing various Republican misinformation campaigns about Obama, health care and etc.

Local democrats also had a presence in the Union County Fair Parade. Our group consisted of a decorated Ford Pickup and six volunteer marcher/candy tossers (including one very happy baby). The parade was short and sweet.

Amazing turn-out for Spaghetti Social

Last night, we had an amazing turn-out for our spaghetti social. At least 120 people showed up to eat pasta and drink lemonade with state party leaders from places like Douglas County, John Day, Eugene, Portland, Salem, Corvallis. A group of college students drove 6.5 hours across the state to help us celebrate and sell College Dems t-shirts.

And at the center, was our own secretary Elinor Riley and her amazing cooking/serving crew. Elinor worked for days, strategizing, researching on the Internet for the perfect way to precook spaghetti and then doing the work. Last night's cookers/servers were Regina and Doug Kruse from Cove, Kathy Goodman from Union, Bobbi Crook from La Grande. It was a hot night--with no AC in Riveria, and Brynne Morningstar and Brittany Pryce with the EOU Democrats kept people supplied with cold drinks.

Oh and then there were the amazing salads and desserts! With people bringing homemade brownies, chocolate cakes, muffins, yummy Safeway cakes, and etc., etc. It was just a great event, and we wowed the out-of-town folks.

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We're hosting the state party and need your help!

We have an exciting event with the Democrats state quarterly meeting on Sunday, May 31st. On Saturday there will be a fundraising dinner at Riveria Activity Center from 5-8 p.m. Please register online for the dinner at http://www.oregondemocrats.org/scc. (If you know people who would like to come, but do not have Internet access please invite them to attend and go ahead and register them online. We will take walk-ins at the door, but it would be helpful to have a good guest list.)

We are actively seeking donations of the following:

  • Spaghetti fixings - tomato, sauce, puree, paste, & prepared jars of marinara
  • Meats for above - Italian Sausage, hamburger
  • Desserts - 10 cakes of any kind
  • Salad fixings - prepared bags of salad or your own prepared fixings (washed, dried & torn lettuce, any veggies cut up) in a zip lock bag (a paper towel inside keeps the lettuce dry). Please have any donations ready to add to a large bowl.
  • Other miscellaneous items: Parmesan or other grated cheese, half & half

If you could be so kind and let us know if you plan a donation it would be most helpful as we will need to shop for any shortcomings!

Elinor Riley is spearheading the main entree and Sharon Evoy is organizing the desserts and salad. Any leftover food that is unopened will be donated to the food bank. Sharon will be calling folks to solicit so be forewarned! If your donation is in a pan you wish to have returned, please put your name and phone number on it and we will get it returned to you.

Contact us via email for details or to donate.

Sharon, Elinor, & Kathleen
sharonevoy [at] eoni.com
eriley [at] coveoregon.com
eriley [at] coveoregon.com

Thanks a bunch!

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Download These Posters and Signs

Kathleen wants you to download these files to support the Community Baby Shower program and the Attorney General John Kroger Breakfast.

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Union County Listening Project for Change

Organizing for America

Barack Obama has been elected President of the United States. Together with him we are facing some of the greatest challenges of our lifetimes. If President Obama is to succeed, he needs to hear from us. He needs our help.

When Barack Obama was declared our 44th President, you didn't just revel in that victory -- you started asking what's next for this movement. More than 40 people gathered in La Grande at a sharing session organized through the Rural Organizing Project. Thousands of similar house meetings were held in communities throughout the United States.

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