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Rep. Walden to host pair of town hall meetings

Greg Walden 
Representative Greg Walden. Photo credit: Sam Churchill / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

From the East Oregonian - Published on February 7, 2017 10:12AM

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Oregon) will host a pair of town hall meetings Friday in Weston and Boardman.

Walden will meet with constituents at 11:30 a.m. at Weston Memorial Hall, 204 E. Main St. in Weston, before heading west for a town hall at 2:15 p.m. at the Port of Morrow Riverfront Center, 2 Marine Drive in Boardman.

Friday’s meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Walden’s office at 202-225-6730.

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SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande

Union County Democrats Past Chair Glen Scheele and other Precinct Committee Persons organized OUR FIRST STAND: SAVE HEALTH CARE Rally in La Grande, Oregon with more than 20 people braving 10 F weather to gather and march to Rep. Greg Walden's office to post our demands. Then on to share stories at Oregon Rural Action about the importance of health care for all people. Some participants traveled from Baker City to join the Rally. We expect to rally again in the weeks to come. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

An Open Letter to the Electors

This letter was in a variety of papers across the country on December 14th, 2016.

Esteemed Electors:

We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.

There are times in the life of a nation when extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures. Now is a such time, and your courage and leadership are required.

Never in our Republic’s history has there been a President-apparent comparable to Donald Trump. His inauguration would present a grave and continual threat to the Constitution, to domestic tranquility, and to international stability:

Fair Success!

Thanks everyone who helped organize and staff our booth at the Union County Fair.  Despite the sweltering heat, it was a great success!



Gray McGuire deserves a HUGE round of applause for chairing the event.  Once again he brought great energy and innovative ideas to the task.  The booth looked GREAT!

Everyone who volunteered for a shift (or two) deserves our thanks, too.  Here is our list of stalwart supporters: Terry Edvalson, Lanetta Paul, Maryellen Laberge, Harris Shelton, Lynn Strandberg, Jerry Sebestyen, Margaret Mead, Jim Booker, Kelly Elliott, Kathleen Cathey, Dick McDaniels, Betty Hughes, Donna Skovlin, Cheryl Marie Cosgorve, Doug Ross, Norm Cimon, Shelly Cimon, Kathy McGuire, Mary Calder, Carol Halvorson, Bob Delve, Joyce Coulson, and Sandy Coulson.  (My apologies if I missed someone!)

While overall Fair attendance was down, we still had lots of visitors to our booth.  Nearly 700 votes were cast in our straw poll.  Here are the results:

MLK Day Events

EOU marks MLK, Jr. Day with march against bullying

News contact: Laura Hancock | University Advancement
541-962-3585 | lhancock@eou.edu
Source contact: Bennie Moses | Multicultural Center Director
541-962-3741 | bmoses@eou.edu
EOU file photo / Students participate in the annual MLK, Jr. Day march. The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Max Square and ends back on campus.

EOU file photo / An MLK, Jr. Day march begins at 11 a.m. Monday at Max Square in honor of Jadin and Joe Bell. All are welcome to participate.

January 14, 2014
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU)
– Eastern Oregon University’s commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day begins with a march at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

Participants are asked to meet at Max Square where a member of EOU’s Black Student Union will give a short welcome, followed by brief presentations from Bud Hill and Dr. William Whitaker.

Hill will share information about Faces for Change, an anti-bullying foundation established in memory of La Grande teenager Jadin Bell.

Whitaker, representing Oregon Rural Action, will talk about his experience in the American civil rights movement and lead the song “Stayed on Freedom” to start the march.

Union County Democrats, Health Care for All - Oregon Resolution

Resolution on Health Care of the Democratic Party of Union County (DPUC) (essentially an agreement to join Health Care for All--Oregon)

Whereas

1.    There are many components that contribute to good health, including the ability to respond to sickness, disease and injury;

2.    Achieving the goal of living a healthy life is impossible without the ability to access health care;

3.    Health care should be available to everyone;

4.    The lack of available health care is a barrier to opportunity, success and quality of life;

5.    Oregonians should not be divided between those who can afford to be healthy and those who cannot;

6.    Oregonians should not be divided between those who have hopes and dreams and those whose sickness, disease or injury robs them of their hopes and dreams;

7.    The cost of health care is the primary cause of personal bankruptcies, even though the majority were insured when their health crises occurred;

8.    The inclusion of health insurance in employer overhead makes Oregon (and U.S.) industry non-competitive with industry in most other industrialized nations where the cost of health care does not have to be added directly to the cost of production;
 
9.    Comprehensive single payer health care for everyone living in Oregon is estimated to cost no more than our current costs for incomplete and inadequate coverage, and to cost much less than the current system in the future;

10.    Private insurance markets are inherently ineffective, inequitable, excessively bureaucratic and wasteful as means to assure universal access to health care;

Meet Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Senate

Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Senate District 29, will be at our campaign office on Friday, October 19, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Please come by the office at 1304 Adams Avenue to meet with Antone and support his bid for the Oregon State Senate!

You can learn more about Antone and his candidacy on his web page (www.antoneminthornforstatesenate.com) and his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Antone-Minthorn-For-State-Senate/286476844787026).

See you there!

Meet Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Sentate

Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Senate District 29, will be at our campaign office on Friday, October 19, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Please come by the office at 1304 Adams Avenue to meet with Antone and support his bid for the Oregon State Senate!

You can learn more about Antone and his candidacy on his web page (www.antoneminthornforstatesenate.com) and his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Antone-Minthorn-For-State-Senate/286476844787026). 

See you there!

Meet Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Sentate

Antone Minthorn, Democratic candidate for Oregon State Senate District 29, will be at our campaign office on Friday, October 19, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Please come by the office at 1304 Adams Avenue to meet with Antone and support his bid for the Oregon State Senate!

You can learn more about Antone and his candidacy on his web page (www.antoneminthornforstatesenate.com) and his Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Antone-Minthorn-For-State-Senate/286476844787026). 

See you there!

Oregon ballot measures etc...

Happy Monday Everyone:

With the presidential election going around its final turn I'd thought I'd turn my attention to the Oregon election. We have some pretty important state initiatives/ballot measures to ponder. The measures range from marijuana to taxes to gambling. The DPO has recommended the following yes and no votes.

Democratic Party of Oregon Recommendations

Vote Yes

Measures 77, 78, and 85 have the endorsement of the state wide leadership.

That is a yes vote on giving the governor and the legislature additional authorities in case of disaster (77), a clean up of the language/grammar in the Oregon Constitution (78), and devoting the corporate kicker refunds to K-12 education (85).

Vote No

The leadership opposes a constitutional amendment to prohibit real estate transfer taxes (79), casinos (82 and 83), and the phasing out of estate/inheritance taxes (84).

You Decide

On the measures about marijuana and prohibiting commercial non-tribal gill netting there were no recommendations. There was no consensus on these two measures thus no recommendations.

From the Oregonian

Today's Oregonian had an editorial recommending a no vote on all three tax measures (79, 84 and 85) which did make sense to me. Essentially the tax structure in the state needs a review and overhaul and it should be left to the governor and legislature to to that. This would leave everything on the table for negotiations and compromise. There were two articles in this morning's Oregonian I found interesting. The first was the above editorial on taxes the other was an article about agriculture and Columbia River water. We in Union County don't use Columbia River water except for electrical power (somewhat) but the Columbia Basin is in our state legislative district and our state senate district. So the article isn't a moot point for us. Go to www.oregonlive.com to get the article.

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