An Introduction and an Invitation

Hello!  My name is Glen Scheele and I am honored to serve as the new Chair of the Union County Democrats.


My wife and I have lived and worked in Oregon for more than 30 years, mostly right here in the Grande Ronde Valley.  We feel privileged to have raised our three children in this wonderful community.


I’ve always been a Democrat and active in politics.  But in recent years I decided to take an even more active role in light of the grave challenges we face.


Our nation has been at war for a decade.  We are in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.  Millions of our fellow citizens are unemployed.  Millions have lost their homes.  Reckless gambling by Wall Street and banks has decimated the modest savings of our working families.


Decades of relentless, well-financed conservative attacks have eroded faith in a common purpose.  As a result, Republican themes – Privatize! Deregulate! Shrink Government! Cut Taxes! -- have gained traction. 


Yet these policies are failures.  For proof we only need to look at how much more precarious life has become for ourselves and for millions of our fellow citizens after decades of pursuing these policies.


There is a saying: “In crisis is opportunity.”  Unfortunately for some it’s an opportunity to enrich themselves or cynically grab for political power.  Corporations are earning unprecedented profits, yet continue to ship jobs and investments overseas.  Wall Street and Big Banks are earning unprecedented profits, yet refuse to ease access to credit or help struggling home owners.  Republicans have decided that to win the next election they must make Democrats fail, no matter the cost to average Americans. 


I believe Democrats see different opportunities.  Tough times mean a chance to leverage smart public spending to rebuild, to modernize, and to jump-start our economy.  A reckless financial economy can be reined in once again serve the real economy.  Corporate excesses can be addressed with sensible regulations that benefit workers, consumers, and our environment.  The many families being saved from impoverishment by Social Security, Medicare, and the new health care reform will make the case to further strengthen those programs.


At times, I’ve been overwhelmed by the challenges and felt powerless to address them.  I found that by teaming up with my fellow Democrats I no longer felt powerless or overwhelmed.  Democrats are ready to stand up, to speak out, to work, and to fight for what is right. 


As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”  Won’t you please join us to hasten that day?

Come and get 'em - lawn signs, rally signs and bumper stickers

Union County Democrats have lawn signs, rally signs and bumper stickers for...

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
-- lawn signs, rally signs--nifty to put in your home or office window, bumper stickers and literature

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
-- lawn signs and bumper stickers

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler
-- bumper stickers and campaign literature

Contact the Union County Democrats. Let us know what you materials you need to show your support.

2010 Fair Booth Straw Poll Results

We conducted an opinion poll of visitors to the Democrat's booth at the Union County Fair. Here are the results:

2010 Fair Booth Poll Results

Platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon 2010

The Democratic Party of Oregon has released the 2010 platform.

You may read the Platform, Resolutions and Agenda here:

COMMUNITY EVENT - Union County Book Club

New Union County book club studies Huck Finn

Carole Halvorson announces the "Books You Should Have Read in School, but missed" book club, beginning July 27, 6 p.m. at the Bohenkamp/Community Workshop Bldg in La Grande.  The Workshop is located at 1301 Adams Ave, La Grande, and the book club is open to all.

The first book to be discussed is Mark Twain's classic 
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  This book has been widely discussed and sometimes censored for its frank and uncomfortable treatment of race and status in our nation's recent past. 

Morning Meet-up with John A. Kitzhaber

Oregon's nominee for Governor in 2010, John A. Kitzhaber

La Grande residents came together to meet with Oregon's nominee for Governor in 2010, John A. Kitzhaber. The event was very well attended even though the meeting was added to the former Governors' schedule at the last minute. The meet-up took place at Foley Station in downtown La Grande on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

Former Governor Kitzhaber fielded questions about taxation, local USDA meat certification, health insurance costs. education costs and more.

He was very comfortable with the crowd, offered direct answers to questions, and had a good grip on all the issues addressed.

For more information on the Kitzhaber campaign visit

Three pre-platform documents

As we start work on the Democratic Party of Oregon's 2010 Platform we must reference these documents from the Platform and Resolutions Committee

Documents in PDF format:

Click here to download an Adobe Acrobat version of the following documents:
2010 DPO LAI First Major Draft PDF
2010 DPO Platform First Major Draft PDF
LAI Pre Convention Inclusion Process PDF

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The Benefits of Health Care Reform In the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon

March 2010
The Benefits of Health Care Reform
In the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon
Committee on Energy and Commerce

The U.S. House of Representatives will soon vote on health care reform legislation. This legislation will make health care affordable for the middle class, provide security for seniors, and guarantee access to health insurance for the uninsured – while reducing the federal deficit by over $100 billion over the next decade. This analysis examines the benefits of the legislation in the 2nd Congressional District of Oregon, which is represented by Rep. Greg Walden.

In Rep. Walden’s district, the health care reform bill will:
  • Improve coverage for 417,000 residents with health insurance.
  • Give tax credits and other assistance to up to 217,000 families and 22,100 small businesses to help them afford coverage.
  • Improve Medicare for 142,000 beneficiaries, including closing the donut hole.
  • Extend coverage to 94,000 uninsured residents.
  • Guarantee that 17,800 residents with pre-existing conditions can obtain coverage.
  • Protect 1,400 families from bankruptcy due to unaffordable health care costs.
  • Allow 57,000 young adults to obtain coverage on their parents’ insurance plans.
  • Provide millions of dollars in new funding for 39 community health centers.
  • Reduce the cost of uncompensated care for hospitals and other health care providers by $83 million annually.

Read the full pdf file for a few examples:

Click here to download an Adobe Acrobat version of the Benefits of Health Care Reform In the 2nd Congressional District PDF

A message about Health Care

A message from Trent Lutz, executive director of the Democratic Party of Oregon. As you talk with neighbors and friends about this historic legislation, here are some things to say:

Talking Points: The Immediate Benefits of Health Reform

  • The health reform bill passed last night is a victory for all Americans -- families, seniors, workers and small businesses. Americans now have the security of knowing that they will not have to watch the American dream slip away if they get sick or are in an accident.
  • Beginning this year, health reform will bring down costs for families and small businesses, it will end the worst insurance company practices and it will expand coverage to millions of Americans.
  • This year, Americans will start to see significant benefits because of this bill and other important reforms will follow.

American families and small businesses will see costs go down immediately because of this bill.

In 2010 the bill will:
  • Make providing employee coverage more affordable for small businesses by giving a tax credit of up to 35% of premiums to small businesses that choose to offer coverage.
  • Create a temporary high-risk pool to provide affordable insurance options to adults who are denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
  • Provide a $250 rebate for Medicare recipients who fall in to the Part D donut hole - the first step towards closing the donut hole for good. The bill will also provide a 50% discount on prescription drugs which fall into the donut hole beginning in 2011.
  • Require new private plans to cover preventative care - with no co-payments or deductibles.

Update from the Chair

The Union County Democrats are planning a house party for March 24, 6-8 p.m. to welcome Joyce Segers to the county and to meet with our other local Democratic candidates. Joyce is running against Greg Walden for the second Congressional District seat. Visit for more information.

We would dearly like someone to step forward and volunteer their home and will need other volunteers to bring an appetizer, dessert or beverage. If you are interested in opening your home, please send me an email. If you can bring food or beverage, contact Sharon Evoy at sharonevoy[at] Ideally, we need to hear from you within the next few days.

Here is our thinking on this party. While it would be lovely to have the meeting downtown and support a local business, we want the precious dollars that folks can spare to go to the candidates. This will be a friendly, simple drop-in open house. We will not attempt to coerce your vote or put you on a committee. This is a chance to say hello and have a conversation with our Democratic candidate(s).

I appreciate your support.

Kathleen Cathey, Chair
Union County Democrats

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