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:

Union County Democrats Endorse Oregon Measure 97...

Union County Democratic Party endorses Oregon Ballot Measure 97…

The Oregon Business Tax Increase Initiative, also known as Measure 97, is on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute.

A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of increasing certain corporate taxes by establishing a 2.5 percent tax on corporate gross sales that exceed $25 million.

A "no" vote is a vote against establishing a 2.5 percent tax on corporate gross sales that exceed $25 million and retaining the existing corporate tax structure.

Specifically, the measure would establish a minimum tax of $30,000 plus 2.5 percent of gross sales that exceed $25 million. It would remove the current minimum gross sales tax rate, which is around 0.1 percent and capped at $100,000. Corporations with a high enough income are taxed according to their income in lieu of the gross sales tax. The income tax rate for qualifying businesses is 6.6 percent of taxable income up to $1 million and 7.6 percent of taxable income above $1 million. These rates apply when the result is greater than the minimum sales-based tax. The income tax on high-income corporations would be retained if the initiative passed. According to the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office, for example, a corporation with less than $20 million in sales would not be affected by the change. A corporation with $70 million dollars in sales would see a 23-fold increase in its tax obligation.

Ballot title and summary The certified ballot title and summary are as follows: “Increases corporate minimum tax when sales exceed $25 million; funds education, healthcare, senior services

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.

Foreign affairs debate

The next debate is centered around foreign affairs. Mitt Romney made a major foreign affairs policy speech which his followers hailed as a new beginning. The truth is the Republican Party split over his speech. Despite much wailing and gnashing of teeth he echoed and confirmed much of what the President has been doing. The Republican crazies in Congress however held hearings yesterday (while Congress is on vacation) that outed or advertised the activities of the CIA in Libya. The building where the American ambassador was killed was a CIA station. No one knew that until the Congressional hearings yesterday spilled the beans. A great article from the economist about Gov. Romney's foreign policy speech can be found at www.economist.com/blog/lexington . It will give you some perspective for that debate.

Reading material

I went to the Washington Post this moring and found a couple of articles you might be interested in. The first one was written by the U.S. economics editor for The Economist magazine. The Economist is a very respected news source. I read it weekly. The article by Greg Ip shows how little a president's economic policies influences his own term or reelection but can be felt in the next four to eight years or beyond. The next article is a response from Jim Leherer about his role in the Denver debate. I happen to be a fan of his and I have his book titled Tension City if anyone wants to read it. I will leave it at the Democratic Party's office downtown if you are interested. Go to www.washingtonpost.com for the two articles.
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