Join Us On Wednesday, March 6th

Fellow Democrat -

Do you feel like I do -- that the few months since President Obama's re-election have sped by at an unnerving pace?  Here we are in March already.  It's nearly time to set our clocks ahead an hour and cheer the arrival of the first day of Spring.  And, of course, get together as Union County Democrats!

This is to remind you that we will meet Wednesday, March 6th, from 5 to 6 pm in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande.

Here are some of the key items for our agenda:

    Report on Chair/Vice Chair conference call
    Review local races on May 2013 ballot
    Update on Health Care for All - Oregon
    Update on UC Citizens for Good Government

Please plan to attend -- your participation is welcome, so see you there!

Glen Scheele
Chair, Union County Democrats
541-975-4149 

 

Come to the meeting tonight, Wed., Jan. 9, 5 to 6 p.m

Union County Democrats will gather this week on Wednesday, January 9th, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande. 

Here are some key items on our agenda:

ODA now accepting concept proposals for 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

January 9, 2013... The Oregon Department of Agriculture is now accepting concept proposals for project ideas as part of US Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2013. Approximately $1 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon.

Join us on Wednesday, December 5

Democrats had much to celebrate when the votes were tallied on November 6.  We won solidly across Oregon, gained seats in both the US House and Senate, and re-elected President Obama.

But the election is just the beginning.  Despite being resoundingly repudiated at the polls, Republicans do not seem eager to abandon their strategy of obstructionism.  That means a LOT of work needs to be done to enact Democratic priorities.  We need your help!

Union County Democrats will gather this week on Wednesday, December 5, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir street.

Here are some key items on our agenda:
    Treasurer’s Report
    Report on Highway Cleanup
    Reorganization meeting January 9
    Nominations for officers
    State Central Committee Meeting

Slate Card – Our Recommendations for the 2012 Election

Please remember to vote! Mail in your ballot today. Your ballot must be received at the county elections office or designated drop site by 8 pm on election night Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Postmarks do not count! If you would rather download and print these recommendations click here.

You can drop off your ballot at these locations:

Cove City Hall
504 Alder St
Cove, OR

Elgin City Hall
100 N. 8th Ave
Elgin, OR

Imbler City Hall
180 Ruckman St
Imbler, OR
Island City Hall
10202 S. McAlister Rd
Island City, OR

La Grande City Hall
1000 Adams Ave
La Grande, OR

North Powder City Hall
635 Third ST
North Powder, OR
Union City Hall
342 South Main St
Union,Or

Union County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
1100 L Ave
La Grande, OR

Voting Recommendations 2012

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.
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