Democrats Rally at Walden's Office in La Grande

Greg Walden's empty chair

A crowd of 70 people gathered in front of Rep. Greg Walden's office Saturday, February 25th for a Healthcare Rally. An invitation was sent to Walden earlier in the week but no reply was given. One empty chair was provided in case he decided to show up. Families with young children, someone in a wheelchair, retired and working folks were there to show Walden that they won't stand for repealing the ACA or changing Medicare or Medicaid. The rally ended with a show of hands by people involved in the many progressive organizations in the area, including Union County Democrats.  

Heads up RESIST DT and all he stands for!

Health Care Threatened

Join Union County Democrats, Progressives and the La Grande HUDDLE at the HEALTHCARE RALLY, Rep. Greg Walden's office 1211 Washington Ave. 5:00 p.m. Saturday, February 25.  Show Walden we won't stand for repealing the ACA or changing Medicare or Medicaid! We want improved Medicare for all! 
Bring your signs, posters, voices, instruments, and bucket drums. Get ready to proclaim "This Land is Our Land"
Contact Cheryl Simpson 541-663-6468

Truth Tuesdays

Join the Truth Tuesdays Gathering EVERY TUESDAY at 12:00 noon in front of Representative Greg Walden’s Office 1211 Washington Ave. La Grande. 

Come with signs, posters or letters and meet people who are working to RESIST Trump's agenda.  We encourage our Member of Congress Representative Greg Walden to represent us, not Trump. 

If we stand together, indivisible, we will win. Welcome to the resistance!

ALSO: Join us for the Next Meeting of the Union County Democrats

We meet every first Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6 pm in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande.

Carole Halvorson
Chair, Union County Democrats

For more information use this form to contact us via email.

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:

Please Attend the Next Meeting of the Union County Democrats

We'll be meeting this Wednesday, December 7, from 5 to 6 pm in the second floor conference room of the Sac Annex at 105 Fir Street in La Grande.

The biggest item on our agenda is discussion about: "Union County Democrats Response to Trump!"  Please bring your ideas for action!

If you have other topics for discussion, let me know.

Thanks... see you Wednesday!

Carole Halvorson
Chair, Union County Democrats

For more information use this form to contact us via email.

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


Start Date: 
September 5, 2016 (All day) - October 20, 2016 (All day)


The dates and venues have been announced for the 2016 Presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

2016 Presidential Debate Schedule

  • First presidential debate (Monday, Sept. 26th)
  • *Vice presidential debate (Tuesday, Oct. 4th)
  • Second presidential debate (Sunday, October 9th)
  • Third presidential debate (Wednesday, October 19th)

*The date for the Vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence has also been announced. Note the broadcast times and channels are identical for the Presidential debates and the Vice Presidential debates.

Time - The debates will air from 9pm to 10:30 pm ET (8pm - 9:30pm CT, 7pm - 8:30pm MT, 6pm - 7:30pm PT)

TV Channels - Each debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, as well as all cable news channels including CNN, Fox News and MSNBC among others.




Join Us on Wednesday, April 2!

We'll be meeting this Wednesday, April 2, 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 items for our agenda:

- Treasurer report
- Update on ballot measure making county commissioner races non-partisan
- Voter registration
- Getting out the vote for the May primary
- "Inequality for All" available for showing at home

If you have other topics to bring for discussion, let me know.

Thanks... see you Wednesday!


Glen Scheele
Chair, Union County Democrats



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