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  • Friday, September 19, 2008

    OREGON FOCUS: Blogs, Jeff Merkley, Kate Brown, Neighborhood Leaders, Groups and Events

    You can help win both the Presidency and the Senate by donating through my Oregon Act Blue Site.

    Even more importantly, you can become a Neighborhood Leader for the Oregon Democratic Party and be a major part of Victory 2008.

    BLOGGING OREGON:
    BlueOregon is a place for progressive Oregonians to gather 'round the water cooler and share news, commentary, and gossip.

    Loaded Orygun: Progressive Oregon

    Blog for Oregon: DFA in Oregon


    Here are some stories of interest:

    In Gresham, HD-50 candidate Greg Matthews is doing a big rally and neighborhood canvass on Saturday - with 100 firefighters from across Oregon. Seriously, that's huge. (H/t to Blue Oregon)

    Portland Tribune: “Voters Souring on GOP”

    In the race for State Treasurer, it seems that Republican Allen Alley's anemic fundraising ($45,000 cash on hand) has left him stuck in the mud -- with his only option trying to fling some at his opponent, Ben Westlund. (also h/t to Blue Oregon)

    The former governor, Barbara Roberts, takes Gordon Smith to task for his outrageous and misleading ads.

    Just got off the phone with Howard Dean!

    AP's fact check on the GOP Convention

    Gordon Smith: Bought by big oil. Here's the video:



    Oregon's Ballot Measures: Here's a rundown on Oregon's ballot measures


    OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE:

    The Florida 2000, Georgia 2002 and Ohio 2004 elections have taught us that partisan, corrupt secretaries of state can help steal an election. Or at least can prevent a proper recount. So from 2006 on the Secretary of State Project (SoS) has focused on electing fair, honest secretaries of states around the country...and they did well in 2006, electing Jennifer Brunner in Ohio, for example.

    Building on their 2006 success, the SoS Project is strategically focusing on a handful of key races this year, including county-level races, to ensure fair, clean elections in 2008 and beyond. Oregon is one state where they are active in 2008. In Oregon, Democrat Kate Brown is running against GOP nominee Rick Dancer.

    From Kate's website:

    Senator Kate Brown began her career in public service over sixteen years ago. First elected to the Oregon House of Representatives in 1991, Kate served two successful terms in the House before being elected to the Oregon State Senate in 1996. In 1998, Senator Brown was elected Democratic Leader, where she successfully led the Senate Democratic Caucus from a 10-20 Minority to an 18-12 Majority.

    With Democrats squarely in the majority, Kate Brown was elected by her caucus to serve as the Oregon’s first woman Senate Majority Leader in 2004...

    Senator Brown has served as Chair of the Senate Rules and Elections Committees for years, stewarding landmark initiative reform legislation and moving Oregon to the forefront of transparent campaign finance reporting.

    In 2001, the Republican controlled Legislature passed redistricting plans for legislative and congressional districts that Governor Kitzhaber vetoed. As Democratic Leader, Kate Brown took charge of offering an alternative plan for our Congressional districts – one that the Oregon courts adopted in its entirety.

    In the 2005 legislative session, Brown led successful efforts to make Oregon’s state government open and accessible by taking legislative committee meetings to communities around the state, ensuring funding for a comprehensive review of Oregon’s ethics laws, and spearheading legislation creating a searchable online database of campaign contributions and expenditures, which The Oregonian called the best campaign finance disclosure law in the country.

    Additionally, Brown led the Senate Democrats in their efforts to reduce the skyrocketing costs of health care, ensure that Oregon’s education dollars reach the classroom, and protect Oregon’s uniquely livable communities.
    With her strong record of public service, integrity and fairness, Kate Brown has been the recipient many awards and distinctions including:


    * National Public and Community Service Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association

    * Elected Chair of the Council of State Governments West.

    * “Profiles in Courage" Award from Basic Rights Oregon

    * Legislature of the Year Award from the Oregon Psychological Association

    * Award for Outstanding Achievement by the Oregon Family Support Network

    * Woman of Achievement Award from the Oregon Commission for Women.


    Kate Brown has been endorsed by Barbara Roberts (Former Governor and Secretary of State), Working Families Party, SEIU Locals 503 and 49, Oregon Small Business for Responsible Leadership, Carpenters Local 1065, and many, many others. Visit her website and learn more about her. And volunteer if you can. The secretary of state race is one we should be focused on in each and every state of the Union!


    OREGON SENATE:

    Oregon is one of our pick-up opportunities for 2008. The Democratic candidate for Oregon's Senate seat is Jeff Merkley. Merkley has MAJOR union support as well as the support of the Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, 21st Century Democrats, and Council for a Livable World, among MANY others. You can read Merkley's stands on the issues here.

    Jeff Merkley recently unveiled his proposals for rural towns. You can read about it here.

    Here is a video from the Merkley campaign: Senator Ron Wyden endorses Jeff Merkley



    Go here to volunteer to help Merkley win.


    Alternative Energy in Oregon:

    Here are some biodiesel cooperatives in Oregon. If you own a diesel truck or car, please check them out.

    Corvallis Biodiesel Cooperative
    Corvallis, OR
    Check out their website.

    GoBiodiesel Cooperative
    Portland, OR
    email: outreach_at_gobiodiesel.org
    Or check out their website

    Grease Works! Biodiesel Cooperative
    Corvallis, OR
    email: info@greaseworks.org
    Or check out their website


    Here are some other alternative energy resources in Oregon:

    OREGON ALTERNATIVE ENERGY: Keep updated on what is going on with alternative energy and transportation in Oregon

    The Portland Alternative Energy & Global Warming MeetupGroup
    Meet other local individuals interested in exploring all forms of Alternative Energy as well as talking about Global Warming, where are we and where are we going and what can we do. We'll talk about what solutions are available as well as the different things we can do to mitigate Global Warming. Discuss ways to preserve the world's resources and protect the environment. Join us to meet new people and make new friends. Everyone is welcome. Go here for more info.

    GreenPDX: Portland Green Home & Green Building Meetup Group
    Whether you are interested in building, buying, or renovating, this group aims to educate themselves about techniques for making and keeping Portland the leader of high efficiency building and eco-friendly lifestyles. Go here for more info.

    NORTHWEST SOLAR EXPO:
    April 28 - May 3, 2009
    Oregon Convention Center, Portland

    No matter what your budget is there is a clean energy solution available today. From utility portfolio options, to energy efficiency, to generating your own clean energy, a solution within your budget exists today to respond to the energy concerns we are all facing.

    Join us at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland and check out the latest clean energy options for your home or business.
    The Professional Solar Training Conference
    will feature training for those already established and those looking to join the solar industry. Many of the Professional Courses are approved for NABCEP continuing education credits.

    The Solar Expo will offer workshops, exhibitors, and seminars to homeowners and business owners interested in clean energy solutions for their homes and buildings.

    Expo Includes Professional Solar Training April 28 - May 1, 2009.
    Pre-registration required. Followed by Public Expo open to all May 1-3, 2009. All residential workshops included with $12 admission

    Go here for more info.


    Here are progressive events and groups in Oregon:

    Harney County "Alternative Energy Club"
    Third Thursdays, 7pm; Harney County Library, Burns OR. Contact Claire Larson 541-573-6680.

    Wasco County Dems' Monthly Meeting
    Second Tuesday of every month at The Dalles-Wasco County Library. Questions? Call 541.298.4700.

    Deschutes County Dems Monthly Meetings:
    Second Thursday of every month
    7 to 9 p.m. (6:30 social) at Bend's Community Center, 1036 NE 5th Street

    Umatilla County Democratic Women These Dems meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm, generally alternating between Pendleton and Hermiston. The Chair is ElRae Wells Ph. 276-7943 (call for more info).

    Umatilla County Dems now meet at 6pm on 2nd Thursdays at Pendleton's BMCC Sci-Tech Bldg in Rm 204


    Here is a Democracy for America Group in Oregon:

    Tigard DFA
    1st Wednesday of the month, 7:00 PM
    Silver Palace
    Tigard, OR
    We are a motivated band of progressive activists who meet occasionally for political discussions and activism.
    Phone Number: 503-620-3536


    And for those who like to combine socializing and politics, here are Drinking Liberally groups in Oregon:

    Corvallis, Oregon
    * Second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 5:00-7:00 pm
    * Squirrels, 100 SW 2nd St (non-smoking, good food)

    Portland, Oregon
    * First and third Thursday of each month, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
    * Madison's Grill, 1109 SE Madison St (Upstairs)
    * Hosted by Nicole Vanderhoof, James Riddle and Bill Nothstine, portland (at) drinkingliberally.org

    St. Helens, Oregon
    * Second Wednesday of each month, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    * Red Line Sports Bar & Grill, 2098 Old Portland Rd (Back Room)
    * Just drop in - all welcome
    * Hosted by Julane Grant, sthelens (at) drinkingliberally.org

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