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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Friday, November 07, 2008

    OREGON FOCUS: Blogs, Groups and Events


    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.

    This race is close, but it looks like Brown has won.


    This seat was VERY close, but it seems we have won.

    Oregon is one of our pick-up opportunities for 2008. Jeff Merkley has come up from behind and now is the frontrunner in this race by some 4 points. 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.

    Here is Merkley discussing the Middle Class:

    Jeff Merkley's proposals for rural towns. You can read about it here.

    Go here to volunteer to help Merkley win.

    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:

    Final count: Merkley by 3.1% and Jeff Merkley's victory speech

    Blue Tsunami in Oregon: Election Winners, Losers and Numbers

    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.

    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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