Oregon

 

 

 

OREGON GETS ENGAGED AND ACTIVE

Read the Oregon Business Plan here

Access The Oregonian’s Oregonlive Politics here

Access The Oregonian’s Letters to the Editor here

Read the Daily KOS Morning Digest here

Senator and Representative Contact Info has information for each senator and representative from each state. Great for contacting politicians as part of the grassroots organizing effort!

Join an Indivisible Group in your neighborhood!

 

PURPOSE OF STATE PAGES – GRASSROOTS ACTION

“All politics are local”      Tip O’Neill

The purpose of the individual state pages is simple – to provide a bridge between national politics and the state and local politics. Even though Oregon is a “blue” state, is it is essential that all Oregonians participate in politics now. We have a very Republican, one-sided, national government now coupled with very serious leadership problems. We need different people in office at the federal, state and local level.

Context and Following the Tea Party Example

The Tea Party erupted on the political scene in 2009 and provides an excellent example of how to take part in state and local politics. In addition to winning the White House and the Congress, the Republicans have secured 31 governor positions, have gerrymandered the country so they have “locked up” many districts for Republicans. For good measure there is a concerted Republican effort to restrict voting in many states with laws that are intended to prevent voter fraud, even as there is no evidence for any fraud.

In a nutshell

  • The Tea Party protests were a series of protests throughout the United States that began in early 2009. The protests were part of the larger political Tea Party movement.[1]
  • Most Tea Party activities have since been focused on opposing efforts of the Obama Administration, and on recruiting, nominating, and supporting candidates for state and national elections.[9][10]

Following the Tea Party playbook and other standard organizing approaches is all we need to do. The Indivisible Guide and advice on acting locally provides and excellent playbook for starting.

 

 WHAT TO DO?

Make the commitment to get involved to the extent you can. That means simply

  • Write, call and communicate with your US senators and representative of your district without fail, even to tell them that they are doing a great job.
  • Donate to political organizations, candidates and parties
  • Join a group, a party, a movement in your state and participate.
  • Support and become an advocate for a cause you care about.

FIELDING AND SUPPORTING CANDIDATES IS ESSENTIAL – not just Oregon but nationwide

The biggest question is always knowing who is running, when they are running and what they need to be successful. The state pages will answer those questions. The recent political upheaval has awakened the population so there is a lot more specific information available. Our next step is to build a strong, interlocking network of information that is based on technology but also on personal relationship.

BALLOTPEDIA, FOLLOW THE MONEY, LEGISLATIVE CONTACTS — INFO YOU CAN USE

Below are two websites that are essential tools for grassroots action — giving you the tools to find everything about politics, influencing, lobbying and contribution in your state. Both of these are reputable sources based on data and facts.

“Ballotpedia is the online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Our goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government. We are firmly committed to neutrality; here’s why. Ballotpedia’s articles are 100 percent written by our professional staff.”

Follow the Money is a database of information about money. It displays who contributes to what, how much, how much over time to candidates, parties, ballot measures. This is a treasure trove of information and enables one to “follow the money” a quote from the movie All the President’s Men. There is noting more important in this environment than “following the money.” The president is steeped in conflicts of interest, multiple lawsuits, continued engagement in his business, refusal to release his tax returns and other unknowns. Clearly this president does not want you to follow his money. The Cabinet is stacked with former Goldman Sachs employees, Exxon Mobile executive and others that are openly hostile to the agencies they are leading. The tax cut for health care is intended to benefit the wealthy almost exclusively.

 

Sign up for Follow the Money here

OREGON’S U.S SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVE TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

  1. Meet Senator Ron Wyden (D)                                      https://www.wyden.senate.gov
  2. Meet Senator Jeff Merkley (D)                                     https://www.merkley.senate.gov
  3. Meet Representative Earl Blumenauer (D)                  https://blumenauer.house.gov
  4. Meet Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D)               http://bonamici.house.gov
  5. Meet Representative Peter DeFazio (D)                      http://defazio.house.gov
  6. Meet Representative Greg Walden (R)                        https://walden.house.gov
  7. Meet Representative Kurt Schrader (D)                       https://schrader.house.gov

OREGON STATE GOVERNMENT

OREGON DEMOCRATIC PARTY

OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY

OREGON INFLUENCERS, DONORS, LOBBYISTS AND MORE FROM BALLOTPEDIA

 

 

OREGON VOTES — 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Oregon voting pattern for the 2016 presidential followed the standard pattern that was seen throughout the nation.  Voters in the cities, along the I-5 corridor through Lane County, with the exception of Linn and Marion Counties, voted blue. All other counties voted red, some by sizable percentages.

See Ballotpedia Oregon

See Ballotpedia Oregon Voting

Map below from Politico 2016 Oregon Election map

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Oregon voters must provide identification during the registration process or they will not be allowed to vote.

See Ballotpedia Oregon 2016 Elections

See Ballotpedia Oregon 2016 Ballot Measures

See Ballotpedia Oregon 2016 Redistricting after 2010 Census

https://ballotpedia.org/Redistricting_in_Oregon_after_the_2010_census

“This page is about redistricting in Oregon. Following the 2010 Census, Oregon retained its five Congressional seats, falling short of an additional seat by a slim margin. Despite its static level of representation, Oregon had significant internal population shifts to consider. Most of its growth came in the soft Republican areas around Salem and the Democratic suburbs of Portland. The more solidly conservative eastern part of the state, already sparsely populated, lost population. Other locales, such as the city of Bend, grew at a clip.

Oregon’s legislature has not completed redistricting since the 1950s. In each successive decade, lawmakers failed to reach a compromise, and the process has been completed by courts and the Secretary of State. The 30-30 split between the major parties gave some hope in 2011, but the messy history of legislatively-controlled redistricting could not be overlooked.[1][2]”

NATIONAL AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

This website is focused on a grassroots effort to  increase the number of Democrats and Progressives in office at the federal, state and local levels. This perspective is based on facts, personal values and beliefs about the role of government, and belief and trust in the American government. Conservative organizations are included at the bottom of the page to provide sources for the most reliable conservative organizations. There are many sources of information from a conservative perspective that are highly ethical and reliable. However, there are many conservative and alt-right news sources and organizations that are unreliable, advance conspiracy theories and make many assertions that are not true. There are some left-leaning organizations that act the same way but they have a much smaller audience, are debunked routinely and are not in the mainstream news.  News sites such as Brietbart News, a very definite alt-right site, are much more prominent because of Steve Bannon’s role as strategic advisor to the president. National Enquirer is also on the rise in influence, likely related to the president’s long term friendship with the editor.

NATIONAL ORGANIZING ORGANIZATIONS often with LOCAL CHAPTERS

MAINSTREAM ORGANIZATIONS

  1. AARP — American Association of Retired People
  2. National Democratic Committee
  3. Oregon Democratic Party
  4. Multnomah County Democrats
  5. Clackamas County Democrats

TO THE LEFT

  1. 360.org
  2. ACLU
  3. ACLU Oregon
  4. Basic Rights Oregon
  5. Black Lives Matter
  6. Causa Oregon
  7. Ceasefire Oregon
  8. Center for Media and Democracy
  9. Credo Action
  10. Daily KOS
  11. Daily KOS Morning Digest of state political races
  12. Earthshare Oregon
  13. Free Press
  14. Friends of the Earth
  15. Indivisible
  16. Mom’s Demand Action
  17. Move On
  18. NARAL Pro Choice America
  19. Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  20. Oregon Progressive Party
  21. Organizing for Action — OFA.USA\
  22. Our Revolution
  23. Planned Parenthood
  24. Planned Parenthood Advocates
  25. Progressive Democrats of America
  26. Rural Organizing Project Oregon
  27. Sierra Club
  28. Sierra Club — Oregon Chapter
  29. Working Families Party

TO THE RIGHT

  1. American Enterprise Institute
  2. Much more to come

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Common Ground
We don’t need to search any further for common ground in our country. We have it.
We all want the same things – a safe, prosperous, free, democratic nation with opportunity for all. At the same time, we will all be harmed if our democracy, our free press, our Constitution and our core American values are threatened. We will all certainly be harmed if reckless behavior triggers any number of potential armed conflicts.

None of us know how this will all play out so let's make a deal. Let’s get up to speed on the issues, establish some facts, take action and watch what happens together . . .