Monday, February 19, 2024

2-@9-24 Newsletter

 

Because we get to choose our President.
Your voice and vote strengthen our country and protect our freedoms. 
WRITE TO VOTERS AT WINEKRAFT
Rebecca Kraft has invited INCO to return to WineKraft to write postcards and letters to voters! She's an enthusiastic INCO supporter, and everyone who wrote there pre-Covid enjoyed her hospitality. 
Tuesday, February 27
3-4 pm

WineKraft -- NEW LOCATION: 77 11th St, Astoria
On the Riverwalk, just inside the east end of the building, up the ramp on your left
No purchase necessary
 
INCO will provide postcards, pens, and stamps.
INCO will help get you started if you're new to writing voters.
Questions? incoregon@gmail.com
IF YOU DON'T RUN, WHO WILL?
What do you want our Clatsop County Commissioners to do about taxes, housing and homelessness, wetlands and forests, and short-term rentals? Who do you want making those decisions?
 
Voters will elect two commissioners on May 21 for District 2 (Clatsop Plains, Gearhart, part of Seaside) and District 4 (east Astoria to the county line).  INCO encourages you to consider running for office if you live in one of those districts. Your values, wisdom, and experience matter when you serve the public.
 
Filing deadline is Tuesday, March 12. Information is at the county website, 
https://www.clatsopcounty.gov/elections.
Register for this COINversation here.
TREES, TAXES, AND DEMOCRACY
Fair taxation has been a theme for our democracy even before the US was a country. Remember the Boston Tea Party in 1773!

An Oregon bill calls for a study of the timber harvest tax, which was dramatically reduced some years ago. Most Oregonians want to have a fairer timber tax for community wildfire protection, increased county revenue, and watershed protection. Several pro-democracy organizations, including the Oregon League of Women Voters, Tax Fairness Oregon, and Mobilizing for Climate Action Team support this bill. Senator Golden's bill will attempt to bring stable funding while addressing conservation concerns. 

Please submit testimony supporting SB1593-1 by 3:00pm Tuesday. Suggested talking points are 
here. To submit written testimony - even a few sentences - click here and type.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

INCO's Bebe Michel writes to voters nearly every day and knows that each postcard and letter to voters makes an impact. She recommends these options. 

POSTCARDING OPTIONS 

POSTCARDS TO SWING STATES 
Rally Democrats to vote from across the country, from presidential swing states to competitive state legislative districts.  
 turnoutpac.org —> click on Get Involved

RECLAIM OUR VOTE
Educate and empower voters of color in voter suppression states.  
CenterForCommonGround.org —> click on Actions

OREGON CD5 TAKE BACK THE HOUSE PROJECT hosted by 
Makes sure that voters know that Lori Chavez-DeRemer is NOT the moderate she pretends to be.  Sign up through COIN (Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network)      
 COINOregon.org —> scroll down to COIN’s 2024 Priorities and Strategy section —> Priority #1 —> click on postcarding link.  

POSTCARDS TO VOTERS
Friendly, handwritten reminders to targeted voters giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. 
 PostcardsToVoters.org —> information on the home page.  

IF WRITING LETTERS IS YOUR THING
VOTE FORWARD LETTERS
Volunteers share their personal messages to encourage fellow citizens to vote.  
 votefwd.org —> sign up and sign in.

PREDICTING THE WEATHER... AND MORE
Ignore the Polls!
"Democrats have consistently overperformed in special and general elections since the Dobbs decision in 2022, even while the polls have failed again and again to predict their success. There is something fundamentally flawed about polling methodology, and it is increasingly irresponsible of the media to run with headlines that are not factually supportable because the polls they are based on are known to be inaccurate. 

"In what other area would this ever be okay? It’s like warning there’s a good chance of severe storms or even a hurricane, but based on barometers that haven’t functioned properly for years."
-- Jay Kuo, 
The Status Kuo, February 14, 2024

INCO INSIGHTS

"The secret of life is learning to live with interesting questions.” 
—  Richard Cameron-Wolfe, composer  

Indivisible defends democracy by opposing authoritarianism, bigotry, and corruption.
Comments, news, and photos to INCO at 
incoregon@gmail.com

Resources and other information at www.incoregon.org and www.indivisible.org.
Encourage others to sign up for the INCO newsletter at our website 
or here.
Look for the INCO column in 
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