It's too late to mail your ballot. Take it to an official ballot drop site; they're located throughout the county.
LISTEN TO CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS
Thanks to Coast Community Radio/KMUN for these interviews with candidates for the college, port, and transportation district. These districts serve all of Clatsop County, and your county taxes help fund them. Listen to the interview podcasts on the station’s website.
STUDENT SUCCESS ACT PASSES!
Both the Oregon House and Oregon Senate have passed the Student Success Act, sending it to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law. This $2 billion investment in our classrooms will change lives, ending a devastating 30-year cycle of cuts and layoffs in our schools. It would raise $1 billion per year through a half a percent tax on Oregon's wealthiest businesses via a .057% tax on gross receipts for businesses with $1 million or more in sales. This will likely go to referendum, and we'll be asking your help to uphold the measure.
SUPPORT KEY BILLS IN SALEM
Important bills are working their way through the legislature, so it's time to contact Betsy and Tiffiny with your opinions.Senate Republicans ended a weeklong walkout Monday and returned to the Oregon Capitol after Democratic leadership agreed to major concessions on some of the most high-profile bills this session. Democrats scrapped bills on gun control and vaccines in exchange for Republicans' return to Senate and their agreement not to repeat this maneuver.
HEALTH CARE: Health Care for All Oregon (HCAO), the major organization in Oregon advocating for creation of a single-payer universal affordable health care system in Oregon has called for support for legislation to do just that. Note that our Representative Tiffany Mitchell is a original co-sponsor of this legislation. She could be asked to now support the A4 amendment.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: Oregon's situation is dismal. To regulate money in political campaigns, we need a constitutional amendment. Voice your support for SJR18-5, which proposes this amendment.
PLASTICS:Call State Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell and urge her to vote YES on S.B. 90 to ban plastic straws. Call State Sen. Betsy Johnson and thank her for her Yes vote on S.B. 90 to ban plastic straws and urge her to vote YES on H.B. 2509, a ban on plastic carry out bags, and YES on H.B. 2883, a ban on polystyrene!
There is a public hearing on H.B. 2883 on May 21 at 1 pm in the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. Please plan to testify in support of this ban on polystyrene. If you cannot attend the hearing, email your statement in support of H.B. 2883 email@example.com
CLIMATE: The Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) is working its way through the legislature. It's important you call Senator Betsy Johnson to urge a YES vote. She is Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee, and this bill will have to pass through that committee.
IMMIGRATION: HB 2015 would allow undocumented people living and working in our state to become licensed drivers; they would still be screened from voting. This bill is strongly supported by CAUSA and Gov. Kate Brown.
TRANSPARENCY: HB 2762/SB 594 would require candidates for president and vice president appearing on Oregon ballot to disclose the last five years’ tax returns.
The Clean Energy Jobs bill (HB 2020) is still being worked on in the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction. We have to keep our attention and our energy focused on our legislators. Join us at our second Lobby Day in Salem to meet with key legislators and Governor Brown.
SAVE THE DATE! Walk with INCO in the Astoria Pride Parade "Bridging Communities" Saturday, June 8 PARADE: Look for the INCO banner! 10:45 check-in on 12th near Marine Drive; 11 am parade From 12th on the Riverwalk to 21st INCO table at the PRIDE BLOCK PARTY noon - 6 pm 21st at the Riverwalk behind City Lumber Join the fun with INCO!
INDIVISIBLE OREGON'S TUESDAY CALL OF THE WEEK Tell your Members of Congress: It's Time to Impeach.
Join other Oregon Indivisibles and call your MoCs on Tuesday. Contact info is here.
HOW IMPEACHMENT WORKS
Impeachment starts in the House with investigation and impeachment hearings; if the House votes to impeach, then the Senate is like the jury and can vote to remove the President from office, or not. Impeachment does not require criminal behavior. The US Constitution allows for impeaching the president and his officials, including the Attorney General. Tell Congresswoman Bonamici what you want: 202-225-0855; email via https://bonamici.house.gov/contact-me.
“… my mother taught me that leaving the fight for a better world to "heroes" is a cop out. That fight belongs to all of us, and joining it isn't a choice. It's a duty and privilege for everyone.” — Senator Ron Wyden
ACTIONPRIORITIES How will your Members of Congress know what you want if you don't tell them?
• Contact ONLY elected officials who represent you so you don't dilute the power of actual constituents. • It's more effective to contact your MoC about one issue at a time. • Be sure to tell your MoC when you agree with their positions and votes.
Donald Trump has committed many impeachable offenses. For instance:
Tax fraud is a felony, as is obstruction. Trump has obstructed investigations into his taxes, and the Mueller investigation.
Mueller’s report confirmed that Trump’s campaign was eager to benefit from Russian interference in our elections and cited 10 clear instances of Trump’s obstruction of justice regarding the Russia investigation.
Refusing to provide Congress with complete information on Russian interference severely hinders efforts to protect this nation from foreign criminal cyber espionage and attacks on our elections.
Trump has stated that Congress does not really have the power to investigate the Executive branch, denying its constitutional authority. He has ordered administration officials not to testify and declared “we will fight all subpoenas”.
He has defied the rule of law and threatened our constitutional balance of powers. If Congress does nothing, they will be validating his actions. They will open the door for the next Trump-like president to act with impunity
Call your MOC’s. Mueller must be subpoenaed if necessary and testify before Congress immediately. Congress must start impeachment hearings now. A.G. Barr and Secretary Mnuchin have aided and abetted Trump’s defiance of the rule of law and must be held in contempt.