Monday, June 14, 2021

6-14-21 Newsletter


 Thanks to all of you who asked your state legislators to vote for SJM 5.
State Representative Suzanne Weber has signed on as a co-sponsor. The measure passed the state senate, 23-5. State Senator Betsy Johnson was excused from voting. It's currently in the Rules Committee, but no hearings have been scheduled.  So it is still alive but needs a push to get scheduled ASAP.  Please push!  State Representative Weber: 503-986-1432 

SJM 5 is a bipartisan resolution endorsing a proposed climate change bill in Congress, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). This resolution is part of a nationwide effort to show support from state legislatures and their constituents for the EICDA. 
RANKED CHOICE VOTING - there are three bills (HB2678HB2685HB2686) in the House (Introduced by Rep. Rayfield), all referred to House Rules Committee but no hearings have been scheduled on any of them.  Being in the Rules Committee means they are still alive but . . well, not likely to move.  They should be considered dead.  Proponents are planning on an initiative campaign.  Decision will happen after the end of the legislative session.  

TAG Lines required on political ads - HB3233 - Requires paid-for-by tagline on political communications by candidate to identify top five large donors to candidate's principal campaign committee. This bill is dead.  

Thanks to INCO activist David Delk for this legislative update.
Don’t you wish we had two more Democratic Senators?  We would if heavily Democratic DC were a state.  DC residents deserve equal representation in Congress. 

Send a free postcard to Senators Wyden and Merkley to thank them for co-sponsoring S.51, the bill for DC statehood. Our postcards show them just how many Oregonians support DC statehood. 

INCO will mail you 2 stamped postcards, the senators' addresses, and talking points. Then you write 1-2 sentences about why DC statehood matters. Get your postcards by sending your name and mailing address to
Now is the time to tell state legislators that you want to enact effective limits on campaign contributions in Oregon with two of the most promising bills, HB3343 and SB336.  If these bills do not have Work Sessions and positive votes in both the House and Senate, they will die. Contact info for legislators is here.
Wearing colorful headbands made for us by activist Carolyn Vena, INCO marched with Astoria Pride, June 8, 2019.
Join other Indivisibles for tips on the listening, curiosity, conversation, and practical skills needed to  have meaningful conversations to move folks toward progressive values and action in your community. You're invited to attend one or both of the last two sessions:
 Jun 16, 2021 08:00 PM 
 Jun 23, 2021 08:00 PM

Saturday,  June 19 - INCO North County Community Group Zoom meeting11 a.m - noon. Contact to get the Zoom link if you haven't attended a previous meeting.

Tuesday, July 13 INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 - 8 pm. Please RSVP to thru Monday, July 12 for your Zoom link.

Write To Voters. Special elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at or for general Get Out the Vote campaigns, sign up at Vote Forward. For supplies or information, contact
"Defeatism about the past is a grievous error; defeatism about the future is a crime."
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INCO Weekly Newsletter  June 14, 2021