Senator Armitage is our interim state senator and will serve through this year. Voters will elect a new state senator in November. Armitage is a Democrat from Warren. Her senate committee assignments are: Veterans & Emergency Preparedness, Finance & Revenue, and Joint Information Management and Technology (which she will co-chair).
She wants to hear from you and asks that you let her know about local meetings you'd like her to attend.
SIGN 3 PROGRESSIVE BALLOT INITIATIVES AT HOME
Three Oregon ballot initiatives, supported by progressive organizations, have started collecting signatures to place the initiatives on the November, 2022 ballot. You can print, sign and mail those petitions to each campaign office from the comfort of your home. Those initiatives are:
1. IP 6, titled the OR People's Rebate,which would increase the corporate activities tax by 2% on profit over $25 million dollars and then rebate all that increased revenue to Or residents of the year before. Expectation is that each qualified individual would receive an annual rebate of $750; $3000 for a family of four, thus moving revenue from the largest national and international corporations to the people. Visit the OR People’s Rebate website for full details and text of measures. Print the single signature sheet here.
The next two petitions were written and the signature drives have been organized by Lift Every Voice Oregon, a coalition of Oregon faith leaders to end gun violence in Oregon. 2. IP 17 - The Reduction of Gun Violence Act states “All firearm purchasers will need a permit to buy a firearm. Before issuance, the permit applicant must successfully complete a background check (regardless of how long it takes),as well as pass both a firearm safety training class and a live-fire training session.” Read the full summery here.
3. IP 18 – The Reduction From Harm from Weapons Act states “The manufacture, import, possession, use, purchase and otherwise transferring of semiautomatic assault firearms, as defined in the initiative petition, are banned.” Read the full summary here.
Visit the Lift Every Voice Oregon website for full details and text of measures IP 17 and 18. Print the single signature sheet for IP 17 hereand for IP 18 here.
If you want to gather signatures, that information is on the Lift Every Voice website and the OR People’s Rebate website. -- David Delk, INCO activist and chair, Oregon Progressive Party
WHO SAID THAT?
I've enjoyed sharing quotes in the newsletter's INCO INSIGHTS. I've compiled them in Word documents, so you can be inspired and share their wisdom, inspiration, and humor. If you'd like to have a copy of these quotes, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. -- Laurie Caplan
"BE A HERO"
"That's the beauty of democracy, that together we can be more than our individual selves."
-- Activist Ady Barkan, featured in "Not Going Quietly," a documentary about his activism while living with ALS. The film is on PBS through 3/25/22.
REASONS TO WRITE FOR JAMIE Strengthen the Democratic majority in Congress
Be part of a statewide effort to support Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress, Oregon's District 5. Jamie’s priorities are to address the climate crisis, support working families and economic recovery, and protect our democracy.
If you'd like to write postcards to Oregon voters for her campaign, please contact email@example.com.
WHO SHOULD GET YOUR TIME AND MONEY?
"The States Projectis dedicated to flipping control at the state level in legislatures and governorships. The model of The States Project is for volunteers to form a circle of friends who join together to support specific races in “target” states. Strategic investments of small amounts of money can yield tremendous swings in political power at the state level. For example, if Democrats can flip just two seats each in the Arizona Senate and House in 2022, they will gain control of state government in a critical swing state going into 2024. The amount of money necessary to swing a state election is a fraction of the amount of money necessary to flip a U.S. Senate seat or competitive House seat.
"If you are looking for a way to get involved and make a big difference with individual donations, The States Project is for you. Check out this podcast about the critical role of state legislatures." -- Robert Hubbell, Today's Edition, January 23, 2022
SHOULD YOU BE A COUNTY COMMISSIONER?
Three Clatsop County Commissioner positions are on the May 17 ballot, for Districts 1, 3, and 5. District maps arehere. Filing deadline for the May 17 primary is March 8. Get more information from Clatsop County Elections Department hereor at 503-325-8605.
If you don't run, who will?
Tuesday,February 8 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, February 7 for your Zoom link.
Saturday, February12- INCO Warrenton Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 am. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org by February 11 for more information.
Saturday, February 19 - INCO Astoria - North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11am - noon. If you are new to this group, contact email@example.com by February 18 to get the Zoom link.
Every Friday - INCO Write to Voters (WTV) via Zoom, 3-4 pm. Informal chat while we write letters and postcards to voters. If you are new to this event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org get the Zoom link.
Write To Voters - Elections and issue campaigns need you year-round. INCO encourages you to sign up to write to voters at www.postcardstovoters.org. For general Get Out the Vote letter campaigns, sign up atVote Forward. For supplies, stamps, or information, contact email@example.com.
"I don't believe in crying over my bridge until I've eaten it." -- Noel Coward, "Private Lives"