It's an American tradition to complain about our elected leaders. And yet if good people don't run for office, there will be even more to complain about. Voters will elect mayors and city councilors and commissioners in November. For more details, contact each city administration.
ASTORIA Candidates may file complete applications until August 30 for Council positions of Mayor, Ward 1 and Ward 3. Sufficient time should be allotted for verification of application and subsequent petition signature validation through Clatsop County. Potential applicants should allow at least a week for verification of each step in the candidate process. Election information and forms may be foundat www.astoria.or.us.
WARRENTON, GEARHART, SEASIDE, AND CANNON BEACH Deadline for filing for mayor and city commissioner/councilor is this Friday, August 19 through the Clatsop County Elections office.
Graphic from the New York Times, August 13, 2022.
IN BRIEF: INFLATION REDUCTION ACT
On August 12, the House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act, a sweeping bill that will invest more than $430 billion in climate change and extended subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. It will raise about $737 billion over the next ten years by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, adequately staffing the Internal Revenue Service after years of cuts so it can catch people cheating on their taxes, and raising the tax rate on rich corporations to require them to pay a minimum of 15%.
The vote was 220 to 207, along party lines, although the measures in the bill are widely popular. Historian Heather Cox Richardson provided this information in Friday's Substack newsletter.
COULD OHIO HAPPEN IN OREGON?
Oregon voters can stop extremists from running our state. Check out this New Yorker podcast and New Yorker articleabout Ohio's extremist legislature created by gerrymandering. It's passing controversial legislation opposed by most Ohioans. It's a sobering look at extremist legislators taking over when voters don't pay attention.
CANDIDATES AT COIN MEETING
Please note that our second August COIN meeting has been moved to Tuesday August 23 at 7 pm. COIN-endorsed candidates, Tina Kotek for governor, and Christina Stephenson, for Labor Commissioner, will be our guests at this meeting. Use the same linkto register and submit your questions for these candidates.
Warrenton Indivisibles Carmen, Pat, Kathi, Carrie, Bob , and Kat (not shown) cleaned up Harbor Drive on Saturday. They haven't found any of the classified, top secret documents Trump stole from the US government, but they'll keep looking.
DEFEND THE WEST
Vote Save America, an offshoot of Pod Save America, Votesaveamerica.com offers effective ways to support great candidates in the west. Or choose the midwest, south, or east. When you sign up, Vote Save America will send you weekly actions they hear about from their partners on the ground.
Making colorful postcards add to the fun of writing to voters. These cards are for a Congressional candidate in New York. INCO can provide you with lined heavy-weight index cards so you can be as creative as you want - or not.
WRITE TO SAVE DEMOCRACY
The key to Democratic victories in 2020 elections is increasing voter turnout.
Please sign up to get out the vote for pro-democracy candidates. For prepped or blank postcards, stamps, or information, contact email@example.com.
WRITE AN LTE Write a Letter to the Editor (LTE) - Write a few sentences or more, up to 250 words. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your name, address, and phone.
WRITE TO YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS How will your Members of Congress know what you want if you don't tell them? Send a postcard, write an email through their websites. Even better - call and speak to a Congressional staffer, or leave a message. Here's contact information for Senators Wyden and Merkley, Congresswoman Bonamici, and for other elected officials..
INCO-Warrenton Community Group meeting. Next meeting date TBA. Contact Carmen at 503-440-2312 for details.
INCO South County Community Group meeting.Next meeting date TBA.
INCO Astoria/North County Community Group meeting. Next meeting date TBA.
INCO Write to Voters (WTV) - on hiatus until September 9.
INSIGHTS “Democracy is a team sport.” --Senator Gary Peters, (D)-Michigan