We Have a Location!

We have been able to secure a venue for our December 15th meeting. We will meet at 7 PM at the Hollywood Senior Center located at 1820 NE 40th Ave. This will also be our venue should we need to postpone tomorrow’s meeting to the Tuesday, December 20th date.

Due to continued weather concerns, we ask that you watch for our emails should we have another postponement. If we do we will send out another notice as soon as is possible and will go to the back up date of next Tuesday as mentioned above.

Clarification of Previous Message

Due to the severe weather on December 8th, our meeting had to be postponed.  We will reschedule for Thursday, Dec 15th, location TBD, so please watch your email for further details.  

The clarification: in our rush to get the notices out, we included a statement regarding our potential PCP applicants that was not fully explained.  PCP applicants must be present to be appointed unless you have documented attendance at one of our meetings in the past six months.  In this instance June, July, August, September, October, or November of this year. 

Unfortunately, our procedures for having guests sign in are not catching everyone.  We have been working to improve these procedures. 

Meanwhile, if you believe you have met the requirement of having attended a meeting in the past six months, and you are not able to attend on the 15th, please email me at chair@multdems.org and include our 2nd Vice Chair at vicechair2@multdems.org so we can look at that for you.

At the December 15th meeting, there will be a motion from the floor to suspend this attendance rule, as our desire for inclusion and fairness in the face of an unavoidable natural event may take precedence over this attendance requirement.  However, this would require two-thirds majority vote.  This is a high bar that is difficult to meet. 

So the very best way to insure that you can become a PCP at the December 15th meeting is to be there for your appointment.

Thank you, and again, my apologies. I will let you know ASAP where that meeting will be held on December 15th.  Please watch your email.

Lorraine VanHoe, Chair

November 10th Meeting at TaborSpace

5441 SE Belmont St. (enter on 54th Ave., directly to downstairs space)

Doors open for check-in at 6:15; meeting starts at 6:30, must end by 8:30.

The most imortant business scheduled for this meeting is election of a 2nd Vice-chair to finish the term term left vacant when Jim Freed moved out of Multnomah County. This term ends with the Organizational Meeting in January.

Here is the job description:

The Second Vice-Chair’s duties include: Chairing the Credentials Committee, maintaining and updating Precinct Committee Person records, and coordinating with the County Elections Division to ensure that records are up-to-date.

Candidate Statements:

Leslie Davis for 2nd Vice Chair

Stephanie Nystrom for 2nd Vice Chair

Other items on the agenda:

Multnomah Democrats' Ballot Measure Endorsements for November, 2016

The September 8th Central Committee meeting was largely devoted to understanding, debating and voting on positions to take on ballot measures on the 2016 General Election ballot. 95 Precinct Committee Persons took part. A position taken by the Party, to either support or oppose any measure, required a 2/3 vote for that position. Endorsed positions will appear on our slate cards, to be distributed to voters when ballots are mailed.

The Multnomah County Democratic Party endorses a "Yes" vote on each of these measures:

Statewide Referrals
Measure 94 - Judicial Retirement
Measure 95 - University Investment
Measure 96 - Veterans’ Services

Statewide Initiatives
Measure 97 - Corporate Income Tax
Measure 99 - Outdoor School Fund
Measure 100 - Endangered Species

Metro
Measure 26-178 - Metro Levy

City of Portland
Measure 26-179 - Affordable Housing
Measure 26-180 - Marijuana Tax

Multnomah County Charter Review
Measure 26-182 - Midterm Election
Measure 26-183 - Appointed Sheriff
Measure 26-184 - Contribution Limits

Special thanks to the Endorsement Task Force for compiling and presenting information on each measure, and the counting team that stayed up late to get results out promptly.

October 13th General Meeting/Central Committee Meeting

October 13th Meeting at Taborspace
5441 SE Belmont St. (enter on 54th Ave., directly to downstairs space)

Doors open for check-in at 6:15; meeting starts at 6:30, must end by 8:30.

We have unfinished business to finish, and final plans for a strong finish to the campaign, to get our slate cards to voters in Multnomah County and help get ballots returned. Some of our endorsed positions on ballot measures have big money coming in to oppose them (Measure 97, for example). Voters have shown us that they want to know what we think, so let's tell them.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of election fatigue out there, people saying, "Can it just be over tomorrow?" But it can't, and this is the time to build a strong finish.

In Oregon, GOTV (Get Out The Vote) doesn't quite describe vote by mail, but BITB (Bring In Those Ballots) does. Let's do it.

Detailed agenda:

Coordinated Campaign 3rd Cong. Dist. Field Office Now Open

The 3rd Congressional District Field office is NOW OPEN!

They have lawn signs, bumper stickers and buttons for Hillary available, so if you or anyone you know wants them, you can get them here!

I've been told that there are no lawn signs for Brown, Avakian, or the other statewide candidates available yet, but they should be coming soon!!

Office address:
1735 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97212

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 10am-8:30pm
Friday-Sunday: 10am-6pm

They are also looking for phone bankers to make calls and may need some office help too.

Jessica is the field coordinator for the 3rd CD and she'll be located at this office.

Endorsement Decisions at September 8th Meeting-New Location

Due to increased interest in Central Committee meetings, we have reserved a larger venue for the rest of 2016 and early 2017: Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St. Due to venue requirements, we are moving the meeting earlier. Check-in can begin at 6:15 and the meeting will begin at 6:30; we have to have the room cleaned up and be out by 9:00.

Our September 8th Central Committee Meeting will be focused on making decisions on endorsements of ballot measures. Positions taken in support or opposition will appear on the reverse side of our slate cards in October. If neither support nor oppose position gets 2/3 of the vote, the Party will take no position on that measure. Spokespersons have been invited from the campaigns, and we will reserve time for debate by members on each measure. The Endorsement Task Force's report is attached for download.

Draft Agenda

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