Multco Dems

MultDems Call to Action: Keep Clean Energy Funding Intact!

As Oregonians, we shouldn’t have to pit schools against clean energy.

We deserve fully funded schools and clean energy jobs and initiatives. Unfortunately, an amendment to the Student Success Act (HB 3427) could damage the future of the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) and prevent other cities and counties from taking this kind of bold action.

What’s going on? A likely amendment to the Student Success Act (HB 3427) contains concerning language that could hurt the future of the Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) and prevent other cities and counties from taking this kind of bold action through gross receipts surcharges or taxes.

Here’s the problem:

House Bill 3427, -15 amendments, Section 12 (scroll to page 17-18):

LOCAL TAX PREEMPTION

SECTION 12. Local taxes preempted.

(1) Except as expressly authorized by this section, the authority to impose, in this state, a tax upon the commercial activity of an entity is vested solely in the Legislative Assembly. A city, county, district or other political subdivision or municipal corporation of this state may not impose, by ordinance or other law, a tax upon commercial activity.”(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to any tax, or to the subsequent amendment of the provisions of any tax, if the ordinance or other law imposing the tax is in effect and operative on March 1, 2019.

If the bill passes with this clause intact, it won’t retroactively impact PCEF, but it could harm our ability to modify PCEF. And, it would take this important funding tool away from future progressive causes and initiatives throughout the state. We need to remove this language that concentrates power in the Legislature and takes it away from local communities.

Use the scripts below to call, email, or write your legislators in Salem.

CLICK HERE to find contact information for your state legislators.

CALL SCRIPT

My name is NAME, and I am a constituent in your district. I am contacting you  because I am concerned about a specific section of House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act.

(Put the following bullet points in your own words)

  • The bill will raise much needed revenue for education, but the 15 amendments contain a concerning provision.
  • SECTION 12 would preempt any local jurisdictions or citizen initiative petitions from raising revenue through gross receipts taxes or surcharges.
  • This sets a dangerous precedent that endangers local control over how to raise revenue and prevents citizens from making revenue decisions for their own communities.

If Section 12 remains in HB 3427, MY COMMUNITY wouldn’t be able to raise needed money for __(INSERT WHAT YOU WOULD WANT NEW LOCAL REVENUE TO FUND).

  • I urge you to protect the ability for our local community to make its own decisions about revenue and remove SECTION 12 from the bill
  • If they push back by saying that this is something other states have done with widespread revenue reform, answer by saying: “Legislative preemption over local jurisdictions is a worrying trend that Oregon should not be a part of. We must stand strong to support allowing our local communities to make  their own decisions about how to raise revenue.”

EMAIL/LETTER SCRIPT

Dear LEGISLATOR,

My name is NAME and I am a constituent in your district. I live (roughly where you live), and I voted for you in (YEAR if you voted for the legislator). I am writing to you today because I am concerned about a specific section of House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act.

Put the following bullet points in your own words:

  • The bill will raise much needed revenue for education, but the -1 amendments contain a concerning provision.
  • SECTION 12 would preempt any local jurisdictions or citizen initiative petitions from raising revenue through gross receipts taxes or surcharges
  • This sets a dangerous precedent that endangers local control over how to raise revenue and prevents citizens from making revenue decisions for their own communities.
  • If Section 12 remains in HB 3427, MY COMMUNITY wouldn’t be able to raise needed money for __(INSERT WHAT YOU WOULD WANT NEW LOCAL REVENUE TO FUND).

Legislative preemption over local jurisdictions is a worrying trend that Oregon should not be a part of. We must stand strong to support allowing our local communities to make their own decisions about how to raise revenue.

I urge you  to protect the ability for our local community to make our own decisions about revenue and remove SECTION 12 from the bill.

(Your Preferred Signoff)

NAME

Announcing the April 11 Central Committee Meeting

We invite you to the Central Committee meeting of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. The meeting will take place:

Thursday, April 11

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212

(Map)

Meet and hear the goals of the great Democrats who are running in the 2019 May Elections.

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.  

6:30 PM Registration and Sign In

7:00 PM Business Meeting begins

9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

Resolutions

As described in the Bylaws of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County, a resolution can be proposed

  • by the Platform, Resolution, Legislation Committee (PRLC)
  • or by 5 precinct committee persons (PCPs).

We will be voting on a resolution to rescind the Oregon Kicker Law. The text of the resolution is here. (Updated to v1-1 on 11 April 2019)

[Update, 6 April] An additional resolution will be considered, “Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature.” The full text is available here. (Updated to v1-2 on 11 April 2019)

We will be voting on appointment of Precinct Committee Persons. A list of persons eligible for appointment can be found here.

[Update 8 April] Rules Committee has two rule changes to discuss at the meeting. You can read them here.

Thank you for everything you do.

Sincerely,

Lurelle Robbins, Chair

Democratic Party of Multnomah County

chair@multdems.org

Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) Elect Congressional District One and Five Delegates

At the January 13 organizational meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elected delegates to represent us to Congressional District One and Five.

These delegates join the advisory committee that meets with their representative to the U.S. House or Representatives.  

Our delegates are community voices for our Congressional representatives. They have the opportunity to regularly consult with the office of — and frequently the very person of — their congressional Representative.

Congressional District 1 is represented by Rep. Susan Bonamici. Kurt Schrader represents Congressional District 5.

The role touches national politics; the chairs of the Congressional District Committees serve as Presidential Electors during a Presidential Election year.

Any registered Democrat who resides in Oregon can run for the position of Congressional Delegate and have the opportunity to provide a direct voice to their representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Below is the list of winning candidates (and alternates) from each district:

Congressional District 1 Representatives from Multnomah County

  • Cindy Smith
  • Matt Laas
  • Bill Harris

CD-1 Alternates

1-Kathy Jackson
2-David Altermatt
3-Julie Peterson

Congressional District 5 Representatives from Multnomah County

  • Paul Sardoch
  • Rachel Harris



Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elect Congressional District Three (CD-3) delegates.

At the January 13 organizational meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) elected Congressional District Three (CD-3) delegates.

These delegates join the advisory committee that meets with their representative to the U.S. House or Representatives (in this case, Representative Earl Blumenauer) to further their goals in Washington, D.C. Their service is to provide authentic community voices to our Congressional representatives. They have the opportunity to regularly consult with the office of — and frequently the very person of — their congressional Representative.

The role touches national politics; the chairs of the Congressional District Committees serve as Presidential Electors during a Presidential Election year.

Any registered Democrat who resides in Oregon can run for the position of Congressional Delegate and have the opportunity to provide a direct voice to their representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Female CD-3 Delegates

Julia DeGraw
Sharon Maxwell
Leigha LaFleur
Lisa Morrison
Linda Livermore
Layla Assem
Kate Flanagan
Debbie Schwartz
Natalie Bloodgood

Female Alternate CD-3 Delegates

1-Marcia Schneider
2-Shirley Minor
3-Faith Ruffing
4-Adrienne Enghouse
5-Taraneh Fultz
6-Jackie Weissman
7-Rachelle Dixon
8-Jennifer Kristiansen
9-Lisa Wolf

Male CD-3 Delegates

Kyle Huth
Tom Fox-Sellers
Michael Cojocaru
Aaron Levine
Ethan Scarl
Bing Wong
Ben Lavine
Miguel Moseler
James Davis

Male Alternate CD-3 Delegates

1-Jonathan Pulvers
2-Tim Rowan
3-Moshe Lenske
4-Bob Tackett
5-Mitch Rofsky
6-Quinton Blandon
7-Dan Goetz
8-Marc Koller
9-Tom Karwaki

Multnomah County Democrats Elect State Central Committee Delegates

January 15, 2019

At the January 13 Organizational Meeting, Multnomah County Democrats (MCD) Precinct Committee Persons voted for our party’s representation to the Democratic Party of Oregon (DPO).

State Central Committee delegates represent Multnomah County Democrats to the Democratic Party of Oregon.

These delegates will help determine the path of the Democratic Party by electing state officers, participating in platform discussion, and directing Oregon’s representation to the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Female Delegates

Rachelle Dixon (automatic as VC1)

in vote order, most votes to least:

Shirley Minor

Gladys Marie Garcia

Ruth Jensen

Betsy Salter

Eileen Reavey

Lisa Ortiz

Lisa Wolf

Cindy Smith

Catherine Thomasson

Female Alternates

1.Sarah Wolk

2.Jil Heimensen

3.Adrienne M. Enghouse

4.Aftyn Garvin

5.Ami Fox

6.Leah Gibbs

7.Faith Ruffing

8.Jackie Weissman

9.Maggie Skendarian

10.Kathy Jackson

Male Delegates

Lurelle Robbins (automatic as Chair)

in vote order, most votes to least:

Albert Lee

Pete Lee

John Harris Knight

Quinton Blandon

Jason Ali Allen

Michael Burch

Bing Wong

Jack Hanna

Dan Goetz

Male Alternates

1.Graham Parks

2.Gary Lietke

3.Michael Smith

4.Michael Cojocaru

5.Moses Ross

6.Tim Rowan

7.Spencer Trumm

8.Julio Castilleja

9.Mitch Rofsky

10.Bob Tackett

Reorg Election Results

Here are the newly elected MultCoDem Officers for the 2018-2019 term:

Chair: Lurelle Robbins

Vice Chair-1: Rachelle Dixon

Vice Chair-2: Michael Smith

Treasurer: Jil Heimensen

Recording Secretary: Patch Perryman

Communications Officer: Joel Barker

Technology Officer: Aaron Levine

Announcing the January 10th Central Committee Meeting

We cordially invite you to this month’s meeting of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. The meeting will take place:

Thursday, January 10
Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212
(Map)

Please note that this meeting is separate and distinct from the Organization Meeting on January 13th. We will not be voting on Party officers or SCC and CD delegates at this Central Committee meeting. However, we will be voting on an amendment to the Party’s bylaws.

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.
6:30 PM Registration and Sign In
7:00 PM Business Meeting begins
8:00 PM Credentialing Ends
9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

Invited speakers for the social portion include:

  • Kevin Fitts, speaking on Peer Respite legislation;
  • Mary Thurman and Education Study group on their success in getting 2 bills in the legislature;
  • State Representatives Janelle Bynum and Tawna Sanchez
  • Representatives for the proposed Compassionate Care District, which is scheduled to come before the Portland City Council at their January 17 meeting.

We will be voting on an amendment to the Party Bylaws. This amendment changes the procedure by which we amend the Bylaws in the future. You may read the full amendment here.

We will also be voting on a resolution in support of the Compassionate Care District. You may read the full resolution here.

We will not be voting on Precinct Committee Persons at this meeting.

As a reminder, the Organizational Meeting, where we will vote for Party officers and SCC and CD delegates, will be held Sunday January 13th at the Embassy Suites PDX Airport, 7900 NE 82nd Ave., Portland, OR 97220. Details at lead.multdems.org.

Stay tuned to this space for further details.

Nominations for Dick Celsi, Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat and Bill and Gladys McCoy Awards Are Now Open!

This year’s Multnomah County Democratic Party Dick Celsi Celebration will be held March 9, 2019. At that event, three individuals will be recognized for their service and commitment to the Party. Therefore, we are pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the Dick Celsi Award, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award, and the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award. You may offer nominations by using this link to our nomination form. Nominations are due by midnight the night of February 15, 2019. You may use the form multiple times to nominate more than one person.

The Dick Celsi Award

Dick Celsi – “Celsi” as his friends called him – served as Chair of the Multnomah County Democratic Party during the 1970s and Chair of the State Democratic Party during the 1980s and into the 1990s. A Democratic Socialist, he was a strong voice for the poor, homeless, and those without means.

In honor of Dick Celsi, a Precinct Committee Person (PCP) who emulates Dick Celsi’s dedication to the Party and to grassroots activism will be selected to receive the Dick Celsi Award. To be eligible for this award, the PCP must not have previously received it, must not be a State or County Democratic Party Officer, and must not have been an officer of the Multnomah County Democrats within the last six months.

Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award

Barbara Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman to serve as Oregon Governor, and was also the first woman to serve as Majority Leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. She also served as Secretary of State for two terms, and, most recently, as a member of Metro Council from 2011 to 2013.

In her honor, the Governor Barbara Roberts Young Democrat Award is presented to a young Democrat who has significantly contributed as a volunteer for our organization. To be eligible for this award, the recipient shall be no older than 37 as of January 1, 2019.

Bill and Gladys McCoy Award

Bill McCoy in 1972 became the first African-American elected to the Oregon State Legislature. His wife Gladys became the first African-American member of the Portland School Board in 1970, and then the first African-American Multnomah County Commissioner in 1979.

In their honor, the Bill and Gladys McCoy Award recognizes a present or past-elected official who resides in Multnomah County and who has provided significant service and support to the Party.

Announcing the December 13 Central Committee Meeting

We cordially invite you to this month’s meeting of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party of Multnomah County. The meeting will take place:

Thursday, December 13
Hollywood Senior Center
1820 NE 40th Avenue, Portland 97212
(Map)

Our schedule is as follows:

6:00 PM Doors open.
6:30 PM Registration and Sign In
7:00 PM Business Meeting begins
8:00 PM Credentialing Ends
9:00 PM Scheduled end of Business Meeting

CREDENTIALING (REGISTRATION FOR VOTING) ENDS AT 8:00PM, when numbers present are reported to the Recording Secretary.

There are no resolutions currently scheduled to come before the Central Committee.

We will be voting on appointment of Precinct Committee Persons. A list of persons eligible for appointment can be found here.

Stay tuned to this post for further announcements.

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