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Volunteer Highlight - October 2014

Gil and Gloria Luzader serve as Precinct Committee People for Multnomah County Democratic Party in House District 44. HD44 District Leader Tom Karwaki describes Gil and Gloria as "the backbone of St Johns," and says "Gil faithfully hands out four or five hundred slate cards each election, and Gloria makes about five hundred get-out-the-vote calls." The Luzaders both participate in our monthly General Meetings, and both help at Democratic booths and in the St Johns Parade. Gil has volunteered over three hundred hours in Senator Jeff Merkley's office over the past two years.

And like most good Democrats, they also serve their community more broadly. Both Gil and Gloria are leaders of the St Johns Main Street Foot Patrol. Both have been on the board of the St Johns Neighborhood Association and Gloria is active with the North Portland Public Safety Action Committee.

Multnomah County Democratic Party appreciates their service.

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Official Positions on 2014 Ballot Measures

The Multnomah County Democratic Party has officially taken the following positions on particular measures that will be on the General Election Statewide Ballot on November 4, 2014:

We SUPPORT Measure 86 -- the Oregon Opportunity Initiative, which will provide a dedicated revenue stream for financial aid to Oregon higher education students.

We SUPPORT Measure 88 -- Drivers' Cards, which upholds Senate Bill 833, a safe roads bill that provides a drivers certification process for all Oregon residents.

We SUPPORT Measure 89 -- Equal Rights Amendment, which amends the State Constitution to ban discrimination based on gender.

We OPPOSE Measure 90 -- the Top Two Primary, which would change Oregon's elections system so that only the top two vote-getting candidates in the Primary Election would appear on General Election ballots, and eliminate the opportunity for voters to write in candidates on the General Election ballot. This would eliminate minor parties from General Election ballots and eventually remove legal status from most small parties.

We SUPPORT Measure 91 -- Legalization of Marijuana, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014.

We SUPPORT Measure 92 -- GMO Labeling, which requires suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers to label foods with genetically modified organisms with a GMO designation.

We SUPPORT Portland city measure 26-159 -- Bonds to fix playgrounds, trails; improve park facilities, safety, accessibility, also known as the Parks Bond.

More information is here.

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2014 Ballot Measure Endorsements

The 2014 Endorsement Task Force examined ballot measures expected on the November ballot, and presented its recommendations at the August 14th Central Committee meeting. ETF members presented each measure, arguments for and against, and the Task Force's recommendation. Representatives from the campaigns, for and against, were invited unless we could find no organized campaign, and some also presented arguments to the group. The attached spreadsheet summarizes what the Task Force considered and its recommendations. A 2/3 majority vote of the PCPs present and voting is required for the Party to take a position on a ballot measure. Those positions supported by 2/3 of the members present will appear on our slate cards, to be distributed when the ballots are mailed. 

Recommendations were made by the ETF for Measures 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91 and 92. The ETF will consider the Portland Parks measure at a later date because it has not yet been filed as a local measure with Multnomah County; that deadline is September 4th.

When arguments were made and debated and votes taken on August 14th, the Central Committee agreed with the Task Force recommendations on six of the seven measures, by well over the 2/3 majority required. That means that our campaign materials and slate cards will note our support of Ballot Measures 86, 88, 89, 91 and 92, and our opposition to Ballot Measure 90. The Multnomah County Democratic Party will take no position on Ballot Measure 87. You can see an excellent summary of the task force's findings here or you can download them below.

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September Central Committee Meeting

September 11th, 7:00 PM

Multnomah Democrats' Headquarters
3551 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland

We had a successful (and fun!) Celsi Awards Dinner last Saturday, and we'll get a report of the results at the meeting this Thursday. Thank you to everyone involved, especially Leslie Davis, Celsi Chair.

Click here to see the pictures!

This month's meeting will focus on preparations for and execution of the campaign for this November's election. This includes trainings for District leadership and PCPs, office support, priority campaigns, ballot measures, slate card plan, getting out the vote, and more. Doors open at 6:00; come early to socialize.

Click here to read minutes of our August 14, 2014 meeting.

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