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KC, Stepping Down (but not a good-bye!)

Smilin' KC

After 5 years, I'm stepping down
as Multnomah County Democratic Party Chair.


I couldn't be more proud, or more humbled by this opportunity the PCPs of MultCo Dems have given me. I thank all of you for your support and efforts over the past 5 years. We are winners, and that tradition will continue.

Like so many folks, I came to the Democratic Party full of energy about big picture issues. When I saw the Bush administration demolish the economy, and launch into what were to become our two longest wars, I was ready to be a player in the battle against the Neocons.  But in taking on the local ground game, and then local leadership, it became crystal clear to me that the best fight was the local fight...  Not only is it the most winnable, but it also sets the course for the future, while still  beating the GOP.  Many of you remember Howard Dean's 50 State Strategy  - well, the Multnomah County 130 precinct strategy works pretty darn well too.

We win because the Multnomah Democratic effort is driven by a vast team of folks - YOU, who all give in whatever way you can and contribute to Democratic success - among the top performers in the nation. This is not hyperbole - only 7 states are "thoroughly Democratic," i.e., the entire state Executive branch, both US Senators, and the State houses are all Democratic. Of those 7 states, Oregon has the narrowest margin between Democratic and GOP voter registration, yet our consistently "light blue" state  is colored a deep indigo the day after the election. 

We win because in the last 11 elections in the last 5 years (yes, really - 11 elections!), we work our proverbial butts off. You have gone to 100's of events, knocked on 1000's of doors, and have even dropped over a 1/4 of a million slate cards. Multnomah County has put it over the top for Senator Jeff Merkley, Gov. John Kitzhaber, BOLI Commissioner Brad Avakian and SoS Kate Brown.  Multnomah County turf is in 18 State House Districts and 11 State Senate Districts. All but 2 of these are Democratic. Yes, I'll say it;  Oregon is blue because Multnomah works so hard to stay definitively blue.

We win because you KNOW that spending your $15 locally is a heckova lot more effective than shipping it off to DC. (C'mon, it's my last email, you KNOW I have to plug the Party - You really do get the best bang for the buck right here at home! - Contribute! )

We win because we know that resting on our progressive laurels is never good enough.  We know that every campaign season will require the renewed energy, and that Democracy itself must be diligently and constantly nurtured.  With that in mind, I can tell you that while another name will be attached to the bottom of our email blasts, I will still be in the middle of the fight.

I sincerely hope that you will be too.
Warmest regards,
Carla (KC) Hanson

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Public Hearing on Cultural Competency in Health Care

Start Date: 
February 15, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The First Public Hearing on HB 2611, "Directs certain health professional regulatory boards to ...[require] licensees to [participate] in continuing education... relating to cultural competency approved by the Oregon Heath Authority."

Hearing Room E, Oregon State Capitol, Salem

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Feb. 21 Organization Meeting - Election of Officers

Every two years, we must "organize" the party. That means we have elections for all officer positions and for delegates to the State Central Committee and Congressional District Committees. You might have heard about a "Re-org Meeting." This is it! Please join us at the Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave (just north of Sandy Blvd). The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. Doors open for credentialing at 6:00 p.m.

You can see the candidates who have submitted on-line nominations by clicking the link below:

2013 Re-organization Candidates


The officer positions are: Chair, First Vice-chair, Second Vice-chair, Communications Officer, Treasurer, Technology Officer and Recording Secretary. The term is two years, and according to our bylaws, "Any citizen of Multnomah County registered to vote as a Democrat for at least the preceding 180 days shall be eligible to hold any office of the Central Committee."

The State Central Committee positions are open to any registered Democrat residing in Multnomah Country. The delegation is gender balanced. We send 17 delegates and 17 alternates. Note: The next SCC meeting is scheduled for March 10th, probably in Marion County. These meetings are quarterly, and may involve travel to other parts of the state.

The Congressional District Committee positions are also open to any registered Democrat residing in the CD for which he or she wants to be a delegate. The delegations are gender balanced. Our allotments are as follows:

CD 1: 3 delegates and 1 alternate
CD 3: 15 delegates and 4 alternates
CD 5: 2 delegates and 1 alternate


According to State law, only ELECTED PCPs are eligible to vote for officer positions. ALL PCPs are eligible to vote for delegate positions.

In accordance with our bylaws, only nominations that were received by February 14th will appear on printed ballots at the meeting. Nominations may be made from the floor for write-in candidates.

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PCP Appointments for January 10th Meeting

The following Multnomah County Democrats have applied and are eligible to be appointed Precinct Committee Persons at the January 10th Central Committee Meeting:

Precinct #3502 Jeston Black
Precinct #3606 David M. Smith
Precinct #3802 Charles Ainsworth
Precinct #3803 Todd Farris
Precinct #4201 Emma Williams
Precinct #4207 Travis Miller
Precinct #4302 Ellen Flenniken
Precinct #4307 Lindsey Capps
Precinct #4311 De Nice Paschal
Precinct #4501 Karol Otto
Precinct #4503 Matthew Mattera
Precinct #4510 Betty Jones
Precinct #4709 Tina Semko
Precinct #5104 Gary Rowell

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