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On Friday, 12/14/12, members of the Oregon Legislature were rushed into an Emergency Session called by Gov. Kitzhaber in an rare process to specifically consider an act regarding the basis of Nike's Oregon corporate taxeds and future jobs. Thursday evening, the night before,the Multnomah County Democrats held our regular monthly meeting. While the Special Session process was too quick for us to duly review the bill and its amendments and then pass a resolution reflecting our feelings, we had a vibrant and thoughtful discussion about this bill. Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer, Rep. Lew Frederick's LA, Sue Hagmeier, and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder's LA, Andie Short were on hand to both catch us up on the bill and the process, and to listen to our concerns. At the end of the discussion, Multnomah PCPs unanimously expressed support for a No vote in a straw poll question on the Bill.
In the end, amendments to the bill partly addressed some of the concerns widely expressed by our party PCPs, by the public and by a number of legislators. While the bill passed both chambers, not all Multnomah area legislators found that it had been improved enough for them to justify an AYE vote. We commend these Multnomah Legislators - Rep. Jefferson Smith, Rep. Lew Frederick, Rep. Carolyn Tomei, Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer and Senator Chip Shields for their thoughtful and courageous votes in opposition to the bill.
For a robust sampling of opinion regarding the Special Session and the bill itself, please go to www.blueoregon.com.
Included below is Chair KC Hanson's written testimony as submitted to the Committee. (This was submitted as a constituent since the Party had no time to formalize a response.)
The following Democrats have applied and are eligible to be appointed Precinct Committee Persons at the December 13th Central Committee Meeting:
Precinct #3502 Jeston Black
Precinct #3606 David M. Smith
Precinct #3802 Charles Ainsworth
Precinct #3803 Todd Farris
Precinct #4101 Julane Grant
Precinct #4207 Travis Miller
Precinct #4302 Ellen Flenniken
Precinct #4304 Clareese Shelby
Precinct #4307 Lindsey Capps
Precinct #4311 De Nice Paschal
Precinct #4501 Deborah Harris
Precinct #4501 Karol Otto
Precinct #4503 Matthew Mattera
Precinct #4510 Betty Jones
Precinct #4708 Paul McCoy
Precinct #4709 Tina Semko
Precinct #5003 Betty Jo Austin
-Teddy Keizer, Vice-chair
Saturday, December 8, 4:00 PM
Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark, Portland, Corner of SE 6th & Stark
Why? To build on the good work to engage all of our Oregon neighbors
and invite them to join the Democratic Party.
With the support of individual donors as well as local county parties (and Multnomah Democrats were among the first!), Common Good PAC was able to produce 2 radio spots and place ads on 3 different Hispanic radio stations, KRYP-El Rey, KWIP - LA Compeona, and KSND - Recuerdo. The spots ran from October 22 through November 4th and reached half to three quarters of the State of Oregon.
These are just some of the Multnomah County Democratic Party volunteers whose tireless efforts over the last year made possible our historic victories on November 6th: