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TIME TO GET INVOLVED: Independent Candidate Backs Brown as Voter Turnout Higher than Usual

Governor Kate Brown won the endorsement of Independent gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes in a televised report from Portland on Oct. 30. Starnes said his reason is the excessive amount of funding Republican Knute Buehler has received from one person. That would be Nike founder Phil Knight, who has personally contributed $2.5 million to Buehler.

Brown’s campaign said Starnes reached out to them earlier in the week to discuss the situation.

This latest development occurred as Oregon voters are turning out at a higher clip than usual with Clackamas County staying ahead of the curve, but only by a smidgen. Continue reading

AROUND THE COUNTY: Analysts See Clackamas as Crucial to Brown Win
Down Ballot Impact Also Could Be Very Significant

By Peter Toll

Clackamas County is in the thick of it this election as various political analysts agree the governor’s race between Kate Brown and Knute Buehler will be decided here and in Washington County.

An article in the Portland Tribune makes it clear: Multnomah County voters predictably deliver a big number to Kate Brown’s re-election. But the bottom line will come in the two big “swing” counties, those known to go both ways or sometimes lean one way or the other.

Let’s take a quick look at voter registration, which gives Democrats the edge, then we’ll visit the turnout numbers. Continue reading

Kate Brown’s Accomplishments

Here’s a list of Kate Brown’s accomplishments as governor for you to share with your friends and neighbors who are wondering who to vote for.

1. Raised Oregon’s minimum wage significantly across the state, becoming the first in a series of states to help minimum wage workers make ends meet.

2. Signed the nation’s first law to phase out dirty coal power completely while doubling Oregon’s reliance on renewable energy by 2040.

3. Made community college affordable for low-income students through the Oregon Promise, a program that helps eligible students attend community college for as low as $50 per semester.

4. Passed expanded background checks in Oregon to help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

5. Made Oregon one of the easiest states in the nation to access birth control by signing laws allowing pharmacists to write birth control prescriptions and requiring insurance coverage for up to a 12 months supply at a time.

6. Approved paid sick leave for Oregon workers so they can take the time they need to care for themselves or family members without losing their paycheck or job.

7. Bolstered early childhood education by funding statewide all-day kindergarten for the first time in Oregon.

8. Passed ethics reforms to restore trust and accountability in state government, becoming the first governor to appoint a full time public records attorney, put all public records online, and released over 360,000 pages of public records.

9. Set the national standard for easy, accessible voting by creating the nation’s first “Motor Voter” automatic voter registration program, adding over 222,000 voters to rolls in the first seven months.

10. Oversaw sweeping protections for transgender students so every Oregon student will be accepted and respected no matter their gender identity.

11. Oregon achieved the lowest unemployment rate on record.

12. Challenged national lawmakers to take action on gun safety by calling for a ban on assault rifles and issuing an executive order to aid Oregon police in tracking dangerous weapons.

13. Banned “gay conversion therapy” in the state of Oregon so that no one is shamed for who they love.

14. Ended profiling as a law enforcement tactic to build trust and create stronger, safer communities

15. Strengthened assistance for small businesses that are the backbone of Oregon’s economy.

16. Put Oregon on track to improve affordable housing by signing new laws that tackle this critical issue.

17. Created a new state retirement program so all workers have the opportunity to plan for their retirement.

18. Launched efforts to build Oregon’s biofuel industry and reduce the use of fossil fuels by passing Oregon’s Clean Fuels law.

Clackamas County is one of two target Counties that Governor Kate Brown needs to win if she is going to be successful. Amy Kessler is requesting assistance from our County Party to recruit additional volunteers from October 27th to November 6th to blitz canvass during those dates. There is also a need for volunteers to assist with phone banking.

If you can help, even for an hour, contact Amy at 406 860-1718 or her email is: amy@teamoregonpac.com

Kate Brown’s Post-Session Report

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown released her end of session report last week. She talks about what was accomplished during the session:

We worked hard, met many of our goals and made progress on other initiatives. In addition to passing important legislation, during session we released several significant audits aimed at guiding the work of both legislators and state agencies.

She goes on to discuss progress on three major goals: helping small businesses get up and running, encouraging the growth of socially conscious businesses, and increasing voter participation among eligible citizens.

And she lays out a future goal:

With the overwhelming support of the legislature, we will audit TriMet, the state’s largest public transit agency that serves the Portland-metro area. We are getting to work on this project right away, so that our recommendations will be complete when the legislature returns in February 2014.

You can read the entire report here.

Kate Brown to speak at Clackamas Dems June meeting

kate brownWhy are Democrats trying to open the voter rolls while Republicans are trying to close them? Perhaps Oregon’s Secretary of State has an answer.

Kate Brown will discuss her landmark voter registration push and fresh new responsibilities assigned to her by the legislature when she addresses Clackamas Democrats at their regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 20, at the Operating Engineers Hall at 555 E. 1st, Gladstone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Secretary Brown served in the Oregon House of Representatives and then the Oregon Senate where she was Majority Leader when she was elected Secretary of State. She succeeded Bill Bradbury who was term-limited out of office after 10 years in the position. An attorney by training, she is married and lives with her family in Southeast Portland.

Oregon is one of a handful of states without a lieutenant governor. Oregon’s Secretary of State is authorized to succeed the governor in the event of death or act in the governor’s stead of he/she is incapacitated and unable to carry out the duties of the office.