By Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland).
Here's what has happened so far with the long-sought majority of 31 Democrats in the Oregon House:
- The Biofuels package, kick-starting alternative energy in our state is on its way to becoming law
- The clampdown on the payday loan industry has been completed with last week's cap of 36% interest on consumer loans
- Domestic Partnership and anti-discrimination bills were be signed into law, after far too many years of struggle
- Funding for Head Start and K-12 education is moving back in the right direction after years of all too painful cuts
- Reform of the signature gathering industry that has hijacked our initiative process is moving on through
- Oregon now has a Rainy Fund to protect our schools, public safety and seniors during an economic downturn
- Progressive legislation on all fronts is being debated, winning and moving forward
- We're on schedule to have the most productive legislative session in recent memory, and to adjourn on time
Here's what would happen if there were 36 Democrats in the Oregon House today:
- The Healthy Kids package would be passed, providing health care for over 100,000 kids through an increase in the tobacco tax
- Funding for higher education, community colleges and workforce development would be a given, with reasonable steps like an increase in the corporate minimum tax rate (which has been set at $10 since 1931!)
- The progressive agenda for Oregon for the next decade would be off and running.
Here's what will happen in 2008 if Oregon Democrats slip back to under 31 seats and become the minority party again:
- Oregon stalls and fades backwards and the rest of the country continues to move forward.
We have Oregon on a roll, and we need your help to keep it going. You know what a difference it makes having the Oregon House in Democratic hands. It's night and day for our state.
And we absolutely must push even harder in 2008 to not only beat back the desperate and no-holds-barred GOP campaign against our incumbents (which has already begun), but to also aggressively move to take at least five more seats to get to the 36-seat majority we need to put in place our long term vision for education, health care, public safety, environmental progress and economic development that is so crucial to our future.
What can you do to help?
If you have ever considered running for the Oregon House, or if you know people in your district who might be excellent candidates in 2008, 2010, 2012 and beyond, come to Emerging Leaders Day at the Capitol on June 7 and spend time with Governor Ted Kulongoski, Speaker Jeff Merkley, Majority Leader Dave Hunt and the Oregon House Democrats. With your help, the best is yet to come:
Emerging Leaders Day 2007
Thursday, June 7th 8am – 3pm
Oregon State Capitol, Salem
Emerging Leaders Day is a biennial opportunity for aspiring Democratic legislators to spend the day “serving” with current House Democratic lawmakers. During Emerging Leaders Day, community leaders from around the state learn the nuts and bolts of the legislative process and get a firsthand view of democracy at work. Emerging Leaders from all 60 Oregon Legislative districts are welcome.
Please join us to learn how to serve Oregon by serving in the Oregon Legislature. For more information contact Michele Rossolo at 503-249-0457 or email@example.com no later than May 29th, 2007. SPACE IS VERY LIMITED!