The Good News: the Oregon legislature passed HB 5201 which allocates the exact amount specified in the Benton County voter-approved Ballot Measure to implement RCV in Benton County. The funds will be used to certify the new voting system and to conduct voter education and outreach about the switch to RCV.
However: we have been informed by the County Clerk that the County will NOT use RCV in 2018. The Clerk wants more time to do the education and implementation and believes that trying to get it all done by November would be too much of a push. The Clerk was also concerned that changing the system this late in the election cycle would not be fair to some of the candidates and parties who would not be prepared for campaigning under the new system.
We look forward to working with the County over the next 2 years for a stellar roll-out of Benton County's historic switch to this more democratic form of voting.
Do you want more choices in our elections?
Do you want representatives that share your views on things like gun control, immigration, healthcare and education? RCV PDX is an organization working to bring Ranked Choice Voting to Portland in 2020. Ranked Choice Voting allows voters to rank all candidates in order of preference rather than the current system of plurality voting that fails to require a majority of votes. RCV is the most popular alternative to our current system. We can have a more fair democracy right here where we live. Change comes from grassroots organizations like ours working from the ground up with the local community and we need you!
Come learn and get involved in a fun, relaxing, networking style event at Cider Riot! Sunday, March 4th from 3-6pm, voting begins at 4. No political affiliation necessary, this is a non-partisan issue. Flights will be half off! Four 4oz. ciders for only $10 PLUS 10% of group proceeds go to RCV PDX to continue the fight for a democracy that represents us all.
Come learn more about Ranked Choice Voting and enjoy some exceptional, locally-brewed, artisan cider!
Sunday, March 4
3:00 PM - 06:00 PM
The Pacific Green Party stands for healthcare as a right and extends its thanks to all the voters in Oregon who overwhelmingly approved ballot measure 101 to impose hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes on hospitals, health insurers, and managed care companies to cover the costs of expanding Medicaid in the state. Nonetheless, this is a short term fix and we continue to press for a single-payer healthcare system covering everyone with no restrictions or qualifications.
So the FCC voted to kill #NetNeutrality admitting they care more about enriching their corporate sponsors than listening to 83% of Americans.
This isn't over. BOMBARD Congress with calls & tell them to defend the free & open internet OR ELSE. Capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121
It's not enough just to fight for reversal of the FCC's decision. We demand public ownership of services that provide Internet access... We should all be enjoying the benefits of a free and open Internet.
That's Pacific Green Party member George Hutchinson just above Oregon! in the line above. The Green Party has worked many times over the years with other activists to halt pipelines and LNG development.
The Pacific Green Party of Oregon demanded that Senator Ron Wyden withdraw his co-sponsorship of S. 720, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, and oppose the bill if it comes up for a vote. S. 720 would criminalize anyone advocating a boycott of Israel, with "a maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison."
Click continue reading to view the full text of the letter sent by the Pacific Green Party to Senator Wyden on 26th July 2017.Continue reading
On Wednesday 5/24/2017 testimony from Pacific Green Party members opposing Oregon Senate Bill 990 was received by the House Committee On Energy and Environment in Salem. SB 990 - which passed the Senate 24 to 6 with broad support from both Democrats and Republicans - exempts small modular reactors from certain siting restrictions that apply to nuclear power plants.
As noted in an emailed statement to the committee by our Lane Greens Chapter - "There is no known way to safely dispose of nuclear waste, regardless of the technology used. It is feasible to meet our energy needs through energy conservation, efficiency and renewable resources." Testifying at the committee meeting was Charles Newlin of our Linn/Benton Chapter. He noted that SB 990 is direct defiance of the will of the people (who passed an initiative 30 years restricting nuclear power in Oregon) and will (should!) cause a political backlash if passed. The House Committee has blocked the bill from moving forward.
That said, the Green Party should run candidates especially against those Senate Democrats who voted for this ethically reckless bill.
Congratulations to the two Oregon Greens elected in the May 16th elections - Alex Polikoff (an incumbent) and Cindy Johnsen - a new officeholder - bringing to five Greens currently holding office in Oregon and 133 Greens in 19 states nationwide. Click Continue Reading to get more details on our seven Green candidates who ran for office.Continue reading