Minutes for September 30, 2017 Meeting (Approved)

Liz’s Home: McMinnville, Oregon

Clatsop County: Larry Taylor
Multnomah County: Terri Preeg Riggsby, Cindy Smith, Dustin Buehler, JJ Jackson, Kathy Jackson, Bill Harris
Washington County: Jo 6, Sorah Dubitsky, Farrah Chaichi, Lucinda Hites-Clabaugh, Steve Bintliff, Steve Hall, Keith Haxton, Will Hobbs, Jeremy Likens, Jolene Guptill, Lisa Stiller, Dan Jensen, Gerritt Rosenthal, Amelia Manlove
Yamhill County: Bill Bordeaux, Sandy Coates, Tara Patterson, Secretary Liz Marlia-Stein, Guest Pam Vernon

Special Guests: Ellie Zuckerman, Campaign Aide to Suzanne Bonamici and Leigha LaFleur, CD3 Chair

Chair, Dan Jensen, called the meeting to order just after 1pm.

Approval of the Agenda
After moving Lisa Stiller to the front of New Business, the agenda was unanimously approved.

Approval of Minutes
June 10, 2017 Minutes: Unanimously approved.
July 27, 2017 Minutes: Unanimously approved.

Unfinished Business
Dan announced that our meeting minutes will now be posted on our CD1 website for viewing prior to each meeting, noting that we are trying to save trees and reduced our carbon footprint.
Regarding the website, we continue to make positive changes and are hoping to add agendas & resolutions soon.
Treasury – Treasurer Keith Haxton reported that the results of research showed that there is nothing stopping us from forming a PAC (Political Action Committee). We could vote now and begin raising money but will need to establish a bank account first. A PAC makes us a non-profit and allows us to be active in elections; we just need to file the paperwork. It was moved and seconded that we form a PAC. During discussion, questions were raised about filing and functioning….how will we raise money? What will it be used for? Dan explained that we are affiliated with the DPO and they have control of our limited treasury. After much discussion, it was moved to postpone forming a PAC until further research. The motion was amended to form a committee to research the PAC. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Those who volunteered to serve on the committee are: Keith, Dan, Jeremy, Terri, and Tara.

New Business
Congresswoman Bonamici’s staffer, Ellie Zuckerman, introduced herself, stating that she’s been working with Suzanne since last February and is responsible for political communication and Suzanne’s campaign, specifically. She announced that each of the recent townhalls were well attended and addressed some very important issues. Ellie noted that Suzanne continues to work very hard to achieve her goal of representing her constituents in the very best way. She asked the delegation for any ideas that would ensure Suzanne’s re-election and stated that they are preparing for an active campaign session. Ellie promised that she will work hard to make herself accessible.

Lisa Stiller, new chair of the DPO Health Care Caucus spoke about their caucus goals. Single-Payer Health Care and Oregon’s version, the HCAO (Health Care for All Oregon) needs to become a focus on each county’s platform. She commented about the importance of educating the public regarding the Single-Payer/Medicare for All healthcare plan. She also noted the significance of lobbying our legislators and visiting Senator Wyden’s office to urge him to sign on to Bernie Sander’s Medicare for All bill. She is encouraging people to organize small groups to arrange visits to his office, along with letters and emails. Lisa said that we must stand up to the attempts being made by the Trump Administration to destroy the Affordable Care Act and fight back against the Republican healthcare bills that will cause 20-30 million Americans and hundreds of thousands of Oregonians to lose coverage. Lastly, Lisa mentioned that we could sign up to join the Health Care Caucus on the DPO website and go to the HCAO website to sign up for their newsletters.

After Lisa spoke, Tara Patterson alerted everyone that she recently discovered that the Trump Administration shortened the time period for Americans to sign up for the Affordable Care Act this year. Instead of a November 1 – January 31 sign-up period, it is being shortened to just six weeks–November 1 – December 15. Also noted was that the publicity budget was cut 90%, and these were funds that had already been allocated for publicity.

County Reports

Dan first asked for clarification as to when each county party’s CD1 delegates and alternate delegates take office. It was discussed and voted that they take office upon their election and not at a later date.

Clatsop – the county party is experiencing a surge of support and members want to know what they can do to help advance the party platform.

Multnomah – a number of resolutions and reports were presented regarding healthcare; a nominating convention was held to appoint a replacement for House District Rep. Ann Lininger in District 38 who Governor Brown appointed judge on the circuit court in Clackamas County. Andrea Salinas was elected by the Multnomah and Clackamas County Commissioners. The Multnomah County Platform Convention is scheduled for November 4.

Washington – The Communications Committee (Values in Action) did a survey that revealed the top three concerns–healthcare, income inequality and climate change. It was reported that one of the best ways to engage conversation with voters is to ask them their needs. An invitation was extended for other counties to participate in the Platform Convention on November 11. Healthcare, support for the mayor’s climate change proposal, net neutrality and DACA are just some of the issues that provide an opportunity for op-ed pieces. At the upcoming Neuberger fundraiser on November 4, our senators and some congressmen will be attending. The county party has also recently made it easier for PCPs to volunteer by changing our rules. Other counties were encouraged to look at their rules as it is important for PCPs to feel empowered.

Yamhill – A new website has been created with a lot more information and is much easier to navigate. Democrat Danny Jaffer from Polk County is considering a run against Representative Mike Nearman. A Strategic Planning meeting will be held soon to consider some changes in the central committee meeting structure in order to make the meetings more productive. The Yamhill County Democrats voted to donate money to the local Latino group, Unidos, renewing our membership with Health Care for All Oregon, and paying the annual fee to support the “Speaking Frankly: How We Doin’ local TV show.

Columbia County – Port Westward Fossil Fuel Project – Cindy mentioned that she would check with Don Orange, who had addressed the Multnomah County Democrats about the port on the Washington state side of the Columbia River.

There were no Standing Committee Reports.

DPO Update:
Our next State Central Committee Meeting will be at Floyd Light Middle School in Portland on November 18/19.

The Oregon Summit will be held again in Sunriver Resort on October 20-22. Some members asked about the content of the Summit and its importance. Dan directed the delegation to refer to the DPO website for more information.

Resolution to Open 2018 Primary to Non Affiliated Voters (NAV)
Dan mentioned that the resolution was not submitted properly and entertained a motion to support opening up the 2018 Primary to NAVs. It was moved and seconded and then Dan passed the gavel to Vice-Chair Tara Patterson in order to speak on the issue. He gave some statistics as to why this is a good time to have NAVs eligible to vote in our primary. After much discussion regarding the pros and cons, Steve Hall called the question to close debate and vote on the motion; it was seconded. The vote was 10 yes and 7 no but did not pass due to 2/3 majority rule.There was further discussion then regarding education and outreach being vital in carrying out this issue and the challenge that it is difficult to find a volunteer base. Dan noted that the SCC Platform and Resolutions Committee will meet on October 3 via phone conference, and CD1’s support of the resolution could be beneficial in helping move it forward. Sorah then called the question; Lucinda seconded it, and it passed 12-4. The motion to support Opening the 2018 Primary to NAVs passed 11-6.

Resolution to Save DACA
Dan once again mentioned that the resolution was not properly submitted. It was moved and seconded that CD1 go on record to support SB1615 and HR 3440 – “Dream Act of 2017.” It was unanimously approved.

Next CD1 Meeting
It was moved and seconded to hold our next meeting on Sunday, November 12. The motion passed 10-2. Location TBD.

Open Discussion
Larry invited everyone to join the Portland Rose City Chapter–the “hottest group” that studies parliamentary procedure. Next meeting: October 20, 7pm. There will be a November study session to prepare for the January 19 exam.

Jo announced a Net Neutrality Rally on October 16 at Senator Wyden’s Portland office at 5pm. There would be a larger rally in January at the UU church in downtown Portland. She sent around a sign-up sheet for those interested.

Tara commented that anyone who wants to write a resolution should get together with someone who has written one in the past.

The meeting adjourned at 3:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Liz Marlia-Stein, Secretary
Congressional District One