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Progressive Party Positions
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|Real campaign finance reform||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose extension of income tax cuts for the rich||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Wall Street bailouts||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Cuts in Social Security Benefits||NO||NO||YES|
|Employment for All (WPA style)||NO||NO||YES|
|Increase minimum wage to living wage ($10 or more)||NO||NO||YES|
|Single Payer comprehensive health care||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose Cuts in Medicare Coverage||NO||NO||YES|
|End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose use of mercenaries ("contractors")||NO||NO||YES|
|Cut military spending||NO||NO||YES|
|Equal rights for all; same-sex marriage||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose NAFTA & WTO; encourage local sourcing of products & services||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose spying on American civilians||NO||NO||YES|
|End occupation of Palestine||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose shipping coal for export through Columbia Gorge||NO||NO||YES|
|Oppose offshore drilling||NO||NO||YES|
|Clean energy; no nuclear||NO||NO||YES|
|Repair, improve infrastructure (transportation, water systems, etc.)||NO||NO||YES|
|End the drug war||NO||NO||YES|
|End the Senate filibuster; restore majority rule||NO||NO||YES|
|End “corporate personhood”||NO||NO||YES|
1) We have worked for real campaign finance reform, not the phony bills promoted by the Democrats and Republicans, both of which opposed the 2006 Oregon campaign finance reform ballot measures.
2) We want a State Bank to invest in jobs for Oregonians and to stop the State Treasurer and the Oregon Investment Council from jumping into bed with corporate raiders and fast-buck artists who lavish luxury travel and gifts on State employees.
3) We want fair taxation. Oregon has the 4th highest income taxes of any state on lower-income working families and is still at the bottom in taxes on corporations.
4) We want to stop government promotion of gambling (including video poker and video slots) and stop giving away $100 million per year in ridiculously high commissions to shops with video machines.
5) We want to make the initiative and referendum again available to grass-roots efforts, instead of making it so complicated and expensive that only corporations and unions can afford to use it.
6) We want to improve K-12 public education by giving parents and teachers more rights to manage their neighborhood schools.
7) We want social justice systems that are inclusive and that promote responsibility, safety, trust-building and equality.
8) We advocate abolishing the Oregon Senate, leaving the 60-member Oregon House of Representatives. Splitting the Legislature into two bodies allows both of them to play games and avoid responsibility.
9) We want the Oregon Legislature to adopt the National Popular Vote plan so that Presidents are elected by popular vote.
Submitted by info on Sun, 09/14/2014 - 18:07
On September 11, the U.S. Senate voted 54-42 to break the filibuster on the resolution to send to the States a proposed constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. The Democrats all voted to break the filibuster but did not invoke the "nuclear option" that would allow that 54-42 vote to prevail. Instead, the Democrats allowed the Republicans to "win" with only 42 votes, thereby blocking a vote on the resolution itself. Thanks, Democrats. Of course, since such a resolution requires 2/3 affirmative votes in both houses of Congress, it would not be adopted by the current Congress.
The piece below shows that the resolution left much to be desired, anyway.
-- Dan Meek
As the US Senate moves to vote on the Udall proposed constitutional amendment to address the effects of the US Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, let's be clear.
by David Delk
We need a single constitutional amendment that says:
*Corporations are not people and do not have constitutional rights, and
*money is not speech, it is property and shall be subject to regulation at all levels of government.
*money is not speech, it is property and shall be subject to regulation at all levels of government.
From the sounds of the letters received as well as the emails, our democracy can only be saved from the plutocrats and corporatists if we sign the petitions and contribute some money to endorse passage of Senate Joint Resolution 19, the so-called Udall amendment. According to the letter dated August 13, 2014, from Public Citizen, “Senators Cantwell and McCaskill just announced that they will vote for our constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, McCutcheon and all the other disastrous Supreme Court decisions that are handing effective control of our democracy over to giant corporations and a tiny cabal of super-wealthy individuals.”
We agree with Public Citizen that this is a crucial time for our democracy and that urgent action is required. But is Senator Tom Udall's (D-NM) Amendment (SRJ19) the right amendment? Will it do what it is hyped to do?
Oregon Progressive Party says “Get some teeth in that”
We need a proposed constitutional amendment with some teeth, something that will really do what Public Citizen suggests the Udall Amendment will do, but actually would not.
Submitted by info on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:50
Here is the joint Voters' Pamphlet statement of Oregon Progressive Party and Pacific Green Party:
Oregon’s Grassroots Political Parties Say “Vote NO” on Measure 90: “Top Two Primary”
The big business backers of Measure 90 want to restrict your right to vote for the candidates and political parties of your choice. They want only Democrats and Republicans on the November ballot.
Measure 90 will allow only two candidates on the November ballot in each race. Both candidates can be from the same party.
Under “Top Two” in Washington and California, there have been:
ZERO minor party or independent candidates
on the general election ballot for any statewide office
ZERO minor party candidates for any office,
including the Legislature, when two major party candidates
ran in the primary election.
Washington elects 147 legislators and 12 Congress members; California elects 120 legislators and 55 Congress members. In November, voters in those states could vote for only Democrats and Republicans in races where at least 2 of them ran in the primary. In California there will be 28 races this November between 2 Democrats or between 2 Republicans.
In practice, “Top Two” means just Democrats and Republicans, period.
The impartial Oregon Citizens’ Review Committee voted 14-5 to oppose Measure 90, in part because:
“Measure 90 has several drafting errors. The most significant appears to eliminate minor parties. Because M90 bars parties from nominating candidates, their legal status is in jeopardy.”
Measure 90 backers claim it will increase voter turnout and produce “moderate” legislatures. But, under Top Two, California and Washington just suffered the lowest voter turnout primaries in their histories. A 2014 study by professors at Princeton and Georgetown ranked the California and Washington legislatures #1 and #4 in most polarization among the 50 states. Oregon ranked #18.
Oregon has a long and proud history of grassroots political parties and independent voices. Voters need real, meaningful choices on the November ballot. That’s why we’re urging NO on Measure 90.
Submitted by info on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:00
The Oregon Progressive Party has endorsed these measures on the 2014 Oregon general election ballot:
Measure 88 (referendum): Provides Oregon resident "driver card" without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.
Measure 89 (initiative): Amends Constitution: State/political subdivision shall not deny or abridge equality of rights on account of sex.
Measure 91 (initiative): Allows possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, taxation.
Measure 92 (initiative): Requires food manufacturers, retailers to label "genetically engineered" foods as such; state, citizens may enforce.
The Oregon Progressive Party opposes these measures on the 2014 Oregon general election ballot:
Measure 90 (initiative): Changes general election nomination processes: provides for single primary ballot listing candidates; top two advance.
Submitted by info on Sun, 08/17/2014 - 23:44
The Oregon Progressive Party has elected a new 5-person State Council, which is generally in charge of all party matters. The new council members are:
Submitted by info on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 18:27
Submitted by info on Mon, 07/28/2014 - 15:55
Bill Curry, former Clinton White House aide and twice the Democratic candidate for Governor of Connecticut, writes at Salon that "Democrats lost their way chasing Wall Street cash" and that Democrats need to ally themselves with Ralph Nader. He says:
One reason we know voters will embrace populism is that they already have. It’s what they thought they were getting with Obama. In 2008 Obama said he’d bail out homeowners, not just banks. He vowed to fight for a public option, raise the minimum wage and clean up Washington. He called whistle-blowers heroes and said he’d bar lobbyists from his staff. He was critical of drones and wary of the use of force to advance American interests. He spoke eloquently of the threats posed to individual privacy by a runaway national security state.
He turned out to be something else altogether. To blame Republicans ignores a glaring truth: Obama’s record is worst where they had little or no role to play. It wasn’t Republicans who prosecuted all those whistle-blowers and hired all those lobbyists; who authorized drone strikes or kept the NSA chugging along; who reneged on the public option, the minimum wage and aid to homeowners. It wasn’t even Republicans who turned a blind eye to Wall Street corruption and excessive executive compensation. It was Obama.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:33
The use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), is a controversial issue. Most public discussion of drones has focused on military use. Less attention has been paid to the expanding use of domestic drones. Oregon passed HB 2710, restricting public agency use of drones, but with no guidance on private use.
To help us understand the safefy and privacy concerns associated with drones, Oregonians for Drone Control is hosting a panel discussion moderated by Steve Duin between nationally known panelists - a retired US colonel, a drone industry leader, a national robotics expert, and an Oregon legislator - on the uses and limits on drone technology, and who should decide.
Community Forum on Drones
Real Talk on Drones - What Will Oregon Decide?
Thursday, August 7, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, SW 12th and Salmon, downtown Portland
Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright will address the use of drones - domestically and internationally, in war and in peace, by police and civilians, by the state and by private corporations. Col Wright famously resignes as a US diplomat in protest of the Iraq War in 2003. She is the author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
Brian Whiteside, industry leader and Vice President of the award-winning Cascade Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.
Peter Lumsdaine, researcher and frequent speaker on the use of robotics in warfare and social control; and founder of ARROWS, Alliance to Resist Robotic Warfare.
Rep. Jennifer Williamson, Oregon State Representative and member of the legislative work group that developed HB 2710, intended to provide guidance on drone uses and limits.
Sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group of 1st Unitarian Church, Oregonian for Drone Control, Alliance for Democracy, KBOO Community Radio, Oregon Progressive Party, others.
Admission: $5-20 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds
Doors open at 6:30. Come early and visit the tables of our sponsors.
Submitted by info on Fri, 07/11/2014 - 17:00
Submitted by info on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 01:58
Big special interest money and national/multinational corporations dominates the political process. We need our democracy back! Now!
It is time to amend the U.S. Constitution.
This Public Service Announcement directs you to Movetoamend.org to support amending the constitution to say the corporations are not people and money in politics is not speech and should be regulated.
Produced by David Delk and Geoff Holland.