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Progressive Party Positions
We are VERY different from the Establishment parties.
|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 DavidDelk on Thu, 04/23/2015 - 23:35
Oregon Progressive Party has endorsed only one candidate during this special May 19, 2015 election,
MIchael Sonnleitner is running for the board of directors of Portland Community College, Zone 3 covering much of SE and NE Portland.
Michael has been a political science teacher at Portland Community College for the past 26 years. Dr. Sonnleitner thinks increased and stable funding for education in Oregon needs comprehensive tax reform including personal income tax relief for many, a progressive corporate income tax favoring small businesses, and replacing the “kicker” law with a rainy day fund for hard times.
For many, PCC provides the last chance to complete high school or improve skills needed in today’s workforce. As a member of the PCC community, Michael recalls how voters have generously approved 3 large bond measures, including $374 million in 2008 which dramatically expanded PCC’s capacity to serve students. Sadly, this generosity, is being negated by inadequate state budget allocations and increased costs to students, resulting in record student debts (larger than all U,S. credit card debt combined). As a result, enrollments continue to decline and society is left with an increasingly underserved and discouraged population.
Lets Elect a PCC teacher to the PCC Board for the first time ever!
In this election, an experienced educator and community activist with a personal understanding of PCC can best help the PCC Board cope with the many challenges ahead. A VOTE for Michael Sonnleitner will be a vote for the first PCC teacher to be elected to the PCC Board.
How you can help!
Help the Oregon Progressive Party elect an experienced teacher to the PCC Board who knows the problems facing community colleges and their students because he has direct experience with and in the school. You can help.
1) Mobilize Canvass Volunteers (from base at 1037 S.E. 80th Ave., Pdx., OR 97215)
* every Saturday & Sunday at 2pm, including 4/18, 4/19, 4/25, 4/26, 5/2, & 5/3.
2) Join Phone Calling Efforts to reach 10,000 likely voters including a Progressive Party Phone Bank 7-9pm on May 5th: (for info., contact: email@example.com )
3) Conduct Vigils & Other Visibility Actions on M.W.F. mornings 7-8am along busy streets including SE Powell and SE 82nd Ave. (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org )
4) Make a donation to the campaign via the campaign website: www.zone3pcc.com
Submitted by info on Sat, 04/25/2015 - 02:08
Governor Kate Brown and Democrats in the Oregon Legislature are getting lots of laudatory press about proposing campaign finance reform. But their bill, SB 75, is 100% loophole and 0% limits. The only thing it would actually accomplish is repeal of the meaningful limits and disclosure requirements adopted by Oregon voters as Measure 47 of 2006. See the Testimony of Daniel Meek.
Submitted by info on Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:30
The Oregon Progressive Party is taking stands at the Oregon Legislature.
As bills are scheduled for committee hearing, we take our positions. The Oregon Legislature's committees will not accept the submittal of testimony, until a bill is scheduled for committee hearing. That requires any interested person to keep track of the schedules for dozens of committees. This is not a good way to encourage public participation.
You can learn about these bills at the website of the Legislature. Go to https://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1 and click on Bills in the upper right area. You can add your comments about these bills below. You can click on OPP's Legislative Group to join it.
|We Support||We Oppose|
Submitted by DavidDelk on Fri, 04/03/2015 - 10:47
The Oregon Progressive Party issued this press release today
Oregon Progressive Party asks Portland City Council to Join Seattle and Denounce Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track
April 3, 2015
Contact:David Delk email@example.com 503-232-5495
This week the Seattle City Council voted 9-0 in favor of a resolution to oppose the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership and the proposed "Fast Track" method of adopting it in Congress. See the article in the Seattle Times. The full text of the Seattle resolution is below.
Seattle is a major port city. International trade is a foundation of its economy. The Seattle City Council took this action, despite phone calls from President Obama and opposition from Ed Murray, mayor of Seattle.
"We urge the Portland City Commission to pass a similar resolution against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast Track," said Jason Kafoury for the Oregon Progressive Party. "The Trans-Pacific Partnership would destroy the environmental, labor, and social justice laws of the United States and all of the states and localities within it. TPP puts the corporations in charge of both the economy and the government."
David Delk, chair of the Oregon Progressive Party stated, “The Trans Pacific Partnership would undermine the rule of law based on nation states, replacing it with rule of, by and for multi-national corporations. The ability of local governments like Portland's to make decisions would be subject to attacks by multi-national corporations, making a mockery of democracy.”
Submitted by DavidDelk on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 10:54
Shame on Mayor Hales and the Portland City Council for Rejoining the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
The Progressive Party applauds Commissioners Fritz and Novick for voting against rejoining the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)
Progressive Party members Jason Kafoury and David Hess spoke against the City of Portland rejoining the JTTF agreement at the February 5, 2015, City Council meeting. Only Police Chief Larry O’Dea, U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall and a representative from the Portland Business Alliance supported rejoining the JTTF. Over 35 activists, including Brandon Mayfield, spoke against rejoining the agreement. Over a hundred citizens attended. Please watch the videos at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/article/518464.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 13:40
At the March Oregon Progressive Party public meeting, we appoved this statement to be mailed to our US Senators/Representatives and other stating our position of opposition to the granting of Fast Track Authority to the president as well as to the Trans Pacific Partnership, NAFTA on steriods corporate trade agreement.
Because Oregon Senator Ron Wyden plays a unique role in moving the next corporate trade agreements forward, the Oregon Progressive Party calls for Senator Wyden to abandon his talks with Senator Hatch of the Senate Finance Committee for granting revised Trade Promotion Authority (Fast Track Authority) to President Obama and to opposite the trade agreements which President Obama has been negotiating in top secret for as long as the past 5 years.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:23
IN a letter to the editor of the The Oregonian, OR Progressive Party state council member wrote:
The Oregonian continues to repeat Kate Brown's talking points of favoring campaign finance reform. The record suggests that is a smoke screen to get votes. In fact, as Secretary of State, she has had the opportunity to enforce Measure 47, passed in 2006 by the state's voters, with strict limits on campaign contributions and expenditures. She has chosen not to enforce the law.
In the present legislature she has proposed two bills - one a constitutional amendment to allow limitations on contributions in candidate elections only. An effective amendment would also cover independent expenditures in candidate elections as well spending on initiative campaigns. The second would set some contribution limits in candidate elections but leaves gaping holes, and then, to add insult to injury, would overturn those limits contained in the voter approved Measure 47.
If Ms. Brown were truly in favor of campaign finance reform, she would have enforced the law which already exists instead of trying to eliminate it.
Submitted by info on Thu, 02/12/2015 - 05:29
The Oregon Progressive Party strongly opposes the proposed Pembina propane export terminal at the Port of Portland.
Submitted by DavidDelk on Sat, 02/07/2015 - 21:44
Our party stands for keeping fossil fuels in the ground. Public resources should be dedicated to clean, renewable energy such as wind and solar power.
We urge the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission to vote No on the proposed zoning amendment that will allow propane to be piped through an environmentally sensitive area. That zoning has existed since 1989 and exists to stop environmentally dangerous activity like this proposed terminal. Why change it now?
Environmentalists worry that storing this propane could result in a massive explosion that would endanger thousands of citizens. In addition to accidental explosions, trains with 100 cars of compressed liquid propane are easy targets for terrorism.
The Canadian company Pembina wants to use Portland as its major export point for fossil fuels shipping to Asia.
We urge residents to attend the March 17 Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting and oppose the export terminal.
Tuesday, March 17, 3:00 PM
Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC)
1900 SW 4th Ave.
Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Terminal Zoning" in the subject line or send a letter to the PSC at above address, Attn: Terminal Zoning
More information is available on this informative flyer from ILWU, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Audubon Society of Portland.
Submitted by info on Sun, 01/18/2015 - 06:16
January 16. 2015
by Jeff Mapes
Spending on Oregon legislative campaigns appeared to rise to a record level last year – but this time Democrats had a decided financial advantage.
An analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive of campaign disclosure reports shows that legislative candidates spent about $23.7 million last year running for office.
That's an increase from the nearly $23 million spent by candidates in 2012, according to a similar analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive two years ago. Studies done in past years by the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which focused on fundraising instead of spending, add to evidence that Oregon's legislative campaign spending hit a record last year.