General Membership Monthly Meeting
As we move into the Holiday season, it is time for us to spend some time and reflect on all that we have and all that we are thankful for. As your Chair, I am incredibly grateful and honored for the trust that you put in me over the last year. I am thankful for our incredible community who have stepped up and supported us in a big way. For example, last month, our Monroe Sweetland Dinner raised $42,000 for our county party. We also have dozens of monthly contributors that help sustain our operations. We have gained new volunteers and interest as well in folks becoming Precinct Committee People and Neighborhood Leaders. Finally, I am thankful for the increase in civic activity and engagement in our community. We have less than a year to organize for the 2020 Presidential election, and we have a lot of work in front of us. Our next meeting is on November 21st at 6:30. I hope to see you there. If not, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. ~ Evan Sorce, Chair
are coming up November 18th-20th. If you are interested in attending a Legislative hearing, or trying to arrange a meeting with your Representative or Senator, please reach out to Lisa Taylor at
Lowering Prescription Drug Prices in Oregon ~ Evan Sorce, Chair
I have been a staunch supporter of making prescription drugs more affordable for all Oregonians. Too many people are choosing between paying rent/mortgage, putting food on the table, and picking up their prescriptions at the pharmacy. In 2018 the Oregon Legislature voted for HB 4005, the Prescription Drug Pricing Transparency Act. In 2019, They passed HB 2658, 60-Day Advance Notice of Price Increases. Together, these two new laws have begun to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for their outrageous price-gouging.
There is still more work to do! In 2020, there will be a bill that will allow for the importation of much lower-cost, same quality prescriptions from Canada. I’m excited about the impact this bill will make for our neighbors who are struggling to pay for insulin, blood pressure pills, and other medications they need to stay alive. People in our community shouldn’t have to go without the medications they need to live.
YOU CAN HELP! There is an upcoming opportunity for Oregonians who are experiencing outrageous prescription drug prices to speak out.
Department of Consumer & Business Services Hearing on Rx Prices
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 5:30pm
Oregon State Capitol, Hearing Room 50
Dinner provided at 4:30pm
Sharing your story can really help make a difference in helping pass legislation to lower prices. If you can’t make the hearing on Tuesday, November 19, please consider sharing your story with the Oregon Coalition for Affordable Prescriptions (OCAP) here: affordablerxnow.org/mystory
Marion County Democrats are supporting our Salem-Keizer area warming shelters during this year's holiday party.
Please bring items from their requested list.
You can also sign-up to be a warming shelter volunteer! Without adequate volunteer staffing our shelters cannot open and our neighbors will have no safe, warm place to stay during our cold and damp winter. Please help as you are able.
Upcoming Events & Meetings 2020
Thursday, January 9th:
OLIS & Lobby Skills Training
Monday, February 3rd:
Oregon's Short Legislative Session Begins
Tuesday, May 19th:
Oregon Primary Election
Saturday, May 23rd
: Monroe Sweetland Dinner and Auction
Tuesday, November 3rd:
US General Election
Proposed Bylaw Changes, Submitted by Rules Committee Chair,
New text is bold and underlined, and text to be deleted is italicized and struck out
. Changes will all need to be approved individually by a majority vote. Once all changes are modified and/or approved then the entire document will be adopted,
at the next CC meeting, by a 2/3 vote.
Scrivener's errors, typos, misspelled words, missing commas etc
DO NOT NEED TO BE VOTED ON OR EVEN BROUGHT UP DURING THE MEETING.
SUBMIT THOSE KIND OF EDITS TO THE RULES CHAIR
AND THEY WILL BE FIXED IN THE OFFICIAL VERSION.
PCP's are encouraged to read and bring their own copy to the November meeting.
Only a *few* copies will be available.
The text as seen in this document will be projected for everyone to view during the meeting and all amendments will be shown in real time.
A few of the major changes coming:
- By popular request, uncontested races at our reorganization may be done by acclamation!
- Language pertaining to electronic files, records, access etc has been included
- Convening standing committees has been modified to provide a clear structure and timeline
- The section on SCC delegates has been entirely stricken and rewritten. It allows, among other things, for temporary delegates to be appointed at SCC meetings if our County has not filled our delegation. Also, by popular request.
- It allows for members to call a Special Meeting
- We have created HOUSE DISTRICTS, along with House District Leaders. This will help us coordinate and grow within our county organization.
- Completely rewrote the section on amending the bylaws. Standing rules will need to be modified in the future to account for this.
Please come prepared to participate. This process will take the majority of our November meeting.
Looking for a unique holiday gift this year?
Look no further! We invite you to celebrate days that are special to you & at the same time you’ll be supporting your Marion County Democratic Central Committee.
How to Adopt-a-Day:
- Fill out the Adopt-a-Day form with your special date and brief message for your special day (i.e. “This day is in remembrance of my Aunt Susie. The best Democrat I ever knew!”)
- Enclose your $25 contribution (or include your credit card or bank deduction information.)
- Send the form and payment to MCDCC
That’s it – we’ll take it from there!
- Grandparents Day
- National Ice Cream Day
- Election Day
- Dog Days of August
What you get for Adopting-a-Day
- Your special day will be listed on MCDCC’s website calendar.
- Your special day will appear in a MCDCC Tweet.
- Your special day will appear on MCDCC’s Facebook page.
- Your special day will appear on a list of special days that is displayed in the MCDCC office!
- If you are honoring someone we will provide them notice of your special day declaration.
Ready to celebrate? Great! Just complete the Adopt-a-Day form, send your contribution and watch for your special day to be recognized.
*More than one celebration by multiple donors may be posted on any single day. Adoption is good for one year only and is renewable.
Upcoming Events & Meetings 2019
to stay informed of upcoming meetings, programs and events. All committee meeting information is posted on our website.
Friday, November 15th:
Program Committee Meeting, 1:30pm
Wednesday, November 20th:
Debate Watch Party
Thursday, November 21st:
General MCDCC Membership Meeting
Monday, December 2nd:
Salem City Council Candidates; Trevor Phillips & Vanessa Nordyke
Saturday, December 14th
: MCDCC Holiday Open House and Potluck