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Thursday, March 16, 2023

OR People's Rebate - start collecting signatures for our more economically just future in Oregon

Oregon Progressive Party will soon start collecting voter signatures on the OR Peoples' Rebate proposed ballot initiative.  (Oregon Peoples' Rebate)

YOU CAN  help get this qualified for the ballot.  OR Peoples' Rebate is conducting signature gathering training session on Saturday. Please join in and help get this on the Nov 2024 ballot.  

This initiative would make a very small increase in the corporate tax but enough to rebate to every Oregonian $750 each, each year.  $3500 per family of 4 every year.  This could have an economic stimulus of $3 billion each year and raise 26% of those children living in poverty out of poverty.  


This initiative would make a very small increase in the corporate tax but enough to rebate to every Oregonian $750 each, each year.  $3500 per family of 4 every year.  This could have an economic stimulus of $3 billion each year and raise 26% of those children living in poverty out of poverty.  


David e. Delk | 503.232.5495 | Alliance for Democracy 
Oregon Progressive Party |

From: Oregon Rebate (2024) <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at 06:19:45 PM PDT
Subject: Collecting signatures NOW! ✊

Oregon Rebate (2024) campaign logo
Oregon Rebate 2024 is collecting signatures!
Stylized image of Mt Hood with blossoms in the foreground, Clackamas and Hood River counties, Oregon
Hello David, 

As we announced in our last email, we are now collecting signatures to qualify the Oregon Rebate for the November 2024 election! ✊

The Oregon Rebate starts holding the largest corporations accountable and provides a yearly guaranteed income of about $750 for every Oregonian to help us make ends meet, reduce poverty, and revitalize our local economies.

There is no cavalry coming to save us and none of this happens by itself, let's do this!
How you can help make this happen?
Learn how to collect signatures and be a circulator!
Some things don't have to be complicated: 120,413 valid signatures gets us on the November 2024 ballot. 

Many hands make light work.

What have we been up to? 
Stylized image of Smith Rock in Deschutes County, Oregon
Read for yourself the Certified Ballot Title (CBT).It appears on the back of the signature sheets and will appear on the Voters' Pamphlet in November 2024. 

Saturday, February 11, 2023

Ranked Choice Voting in Oregon 

The Oregon Progressive Party issued this statement today regarding their support for Ranked Choice Voting:  

 "The Oregon Progressive Party supports the use of Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) in the conduct of all elections – both federal and state, primary and General elections – in Oregon. Ranked Choice Voting is an improvement on the conduct of our elections, eliminating the so-called spoiler effect of our present first-past-the-post elections, RCV allows the voter to choice their favorite candidate without worry that by doing so they can be charged with wasting your vote. RCV encourages more candidates to run for office, especially minority candidates. And RCV is very popular with voters. At the ballot recently, voters in both Multnomah County and the City of Portland joined voters in Benton county in approving the use of RCV. It is time for the approval of ranked choice voting in all elections in Oregon. "  

Friday, February 3, 2023


Oregon Progressive Party War and Peace Report
Feb. 3, 2021

How many US Military Bases Are There in the World?
The Soldiers Project reports that they are "roughly 750 US foreign military bases; they are spread across 80 nations! After the U.S is the UK, but they only have 145 bases. Russia has about 3 dozen bases, and China just five. This implies that the U.S has three times as many bases as all other countries combined." The Report goes on to give an estimate of the number of US troops overseas: 154,000 at minimum but the exact total is a secret.

Note that this does not include American military bases nor personnel in the United States itself.

New military base on Guam
As it that were not enough American bases around the world, The United States opened its first new base in 70 years, a 4000 acre base on the island of Guam. The expectation is that 5000 troops will be stationed here. The base was established in cooperation with Japan in order to remove Marine troops from Okinawa.

This new base joins another American base on Guam, the Andersen Air Force Base.

And 4 new military bases in the Philippines
As if roughly 750 military bases were not enough, now the United States has announced that the US will build at least 4 new bases in the Philippines. After these bases are built, the US will have a total nine bases in the Philippines.

US Sec. of Defense said that “The United States and the Philippines are more than just allies, We’re family.” More details from The Hill.

Japan to beef up it's military forces to, it says, counter China and North Korea
In rejection of its pacifist constitution, written following WWII and giving up Japan's right to wage war and the means to do so, Japanese officials have announced a new 5-year plan to expand its Self-Defense Forces. The 5-year plan calls for a $320 billion plan making Japan the world's third-biggest military spender after the United States and China. Japan will double it'sr military expenditures to about 2% of GDP. The increase in military costs will likely mean increases in tobacco, corporate and disaster-reconstruction income taxes.

US Australia invite Japan to join joint military exercises
AlJazeera reveals that US and Australian officials concluded talks to increase "rotational presence of air, land and sea forces in Australis amid shared concerns over China."

“Today, we agreed to deepen our defense cooperation in several important ways,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told a joint news conference with his Australian counterpart, Richard Marles, that also included the two nations’ foreign ministers.

“Based upon today’s talks, we will increase rotational presence of US forces in Australia. That includes rotations of bomber task forces, fighters and future rotations of US Navy and US Army capabilities,” he said.

"The two countries have also agreed to “invite Japan to integrate into our force posture initiatives in Australia”, he said.

During the same conference, it was noted that "Washington is planning to deploy up to six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to an air base in the region."
US Senators/Representatives end up voting for the War Budget

A couple months ago we run this image in our report. Since then, the Congress did vote overwhelmingly in favor of the largest ever National Defense Authorization Act. Both Sen. Merkley and Wyden voted NO. Representatives Bumenauer and Bonamici also voted voted No on the NDAA. The non-defense portion of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill was an increase of just 5.5% over last year according to a report by the Senate Committee on Appropriations' Sen. Shelby (R- Ala).

However, in another vote more recently on the Omnibus Appropriations Act which included funds for all of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), both Senators voted Yes as did Rep. Bumenauer and Bonamci. The Omnibus Appropriations Act totaled $1.7 trillion with more than half being to cover the National Defense Authorization Act. The NDAA was a $76B increase over last year's NDAA, a 10% increase.

The Omnibus bill included $47 billion in support of Ukraine war efforts. In a clear indication of American priories, the bill also included just $38 billion for emergency disaster assistance for American hurt by forest fires, flooding and other climate related disasters.
Please call your US Senators and Representative and ask them why they voted for the war budget in the appropriations bill after having voted no in the National Defense Authorizations Act. Find contact info here using your address.

Friday, November 25, 2022

 Congress is set to vote approval on the National Defense Authorization Act (for fiscal year 2023).  This will be a new all time high budget amount in the area of 3.4 billion dollars.  This is money which could be used for real human needs.  Encourage your US Representatives and Senators to Vote NO.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, at First Unitarian Church on Wed. Nov 16 7 - 9 PM.

 Join Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, as she talks about her new book, War In Ukraine, Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict, at the  First Unitarian Church on Wed. Nov 16 from 7 - 9 PM.  

Friday, November 4, 2022

Nov 2022 OR Progressive Party monthly newsletter

The Oregon Progressive Party November 2022 Newsletter is available now here.

Read about new American war efforts, OR Progressive Party candidates on November 2022 ballot, new efforts to get ballot initiatives to limits big special interest money out of our elections, and more.

Monday, October 10, 2022

Will Democrats Ever Wake Up to the Need for Campaign Finance Reform in Oregon?

 Now that Phil Knight (retired from Nike) has contributed $3.75 million to Betsy Johnson (NAV) and $1 million to Christine Drazen (R), the Democrats appear to be waking up to the need for campaign finance reform in Oregon.  Too late.

The Democrats have been in control of the Oregon Legislature since 2007 (except for the even split in 2011) and have controlled the Governor's Office since 1987.  They have adopted zero limits on campaign contributions and almost entirely meaningless tagline requirements on political advertisements (after repealing Oregon's previous tagline requirements in 2001).

Now the Democrats are being outspent 2-1 in the Governor's race by the opponents.  All rely heavily on gigantic contributions.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Nathalie Paravicini Withdraws as Governor Nominee

She notes new commitment to campaign finance reform by Tina Kotek. Other candidates for Governor lack this commitment.​

​Statement of Nathalie Paravicini

August 30, 2022
Oregon's governor's race must have a pro-democracy candidate who prioritizes campaign finance and electoral reform.  Winning an election is not only about getting elected but also about raising alternative solutions and changing the debate. That objective was advanced when Tina Kotek last week made specific public commitments to prioritize campaign finance reform.

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Democrats Massively Screw Up Electric Vehicle Tax Credits, Harm the Environment

The Democrat's "Inflation Reduction Act" actually drastically cuts the availability of federal tax credits for electric vehicles (EVs), effectively eliminating them for all new EVs.

There are 72 EV models currently available for purchase in the United States including battery, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles. Seventy percent of those EVs would immediately become ineligible when the bill passes and none would qualify for the full credit when additional sourcing requirements go into effect [2023].  Zero.

The $7,500 credit might exist on paper, but no vehicles will qualify for this purchase incentive over the next few years

John Bozzella, Alliance for Automotive Innovation

What if No EVs Qualify for the EV Tax Credit?

Also see If you want an electric car, buy one this week

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Fraud of the Democrats' Claim that the Inflation Reduction Act Allows Medicare to Negotiate Drug Prices

The Democrats claim that their "Inflation Reduction Act" allows Medicare to negotiate down drug prices.  That claim is very largely a fraud.

In fact, here is what the new law does:

  • No Medicare negotiation of any drug prices before 2026.

  • Beginning in 2026, the prices of only 10 prescription drugs in Medicare Part D would be negotiated. That would increase 15 drugs in 2027. Then in 2028 negotiation would cover 15 drugs in both Medicare Part D and Medicare Part B (typically drugs in Part B are given by doctors or in hospital outpatient treatment). In 2029 and later, negotiation would include only a total of 20 Part D and Part B drugs.
That's it.  Zero negotiation until 2026 and then negotiation on only a tiny fraction of the 4,000+ drugs that Medicare pays for.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

House Dems provide most votes for new 2023 war budget in House

HR7900, the bill authorizing the "Defense" budget was approved last night 329-101 y-n.  The bill authorizes spending $840 B which includes $37 B on top of Biden's budget request.  the House bll allocates $808.4 billion for the Pentagon, $30.5 billion to the Department of Energy and another $400 million in defense-related activities elsewhere in the federal government. 

Here is how OR Representatives voted

NayOR 1st  D  Bonamici, Suzanne
YeaOR 2nd  R  Bentz, Cliff
NayOR 3rd  D  Blumenauer, Earl
NayOR 4th  D  DeFazio, Peter
NayOR 5th  D  Schrader, Kurt

And here is the vote nationwide divided by Dems and Reps.   Once again a clear bi-partisan approval. So who is the war party?  The duopoly: Dem/Rep Party. 

All VotesDemocratsRepublicans
Not Voting

Passed. Simple Majority Required. Source:

The vote in the Senate is expected in Sept.  Their Senate Armed Services Committee approved the Biden budget plus an additional $45 billion.  

After the Senate approves the budget, the House and Senate will form a committee to iron out the difference.  A new vote will be held on this joint bill and if approved, it will be sent to the President for his signature.  The President, however he is, always signs.  

War Powers Resolution regarding Yemen introduced in Senate

Sen Warren and Sen Sanders and Sen Leahy have introduced a Yemen War Powers Resolution to end American support for Saudi Arabia war efforts in Yemen, which has caused what is described as the largest humanitarian crisis in the world.  This is a campion bill to    one introduced and supported by 100 members of the House by Rep. Jayapal and Rep DeFazio.  

Sen Sanders press release: 

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

July 2022 newsletter from the OR Progressive Party including info on war and peace, campaign finance reform, and a rally for Medicare for All in Portland on July 30.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

OPP Nominates Candidates for Governor, Congressional District 4, and Oregon House District 32

Oregon Progressive Party Nominees (so far) for 2022 General Election:

Candidate Office
Nathalie Paravicini
Chris Henry
U.S. Senator
David Delk
U.S. House, District 3
Mike Beilstein
U.S. House, District 4
Logan Laity Oregon House, District 32
Mark Gamba
Oregon House, District 41

Monday, June 27, 2022

War budget moves forward in House and Senate with increases excessing Biden budget requests

House/Senate committees move to increase Biden war budget

The House and Senate Armed Services Committee have each voted to increase the Biden record breaking war budget request for next year.  The House version calls for $37 billion on top of the Biden request of $773 billion for war while the Senate proposal would increase the budget by $45 billion over the Biden request.  In spite of these request increases, Republicans committee members have called for even larger increases. If the full House and the full Senate approve their different version, the two chambers will form a joint committee to come up with a compromise for a final bill vote of both chambers.  Read more here:  US congress Approves Record Military Budget

People Over the Pentagon - cut war budget by $100 billion
Rep. Barbara Lee and Rep. Mark Pocan have introduced legislation to move $100 billion from the Pentagon to various programs which benefit real people.  The People Over the Pentagon Act of 2022 has been introduced (HR8040) with 15 co-sponsors; Rep. Earl Blumenauer is a co-sponsor but no other OR Rep. is listed yet.  The bill has not been introduced into the Senate.  

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Pro-Choice Democrats: Welcome to the Club

Democrats in recent years have been quite pleased with the United States Supreme Court, due to its "liberal" decisions on same sex marriage and discrimination against LGBT persons.  As of 2020, persons identifying as Democrats gave the United States Supreme Court essentially the same approval rating as was given by Republicans, as shown in the Gallup Poll below.

Campaign finance reform advocates, conversely, have hated the United States Supreme Court since its 2007 decision in Randall v. Sorrell and certainly since its 2010 decision in Citizens United.

The key reason for this divergence in the Court's decisions (good on some civil rights but bad on campaign reform) was Anthony Kennedy.  Justice Kennedy voted against campaign finance reform but in favor of same sex marriage and LGBT rights.

But then Anthony Kennedy resigned in 2018 and was replaced by  Bret Kavanuagh.  Amy Coney Barrett then replaced of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2020.  This produced a solid majority against civil rights, even when Chief Justice Roberts tries his triangulation.  This is also a clearly 6-3 anti-environment majority, which will be demonstrated next week in  West Virginia v. EPA, which addresses the authority of EPA to regulate climate-changing emissions.

So now pro-choice liberals have to oppose the current United States Supreme Court as much as do campaign finance reform advocates.  Welcome to the club.