Warren Wins Informal Polling at YC Summer Festivals

Candidate for President Elizabeth Warren has a commanding lead in the informal balloting taking place at the Yamhill County Democrats summer festival booth, with 46 votes compared to the next highest vote getters, a tie between Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. Bernie Sanders follows at 18 votes.

Starting today, Yamhill County Democrats will be at the Yamhill County Fair. Drop by to say hello, pick up a sticker or button, and drop your vote in the ballot box!

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Yamhill County Democratic Party Condemns OHCA Scare Tactics in McMinnville


As Democrats, we believe that public funds should be used for the common good.  We support the McMinnville Fire Department and the McMinnville City Council in their decision to pass Ordinance 5909, creating fines for Care Centers who use 911 emergency services for non-emergency calls, which resulted in over $1,000,000 of services provided by taxpayer dollars in 2017.  Private companies should not use public resources to avoid meeting their own obligations.

We condemn the recent signature gathering effort by Oregon Health Care Alliance to repeal Ordinance 5909. Claims that seniors will be discriminated against, taxed, or that Care Centers will need to close if this ordinance is not repealed are scare tactics targeting our seniors needlessly. We urge Democrats not to add their signatures to petitions if approached.

See You At The Fair!

Find us at these upcoming local Fairs:

Yamhill Derby Days, Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20

Newberg Old Fashioned Festival, Thursday, July 25 - Sunday, July 28

Yamhill County Fair, Tuesday, July 30 - Saturday, August 3

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May's Guest Speaker WLsvey Campos from Bus Project

The BUS Project - https://busproject.org/

Empowering and engaging the next generation of Oregon’s leaders in building a political power to fight for a more just and equitable Oregon. Started in 2002 by young leader determined to make a change to our current political system. They bought a Bus filled with volunteers went around the state helping great people win elections.

A little bit more about WLsvey Campos:

Wlnsvey’s (yes the spelling with the L is correct) first involvement with politics was in her freshman year of college when she joined the Pacific University’s College Democrats of Oregon. That initial step into politics opened up a whole new world. Wlnsvey has interned and worked for several campaigns, served on different boards, and worked for different organizations including Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association. She currently works in the nonprofit sector providing direct services. Wlnsvey is passionate about issues including immigrants’ rights, addressing the homeless crisis, representation inequalities, and access to healthcare. Outside of meetings and work, she enjoys exploring the outdoors, shoe shopping, and hanging out with her 1-year old dog, Herman – who she is so glad to have met through her time in managing a State Representative campaign. Wlnsvey strongly believes in the importance of the presence of youth voices in the political sphere and as such is happy to serve on this board that advocates for a youth-led environment.

April 2019 Central Committee Meeting

April 2019 Central Committee Meeting

You are invited to attend the next Yamhill County Democrats Central Committee Meeting on April 25th. You can find the agenda for this meeting below. Here are just a few things we'll be talking about this month!

First, Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla is this month's speaker. He will be discussing some initiatives he is leading, including Climate Action and discussions on a 5-person Board of Commissioners. As always, Commissioner Kulla is an enthusiastic and lively speaker that you won't want to miss, so be sure to arrive by 6:00 PM!

Also, the Yamhill County Democrats have been given the opportunity to host a voter registration table at a Hispanic PTA event in McMinnville on Saturday, April 27th from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. We are looking for Spanish speaking volunteers who can staff the table and enthusiastically encourage attendees to sign up to vote! Contact Vice Chair Omar Sandoval if you can help!

We will be taking up our National Popular Vote Resolution that was tabled at the last meeting. So, be sure to study up on Senate Bill 870, the bill that just passed in the Oregon Senate and has been sent to the Oregon House. You can also familiarize yourself with the movement that started the National Popular Vote. So, be sure to come prepared for discussion and ready to vote on Resolution 2019-003: National Popular Vote.

We'll See you on Thursday!

Agenda:

Please arrive by 5:30 PM to order dinner.

  1. County Update by Commissioner Casey Kulla (6:00 PM)

  2. Call to Order by Chair (6:30 PM)

  3. Selected Reading

  4. Approval of Agenda

  5. Secretary's Report

    • Vote: Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes

  6. Treasurer's Report

    • Vote: Approval of Treasurer's Report

  7. CD1 Meeting Update

  8. Resolution:

  9. Committee Updates:

    1. Fundraising Committee

    2. Outreach Committee

    3. Political Action Committee

    4. Neighborhood Leader Report

April's Guest Speaker Yamhill County Commissioner

Yamhill County Commissioner Casey Kulla is this month's speaker. He will be discussing some initiatives he is leading, including Climate Action and discussions on a 5-person Board of Commissioners. As always, Commissioner Kulla is an enthusiastic and lively speaker that you won't want to miss, so be sure to arrive by 6:00 PM!

Considering Resolutions at the County Level

One of the ways that County Parties can influence state and even national politics is through the passing of what are called “Resolutions”. While these votes are non-binding, the passage of resolutions can send a message to other county parties and the state party that can influence decisions at all levels.

At our March meeting, Yamhill County Democrats will be considering three resolutions which were proposed to the Executive Committee this month. Because the Executive Committee has agreed to put these before the general body, no motion will be needed to move for discussion during the meeting.

1) Resolution 2019-001: Campaign Finance

2) Resolution 2019-002: Regarding Leadership and Ineffective Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Oregon Legislature

3) Resolution 2019-003: National Popular Vote

As always, while all meeting attendees are welcome to comment and provide their feedback during discussion, only Elected and Appointed Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) can vote for or against passage of these Resolutions.

What’s a Resolution?

A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent by an official body or assembled group; a declaration submitted to an assembly for adoption. All YCD resolutions must be presented in writing, handwritten or verbal resolutions will not be accepted for consideration during meetings. A resolution usually is written  in four parts: a succinct title, a preamble, a resolving clause (or  clauses), and a submission statement. Learn more about creating Resolutions from the DPO.

Our Role in the Democratic Party of Oregon

The Yamhill County Democratic Party represents over 19,000 registered Democrats in our county.  While the party includes all registered Democrats, only elected and appointed Precinct Committee People make up the voting body of the local County Party.

The local county party receives no direct funding from either the Democratic Party of Oregon or the Democratic National Committee; rather, those organizations receive the time and effort of our volunteers as representatives for our community.

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Elected Representatives of the County Party act as delegates to the Congressional District (CD1) and to the State (State Central Committee).   They attend meetings and take votes as representatives of the membership of Yamhill County Democrats.

One of the things our elected SCC representatives vote on is leadership of the DPO every 2 years at the reorganization meeting in March. The State Chair and State Vice Chair participate in the DNC; therefore, the DNC is made up of State party representatives, elected by County party delegates representing their individual counties.  

In addition to our Elected Representatives, all members may join Caucuses and Committees within the DPO. Caucuses meet during the quarterly SCC meetings.  Their role is to help shape the party platform and actions, and they have an additional voice to speak about issues that are important to them.  Caucuses also have an additional vote at the SCC. The following are the Caucuses of the DPO:

  • Asian American & Pacific Islanders

  • Black

  • Disability Justice

  • Education

  • Elections Integrity

  • Environmental

  • Gun Owners

  • Health Care

  • Labor

  • Latino

  • Native American

  • Rural

  • Small Business

  • Stonewall (LGBTQ)

  • Veterans

  • Women's

  • Young Democrats of Oregon