The billionaire Koch brothers plan to spend close to $400,000,000.00 in 2018 to elect Republicans, like Greg Walden. The Koch brothers are not spending this mountain of cash because they are altruistic or because they are seeking better government. They are spending it for one reason only and that is to ensure that they (the Koch brothers) will have the loudest voice in Washington. If they are successful, our voices will be drowned out and we will lose.
Unlike Greg Walden who wants to give the loudest voice to the Koch brothers and his many out-of-state, large dollar, corporate contributors. As evidenced by Walden’s unwavering support last spring for a health care plan that would have caused more than 64,000 of our friends and neighbors to lose their health insurance and his support to get rid of Net Neutrality. I want to give the loudest voice in Washington to you, the people.
When I go to Washington, I am going to only represent you, the people of Congressional District 2.
My signature issue is Campaign finance reform which is admittedly about as unsexy an issue as I could dredge up. But while totally lacking in sex appeal, campaign finance reform is absolutely necessary if the voice of the people, our voices, are ever going to be the loudest voice in Washington.
Keeping our current system is the perfect example of what Albert Einstein meant when he defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.
Let’s stop the insanity by “repealing and replacing” Greg Walden, the first step is voting May 15th.
Read the article here: Koch brothers network spending more to save the GOP in the midterms than ever before
It has been a busy couple of weeks. On January 15th I went to the Martin Luther King Day celebration in Ashland. After the presentation I walked to the Square where, for the first time, I heard Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in its entirety. It was impressive to say the least. It was a beautiful day and I introduced myself to many of those in attendance.
After the MLK celebration I drove up to Grants Pass to attend Senator Merkley’s town hall. Listening to him speak I was pleased that what he was talking about and what my issues are, are totally congruent. I was especially happy to hear him talk about my signature issue regarding the need to get big money out of politics so we can get rid of “Government by and for the rich” and return to “Government of, by and for the people”. Again, I introduced myself to as many people as I could and I was pleased at the warm reception I received and the very strong desire to “Repeal and replace” Walden.
I have also had meetings with a union representative, volunteers and people with expertise in water rights and climate change. Meeting with people, one-on-one, to hear their concerns and or to help me understand an issue better is one of the most enjoyable parts of running for Congress.
I was going to attend Senator Wyden’s town hall on the 19th in Medford but that was cancelled due to the government shutdown.
On Saturday, the 20th, I along with many of our volunteers walked in the Women’s March in Medford. I came early and stayed late. Again, introducing myself to, and talking with, as many people as time permitted. I was gratified by the warm reception I received and the very strong desire to “Repeal and replace” Walden. My voice was hoarse at the end of the march but my spirits were super high from participating in a demonstration that was both peaceful and so overwhelmingly positive.
On the 21st I went to a meet and greet/fundraiser in Eagle Point. I had a very warm reception and again saw and heard the strong desire to give Greg the boot.
On Tuesday, the 23rd I was on Dave Hyde’s KSKQ radio show, “We the People”. It was my third (or fourth) time on his show. We talked primarily about my proposal for the public funding of elections which while it would not get rid of big money in politics would neutralize (and hopefully actually overwhelm) big money so that the loudest voices in Washington would not belong to corporations, the ultra rich and other special interests but the people. All of which fits in nicely with my campaign slogan of, “Voice to the people”.
I am so pleased with the resounding support for the passage of Measure 101. Oregonians care about our neighbors and on Tuesday, January 23rd, we proved it again!
I am both very humbled and appreciative of all of your support, your campaign contributions and your encouragement and, together, we will “Repeal and replace” Walden November 6th!
If anyone wants to talk to me about an issue or has a question please give me a call at 541-531-2912.
Let’s keep in touch!
Take a moment this evening to read this inspiring letter from Judy Embanks. What a great example of the wonderful people in CD2, people who deserve better representation in government. Join me this year to give a voice to the people!
We are all part of one world: act like it
Although there have been rough times before — for me personally — I can truly say that this past year has been the most stressful, i.e. terrifying, in my entire life. The un-civil talk and behavior all around the country is unbelievable. Waking up every day to hear more lies and allegations is like a slap in the face of humanity.
We have come to the point when I just cannot stay quiet. This is no attempt to change anybody’s political views. Heaven knows, nobody could change mine. It’s not the “identity” of aligning with political parties that is upsetting. It’s the clear and present danger of our country becoming one with absolutely no moral compass.
Anybody seen the photo from Apollo 8 of “Earth-rise”? Does it appear to be “one world”? No matter how much our leaders yell that “we are in it for ourselves,” it cannot be true. This is one planet. We must take care of it and each other. There are no borders as seen from out there. What we do with our CO 2 matters to the rest of the planet. It matters to the land, to food, to water. How we treat each other matters to the rest of the world. Being nice to people matters. It is not just about being “polite” or about showing we are “strong.” It matters that we can deal with other people, other beliefs, other governments. It matters that we are able to live among people who are not culturally/spiritually the same as us.
It does not matter to me if you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, Buddhist, Atheist, Hindu, or whatever. We are all souls on this Earth. We cannot isolate ourselves. My faith tells me that above all else we must love one another. It does not tell me to judge other people and tell them they are lazy and need to work. It does not tell me to ignore the poor or infirmed or elderly or disabled and let them fend for themselves. It does not tell me to believe “I got mine, you get yours.” It does not tell me that it’s OK for a quarter of all kids to go hungry every day. It does not tell me that it’s OK to foul my water/land because I can do with it what I want. Have you heard of the SDGs? Sustainable Development Goals. They were adopted by the UN back in 2005 by 150 countries as “Millennium Development Goals.” From the original 8, they have been further revised to 17. These are worldwide goals that we all need to work to achieve: Poverty, hunger and food security, health, education, gender equality and women’s empowerment, water and sanitation, energy, economic growth, infrastructure, industrialization, inequality, cities, sustainable consumption and production, climate change, oceans, biodiversity, forests, desertification, peace, justice and strong institutions, partnerships.
Go to the website and read how each one of us can make a difference.
It is foolish for our government to believe that we can do this alone and make America great again. We are being led by a lying, narcissistic, vengeful, dangerous autocrat who does not know/understand, or care about democracy. He is dysfunctional, politically illiterate and oblivious to the realities of the world. He is being fed information by lobbyists with their own $$$$$ interests in mind. And he is being supported by a Congress which lacks the competence to confront him for fear of losing their own job.
Money, money, money. Follow the money. The passage of this insane tax act is the last straw for me. It is not good for Ord. 2. It is not good for this country. It is not a moral tax 3, 2018 plan. It does not support any of the ideals this country stands for. The hype around this tax plan, like everything coming out of this administration, has an ambivalent relationship with the truth, (words of Jon Meacham, TY). Our children’s future is more important to me than anything.
I will fight and fight and fight every single day to vote out anybody who had a hand in it. This administration does not speak for me and I will speak with my vote. Please join me.
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a refreshing and wonderful holiday season. Thank you for your support over this year, here’s some of my highlights.
I put tens of thousands of miles on my Prius this past year. In 2017 I presented at, spoke to, joined in, and learned from 181+ engagements. These included marches and rallies such as the Women’s March, People’s Climate March in April (Jackson), Restoration Parade this past August (Klamath), VeteRUN in October (Jackson), Defeat TrumpCare March in July (Klamath) & the Don’t Kill Net Neutrality Rally in December (Jackson).
I met with numerous county commissioners, mayors, city managers, police chiefs and chamber of commerce directors. I spoke at local community service organizations such as Lions and Kiwanis. I went into numerous high schools around CD2, to help educate our youth on what it is like to run for office and why each person needs to get informed and vote. This is just a snippet of what I believe elected officials should do. We have to demand accessibility and accountability from our leaders.
While it is vital to attend Democrat Chapter/Central Committee meetings (and boy were there a lot and in almost every county) these are obvious and straightforward for a Democrat candidate to get invited to participate in. The harder events and relationships to develop include the communities within our communities where you first need to build a solid level of trust. An example of this is when I was invited to attend the luncheon before the 9 Tribes Health Quarterly Meeting in June at Warm Springs. Another example was being invited to attend a youth soccer tournament in Hood River, so a Latino couple could introduce me to their friends. I have spoken at VFW meetings, met with veteran community outreach people, and one of my favorite veteran’s groups to be at was the Band of Brothers in Bend. It is special for me as a veteran to speak with veteran groups and I anticipate more opportunities in the coming months!
Where I also reached out to further learn about communities and members of our communities in CD2 was to our farmers and ranchers – especially in Harney County, social workers, caregivers, our youth and our seniors. I attended the Faith Based Network in Madras to learn more about the services they provide Jefferson County, but also to learn more about how so many groups are coming together for the better of their communities.
Indivisible groups around the District invited me to come and speak to their members and are showing themselves to be incredible movers and shakers in their communities. They have hosted everything from meetings where I have presented and spoke about my plans, to large full candidate forums. Impressive!
I want to serve CD2. This starts with knowing each community and their needs. I am committed to be present in CD2 because that is what we are lacking. I am the best candidate to do that job. I have seen the energy in CD2, it has truly inspired me. I am looking forward to 2018 and everything that we will accomplish together.
|Pictured above (L-R): 1) Jim & his family during the holidays. 2) Jim marching with his wife Dianna in the 2017 Women’s March. 3) Jim in the Talent Clean Energy March. 4) Jim with Don Gentry – Klamath Tribes Council Chair at the Restoration Celebration.|
The Federal Communications Commission released a plan last week to dismantle the Obama administration’s Net Neutrality regulations that ensured equal access to the internet. This action defies the will of millions of Americans because by getting rid of Net Neutrality it clears the way for internet service providers (like Comcast and AT&T) to charge users (like you and me) more to see certain content and to curb access to some websites. Can you say, “Good bye to equal access to the Internet and hello to higher costs?” The repeal would allow Comcast and AT&T to play favorites by charging customers for accessing some sites or by slowing speeds to others. Getting rid of Net Neutrality is just another way to reward the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and middle class. If this is the way to make America great, all I can say is that the 2018 mid-term elections cannot come soon enough! Jim
For more info check my Net Neutrality Issues page.