Harney County Democratic Central Committee
June 10, 2019
Hines City Council Room
6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
With Summer just around the corner, the HCDCC is gearing up for 2019 State Fair participation, our own Harney County Fair and the annual summer picnic with our neighbor, Grant County. At the last SCC meeting in Prinveville, the leadership of Grant and Harney extended an invitation to Crook County. Mark Cerny from Grant County and Lynn McClintock , Harney County, will be looking at locations to accommodate this event.
Senator Jeff Merkley is to visit May 29 at the Lincoln School Auditorium, 4:00PM. Please RSVP at merkely.senate.gov . Yes, that is this week but no worries. Just show up or go to Events tab and click Town Halls. You will see Harney County and RSVP there. Although you do not have to pre-register, Merkely's office is interested in the number people attending. Since this is such short notice, I hope you can squeeze this event into your busy schedules.
Scheduled speakers for our monthly meetings is a way to outreach and educate us on topics affecting our county and state. In May, the topic of managing federal lands was canceled due to the availability of agency personnel; however, the group had the opportunity to hear from Pete Runnels, who voluntarily showed up, took questions from the floor and shared information regarding the financial crisis facing Harney County. For 45 minutes we were able to ask questions of the County Judge, and commensurate with each other, trying to find a the way forward.
HCDCC leadership will continue to obtain viable speakers for our meetings whenever possible. Potential guest speakers include; Senator Bentz and Representative Findley, occurring after the Oregon Legislative session ends. Members of the Burns Paiute Tribe, federal agency personnel to speak on managing federal lands, an educational forum, healthcare in rural areas, collaborative efforts in rural Oregon, etc. The DPO leadership, Secretary Eileen Kiely and KC Hanson, Chair, are scheduled 14 October 2019, potentially as a fund raiser. If you know any person or organization who would like to share at our monthly meetings, please contact Lynn McClintock.
At the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee Meeting, May 19, 2019 in Prineville, Isabelle Fleuraud was elected to represent Eastern Oregon counties of Region 1. She will serve on DPO Executive Committee. At the CD2 meeting in early April, Isabelle was also elected to the DPO Rules Standing Committee representing Second Congressional District Democrats. Lynn McClintock was elected to the State Fair and Local Events Standing Committee, representing CD2. There remains one vacancy for a CD2 delegate to represent HCDCC.
Come celebrate HCDCC with pie and ice cream at June's meeting. We will start at 6:00 pm with the fun part and then move into the business meeting at 6:30 pm. Items for discussion include several policy updates, PCP and CD2 and Delegate appointments, update fund raising ideas, discuss scheduling for the State Fair/county fair, vote on the application for the DPO Check for Democracy, and adjourn at 7:30.
Save the date! Adopt a highway cleanup is scheduled for 8:00 am July 13th. We will need at least 6-8 people to clean our stretch of Highway 78. More information will be coming.
To further HCDCC outreach and education, the following is a book review by Marjorie Thelen;
The Uninhabitable Earth - Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, 2019, Crown Publishing
"It is worse, much worse, than you think." Thus starts this book on climate warming. For those of you who still deny that our climate is warming, this book may change your mind.
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In all, the author says the clouds of uncertainty about climate change are projections not of collective ignorance about the natural world but blindness about the human world and can be dispersed by human action. If humans are responsible for the problem, they must be capable of undoing it. We have all the tools we need today to stop climate warming. Why aren't we moving ahead more quickly? In the end he says, "You can't choose the planet, which is the only one any of us will ever call home."
This book is available to borrow from the Harney County Library
Environment Committee~HB2020 - Clean Energy Jobs
HB2020 is about carbon reduction in the state of Oregon. We urge those in support of HB2020 - Clean Energy Jobs - to call or write to Rep. Lynn Findley and Sen. Cliff Bentz.
Findley: email@example.com; 503-986-1460
Bentz: Sen.CliffBentz@oregonlegislature.gov; 503-986-1730
Marjorie Thelen talked to Lynn Findley on Friday and he says he is not opposed to the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. There are now 94 amendments. He says one aspect that concerns him is the "trade areas", like Ontario that are on the border with Idaho. When gas goes up with the new bill, people will go to Idaho to buy gas. Issues like that still have to be worked out. Another example is cement plants in Oregon pollute less than in China, and we don't want to force Oregon cement out of business.
In a conversation with Cliff Bentz several weeks ago he indicated that he wasn't opposed to a price on carbon but was concerned about the transition to clean energy. You can call Bentz and Findley's office to schedule a time to talk to them, if you are so inclined.
The legislative session goes to July 1st, and now they are meeting on Saturdays. HB 2020 is now in the Ways and Means Committee. After that it goes to the floor for a vote. To learn more about the bill go to www.olis.leg.state.or.us. Click on Bills in upper right hand corner and go to HB2020.
Another group following this legislation is Reneworegon.org. If you go to their web site you can find more information and sign up to call.
Fund Raising Committee: