Friday, March 07, 2008

Oregon House District 42 Candidate Forum

Do you live in Oregon House District 42?
Then this Candidate Forum is for YOU!

• Multnomah County Democratic Party (
• Portland Progressives Toastmasters ( )

• Location: Hip Drip Cafe, inside Ecomotion "Earth Friendly Vehicles" - 1625 NE Sandy Blvd 97232 ( )
• Date & Time: March 26, 2006. 7 – 9 PM

• Susan Silodor (MCDP) – Introductions
• Caleb Burns (PPT) – Moderator
• Jim Robison (PPT) – Time-keeper
• Eric Reid – Hip Drip Café Manager & on-site coordinator
• Candidates – open to all Democratic candidates who will appear on the primary ballot
• Ryan Shojinaga – sound & microphones

• Hip Drip Café is providing a stage for the candidates to sit on with microphones. Candidates will be seated alphabetically by last name from stage left to stage right.
• Self-serve coffee will be available to attendees. The space easily accommodates 100+ people, and we expect to fill it.

• 6:00 – Volunteers arrive for setup. PCP & MultDems table to be included/staffed. Candidates who wish to do so may send representatives to set up information tables.
• 6:30 – Candidates or their designated representatives arrive. Coin toss/dice will be used to determine the order for opening remarks, first questions, and closing remarks.
• 7:00 - Welcome (Susan S.)
• 7:05 – Introductions & Rules explanation (Caleb)
• 7:08 – Candidates statements (2 minutes each – order by coin toss or di prior to beginning)
• 7:20 – Beginning of 10 questions from Caleb Burns. Candidates have 1 minute each to answer. Rotating order. (Depending on time, the moderator has the option to reduce the number of total questions.)
• 8:10 – 20 minutes of questions from the audience for specific candidates
• 8:30 – 20 minutes of questions for any candidates
• 8:50 – Closing statements from candidates.
• 8:56 – Closing remarks – Susan S.
• 9:00 – Volunteers help break down stage & clear area.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Joined at the mind

"We just love each other. We think like each other and we will follow each other and each other's policies...."

Want another 4 more years of mr lowest ratings? then vote for John I-love-bush McCain.

They are so joined in their policies - it will be just like a bush 3rd term! WOW!

Only the media think he is a maverick - the rest of us know better.

And many people are starting to look not only at McCain's age - but also his health. He will be 72 this summer. Being only a little younger than him I don't see that as his biggest problem - but he has had surgery for melanoma altho he seems to have been cancer-free for more than 5 years.....

But his policies ? those are scarier than his age and health.

Do not forget - this is the man who talks about more war and fewer jobs!

Monday, March 03, 2008

Hillary v. Obama

I have a few friends back East who can not understand why I am not an ardent Hillary supporter as I am a female.

Had to remind them that I was not a big Bill C. supporter in his primaries either - and it's solely due to politics. I do not like Clinton politics, policies or bush-like fear mongering.

Yes - I'd love to see a woman in the White House in my lifetime. Just not Hillary....

And yes I know that Obama's policies are largely unknown and I read that he is moving to the center and may appoint some R's to high level positions. If he does that and we do yet more center to right moving in this country - I will start advocating for someone else for the year 2012...

Like many other's these days - I have no loyalty to incumbents. My mantra is that if you do not represent ME and represent the best for ALL of our country - then you can be a one term wonder!

But for now I am even less thrilled with the Clinton campaign style - it's petty, vindictive and typically Clintonesque. It's like throw enough junk out here and see what sticks....I feel she should be above tis type of theater as it what was done to the Clintons when Bill was president.

But then again no one ever said politics was for genteel people!