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to a RATHER important election


<----- GOAL ALMOST MET! PLEASE CONTRIBUTE! Our volunteers have written over 10,000 SwingLeft letters and Postcards to Voters to register and engage voters in key swing states and to promote vote by mail enrollment.
This voter outreach will make a difference in this election.
We need an additional $250 for postage to get these letters and cards in the mail. 

PLEASE HELP if you can.
$6250 raised to date - thank you, donors!

Upcoming Events

Virtual Postcards-to-Voters Writing Project

  • Help advance Dem candidates in key races around the country!
  • Instructions here to get started on your own. Supply your own postcards and stamps, or email to request a delivery, online purchase link, or other assistance.

Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with Indivisible OR
Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with ICG/CGWAN
  • Wed, Sept 23, and Oct 7 - 9:30-11am
  • Wed, Sept 30 - 7-8:30pm
  • Zoom link for all dates here. RSVP for events here.

Phonebanking for Rep. Anna Williams - VOLUNTEERS WANTED
  • Note: With covid, phonebanking replaces canvassing. This is a tight race - Please help!
  • RSVP here for all phonebanking dates below.
  • Phonebanking training: Every Tues in Sept, 2-3pm
  • Phonebanking:
    • Thurs, Sept 24, 5-7pm
    • Every Tues thru end of October, 5-7pm
    • Every Sat through end of October, 11am-3pm

Help with Voter Registration
  • Now through Oct 13; Led by League of Women Voters
  • Choose among many outdoor events & locations (farmers markets, etc.). Masks and social distancing.
  • NOTE: HR County has 3500 eligible individuals who are not yet registered to vote!
  • To help, contact Fran Finney (, 541-354-1112)

Sept 29 First Presidential Debate
  • 6-7:30 PST; to be televised on all major networks.
  • Debate will be at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace will moderate.

Oct 7 Vice-Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 13 OR voter registration deadline (11:59 pm postmark or online receipt)

Oct 15 Second Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 21 Program: Election 2020 & the Constitution
  • 7-8pm (and may go over if you wish); Register here to get the Zoom link.
  • They’re back! Judges Paul Crowley & John Kelly will facilitate a discussion on the Constitutional issues surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
  • You’re invited to submit questions for the discussion by email. This will help the presenters focus on issues of interest to the audience. 

Oct 22 Third Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 14-20 OR ballots are mailed to voters

Nov 3 “Election Day”
  • Spread the word: the final tally of votes around the country, and subsequent assignment of electoral college votes, will likely take additional days to weeks. Important for people to know and expect!
  • OR: deadline for receipt of ballot in County Elections Office via mail or drop box is 8pm

Nov 4 - Jan 20 Extreme political/social kerfluffle possible here, along with annual sacrificial turkey rituals.

Jan 20 Inauguration Day

Calls to Action

Contact Info for our Legislators
   OR:       Sen. Ron Wyden - Email  202-224-5244
                Sen. Jeff Merkley - Email 202-224-3753;
                Rep. GregWalden - Email 202-225-6730
   WA:      Sen. Patty Murray - Email 202-224-2621
                Sen. Maria Cantwell - Email 202-224-3441
                Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler - Email 202-225-3536
   Others: Find your federal reps here.
   HR County:       Rep. Anna Williams - Email 503-986-1452;
                             Sen. Chuck Thomsen - Email 503-986-1726
   W. Wasco Cty:  Rep. Daniel Bonham - Email 503-986-1459;
                             Sen. Lynn Findley - Email 503-986-1730

   Others:              Find your OR state reps here.

It’s 6 weeks until what will most likely be the most significant election of our lifetimes. In the midst of your busy life, complicated by covid and kids schooling at home and smoky air and the “the full catastrophe of life,” as Zorba the Greek calls it - what are you doing to help the good guys prevail in this election?

There are lots of options! Check out all the things in the Calendar section above. Donate to fund others’ ICG actions (see donate button at top of this email). Write an LTE about an issue you care about or a candidate you support. Distribute Anna Williams yard signs to your friends and neighbors (email ICG to help). There’s something for everyone, and everyone’s help is critical at this time.

This is no time for onlooking or bystanding. Leave it all on the field.

Moving Forward

Making it happen: Week 6

Volunteer letter writers Amy Nowatzki, Elise Tickner, Christian Danielsen, Kelly Bradway Parrett, Rachel and Caroline and Colette Hyde, Pennie Burns, Buck Parker, Nancy Clement, and Sarah Bellinson & friends cranked out 950 SwingLeft voter engagement leters! This is part of a goal of 10 million such letter across the country. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!

Our volunteer postcard writers now number almost 40, and they have mailed over 2000 postcards to targeted voters in the last month, giving Democrats a winning edge in close, key races coast to coast. Welcome new writers! More gold stars; write on!

Many thanks to Tina Castañares, Suzanne Warren, Mary Taylor, and Kelly Brown for their generous contributions to fund stamps for our letter/postcard writing projects. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!

Packing the Court…and then?

The loss of RBG is a great one. She was, and still is, and icon for women’s place in society and the workforce, and for women’s reproductive rights (also known as human rights). The fact that it came at this time, before the end of Trump’s term in January, is really no surprise, considering the nature of her medical diagnosis. The fact that she lasted this long, and with continuing wit and grace and mental powers, is a blessing.

There’s a great deal of angst and effort to persuade Republicans not to fill the position - but Dems have essentially no card to play in this game beyond exhortations. A couple of interesting observations and ideas have been floated and are worth noting, given that a Repub appointment to the court is likely -

The ages of the current justices range from 82 to 53. Breyer is 82; Thomas is 72; Alito is 70; Sotomayor is 66; Roberts is 65; Kagan is 60; Kavanaugh is 55; Gorsuch is 53. Those of older ages have statistically more limited shelf lives. For others - who knows? Life has surprises. And expiration of shelf life is not the only possibility - retirements are possible, too. The point is, obviously, that even intentional court-packing is not a sure bet for controlling the future.

Another idea recently floated by liberals to regain power after a conservative packing of the Court is to add more seats to the Court that could be filled by a Dem president. The Constitution actually doesn’t specify the number of seats on the Court. In fact, it has changed a few times - but not since 1869.

In order for this to happen, Dems would need to win the House, the Senate, and the presidency in November. It could happen (inshallah). Then they’d probably need to eliminate the filibuster’s use in the Senate. It could happen (inshallah).

Some expansion advocates feel expansion of the Court is justified because the strong conservative majority has been gained by illegitimate means, and point to recent decisions (eg the rollback of the Voting Rights Act and the Supremes’ failure to act on partisan gerrymandering) that show that the court already reflects rampant partisanship rather than judicial prudence. Some argue that voters could go all-in for Dems in November, so the conservative Court would then be subverting the will of the people. Of course, that’s the whole point of packing the court.

A number of writers have delved into what they see as pros and cons of expansion:

  • Republican maneuvering has undermined the legitimacy of the court (Jamelle Bouie, New York Times)
  • Without expanding the court, a popular progressive agenda would be blocked (Jay Willis, GQ)
  • History shows the court remains independent after the number of justices changes (Tim Burns, New Republic)
  • Congress is obligated to act when the court is standing in the way of democracy (Pack the Courts founder Aaron Belkin, Slate)
  • Growing the court might lead to more moderate decisions from current judges (Ed Kilgore, New York)
  • Democrats discuss court packing only because they’ve failed in the current system (Bruce Fein, American Conservative)
  • Republicans would just add their own justices when they got back in power (Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post)
  • Adding justices to the court would be a death blow to an independent judiciary (Dan McLaughlin, National Review)
  • Expanding the court would only make partisanship on the court worse (Peter Verniero,
  • It would be an unnecessary escalation in response to Republican underhandedness (Ilya Somin, Reason)

The Repub appointment to the Supreme Court will probably sail right along. Then what? Well, like so many things in our political world these days, we’ll just have to see.

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