The quiet, soft-spoken gentleman next to me at the table is M. A. Balyeat, from Lake Oswego [email@example.com]; the local Eugene Green Alan Zundel acts as facilitator, Alex Polikoff took notes.
Tim Dehne will be candidate for Linn County Commission in 2016.
Six initiatives were discussed before the convention. [clears throat]
Mike Beilstein reported on the present situation for the fifteen-now minimum-wage initiative, namely that the state governor will attempt to water it down to very little.
Byron Harmon’s fossil-fuel initiatives seem to be on hold since he left for graduate school in the East.
Alex Polikoff says that the projected date for a state-wide initiative sponsored by HealthCare for All Oregon is 2020.
Alan Zundel was upbeat about the chance of passage of the implementation of rank-choice voting in Benton County, which will be on November’s ballot.
Eric Winters spoke, as chief petitioner for an initiative to end the practice by the state legislature to invoke the “emergency clause” to prevent review by referendum at the next election. In discussion, it came up that the state legislature’s recent overturn of anti-GMO votes in two southern counties was by use of the emergency clause.
Dana described an anti-GMO initiative, now a proposed amendment to the state constitution.
In the afternoon, elections to Party offices were held (Your Intrepid Reporter was not elected) and the date of the next state convention set for 21 May.