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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:51 PM
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Oregon AFSCME breaks ranks, endorses Obama
Earlier this afternoon, Oregon AFSCME voted to endorse Barack Obama for President. Previously, the national AFSCME organization had endorsed Hillary Clinton.

Oregon AFSCME becomes the only state organization in the country - other than Illinois AFSCME, in Obama's home state - to break ranks with the national.

Oregon AFSCME's executive director, Ken Allen, described the vote as "overwhelming."

From their statement:

Several members of the Oregon AFSCME Executive Board explained their support for Obama.

"I think he's a uniter, not a divider," said Becky Steward, President of AFSCME Local 88, which represents Multnomah County employees. "I believe his record better reflects how my members feel in Multnomah County."

"I believe Obama has a proven track record of fighting for our members," said Jack Tucker, President of AFSCME Local 2067, which represents City of Salem workers. "I also believe Obama has a much better chance of winning in November against John McCain."

Dal Ollek, President of AFSCME Local 1724 that represents City of Eugene employees, said Obama brings a message of change. "We need more collaboration at the national level," said Ollek. "I believe this vote in support of Obama represents the best choice for the American people."

http://www.blueoregon.com/2008/03/breaking-oregon.html
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:53 PM
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1. Cool! Let's invite them to the country club for latte on Sunday!
nt
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:58 PM
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9. I thought it was crepes on Sunday. A person cannot live on latte alone.
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:49 AM
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33. You'd be surprised.
:hide:
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:01 PM
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41. GO, OREGON! I belong to that union. GO OREGON!
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democrattotheend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:53 PM
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2. That's great news
And I am glad this happened now, with plenty of time for them to put together a program before the Oregon primary. This is the best news I have seen all day.
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:54 PM
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3. A splinter group says "I think he's a uniter, not a divider," Irony is dead.
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:06 AM
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15. Did you say that sbout Nevada?
Remember all those people with signs saying 'I support my union, I support Hillary' - which it was their perfect right to do, even though the union had chosen to endorse Obama.
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TheDoorbellRang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:13 AM
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20. OK. That IS ironic
and pretty funny. :spray:
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Kurt_and_Hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:23 AM
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29. Nero Wolfe fan?
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TheDoorbellRang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:44 AM
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31. Indeed I am!
Had to laugh at myself one day here in GD-P when I posted "Pfui!" in a kneejerk response to an inanity. Such a useful, under-used word.
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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 10:43 PM
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46. I got a chill when I read Becky's first words.
:scared:

Still, interesting news.
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JimGinPA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:54 PM
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4. Great News!
K&R
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:55 PM
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5. Take that, McEntee, you ass
K&R
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:07 AM
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16. Why is he an ass?
Just asking - don't know much about the guy.
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:25 AM
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22. His members have been fighting him over his opposition to Obama for some time
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:55 PM
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6. Gee, I guess the Wright thing really scared them off. Oh, and the Iowa delegates too,
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Voice for Peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:01 AM
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11. yeah.. looks like he's really going down
not.
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SunsetDreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:56 PM
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7. wowweeeeeee
That is music to my ears!

Thank you bicentennial, I really appreciate it :)

Obama 08
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:56 PM
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8. Most welcome!
We need some positivity up in here. :D
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:00 AM
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10. Yay, GOregon AFSCME!
"I think he's a uniter, not a divider," said Becky Steward, President of AFSCME Local 88, which represents Multnomah County employees. "I believe his record better reflects how my members feel in Multnomah County."

I would think they'd want the strongest candidate in Fall and not someone who thinks marauding night raids against Democrats is all a part of the game.

I'm wondering if the National AFSCME endorsed too soon?
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thevoiceofreason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:02 AM
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12. This is Hugh!!!111!!! Onehundred eleven!!!!
All seriousness. Wow.
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:05 AM
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13. Ha! Take that, Tom Buffenbarger!
Buffenbarger is the IAMAW union leader who opened a Hillary meeting largely attended by AFSCME members and embarrassed everyone, to the point that the local union steward tried to get him off the stage. As you can probably tell, I don't like him - he's a xenophobic, protectionist, authoritarian asshat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKJVHjZVD60
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meow mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:05 AM
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14. nice! cant wait for oregon
ty oregon
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ericgtr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:09 AM
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17. As an Oregonian I am looking forward to the race coming here
this is an Obama state, one of the little ones that may not count to the Clinton campaign but it sure does to us.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:10 AM
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18. Hehe, maybe it was the push polls
that already started. Or maybe it was when she sucked money out of our party when we had a Governor and Senator up for election. Or maybe it was Kyl-Lieberman, or her meeting with Code Pink before the war.

Could have been a lot of things, but I sure as hell knew the polls showing Hillary's support were way off base.
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Kittycat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:11 AM
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19. GO Oregon - GOBAMA!
Great news, thank you for sharing.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:25 AM
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21. Oregon is Obama country.
Why? Because we're true progressives here; not DLCers like the vicious Hillary.

:toast:
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:26 AM
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23. Hey you!!
:hi:

:toast:
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:30 AM
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25. Hey you, right back atcha!
:hi: :toast:
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 03:07 AM
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35. The Great Northwest is a solid block of support for Obama.
That's was the first thing I noticed from the map on CNN, just how dark blue the entire Northwest and Northern states were for Obama. Then how big of a block of dark blue states were on the Gulf Coast.

It's unreal.
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malik flavors Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:27 AM
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24. Great news, thanks!
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bigbrother05 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:38 AM
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26. Good news thanks
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 12:40 AM
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27. Great news!
K & R :thumbsup:
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Beregond2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:20 AM
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28. OR
No surprise. If there was ever a state tailor-made for Obama it is Oregon. And there are very few AAs there, BTW.
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ampad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:28 AM
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30. wow
It says quite a bit that they were willing to split from the national union. Go Oregon, Go Obama!
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:46 AM
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32. Kick!
:kick:
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 02:59 AM
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34. Oregon's not just blue, we're blue/green.
We're doing our best to make California and Massachusetts citizens look like the wasteful, corporatist, right-wing, republicans they really are....

Kidding, kidding.

Sort of. ;)

Examples: Monthly mass naked bicycle rides to protest people committing the sin of driving. Green building standards for all new development. Bio-diesel in city-limits pumps. City garbage stream of 75% recycled materials, with citywide compost for all yard and food waste starting up soon.

I'm not sure we can take on SanFran yet, but we're getting close...
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 03:12 AM
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36. When Oregon doesn't go around busting people for drugs....
I'll move there.. Colorado is getting close to being completely pro-marijuana.. Denver is legal (up to 1 ounce) - and Hickenlooper told the police this is a VERY low priorty arrest. I love our mayor!

Hawkeye-X
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 05:36 AM
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37. We're giving out traffic tickets for it.
IIRC, 35 bucks, or far less than the ounce.
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Hawkeye-X Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 01:54 PM
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40. not too bad...
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meow mix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:54 PM
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43. yah i like oregon they are sick of federal interference in their liberal state laws.
Edited on Sun Mar-16-08 10:03 PM by meow mix
medical marijuana, doctor assisted suicide.
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cooolandrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 05:49 AM
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38. Great some good news that's what I like to see . FIRED UP.
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davidpdx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 07:33 AM
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39. As an Oregonian, I'm glad to hear that.
I am living overseas and will vote in the May Primary. The day after I'll be watching for election results hoping for a nice win for Obama.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 10:02 PM
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45. Welcome to DU,
davidpdx!
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stevedeshazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 09:45 PM
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42. Oregon fuckin' rocks
We're gonna kick our Republican senator out on his ass, too.

Fifth-generation Oregonian and damn proud of it.

AFSCME Local 88 is Ms. D's union, too.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 11:33 AM
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52. ... and the state GOP is bankrupt!
:rofl:
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Pavlovs DiOgie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 10:01 PM
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44. Good news! EOM
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Mme. Defarge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 10:47 PM
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47. Heyyyyyyyyyyy!
That's my State, and we count this time!
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DerekJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-16-08 11:03 PM
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48. kick
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thevoiceofreason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 12:05 AM
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49. Kick
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barack the house Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 12:55 AM
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50. ....
Edited on Mon Mar-17-08 12:57 AM by barack the house
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-17-08 11:32 AM
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51. Keep wondering where the big endorsements for Hillary are lately.
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