The Oregon Democrats
Oregon Democrats are dedicated to the
common good – not just wealthy special interests – and seek to
restore the middle class economically. We are the stewards of
the American dream, and we support the following:
Strong Schools, Educating our Children ...
Gov. Kulongoski, a Democrat, seeks to
make Oregon "the best educated state in the country." Democrats
in the state Legislature believe every child should have full
opportunity for solid educational success that is not threatened
by overcrowded classrooms, shortened school years or
administrative waste. Democratic legislators believe access to
Head Start should be expanded and that students must have
affordable access to our higher education institutions.
Immigration and Foreign Affairs Policies ...
Oregon Democrats support immigration reform that secures
our borders. We also believe there should be a path to earned
citizenship and a guest worker program. We Democrats believe our
national government should engage the world through diplomacy
and cooperation, that the U.S. government must lead by example
and abide by its signed treaties with no exceptions. We should
bring our troops home from Iraq in 2007.
Affordable Health Care for Oregonians ...
Democrats seek an affordable, accessible and
comprehensive health care system for all Oregonians. The
governor is dedicated to seeing that every child in the state
has access to health care. And state Democratic legislators seek
to expand access to the state’s affordable prescription drug
program, and they will move to lower insurance costs by
requiring the health insurance industry to submit all rate
increases to an oversight board and then justify them before
Progressive Taxation and Economic Fairness ...
Oregon Democrats support efforts to bolster the state’s
healthy environment and its educated and willing work force to
attract businesses. They seek balance to bring in enough revenue
to preserve Oregon’s assets and help our citizens but not tax so
much that it harms competition. Unlike those who would decimate
government and lower taxes for the well-heeled, Oregon Democrats
believe taxation must be fair to all, thus the tax and revenue
system should be progressive. Democrats believe we should repeal
the corporate tax kicker. The governor believes that in good
times we must invest in our infrastructure and work on ways to
better weather the bad times. State Democratic legislators vow
that the corporate tax code will be reviewed regularly to
eliminate waste and loopholes.
The Beauty of
Oregon, Renewable Energy ...
Oregon Democrats believe environmental health
and economic prosperity are interdependent, not in conflict. We
strongly feel that Oregon’s natural resources are our heritage
and our future, that our resources are finite and that
management policies must protect them. Democrats believe Oregon
has the potential to become a national leader in alternative
energy innovation. Democratic members of the Legislature will
jumpstart the alternative fuel and biofuels industry in the
Our Collective Safety ...
The governor seeks to put 125 more State Highway
Patrol troopers on the road and to beef up the agency’s criminal
investigation and crime lab functions. Democrats in the Oregon
Senate seek an upgrade in state emergency plans and improvement
in the state’s communications technology capability. Democratic
members of the Legislature will attack internet predators,
address identity theft and protect the rights and privacy of
victims of sexual assault. Additionally, Oregon Democrats
believe all Oregonians have the right to be treated equally with
due process. We support privacy rights, including protection
from the misuse of private individual information by government
or corporations. We support regulating lending practices to
prevent predatory loan terms.