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AFP: Jan 16 Newsletter – Finishing the Job!

AFP Oregon
From State Director Jeff Kropf

Over the last two days, I experienced the drive and passion that makes AFP such a powerful organization.  I visited five out of the seven “No on MZ 66 & 67” call centers around Oregon on Thursday and Friday, delivering a message of encouragement and hearing stories from the many volunteer callers about their interaction with undecided voters. With the outcome of Measures 66 & 67 still in doubt and being outspent on tv and radio ads by the government unions almost 4 to 1 last week, it is critical that we get our message out to those voters who haven’t made up their minds on how to vote. I met stay-at-home moms, a construction worker on his lunch break, retired pastors, engineers and small business owners who understand that our state’s future, economically and politically is at stake here. I heard them talk about why they are giving their time and passion to winning this battle and I have to say that it reinforced my conviction that we can carry the day on January 26th. With just over 2 weeks remaining before the vote, it is time for every AFP Member to give all they have to defeat the Legislature’s job killing taxes. Seven different phone banks are operating across Oregon, and AFP Members are needed to staff them.  In particular, people who can work mornings to early afternoon are needed.  This special phone system is easy to use and the volunteers I worked with were having fun with each other and enjoying their conversations with voters.

It is recommended that AFP Members volunteer in 3 hour shifts, although your gift of any amount of time is critical.  I want to challenge each AFP Member who reads this message and is close to a Call Center to pledge 6 hours to the Get Out The Vote effort at a Call Center.  AFP Members worked hard to place these Measures on the ballot and have worked hard to secure a “No” vote.  This election is going to be close, and we have to work harder then ever to ensure victory on January 26.  Please click here to see a list of Call Centers and contact them to volunteer today!

Here are a few key messaging points that you might consider when chatting with undecided voters.

1.      These tax increases will cost Oregonians 70,000 jobs over the next 10 years.

2.      Government jobs have increased, while private sector jobs have been lost by a factor of 10 to 1. This two year state budget includes over 1,500 new state jobs alone.

3.      Almost all of the tax increases in these two measures are on businesses, who will pass them on to us and we will pay more for gas and groceries.

4.      The state still has over $3 billion in cash sitting in state agency bank accounts (not including the two rainy day funds that still have over 400 million) that could be used instead of raising anyone’s taxes.

Lane County Members

AFP Chapters Making a Difference

Around our state, AFP Chapters are making a huge difference on Measures 66 & 67 and a variety of other issues.  From hosting debates in Union County and protests in Coos County, to knocking on doors, to some creative advertising, AFP Members are taking our “Guerilla Campaigning” AFP University curriculum to heart.  At the end of the day, it is the grassroots that are going to make the difference.  Keep working!

The Polk County Chapter is taking on referral of a street maintenance fee.

AFP Members Defeat Climate Change Alarmism in Douglas County

Following up on a successful health care “die-in,” and forums on Measure 66 & 67, AFP Members in Douglas County protested and then testified against a planning staff effort to include “climate change” as one possible “natural disaster” in an environmental overlay that would allow government regulation of private property.  The standing-room-only Planning Commission meeting last night was dominated by AFP Members and allies, to the point that one liberal lamented the unexpectedly huge number of people opposed to the overlay.  As a direct result of AFP’s involvement, the overlay was defeated and sent back to the planning staff for rewriting without the references to climate change or any impact on private property.  More details in this blog post.

Wall Street Journal Weighs In on 66 & 67

The paper wonders whether Oregonians are ready to destroy the state’s economy

Phil Knight Opposes 66 & 67 “Oregon’s Assisted Suicide Law II”

Upcoming AFP Events

Please make plans to join AFP for our January 26 Election Night Party at the Keizer Renaissance Inn in Keizer.  Watch the conclusion of an exciting six months.  Just $10 per person gets you in the door and access to some scrumptious hors d’ouevres.  Click here for more information and to register for this fun event! Note that the Inn is offering AFP Members a special $70 rate for suites on the night of the 26th.  Even if you’re coming from distance, you can spend the night in comfort!

We have rescheduled our Fiscal Responsibility Conference for Saturday, January 30 in Clackamas.  Conveniently sandwiched between the defeat of Measures 66 & 67 and the “Emergency” “Special” Legislative Session, this event will explore methods to balance the budget without new revenue, as well as ways government can provide better service for less money and get back to its core mission.  Just $20 per person, including lunch!  Click here for more information and to register.

February 15 Rally at the Capitol

Please mark your calendar for February 15, and plan to join AFP at a mass Rally for Fiscal Responsibility at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.  Please plan on wearing your “I Am AFP” or “Revive the Revolution” tee shirt if you have one, and bring a homemade sign urging fiscal responsibility, lower taxes and limited government.

A Good List to Be On (scroll to bottom of article)

As always, thank you for all you are doing for freedom!

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a nationwide organization of citizen leaders committed to advancing every individual’s right to economic freedom and opportunity. AFP believes reducing the size and scope of government is the best safeguard to ensuring individual productivity and prosperity for all Americans. AFP educates and engages citizens in support of restraining state and federal government growth, and returning government to its constitutional limits. For more information, visit
Americans For Prosperity – Oregon • PO Box 130 • Sublimity, OR 97385 • Phone: 541.729.6229

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