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March 1, 2011
Dorchester Conference
Oregon House Co-Speakers to Host Town Hall at Dorchester Conference

SALEM, Ore – The Dorchester Conference announced Monday that State Representatives Bruce Hanna and Arnie Roblan, Co-Speakers of the Oregon House of Representatives, will hold a legislative town hall event to kickoff the annual grassroots conference this Friday evening.

“Never before has Oregon had an evenly divided House of Representatives,” noted Becky Tymchuk, President of this year’s Dorchester Conference. “This will be an unprecedented event that will give conference attendees a chance to hear two perspectives and also ask important questions.”

The Oregon House of Representatives, which has a 30-30 split between Republicans and Democrats, opted for a co-governance agreement which divides powers of the Speaker of the House between Hanna, a Republican from Roseberg, and Roblan, a Democrat from Coos Bay.

The Town Hall portion of the conference’s program is scheduled for Friday evening at 8:00 p.m.  Hanna and Roblan will each provide opening comments and then take audience questions.  State Representative Jim Thompson of Dallas will moderate the discussion.

Hanna is a small business owner; he is the president and CEO of both the Douglas County Bottling Company and Automated Vending Services. Roblan is a retired high school principal, whose career in public education began as a high school math teacher.

Additionally, the Dorchester Conference announced last month that Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) will deliver the Keynote Address at this year’s conference.  McCarthy serves as House Majority Whip – the number three ranked Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives – and represents California’s 22nd district. He and Congressman Greg Walden will speak on Saturday.

Conference attendees are also slated to debate a wide range of issues including: a ban on congressional earmarks, education reform, a proposed ban on plastic grocery bags, congressional priorities, and the long-term effect of the Tea Party movement on American politics.  The conference will also hold a “straw poll” on which potential candidates attendees prefer in the 2012 Presidential race.

The Dorchester Conference takes place this weekend, March 4-6 in Seaside at the Seaside Convention Center.  The conference, founded in 1965 by then-State Representative Bob Packwood, is in its 47th consecutive year of existence.  It is heralded as the one of the largest annual grassroots political event in the country.  For more information, a schedule of events, or to register visit:

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About Dorchester

The Dorchester Conference is America’s oldest annual political conference. Then-State Representative Bob Packwood founded the conference in 1965. Packwood invited Republicans from around the state to the Dorchester House in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Since its inception, Dorchester has sought to have lively debate among political activists about timely issues facing the state, nation and world. Many major issues have made repeat visits, sometimes taking on different forms given the decade. Property tax limitations, sales taxes, financial support for education, and abortion are a few examples of issues debated at early Dorchester Conferences as well as more recent ones.

The lively debate, intellectual conversation, humor, and camaraderie result in hundreds of Oregonians registering for the Conference each year. Dorchester is the only grassroots political conference of its kind in the nation and still thrives as it approaches its golden anniversary.

Encouraging participation and underlining the fun of politics have been two of the keys to the conference’s longevity.

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