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I’m Alan Bates, an Oregon State Senator from Southern Oregon who wants to bring people together to find common sense solutions.

As your State Senator, I’ll help small businesses grow and get people back to work, increase school funding so we can reduce class sizes and restore lost school days, and make government work better for everyone. As a family physician, a former school board member and a state senator, I care deeply about Southern Oregon and I’ll work tirelessly to represent our priorities in the State Senate.

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Bates_Headshot_SquareDr. Alan Bates is an Oregon State Senator from Jackson County (District 3) serving Medford, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Applegate, Ruch and Ashland. He was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and had previously served in the State House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004.

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It is said of Oregon that 'she flies with her own wings'. In the 78th legislative session we had a change in governor, passed landmark legislation including free community college, paid sick leave, clean fuels and motor voter plus shepherded in the legalization of recreational marijuana. I am proud of our work and proud of Oregon. What new policies are you most excited about? ...

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Trevor HayesPaid sick leave ? 40hrs? Sounds like a built in extra week of vacation to me. not good.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Terry J. ErdmannThank you for all of the above. Keep it up, you're doing fine.3 weeks ago   ·  9
Jack ShinnerKeep up the good work. We're glad to have you represent us and US.3 weeks ago   ·  5
Kasandra GriffinI'm most excited about the expanded funding for Farm to School and School Garden programs (through SB 5507), and the Oregon Health Equity Alliance priorities: paid sick leave, ban the box, end racial profiling, health coverage for all kids (sort of provided through additional SB 5507 funds), and basic health plan. Sorry to see comprehensive women's health not pass this session.3 weeks ago   ·  5
Ellen WakefieldFree community college, paid sick leave, and clean fuels are most important, in my opinion. Now we need you to help stop that LNG pipeline across Southern Oregon to Coos Bay. Natural gas isn't a "clean fuel", its fugitive emissions of methane are as bad as carbon emissions.3 weeks ago   ·  3
Nicole MinoliI'm most excited about the free community college. I love those boots Dr. Bates!!3 weeks ago   ·  2
Gerry SeaThank you for supporting laws and policies that help protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.3 weeks ago   ·  2
Joi RileyGreat work, now get your boots off the furniture and come home.3 weeks ago   ·  2
Kathy KeeseeAll good but please stop the pipeline!!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Stuart HillYou have a thankless job, and can't please everyone all the time, but I'm proud of what you have done. Here's the but. Not happy about SB541 or the making of pot a recreational drug. Still feel we have enough problems with alcohol let alone pot. Thank you for your service3 weeks ago   ·  1
Carole HesseI so appreciate your work on healthcare, Dr.Bates. . . and love the boots!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Harriet BermanThank you for your good work, Dr. Bates!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Doris ToweryFree community college, so huge for so many struggling families trying to build a better life.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Sheryl Ann WirtsAll of them are important, thanks for all the hard work3 weeks ago   ·  1
Susan RoudebushFree community college education will pay off for the state's economy. Proactive legislation! Legal pot's pretty progressive too!!!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Barbara GeiszlerTHe ONA Nurse Staffing bill!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Dianne UehlingerI am excited at all the work you've been doing for our state. You listen to the people and respond, thank you!!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Chris HamptonGood work3 weeks ago   ·  1
Gwenne PenkertLove it all!3 weeks ago   ·  1
Vanessa Martynse HoukSo many good things but I especially thank you for passing 2828, the health care study bill.3 weeks ago   ·  1
Marsa MorseNow stop Nestlè from moving in on the Oregon water. Please! I love Oregon and don't want to see it consumed by corporate greed.3 weeks ago   ·  12
Christopher BriscoePhoto: Christopher Briscoe.3 weeks ago   ·  5
Annette Buchanan McGregorWe need significant increase and improvement in mental health services as well as more expedient access to them.3 weeks ago   ·  4
Jeri BakerFree community college??3 weeks ago   ·  1
Dawnne HowardWell I WOULD be excited about the free community college if I hadn't just spent a fortune via student loans at Rogue CC in the past few years- can we write those loans off?3 weeks ago   ·  2

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It's time to stand for rebuilding the middle class in Oregon! Today, I proudly testified in favor of responsibly raising the minimum wage. Here's a link to the committee hearing, if you'd like to watch: oregon.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=9222 ...

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Tasha SchaalThank you so much Senator Bates, you've always stood for helping people in so many ways.4 months ago   ·  1
Stuart HillI'm glad you used the word responsible. Still have concerns as to how much it will cost the rest of us who might be ahead of the curve. We will be on the losing end. They don't increase all wages, just those under, and then the costs go up for everyone. Good luck Best wishes. PS please don't pass SB9414 months ago   ·  3
Joe TuckerThis Senator, of whom I am a constitutent, just voted AGAINST the clear will of the people to ammend the Medical Canabis Laws in Oregon, even after a clear mandate was evidenced by Measuere 91 that the Medical Canabis laws were to be left untouched. This is unconscionable and will be remembered when it is time to elect representatives who represent their constitutents. Remember Dwight Holton?2 months ago
Jolee NelsonNow please stop Nestle from taking our spring water3 months ago   ·  1
Isabeau Vollhardtthank you!4 months ago
Danielle KipferAwesome! Thanks for all of your hard work!3 months ago
Tasha SchaalStuart, it wouldn't affect me because I don't work, but rising waters raise all boats.4 months ago
Julie Anne Christie AkinsMy hero4 months ago
Joe TuckerIf you are going to have a Facebook page and invite your constituents to interact with you upon the same, you might try to actually use and update it.2 months ago
Austin FolnagyWell done Dr. Bates, I also like to say well done Robert Sisk SEIU Local 5034 months ago

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The Senate just passed our Good Samaritan bill, SB 839. Often individuals are hesitant or scared to report drug overdose emergencies for fear of arrest due to possession - this bill will provide legal protection to individuals who call for help in such medical emergencies. olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2015R1/Measures/Overview/SB839 ...

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Brenden Kingor just revoke drug laws all together......4 weeks ago

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Representative Buckley and I are already hard at work in Salem! The 78th Legislative Assembly convened this week and I’m proud to represent Senate District 3 as your State Senator. Oregon Senate Democrats introduced their 2015 Legislative Agenda, which prioritizes the concerns that I've heard from so many community members to invest in education and job creation. bit.ly/18HQQRt ...

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Jennifer MargulisYour constituents appreciate your hard work. We are also united in our opposition of SB-442-3. Please stop this bill. It is a harm to Southern Oregon. It goes against everything this country is founded on and everything you stand for. We need to educate people about vaccines. Not force medical procedures on other people's children.5 months ago   ·  24
Jennefer JohnsonSenator Bates, I voted for you, and felt great about it, having had the opportunity to meet you. I was struck by your intelligence, integrity, and honest nature. I must say, after hearing your testimony in Salem that confirms your support for Amendment 3 to remove the Philosophical and Religious exemption to vaccines, I am very concerned. I feel this is a gross overstep that violates our rights to give informed consent for all medical procedures with the assumption that we will not be punished by our government. It is a slippery slope, and the wrong way to go about increasing vaccine compliance. Please focus on public health education, instead of taking away families' rights.5 months ago   ·  29
Jasmyne ElizabethDear Senator Bates, I recently voted for you, but I am very disheartened to hear that you are supporting SB 442. If passed this bill will take away our medical freedom. I am a social studies teacher, and every term, I teach my students that we live in a great country where our civil liberties are protected under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I tell them about how our founding fathers were intent on creating a government where those in power could not overreach or impose their views on individual citizens. If this bill passes, those civil liberties that they were trying to protect go out the window, and the government gets to mandate the health care decisions for MY children. Vaccines have not been proven safe. The inserts on the vaccines themselves warn of their possible dangers. If there is risk involved in a medical treatment it should be MY right to give informed consent or to refuse treatment. I do not want to live in a country where the government mandates such important and possibly life changing decisions. We are counting on you as our representative to hear us calling out for protection and help. We are depending on you to do the right thing here and vote NO on SB 442. Thank you for your time.5 months ago   ·  21
Liz SchmidtSenator Bates, I voted for you too, but I agree with Jennefer Johnson. To give informed consent to medical procedures is a basic right we have as Americans, Oregonians, and human beings; and I will not be forced to play Russian Roulette with my child. The media says adverse vaccine reactions are rare, but in addition to knowing several families whose children have had serious adverse vaccine reactions, I've personally been afflicted by two rare life-threatening illnesses that have altered my life in very significant ways -- the first caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and the second as a result of the first; so to say that adverse reactions are rare...be that one in 1,000, one in 100,000, or even one in a million, is not a valid argument for taking away my right to decline. Please do not support this Draconian legislation that would take away parents' right to research and decide what is in the best interest of their children. Also, we are not in a state of medical emergency, and for the Senate Committee On Health Care to declare an emergency in order to fast track this legislation is cause for citizen revolt. I will do everything in my power to let voters know which senators support this bill.5 months ago   ·  20
Sophia MichaelSenator Bates, I have always heard you mentioned in a positive light. Your constituents are so proud to have you representing them. I ask that you please think about your position on amendment -3, and trust those who elected you to do the right thing for our society. The education modules haven't been in effect for even a year, so we cannot assess the benefit of their use yet. Instead of looking at Oregon's exemption rate (which is misleading since it is a catch-all for those who may just be missing one shot), please look at Oregon's vaccination rate for kids throughout the state. We are in substantial compliance! Due to a severe adverse reaction, we are working closely with our physician to vaccinate carefully, as to avoid any future reactions. Please do not ban my sweet children from the public school that they love! It is not their fault that their bodies cannot confirm to the CDC schedule to a "t". Please trust that your constituents, and the citizens of Oregon will do the right thing. Education, not punitive mandates, is the ethical approach for reaching parents. Thank you for your time.5 months ago   ·  16
Green Dragon Ecig ShopWe closed our Vape shop in Ashland based on the House Passage of the Vaping Ban HB2546, a Bill sponsored by Peter Buckley. Those Jobs Pay $15 an hour and we had originally planned on opening 10 Locations for Oregon with a total of 30 Jobs and a half million dollars in outside investment in Southern Oregon. Now we are closing because the Legislature passed the ban based on a Study that was disproven in journals 2 months before the passage of the bill. This is unprofessional conduct and if you are serious about jobs in Oregon the representatives need to do more research before we simply ban everything requested. If we want to be unique we can't just follow Washington State and California in everything. Now the bill is in the Senate. We are not reopening even if it does not pass there. The very passage of the Bill in the House means no one is researching the bills enough or they are not listening to the ones how did. There is no need to invest in job creation if you would simply stop killing the jobs that are already here. We need two new laws in Oregon 1. A mandatory read and research the Bill law. and 2. For every new burden placed on the citizens another burden must be removed. Canada just passed this one. The future is in less laws, because you cannot have prosperity and hyper-legislation. That model has never worked.3 months ago
Stephanie Reid BuckleyI voted for you as well, Senator Bates - I am very disheartened to see that you are supporting SB-422-3. I strongly believe in every parents' right to make their own decisions regarding vaccination for their children. I have carefully researched every vaccine & made informed choices for my family. My children have received some of the vaccinations, but not all. I would like to ask that you please reconsider your support of this bill. Thank you.5 months ago   ·  14
Jessica RoyaleDear Senator Bates, I know you are welcoming "Angry emails" from your constituents, However, I feel that the actual fact that you will have blood on your hands for voting for SB 442 might be something to consider. Are you prepared to be vilified by History? fox4kc.com/2015/02/24/excelsior-springs-woman-left-with-permanent-brain-injuries-after-vaccinations/5 months ago   ·  8
Brian ComnesWhen will they speak out against the Jordan Cove LNG export facility and the LNG PIPELINE running through their County???6 months ago   ·  7
Bob SextonTwo champions for "the folks at home"!!!6 months ago   ·  8
Jessica RoyaleDear Senator Bates, Please consider that Mississippi ranks LAST in Health in the US. Do you REALLY wan to be responsible for making Oregon more like Mississippi??? www.americashealthrankings.org/states5 months ago   ·  6
Leah CatesI voted for you senator, and I am disheartened to know that you are supporting SB 442-3. I am a registered nurse and I feel it is the right of every human to receive information about every health choice they make and to be able to consent for medical treatment. It doesn't make medical sense to prescribe a blanket prescription for everybody, medicine doesn't work like that. Mandating health care takes away the right of patient to consent. It's time for better research, safer medication and above all, medical freedom. I trust you will make the ethically correct choice.5 months ago   ·  6
Sean GordonSenator, I have talked to and noticed many people here in Southern Oregon who not only voted for you but have put their precious life energy into campaigning for you, and are more than a little concerned that you are supporting the extreme infringement of the medical rights of our families and children. I can hardly conceive of legislation that would be more directly harmful to future Oregonians! Such legislation could never be justified even in a true emergency. I am ashamed that you do not appear to know your oath to serve and protect the Oregon and Federal Constitutions, and are acting in direct opposition to it. (there is a very ugly word for that, it begins with a T) Please reverse course.5 months ago   ·  7
Jennifer FurbushSenator Bates, I'm highly disappointed that you are planning to support an amendment to bill SB 442 that would strip Oregon parents of their right to make informed medical decisions regarding their children. You seem to think there is a real need for such a desperate measure; yet there are no epidemics of infectious disease in Oregon nor has there been for decades. A public awareness campaign would be a more effective and more ethical, American way to express your concerns about "low" vaccination rates to the public (although our rates are actually quite high). Coercing parents into invasive medical procedures that carry a real risk against that parents' wishes is a violation of civil liberties. As the bill stands it allows parents to decide along with their healthcare practitioner what is in the child's best interest. It is not up to you nor the State to usurp the natural right of the parent nor supercede the authority of their personal doctors. You are displaying outlandishly unAmerican sentiments when you presume that the state has the right to force medical procedures on the children of Oregon regardless of parents' wishes or concerns. Mandating 49 doses of 14 vaccines just so a child can attend kindergarten is not the answer to any public health crisis and certainly not to a non-existent one that was utterly made up by the mainstream media.5 months ago   ·  4
Larry MorningstarSenator Bates, I also recently voted for you, and align with your stance on most issues. I am however, very concerned about your position on mandatory vaccinations. Leaving aside the whole debate over the efficacy and potential dangers of vaccinations, there is an even larger issue at stake here: personal freedom. Does the government have the right to require that all individuals submit to medical treatments utilizing pharmaceutical products? Does the government have the right to ignore the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which requires that no law can be passed that interferes with one's sincerely held religious beliefs or practices? It should be an individual's choice -- not the government's -- whether or not to be vaccinated or to vaccinate one's children. I ask you to please reconsider your position and withdraw this version of the bill which could run over our fundamental freedoms and your constituents’ religious or philosophical beliefs. Sincerely, Larry Morningstar Talent, Oregon / Jackson County5 months ago   ·  3
Jamie HicknerSenator Bates, I am fully-vaccinated and my four-year-old daughter is fully-vaccinated, but I do NOT support SB-442-3. I am very concerned about our low rate of vaccine participation locally, but this law is NOT the answer. We need more education about what the real risks of vaccines are, and we need to respect the rights of all parents to decide what medicine to give their children (within reason, of course). I don't ever want to see a return of polio, and I am gravely concerned about the threats posed by measles, whooping cough, and other preventable childhood diseases. However, I am more concerned about what this law represents (a loss of civil liberties) and about its potential long-term consequences (e.g., parents deciding to homeschool their children rather than be compelled to have their child injected with something that they believe will cause harm). Let's have an active education campaign and forgo forced vaccinations--because, truly, the prospect of forced vaccinations (vaccinate or lose access to our public education system) reminds me of the Nazi regime and of our country's own history of forced sterilizations (e.g., see recent reparations in Virginia and North Carolina), the Tuskegee Institute's syphilis experiments, etc. Let's not open another ugly chapter in American history!5 months ago   ·  3
Liz SchmidtThe AMA's Code of Medical Ethics statement is very clear: "physicians must honor" the policy of informed consent. In fact, the AMA describes this as "a basic policy in both ethics and law" and only makes exception if the patient "is unconscious" or if harm from failure to treat "is imminent." Mandatory vaccine interventions are conducted in total violation of this code of ethics. Most unvaccinated children are in a state of perfect health, with no symptoms and no active disease. There is no "imminent" risk of harm from "failure to treat." Please stop SB 442-3!5 months ago   ·  4
Patrice Fernandez LowesSenator Bates, I trust that by now you have read and considered the many reasons why mandatory vaccines are a bad idea. This blanket approach to attempt to achieved public health will fail. Parents who have delayed and/or partially vaccinated have done so armed with a great deal of thought, research and education. We are well informed and deeply rooted in our beliefs in what is right for our families. Some of us also have children with genetically compromised physiology that have already been harmed by vaccines. If passed this would either deprive many children from their right to an education, drive families from the state or in some cases continue to impair the health of our children. As you know, informed consent to medical procedures is our right, and is also stated in the AMA code of ethics. I trust you will change the course of this devastating legislation.5 months ago   ·  3
Mary AlionisSenator, I have a few questions for you, How do you plan to handle parents of a vaccine injured child? Will their other children need to be vaccinated if they show no medical condition listed? How about the vaccine injured child, if parents cannot bring themselves to allow additional vaccinations and they do not qualify for a waiver, will you ban them from schools, therapy centers, other public children's places? If vaccines are safe how come we have set up the vaccine injury compensation fund? How can you justify a mandate for a child to undergo a medical procedure with stated risk? Do you consider threat of withholding of public services, community-based education, access to most public children's spaces, to be a form of coercion with regard to medical treatment? How do you feel about the Nuremberg Code?5 months ago   ·  13
Joanna Wnorowski-PecoraroWe love you guys & we voted for you. Please represent us & our views too5 months ago   ·  2
Susan BizeauNeed your help in opposing LNG pipeline! !6 months ago   ·  2
Lisa S ChildsPlease sign and share this petition to Governor John Kitzhaber Oregon to register a resounding no to the Jordan Cove pipeline project by Canadian owned company, Verezen. Seventy one percent of Oregonians want clean renewable energy. Solar World is headquartered in Hillsboro Oregon, let's stay on this track for clean renewable energy. www.credomobilize.com/petitions/no-jodan-cove-liquid-natural-gas-lng-pipeline-in-southern-oregon6 months ago   ·  2
Mary Alionis...and one more question: what is the point of the inserts in vaccinations, listing risks and side effects if we are mandated to do them? Is this to give us something to worry about?5 months ago   ·  12

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Jennifer MargulisPreserving family rights and the freedom to choose how and when all of Oregon's children are vaccinated. Please know that the vast majority of your constituents are against SB-442-3. We love and support you and appreciate all your hard work. I know you are a thoughtful person. Please represent us as our lawmaker and vote no on this bill if it passes out of committee. Which I hope it does not.5 months ago   ·  14
Sarah BlyThank you for asking Senator. You have many loyal and proud constituents that worked hard to support your election to office. There are many of us that are currently very concerned about SB-442-3. Please, I urge you to protect our rights as parents to do what we know is best for our children. Along with your work to protect our seeds and our farmers, which I thank you immensely for, please know this is a fundamental right of your citizens to tend to the health of freedom of their families and communities. We need to be able to choose a vaccination schedule that works for our own children. Please use this wave of concern about vaccinations to encourage more research as well as ways to help educate the public on how to best care for one another in a sustainable way. Thank you Senator.5 months ago   ·  2
Liz SchmidtTo give informed consent to medical procedures is a basic human right. The legislature does not have the right to take away our freedom to evaluate and choose what is best for ourselves and our children. You are supposed to represent your constituents...do not support SB442 or we will not support you.5 months ago   ·  2
Rachel AldrichBan the use of GMOs! Please, please, please!6 months ago   ·  8
Torrey Bylescongratulations, and, please help stop the natural gas pipeline through Southern Oregon (Pacific Connector Pipeline, Jordan Cove Terminal in Coos Bay). Not only environmentally bad (regionally: pipes leak; and globally: Oregon aiding and abetting carbon into the atmosphere), but it is a bad deal ($10s of millions locally in taxes and wages; $100s of millions and billions to foreign companies). Also, another example of miscarriage of democracy and the public decision process: big corporations run things, if this thing passes.6 months ago   ·  5
Juli Di ChiroEducation! Especially reinvesting in higher education. The price of a college education at a state school is out of reach for many young people.6 months ago   ·  4
Tosha EmptageDear Senator, I believe in you. I would feel a great sense of betrayal if after you being sworn in to serve, you would then turn around and take away my medical freedom and the right to consent! SB-442 is NOT about vaccines, it's about MY parental right to consent to medical procedures. Please understand that I know literally dozens of parents, and concerned citizens that are OPPOSED to this bill, per the one that doesn't care either way. I implore you to do the right thing and keep Oregon a FREE state in the great FREE America. This bill directly affects every family, it's not about vaccines, its about freedom. We believed in you on election day, now believe in us to make the right decision for our kids! The only way to have safe and healthy kids is to keep medical freedom, and the right to informed consent, to the individual family.5 months ago   ·  4
Leta Kerns-WellockHappy you will continue to work for us.6 months ago   ·  5
Mark J MarshowskyFinancial resposibility by fellow citizens and goverment spending- to include drug testing for persons receiving financial aid.6 months ago   ·  5
Camila ThorndikeA livable future for my generation and all to come - we need your leadership behind a carbon price and full revenue return to Oregonians!6 months ago   ·  3
Teresa SafayEducation, free community college, and/or free education in exchange for post college work. Follow Jackson County's lead on banning farming of GMO's6 months ago   ·  3
Christopher BriscoeThrilled that you'll be continuing your great work6 months ago   ·  3
Liz ToyGot my W2, and as a low wage part time worker, the money withheld by Oregon was 4 times that of federal withholding. Time to adjust those tax brackets, and make the folks with 6 figure incomes (incl. highly paid public employees) pay more in taxes. SO GLADyou were re-elected!6 months ago   ·  1
Heather MayOh great maybe you will take more Oregonian's jobs away! Keep building those bridges to nowhere!5 months ago   ·  1
Kyla DuncanFathers who don't pay their full or any child support but can afford toys for themselves. There needs to be penalties. They know if they make a small payment nothing will be done.6 months ago   ·  2
Telia FogleHB 3310 - CARB doesn't have their ducks in a row with it now, why would Oregon want to follow suit? I have seen small businesses get shut down and trucks burn to the ground for this untested filter they want used and companies making the filters going out of business because of it. It will bring our economy down and it will increase unemployment rates. With class action suits in the works...this is bad for Oregon.4 months ago
Jessica RoyaleDear Senator Bates, PLEASE consider the HUMAN sacrifices you are conceding, IF you vote for SB442-3. You will have Blood on your hands. Are you prepared to be vilified by History? www.naturalnews.com/048530_flu_shot_CDC_vaccine_death.html5 months ago
Jessica RoyaleAre you prepared to be Vilified by History if you vote for SB 442-3? healthimpactnews.com/2014/gardasil-vaccine-one-more-girl-dead/5 months ago
Timber Hart-MarchMy husband and are are embarrassed and saddened that we voted for you! Shame on you for trying to take away a patents right to chose what medical procedures is safe for their child. We will over out of state before we let you or anyone else poison our children for the sake of another child.5 months ago
Heidi WackerMaintaining medical freedom and family rights. Please listen to your constituents and oppose SB 442.5 months ago   ·  1
Dawn HuttlHow about asking pharmaceutical companies to recycle Styrofoam. Most do but not all. The one that needs a push IS vfc the state needs a little nudg6 months ago   ·  1
Stefani SeffingerSupporting the middle class it is the backbone of our country6 months ago
Martin Lentzclimate change6 months ago
Victoria LawHealthcare and Insurance. I don't know why Cover Oregon was so criticized. For people like me who own their own business, we could finally get healthcare. The federal plan has much less coverage and much higher deductibles.6 months ago

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