Become a Catalyst!

cat-a-lyst (kat’l-ist) n.

1. A substance, usually used in small amounts relative to the reactants, that modifies and increases the rate of a reaction without being consumed in the process.

2. One that precipitates a process or event, especially without being involved in or changed by the consequences: A free press…has remained…a vital catalyst to an informed and responsible electorate.”

Become a catalyst for change … be active!

*** Warning *** – the list & links below have not been updated for a few years…


Governors OfficeWebsite for Governor Ted Kulongoski

MetroMetro protects open space and parks, plans for land use and transportation, and manages garbage disposal and recycling for 1.3 million residents in three counties and 25 cities in the Portland, Oregon, region.

Multnomah County Board of CommissionersLinks to county elected commissioners, board meetings, county charters, documents,
and codes.

Oregon State GovernmentOfficial site for the state of Oregon. Includes links to county and city pages,
business, government, education, and Oregon facts.

Oregon State Legislature“Welcome to the Oregon Stae Legislature.” Information on Bills, Members, Committees, and the Schedule.

Portland City HallOfficial city site. Lists service departments, new and proposed policies and projects, job openings, and information for local businesses, visitors and citizens.

Portland Development CommissionDedicated to being a catalyst for positive change in the creating of a world class 21st Century city; a city in which economic prosperity, quality housing and employment opportunities are available to all. To bring together resources to achieve Portland’s vision of a diverse, sustainable community with healthy neighborhoods, a vibrant urban core, a strong regional economy and quality jobs for all citizens.

Representative David Wu – OR1Congressman David Wu (D-OR) was sworn in to a fourth term as a Member of the 109th Congress on January 3, 2005. Congressman Wu represents Oregon’s First Congressional District, which stretches from Portland to the Oregon Coast, encompassing all of Washington, Yamhill, Columbia, and Clatsop counties, and part of Multnomah County.

Representative Greg Walden – OR2Congressman Greg Walden is currently in his fourth term representing the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District, which includes twenty counties in central, southern and eastern Oregon.

Representative Earl Blumenauer – OR3Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. He first served in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1972. From there Mr. Blumenauer went on to be a Multnomah County Commissioner and spent ten years on the Portland City Council as Commissioner of Public Works.

Representative Peter DeFazio – OR4Congressman Peter DeFazio was first elected to the U.S. Congress in 1986. He is dean of the Oregon House delegation, and represents southwest Oregon from Corvallis in the north, down to the California border-from the west coast to the Cascade Mountains.

Representative Darlene Hooley – OR5Darlene Hooley was sworn in for an historic 5th term on January 4, 2005, as the U.S. Representative from Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Marion, Polk, Tillamook and Lincoln Counties as well as significant parts of Clackamas, Benton, and Multnomah Counties.

Senator Gordon SmithOregon’s Junior Senator

Senator Ron Wyden Oregon’s Senior Senator

Thomas (Library of Congress)The Library of Congress THOMAS site is the source for federal legislative information.
THOMAS provides several options for finding bills, resolutions, the congressional record, Presidential Nominations, Treaties, etc.


Blue Oregon BlueOregon is a place for progressive Oregonians to gather ’round the water cooler and share news, commentary, and gossip.

The Bubble I’m only a dolphin ma’am…

DANEgerus Weblog Colonic Conservatism for those whose ignorance tilts Left

Daniel’s Political Musing Because if illegal immigration isn’t illegal… then what is?

The Eugene Rant “The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.” –Thomas Paine

Jack Bog’s Blog by Jack Bogdanski of Portland, Oregon.

Resistance is futile! Assorted ramblings about the political, economic, cultural, and bizarre news of the world, from the conservative viewpoint…
Live, from Liberal Eugene, OR… You will be assimilated!

Sagebrush Dry and Free …

Sound Politics Commentary on Current Events in Seattle, Puget Sound and Washington.

Political Activism

1000 Friends of Oregon 1000 Friends of Oregon works to protect our quality of life through the conservation of farm and forest lands, protection of natural and historic resources, and promotion of more compact and livable cities.

A.B.A.T.E. of Oregon ABATE promotes motorcycle awareness, education, safety and liberty through
community involvement and legislative action.

AFL-CIO Oregon chapter At the Oregon AFL-CIO, workers and their unions come together to protect
and promote the well-being of Oregon’s working families.

Associated Oregon Industries Seeks to strengthen the Oregon economy by increasing research and education programs. Also desires to promote a positive image of Oregon enterprises.

Astoria Citizens Journal A Cyber Resource for events and issues impacting the life quality of the citizens and visitors to the Lower Columbia River region

Campaign for R/R of Hemp CRRH is working to regulate and tax the sale of cannabis to adults like alcohol, allow doctors to recommend cannabis through pharmacies and restore the unregulated production of industrial hemp.

Cascade Policy Institute Cascade Policy Institute was founded in January 1991 as a nonprofit research and educational organization to focus on Oregon state and local issues. The Institute’s mission is to explore and advance public policy alternatives that foster individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity.

Christian Coalition of OR Christian Coalition of Oregon is committed to representing the pro-family agenda and educating America on the critical issues facing our society by getting Christians involved in their government again.

City Club of Portland Non-profit public affairs and research organization with list of membership activities, news calendar, and seminar schedule.

Crime Victims United Political action committee founded to change the criminal justice system.
Information provided about related issues such as law and ballot measures.

Death With Dignity The Death with Dignity National Center (DDNC) is a 501(c)3, non-partisan, non-profit organization that has led the legal defense and education of the Oregon Death with Dignity Law for more than 10 years.

Dorchester Conference The Dorchester Conference is America’s oldest annual political conference. It has garnered national attention for both its issue discussion and notable speakers. Dorchester has welcomed an array of notable national and local speakers over its 42 year history.

Eastern OR Mining Assc Eastern Oregon Mining Association (EOMA) is a nonprofit organization representing and advocating for the role of mining in the Pacific Northwest. Its membership is primarily made up of operators of small mines, prospectors, and others interested in mining. EOMA is dedicated as well to the preservation of American mineral independence and proper stewardship of the environment.

Evergreen Freedom Foundation Advancing individual liberty, free enterprise and responsible government in
Washington State and nationwide.

Executive Club Monthly gathering of activists and guest speakers. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at 6 pm.

Oregon Association of Realtors “To advance the ability of Oregon REALTORS® to practice the real estate profession in an ethical, profitable and successful manner.”

Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police Association of Chiefs of Police, is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cultivating professionalism, advocacy and innovation among police executives in order to assure the continued success of the law enforcement community.

Oregon Audubon Audubon and our members are dedicated to protecting birds, wildlife and our shared environment, and we carry that dedication in working with policymakers in Washington, D.C., state legislatures, and local governments across the country.

Oregon Bus Project The Bus Project drives Oregon to be a progressive example for the nation. Engage, educatem and elect.

Oregon Center for Public Policy Liberal public policy think tank that assists Oregonians by expanding the debate
on tax and budget policies.

Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy Dedicated to lower taxes, less government, and more freedom.

Oregon Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Supports the right for inmates that are incarcerated on death row to live.

Oregon Common Cause Common Cause Oregon works to promote open, honest and accountable
government and to hold power accountable.

Oregon Democrat State Party News, events and more from the Democratic Party of Oregon

Oregon Education Assc. TThe purpose of the Oregon Education Association is to assure quality public education for every student in Oregon by providing a strong, positive voice for school employees.

Oregon Education Coalition Helping teachers and parents take their schools back from the bureaucrats.

Oregon Family Council Oregon Family Council, Inc. was established in 1980 to provide Oregon’s Christian community information about elections and voting. They are the founders of the Defense of Marriage and Publishers of the Christian Voter’s Guide.

Oregon Firearms Federation Legislative alerts, gun laws, and gun rights activities pertaining to Oregon.

Oregon Follow the Money The Money in Politics Research Action Project is a non-partisan, not-for-profit group whose goals are to increase accountability and opportunities for participation in politics. We welcome your questions and information requests.

Oregon Gun Owners “Dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and up to date information available
in Oregon regarding firearms rights.”

Oregon Home Education Network OHEN is an inclusive, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting all of Oregon’s homeschooling families. OHEN supports the right of all homeschoolers to educate their children with as little government intervention as possible.

Oregon League of Conservation. Voters The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is a non-partisan organization with a simple mission: to educate voters about how their legislators vote on the environment and to hold those legislators accountable.

Oregon League of Women Voters “encouraging the informed, active participation of citizens in government”

Oregon Libertarian Party Issues and positions, campaigns, organization and new of the Libertarian Party in Oregon.

Oregon NARAL NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon has been the political arm of Oregon’s Pro-Choice movement since 1977. Mission: To develop and sustain a constituency which effectively uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion.

Oregon Natural Resource Council Dedicated to “To aggressively protect and restore Oregon’s wild lands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy.”

Oregon NOW Dedicated to take action to bring women into the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.

Oregon Pacific Green State Party An independent political party affiliated with the national and international
Green Party network.

Oregon Peace Works Dedicated to educate and activate people to work for peace, justice and environmental protection.

Oregon Republican College chapters Recruits, trains, and registers the Republican students on Oregon Campuses.

Oregon Republican Legislative Institute The Oregon Republican Leadership Institute (ORLI) is a coalition of Oregon Republicans committed to identifying, training, an supporting the next generation of Republican leaders as they enter public service. ORLI welcomes all Republicans – conservative, moderate or otherwise. The only requirement for membership is the desire to see young Republicans effectively trained and inspired to leadership.

Oregon Republican Party Official site of the Oregon GOP, providing information about the structure, operations,
accomplishments, events, and leaders.

Oregon Restaurant Association A non-profit trade association serving the needs of the hospitality industry in Oregon.

Oregon Right to Life Oregon Right to Life is Oregon’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive pro-life organization. Our membership includes people from all walks of life, from various political, social, and economic backgrounds who share the common desire to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia.

Oregon State Shooters Assc. Dedicated to advancing pro-gun and pro-hunting programs and defeating anti-gun and anti-hunting legislation throughout Oregon.

Oregon Term Limits Dedicated to “Citizen Legislators, Not Career Politicians through the reinstatement of 1992’s legislative limits.

Oregon Transportation Institute Oregon Transportation Institute is Oregon’s Transportation ThinkTank and Light Rail Experts.

Oregon Trout Our mission is to protect and restore native wild fish and the ecosystems that
sustain them.

Oregon Voting, a public service of Del Information Services Inc., provides news and information about the election process.

Oregon Wildlife Federation Oregon Wildlife Federation (OWF) is one of Oregon’s oldest conservation organizations. Originally an affiliate of National Wildlife Federation, today OWF is an independent entity which links and supports grassroots activists throughout Oregon who are working to protect the state’s rivers, ancient forests, deserts, and the species which depend upon them for survival.

Oregon Young Republicans For more than 40 years, the Oregon Young Republicans have been introducing young Oregonians to the political process.

Oregonians In Action An association of property owners, this lobbying organization advocates for land-use regulatory reform and protection for private property rights in Oregon.

OregonWatchDog “Your Source for Political News.”  A collection of links to current stories
in the political news.

ORTEM Telling the Truth about Metro, Light Rail, and Density.

OSPIRG OSPIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.

Planned Parenthood The mission of Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette is to provide, promote, and protect full access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.

Political Comedy Oregon political cartoons, comedian Mike Jenkins & Dave Anderson, and clips from late night tv.

Portland NORML Local chapter dedicated to reformation of cannabis laws.

Portland Republican Meetup Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Project Vote-Smart Extensive “nonpartisan” information on elected officials’ voting records and
candidates’ positions.

Republican Meetup Meet other local Republicans! Come to a Republican Party Meetup to discuss current issues and talk about the ideas, values, agenda and policies that define the Republican Party.

Save Portland Information on tax breaks and abatements in Portland.

Sierra Club of Oregon The Oregon Sierra Club is a non-profit member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the Oregon natural environment by influencing public policy decisions–legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral.

Thoreau Institute Seeks ways to protect the environment without regulation, bureaucracy, or central

Washington County GOP
The Washington County Republican Web Site.  It includes contact info, a calendar of upcoming events, and the many ways to sign up to get involved.

Washington County GOP Meetup Meetings are held the last Wednesday of every month.

Political Activism

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