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    to McMinnville next year.  I have heard it is basically a red county moving toward blue.  How is that coming?  Do you know if the Yamhill Democrats are well organized and active?

    Not all those who wander are lost.

    by Leftleaner on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 07:17:54 PM PDT

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      Yamhill County is one that is Republican leaning, but you know that.  Obama almost won it, and it is sometimes close when Democrats are winning by significant margins (like Governor Kulongoski in 2006), but Democrats more often get between 40-45% of the vote there.  It does seem to be trending towards us, and in fact in the special election in the first congressional district, while it was the only county in the district that Suzanne Bonamici lost, she did better there than her Republican opponent did in any of the other counties in the district.  We do seem to be getting more competitive.

      Also, McMinnville is a light blue pocket in the county.  The rural areas tend to be pinkish, and the city of Newberg is pretty much the reddest part of the county.  McMinnville's state house district just shifted from R+4 to R+3, and Democrats are eager to recruit a good candidate for it again.  We did in 2006, when we almost won it, and 2010, but that was a bad year.  I think it's realistic, because of the Republican incumbent, that we could take it in the next decade.

      The really bad news is that the state rep there, Jim Wiedner, is a huge buffoon and a dolt, so much that even the Republicans in the house agreed a couple years ago to strip him of all his committee memberships except the bare minimum they had to give him.  I'm sorry about that.  Also, too bad, but the state senator there, Brian Boquist, is being investigated for corruption.

      Romney. Ryan. Wrong.

      by James Allen on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 11:31:59 AM PDT

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