Elect Joe Rowe - Portland Oregon House Dist 44 - We deserve universal healh care. End generous gifts to corporations making billions. Put people above profit - Do not vote for Tina Kotek

About Joe Rowe

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Our Campaign Goals:
Healthcare as a human right
Rent Control Now
End Oregon no cause evictions
Fund Schools not prisons
Faster and more public transit
More classroom funding
Make polluters pay to cleanup and test 24/7
Pro Taxing the rich, not the poor
Endorsed by Greens, The Pacific Green Party

Joe in blue jacket

- Green Party Candidate
- Public School Teacher
- Public School Parent
- Active in the community
- Accepts money from Humans only
- No group or corporate Money!

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Kokek lies about freeway projects

Adding lanes to freeways does not solve congestion. This is uncontested science.   I will quote Speaker Kotek  "It did solve the problems in the area".  The reason why this is a lie is because there was never any documenation about the project goals, and would they solve congestion in the long run. 

The second lie Kotek makes is related to the lack of answers to public questions.   The questions were given ODOT lies over a long period.  Lies do not count as answers. In this video the person interviwing me and Speaker Kotek is Nigel Jaquis.     Nigel is a Pulitzier Prize winning author and he won an award for his work on this freeway.  Click here to view "A Bridge Too False"  documenting just a few of the lies surrounding this project. 

The Columbia River Crossing freeway project would have costed $10 billion. It was cancled after Oregon and Washington spent $200 million on marketing and design.   This video was created by the Willamette Week news.  Kotek is on record saying that the project solved the project goals, but the goals were never published.   There was never any data to show a $10 billion freeway would solve any problems.   Click here to see the ODOT budget for mega freeways as of July 2020. 


If the Vimeo Video above fails then try a direct link http://vimeo.com/92976200#t=45m30s

Here's 2 more videos related the the CRC and the failure of Oregon Democrats in control to create a plan for transporation.  David Bragdon shows what's wrong with Oregon and what is going well for other state departments of transporation.  

Bragdon:   "It(CRC) did not add up..They continually stonewalled and through either incompetence or dishonesty at the highest levels of ODOT just refused to acknowledge"    https://youtu.be/Pk1rW5S-S5A?t=1h5m29s 

On the ODOT failure of a 2015 Transporation Bill - It "was old school, no performance measures"  -- "Big road widening at the edge of town" -- "key projects for key legislators if they vote the right way"

Fund schools & Fix our Criminal Injustice System

We could have prevented this week's murders of several innocent black men and 5 police officers.

  • Oregon is in the 3rd worst of states of funding higher education.
  • Oregon is in the top 5 states for spending on the unjust corrections system.  Pic from OregonEd.org
  • Oregon is the best state for #CorporateWelfare ( click here )
  • Oregon has quadrupled corrections spending over the last 2 decades
  • Oregon per pupil funding has declined the last 25 years  OEA.org 

Put these 5 things together, and don't blame republicans.  Democrats in Salem have controlled our laws and the office of Governor  for many years. They've made only small changes.  Some of these small fixes are welcomed, but the main problem is money and priorities.  Oregon has been going in the wrong direction giving away more school funding to corporate gifts to Nike.    My opponent appoints all the House committees who draft our laws and kill reforms in committee; they don't even allow reforms to come to a vote.  Inflation is real and #CorporateDemocrats lie when they say they have increased funding for schools.  It's never gone up the last 25 years.   As MLK said in his letter from Birmingham jail: Our true enemy is the white moderate, not just the radical right.  All the laws to reform our system never see a dialog because they are killed in committee, and the person who assigns those committee members is your opponent and my opponent:  Tina Kotek. ( A white moderate who often votes against Democrats and with Republicans ) 

in 30 years we have quadrupled the prison budget


End no cause evictions - Elect Joe Rowe North Portland State House Dist 44

       Oregon needs BOTH - a) Rent control now  b)  Halting no cause evictions.  These tools only work as a pair.  

       Compassionate landlords already do rent control voluntarily. Rent starts at market rate set by the landlord and then only goes up 1-5% a year with inflation.  Your salary does not go up 30% so why should your rent?   

       My opponent ( Tina Kotek ) refused to answer 3 people at a town hall who asked about Rent Control.   After 3 people asked, she finally said she opposes rent control, and said she was sorry.  She was sorry because she could not come up with one reason why permanent and full rent control should be opposed.     Many Democrats in Oregon have total contempt for renters, they won't even answer questions about rent control.   Lawmakers love to lie about rent control. Tina Kotek is lying about rent control when she says "economic damage it could do".    Nobody can prove that rent control has caused any economic damage to anyone. 

     Right now your Oregon landlord can evict you anytime and raise rent by any amount.  Your only safety in Oregon is 90 days to find a new place.  People with a year long lease have only 12 months at that rate.  If you are month to month, you are screwed.   The fix is simple.  Rent control is simple - Once you start a rental, the price only goes up with inflation.  Once you select to leave, your landlord can jack up the rent to whatever the market can get.   Lawmakers in Oregon are very proud they recently moved the 30 day limit to 90 days, but they should be ashamed of that law.  

       We could instantly have rent control at zero cost under current law. The gatekeeper: The Democrats you voted for.   Any city or state lawmakers could instantly, and legally, start rent control in Oregon. We have these powers to declare a disaster, and don't use them locally or statewide. Oregon Law states "Cities, counties and state agencies may impose temporary rent controls (due to) disaster"   

       The just cause eviction laws are listed below.  It's from Seattle City Code as of June 2016.   Seattle limits evictions to 16 just causes.  In Oregon most renters can be evicted at any time for no reason and you have just 90 days to find a new place for your family.  This is Oregon where democrats have fully controlled the house/senate and governor's office for over 3 years.     Oregon democratic lawmakers are running for office and their material says they are proud they extended the eviction to 90 days from 30 days.  Democrats should be ashamed and shown a new career.  Please volunteer for a true progressive candidate near you.  http://electjoerowe.com/donate

 You can find a Seattle eviction laws here or here  www.tinyurl.com/seattleevictions  or... below


There is no peer reviewed resarch to show a causation link between rent control and higher rents. 

There is peer reviewed research to show 11 of the 16 highest rent regions have no rent control.

chart. 11 of 16 cities with highest rents have zero rent control

Democrats promote corporate heath insurance waste

My platform and volunteering support health care as a human right.

Speaker Tina Kotek hinders Health Care as a human right, and uses marketing to hide it.  a) She appoints the committies that killed several bills co-sponsored by 23 fellow democrats b) she refuses to co-sponsor Oregon Laws to promote health care as a human right. 

This is the main reason I am running for office against Speaker Tina Kotek in Oregon.   It's no shock that she takes money from the corporations who feed off the people who lack care and pay high premiums for insurance.     I'll start with a picture, and a link to a power point that has a lot of great citations to the claims it makes.   Vote Joe in Nov 2016   See also http://www.hcao.org 


picture shows Canada and USA costs in healthcare, USA wastes more

Greedy Corporations elect lawmakers

Oregon lawmakers have been too generous to corporations.

Short list of taxpayer gifts to corporations::
Intel     $766 Million
OHSU   $200 Million
PSU     $169 Million  ( Developers near PSU actually )
Nike     $150 Million
Hayatt   $80 Million

Still in doubt about the 1.4 Billion in handouts?

Click these links to open a new window to show the details:  


$766 million, Intel click here

$200 Million OHSU 

$213 million PSU & Downtown developers  added link with budget data here   

$150 million Nike, click here The Nike deal was a fake emergency law and one day emergency session where all lawmakers were called in weeks before the normal session of 2013 began.  Another problem with this deal was that the law was one page of lawmakers giving up all their  powers of checks and balances to the Governor to make back door deals

$80 million Hayatt Hotel  

Footnote:  Newspapers don't endorse me because I lack "institutional support".  That's the paradox.  I don't support giving these instituions 1.4 billion of taxpayer money.  I'm proud that I stand up against our greedy institutions such as Nike and Intel.  http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22478-don%E2%80%99t_piss_it_away.html?current_page=5


Tina blocks Heath Care, Rent Control, See her vote and appoint committees

Where are Joe Rowe and Tina Kotek different?  Health Care, Rent Control, No Cause evictions.    

See Tina pass laws for corporations!

  • HB2922 (Assigned committee members who killed Health Care as a human right in Oregon, won't join 23 co-sponsors),
  • SB863 (GMO/Monsanto Voted yes, along with every Republican who voted) 
  • HB4200 (Voted yes, Tax Break for Nike )
  • HB2800 (Voted yes 30 year debt of $5 billion to $10 billion
  • HB2236 (assigned committee members who killed it) 
  • SB861  (Voted yes, cut pensions for low income seniors, assigned committee members who wrote it)



HB2922 Health Care as a Human Right.   Tina refused to cosponsor.  Chip Shields (North Portland Senator) co-sponsored it.  23 Democrats co-sponsored.  There are 90 lawmakers, so this should have passed easily with Democrats in the Majority.



HB2336 Tina silent,  refused to co-sponsor a law for cleaner air, died because Kotek appointed the committee that killed it. 
Yes  Sen. Chip Shields co-sponsored HB2336, He's your senator for District 44

SB863  Tina Voted Yes, Monsanto protection act. Prevents Portland from labeling GMO foods.  Kotek appointed the committee

Declared a false emergency
 Kotek voted yes, as did every republican lawmaker who voted, SB863.   This law tells you where she stands when the chips are down. Senator Shields from Tina's same district opposed the Monsanto Protection act, Sen. Shields voted NO!   Most democrats voted NO.  Rep. Tina Kotek often stands with Republicans to undermine progressive issues. She stands with Corporations.  She did vote horse trading and was the lead negotiator to pass SB863.


HB 4200 Tina voted Yes.   Allowed Nike $150 million back door deals.  (Click here PDF)  PDF is written and signed by the Gov and Nike

See item 3b.   500 jobs created by Nike and gift of $150 million from taxpayers. Do the math.  It's an average of 300k per one job Nike creates.

HB2800  Tina voted Yes.   Take out 30 year bonds to spend $3 billion to construct a freeway and pay another $2-7 billion in bond interest and related costs and cost overruns.   Declares a false emergency.  WA stated rejected "sufficient funds".  Oregon now wishes to pay for WA state debt of $ billion with a plan called the "Oregon Only CRC"  plan.


SB861  Tina voted Yes.  Senator Shields voted no.    Cut the cost of living increase.  This is unconstitutional and breaks contracts to keep money for low income people in line with inflation.    


Other news:

Kotek attempted to push laws for big corporations to sell hard liquor in Oregon ( Costco, Walmart)    Data collected by reporters shows that our liquor is cheaper than WA state with liquor in every store.   People in Oregon can't buy liquor on impulse or at all times.  This is a good thing we need to preserve.  

Feel free to vote for Tina Kotek if you think her values best represent you and those who can't vote in her district.  You might want to call her if she has yoru vote and is doing things to harm you, your food, or your neighbors  Kotek's Salem Office is  503-986-1200  Her North Portland office is 503-286-0558


North Portland Launches drive to buy air testing

Today I have launched a crowd sourcing fund drive to setup the first independent air testing in North Portland.    I was inspired to do this after attending a kickoff party for testing equipment at Chapman Elementary in NW Portland.   It's a school that's downwind of some very toxic industrial facilities.  

Here is a link to see the equipment at Chapman Elementary:

Here is the link where people can spend 3 minutes and $5 to get the testing started.



Kickoff Party

You are invited!  Campaign Kickoff Party

Friday January 3rd, 6PM
7600 Hererford Ave, Portland Oregon 97203  - map http://goo.gl/maps/YqlBb  
( The nearby intersection of Lombard and Portsmouth is served by Bus #35 or #75 high frequency)
Free childcare provided ages 2-10. RSVP for childcare  (414) 465-880Five    joe@electjoerowe.com

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