Andy Maggi's Blog Posts

Andy Maggi | October 25, 2012 - 00:00

This election, OLCV has been focused on electing pro-conservation champions to the Oregon House of Representatives. But there is a local race that is so critical, where so much is stake for our land, air, and water, that we have made it as high a priority as our key legislative races.

That race is Charlotte Lehan's battle for re-election as Chair of the Clackamas County Commission.

Andy Maggi | October 9, 2012 - 16:05

 “I am committed to fighting for and protecting Oregon's natural legacy. We must work hard to protect such precious things to ensure the health of our kids and the future of our state.”

-Joe Gallegos, candidate in House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains)
 

I couldn't have been more excited when Joe Gallegos entered the race for House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains) - for two reasons.

Andy Maggi | October 9, 2012 - 14:19

Here in Oregon, we often locate our conservation heroes in our state's past -- people like Governor Tom McCall, who took strong stands in the 1970s to protect what makes Oregon such a great place to live.

Today, we're lucky to have leaders like Senator Jackie Dingfelder and Rep. Jules Bailey carrying the torch for us in the state legislature. And now we have a great opportunity to add another name to our list of champions in the Oregon House: Ben Unger.

Andy Maggi | October 8, 2012 - 18:47

In the 2011 legislative session, the conservation community worked to pass a bill that would have banned the toxic chemical BPA from sippy cups and baby bottles. Baby bottles. A no-brainer, right? Not quite, it died in committee, thanks to legislators like Julie Parrish, who helped lead the effort to kill this common-sense bill.

This fall, we have the chance to replace Parrish with a strong leader who will stand up for our natural legacy and our families' health. We have terrific opportunities to clean up Oregon's House of Representatives this November - but there are less than 30 days til the election.

Andy Maggi | July 25, 2012 - 15:16

Next week, environmental historian Eric Rutkow will be appearing at two events in Portland. Eric is the author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation (Scribner, 2012), which offers a novel retelling of U.S. history with trees at the center of the story. As you might imagine, the forests of the Northwest feature prominently. Eric recently discussed his book with his law school classmate, former (and future) state representative Brent Barton, OLCV-endorsed candidate for House District 40:

Andy Maggi | April 26, 2012 - 11:45

The list of Jeff Reardon supporters continues to grow. In the last week, Jeff has added some pretty big names to his list of endorsements. If you missed the news here are some big ones just from this week:

Andy Maggi | April 24, 2012 - 20:42

It finally happened. Koch Industries has finally started putting money into races here in Oregon. Just yesterday, they contributed $3,000 to Mike Schaufler’s campaign.

If you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years, you may not know that Koch Industries is a privately held company that contributes to extremely conservative politicians and has been a crucial financial backer for the Tea Party movement.

Andy Maggi | January 20, 2012 - 15:34

A few weeks ago, in response to a question about climate change, Rob Cornilles said, "I'm running for congress, not scientist." While this might be true, it is not an excuse to ignore science.

Elected officials take countless votes over the course of their careers. Often votes involve issues where they may have little or no expertise. In this instance Rob could have easily said, “I am not running for economist or farmer.”

Andy Maggi | January 6, 2012 - 15:07

In less than one month, voters in Oregon's 1st Congressional District will send a new representative to Congress.

Historically, the conservation values that so many Oregonians share have been well represented in Oregon's 1st Congressional District, and we need to make sure this continues after January 31st.  

Andy Maggi | July 18, 2011 - 09:31
I have exciting news to share with you: Mayor Sam Adams and the Portland City Council have decided to move forward on banning single-use plastic checkout bags in Portland!
 
These bags are a significant environmental threat and a danger to the public welfare: they litter our roads, clog our rivers and streams, and the plastic in the bag will never, ever biodegrade. Once they get into our environment and ecosystems they don’t go away.
 
Andy Maggi | July 1, 2011 - 10:20

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters is the political voice of Oregon's environmental community. OLCV is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that, along with its sister organizations the OLCV Education Fund and the OLCV PAC, passes laws that protect our natural legacy, elects pro-environment candidates, and holds all of our elected officials accountable. We are seeking a dynamic individual to join our staff as our Central Oregon Organizer.

  Central Oregon Organizer

Andy Maggi | June 28, 2011 - 14:48

Looking to have some fun this summer?  You're in luck! OLCV has a lot going on and we want you to be a part of it!

Andy Maggi | May 3, 2011 - 10:56

While it has been a few days since I was in Hood River, I am still riding high from getting to meet one incredible volunteer who cares deeply about ensuring Oregon is a great place to live, play and raise children.

Several weeks ago I was approached by Elaine Thompson from Hood River; I didn't know her, but I was quickly impressed. When I called her, Elaine immediately began to tell me her (and her daughter's) story about how they came to start working to ban single-use plastic checkout bags in Hood River.

Andy Maggi | April 21, 2011 - 10:17

Every day, tens of thousands of us drive across the Sellwood Bridge.  Seventy percent of those trips begin or end in Clackamas County. It's a critical piece of our transportation and economic infrastructure that our workers and families rely on.

But the Sellwood Bridge is also one of the most structurally deficient bridges in the country - it wouldn't withstand even a moderate earthquake.  It's literally falling to pieces, as it received a sufficiency rating of 2 on a scale of 0 to 100. Every day it goes unrepaired puts our community at risk. 

Andy Maggi | March 22, 2011 - 13:13

With a little more than three weeks to OLCV's Annual Celebration for the Environment, things at OLCV HQ are getting pretty exciting. We're making a video, lining up a DJ, selling tickets and tables... and we're getting closer to announcing the 2010 Katy Daily Volunteer of the Year!

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