Rob Wagner is a candidate for Oregon State Senate.

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  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
June 19, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Juneteenth here in Oregon

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Today, we observe Juneteenth, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when freed slaves in Texas heard about their freedom for the first time, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. For more than 150 years, much of America didn't recognize tod…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
June 17, 2021 at 11:04 PM

How Oregon cleans house

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Before it disappears from your news feeds and drops out of the news cycle, I feel compelled to talk about what happened in the Oregon Legislature last week. On Thursday, June 10, the Oregon House of Representatives made history by voting, for the fir…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
May 28, 2021 at 9:08 PM

A constitutional right to health care in Oregon

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Health care is a fundamental right. No matter who you are or where you come from, you should have access to lifesaving medical care without fear of financial ruin.  You know who else believed that? My friend, Rep. Mitch Greenlick. When he passed away…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
May 18, 2021 at 8:51 PM

Update: No more “panic defense”!

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Update: I have big news to share! I'm absolutely thrilled to tell you that last Thursday, the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 704, which bans the use of the hateful "panic defense" in Oregon criminal trials. The bill is now headed to Governor Brown's…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
May 8, 2021 at 4:04 PM

My school board endorsements

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Springtime elections too often get overlooked. We can't make that mistake this year. Our communities will be voting for school board members, and our choice couldn't be clearer: we must support diversity, equity, and inclusion in our schools. As y…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
April 22, 2021 at 5:02 PM

This is about our future

Rob Wagner for State Senate     Today is Earth Day! For me, it is a day for clear-headed reflection on the challenges ahead, as well as the progress we've made in recent decades to clean up our environment and start transitioning to a clean energy future. While COVID-19 has been…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
April 16, 2021 at 9:38 PM

Slavery is still legal. That has to change.

Rob Wagner for State Senate We're committing to the full and final abolition of slavery in Oregon.     I wrote to you late last year about how legalized slavery and involuntary servitude is still happening in America. I've been asked, "isn't this just some obscure historical tri…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
March 27, 2021 at 12:06 AM

Progress on gun safety (!)

Rob Wagner for Oregon     I have good news to report. On Thursday, the Oregon State Senate voted to significantly strengthen gun safety in the Oregon State Capitol and all state buildings. Senate Bill 554 allows us to finally enforce firearm restrictions and ensure that guns are not al…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
March 18, 2021 at 11:26 PM

No more walkouts. (Step 1)

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Earlier this month, Oregon Senate Republicans walked out on their constituents and their oaths of office for the fourth time in three years. We cannot let these tactics derail yet another session—especially now, with so much at stake. I hear from my constituen…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
March 13, 2021 at 7:02 PM

Thank you to the Oregon delegation

Rob Wagner for Oregon     The American Rescue Plan – the Democratic COVID-19 stimulus plan that Joe Biden signed on Thursday – isn't just about direct payments to struggling people and families, although that's a critical piece of the puzzle. The bill is also about stepping up for main…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
February 23, 2021 at 8:06 PM

We must have the will to act now on gun safety

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Last week marked three years since the carnage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida but the pain of that day has barely faded. Maybe that's because when survivors marched, petitioned, wrote letters, and made calls demanding common-sense g…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
February 8, 2021 at 11:01 PM

Protecting immigrant youth with a home.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     I want to tell you about Maria: When Maria was 14, both of her parents died, leaving her orphaned, alone, and vulnerable. Fleeing the dangers of gang violence and human trafficking, she left her home in Honduras to live with family friends in Oregon. But becaus…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
January 26, 2021 at 6:38 PM

Our progressive agenda in the Oregon Senate

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Now’s not the time for half-measures, waiting, or walking out. Oregonians are counting on their elected representatives in Salem to get to work and pass significant, progressive reforms in the legislative session that just got underway. Which is why Oregon’s S…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
January 15, 2021 at 12:05 AM

A big announcement about my wife, Laurie

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Public service is dear to my family. It's something that we prioritize, because each and every one of us is lifted up by our shared efforts. And it's in this spirit of service that I want you to be among the first to know: my wife, Laurie Cremona Wagner, is ru…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
January 11, 2021 at 1:05 AM

Our nation deserves no less

Rob Wagner for Oregon     The actions that took place on Wednesday at the US Capitol were appalling and inexcusable. Hate was proudly displayed by the mob who sought chaos and disruption. This was an insurrection against our democracy, against our free and fair elections, civil society…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
December 30, 2020 at 6:02 PM

Turning the page on 2020

Rob Wagner for Oregon     We've got less than two days left in 2020, and honestly, I couldn't be more eager to put the year – and the pandemic, recession, wildfires, attacks on democracy – behind us. But I'm not writing to talk about the obstacles of the past. Reflecting on the past ye…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
December 22, 2020 at 6:53 PM

Yesterday, the Legislature was essential

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Oregonians are struggling. This pandemic is unlike anything that any of us have ever lived through. Yesterday, the Oregon Legislature met in a one-day special session to stand strong against the deadliest phase of this public health emergency, and prepare the …
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
December 11, 2020 at 7:49 PM

The ongoing disgrace of legal slavery in this country

Rob Wagner for Oregon     slavery is still legal in the United States. There's an exception in the 13th Amendment. It prohibits slavery "except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." In other words, people in our prison system – disproportionately p…
  Gordon Levitt, Team Wagner · [email protected]
November 18, 2020 at 2:14 AM

Different Messenger, Same Message: Protect Health Care Workers

Rob Wagner for Oregon     We're in dangerous territory. As Senator Wagner’s Political Director, I’ve been closely following the twists and turns of the pandemic response. This is a defining moment for all of us. COVID-19 is surging across Oregon and our health care system is being pushed…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
November 2, 2020 at 12:30 AM

Oregon has led the way in protecting our voting rights. Let's make sure we use them.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     It's a beautiful day to vote. With just three days to Election Day, it's too late to mail your ballot in, but you can still drop off your ballot at many of the drop boxes around the state. I've always believed that easy and accessible voting is a sign of a he…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 29, 2020 at 10:26 PM

What Amy Coney Barrett means for Oregon:

Rob Wagner for Oregon     With the United States Supreme Court now more partisan than ever before, it's critical we send a walkout-proof Democratic majority to the State Senate to protect all Oregonians. Chip in now to get it done! donate now With only a week until Election Day, Mitch…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 28, 2020 at 2:38 AM

👻 Definitely-Not-Scary Election Preview 👻

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Halloween is almost here and things have been a little spooky lately. Well, fear not! We're here to answer any scary questions you may have about the upcoming election. Join me for an election preview to talk about competitive races across Oregon – and the nati…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 23, 2020 at 4:18 PM

👻 Don't be scared by the election! Let's get organized. 🎃

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Halloween is almost here and things have been a little spooky lately. Well, fear not! We're here to answer any scary questions you may have about the upcoming election. Join me for an election preview to talk about competitive races across Oregon – and the nati…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 21, 2020 at 1:20 AM

We can absolutely flip this district from red to blue

Rob Wagner for Oregon     People across Oregon are sick of the political games being played by Republicans in the Legislature. When they took a page from Donald Trump's playbook and walked out, abandoning their constituents and their oaths of service, it showed us one massive thing: we…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 18, 2020 at 6:38 PM

My friend, Massene Mboup

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Ballots are hitting mailboxes, and as you fill yours out, I'm asking for your vote for my dear friend Massene Mboup for Lake Oswego City Council. There are more reasons to vote for Massene than I can count (which makes writing this email both difficult and del…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 15, 2020 at 5:02 PM

Better crisis response. Safer communities.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Far too often, police officers are the first responders in our national mental health crisis. They're trained to enforce the law, not provide mental health care to people in crisis. There's a better way. CAHOOTS. It's a model for crisis response from Eugene th…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 13, 2020 at 5:03 PM

Are you registered? Are you sure?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     At the end of this week, ballots will be hitting mailboxes across Oregon. This gives us nearly three weeks to research who and what is on our ballot, make our choices, and then vote securely through Oregon's trusted vote-by-mail system. And, if our movement sh…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 12, 2020 at 1:17 AM

Reflections on National Coming Out Day

Rob Wagner for Oregon     I got my first political job in the summer of 1994, knocking on doors for the Human Rights Campaign, urging Oregonians to vote no on Measure 13 – one of the awful, homophobic ballot measures pushed by the Oregon Citizens' Alliance during the 80s and 90s. We wo…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 7, 2020 at 11:38 PM

Chris Gorsek is a fighter we need in the state Senate

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Chris Gorsek is a fighter. He's a hard worker. He cares deeply about the issues that matter to his neighbors in East Multnomah County, and all of Oregon. When people are counting on Chris, he shows up. When Republicans in the state Senate walked out in the pas…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 6, 2020 at 7:13 PM

Oregon's leadership in a new Supreme Court era

Rob Wagner for Oregon     When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on September 18, our country lost one of our most inspirational – and most important – leaders. A fierce, principled, wise, and incredibly courageous civil rights pioneer, she anchored the Supreme Court for a generation. He…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
October 3, 2020 at 3:14 PM

Supporting Deb Patterson.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Oregonians are fed up, all right. When Republicans walked out of the capitol in February, they weren't just abandoning their districts, whom they'd pledged to serve. It was an insult to all of Oregon, refusing to respect the will of the voters. And the resul…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
September 26, 2020 at 2:37 PM

A walkout-proof majority? It's in reach.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Republicans in the Oregon Senate have walked out on Oregonians three times in the last 16 months. Instead of listening to the broad majority of Oregonians and showing up to their jobs, Senate Republicans decided to throw a tantrum and leave the peoples' busine…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
September 22, 2020 at 9:50 PM

Please make sure you have the information to keep yourself safe.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     These have been difficult times for us. The last few weeks especially so. Thousands across the state and up and down the west coast have lost their homes or businesses. From the bottom of my heart, I want to extend my condolences to everyone who has lost their…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
September 12, 2020 at 12:17 AM

Information and action about the Oregon wildfires

Rob Wagner for Oregon     My heart is with you and everyone who's been impacted by the raging wildfires across Oregon, Washington, California, and now Montana. The haze in the air, the inescapable smell of smoke, and the gray-orange sky remind us all of the ongoing tragedy. The loss of …
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
September 9, 2020 at 4:20 PM

I've had enough of the NRA. Have you?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     According to Sandy Hook Promise, April 2020 marked the first month of no shootings on school grounds for the first time in nearly two decades. Unfortunately, that's because nearly every school in America was closed. Our nation has a gun safety – or lack there…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
September 3, 2020 at 5:30 PM

"Show up for work" is a pretty low bar, but Senate Republicans still can't clear it.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Last week, the Republican National Convention proved, once again, that the modern Republican party has no interest in serving the people who elect them, much less the voters who do not. The convention consisted of a parade of partisan extremists trying to outd…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
August 31, 2020 at 1:30 AM

We must reject the violence

Rob Wagner for Oregon     I grieve today, for our community and communities across the country. The protests in Portland and across the country are almost entirely peaceful. They are a righteous response to generations of racism in our institutions and unacceptable police violence agai…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
August 22, 2020 at 7:24 PM

A DNC speaker who filled me with hope

Rob Wagner for Oregon     In one sentence, here's why Dr. Jill Biden's speech at the DNC particularly inspired me: If Joe Biden wins in November (and he has to win, for the sake of our democracy and our planet), there will at last be a teacher in the White House. Not someone with a ca…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
August 18, 2020 at 12:20 AM

Sign your name to get rid of our anti-education Secretary of Education

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Donald Trump's administration can feel like a Who's Who of bad-faith, special interest sycophants, each more compromised than the next. But Education Secretary Betsy DeVos still manages to stand out for her absolute disdain for the people she's supposed to serv…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
August 12, 2020 at 8:02 PM

Special session: 15 hours, 11 bills

Rob Wagner for Oregon     On Monday, at 10:19 p.m., my colleagues in the Oregon State Senate and I concluded a marathon Special Session to rebalance the state budget and address revenue shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm proud of what Senate Democrats accomplished, despite re…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
August 3, 2020 at 8:32 PM

Have you RSVP'd yes for tonight?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Please join Clackamas Women's Services Board Member and my wife, Laurie Cremona Wagner, and me for a Zoom house party on the Children's Safety Levy in Clackamas County. Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here. Meeting ID: 862 7814 6277 Passcode: 473971 One ta…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 30, 2020 at 8:52 PM

Our tax dollars are funding these cruel attacks.

Rob Wagner for Oregon     I'm horrified. Disgusted. Outraged. At the height of the worst global health crisis the world has seen in a century, we're seeing reports of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials dousing detainees in custody at the U.S.–Mexico border with disinfect…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 24, 2020 at 7:38 PM

Sign the petition: No more federal police in Portland!

Rob Wagner for Oregon     What does a failing leader who has an upcoming election do? Our "leader" is trying to incite fear in the hearts and minds of the American people. For months, President Trump has aggressively spread misinformation about the protesters in the Black Lives Matter …
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 15, 2020 at 4:18 PM

We're facing the pandemic head-on

Rob Wagner for Oregon     There's so much on the line these days, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread. Donald Trump puts our lives at risk with unproven theories and self-congratulation, falsely dividing our communities and walling us off from the rest of the world's progres…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 12, 2020 at 4:07 PM

Add your name: Tell Trump, "Ignoring the coronavirus won't make it go away."

Rob Wagner for Oregon     While the rest of the world is emerging from months of lockdown and extensive safety precautions, the U.S. passed three million confirmed cases. Even in Oregon, we're seeing a spike with hundreds of new cases every day. And President Trump's response to dealin…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 7, 2020 at 5:03 PM

Will you be joining us tonight?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Oregon Senate Republicans have shown that they’re willing to just walk out when things don’t go their way.  That’s simply not acceptable. So, this year I’ve set a goal for our movement to win a walkout-proof majority in the Senate. We have to move forward and m…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
July 2, 2020 at 5:40 PM

Can you join us on July 7?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Oregon Senate Republicans have shown that they’re willing to just walk out when things don’t go their way.  That’s simply not acceptable. So, this year I’ve set a goal for our movement to win a walkout-proof majority in the Senate. We have to move forward and m…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
June 28, 2020 at 8:28 PM

We passed new laws to increase transparency and accountability in policing

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Oregon has been a progressive leader in many fights – gun safety, reproductive rights, and environmental protections – but we have a grim history of racism that can't be ignored. And it's long overdue that we confront our history and move forward to protect all…
  Rob Wagner · [email protected]
June 23, 2020 at 6:14 PM

A taste of microplastics?

Rob Wagner for Oregon     Our planet is overrun by plastic pollution. Microplastics – the tiny particles that break loose as plastic decomposes – permeate our lives, from the agriculture that produces our food to the water in our reservoirs. Add your name and call on Congress to end si…
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June 19, 2020 at 8:26 PM

My Juneteenth commitment

Rob Wagner for Oregon     In these difficult times, it's refreshing to see signs of hope and humanity. Two Supreme Court decisions this week affirmed the humanity of some of our most vulnerable communities. Committed Americans took to the streets, day after day, to demand an end to poli…