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Side Notes 2/15-2/22 

Central Oregonians Pack Sen. Wyden's Town Halls

As he walked onto the stage at Sisters High School Monday to introduce Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden (D), Sisters Mayor Chuck Ryan said the high school's auditorium was the largest space they could obtain for the event.  

With a large turnout, it was clear that bigger spaces were necessary. Around 700 people attended Monday's event, according to Wyden's staff.

When the Senator asked how many people in the room were attending a town hall meeting for the first time, a majority raised their hands. With the electorate heavily involved in the political process in the months since the election, the turnout is no surprise. According to Roll Call, at least 27 Democrats and 21 Republicans from the U.S. Congress are holding town halls during this President's Day recess. Since 2010, fewer than a dozen Democrats have chosen to do so during the same time period, according to Roll Call data.

At Sen. Wyden's Sisters event, the first question from audience members was about Pres. Trump's alleged ties to Russia, and what Sen. Wyden was doing to address it. The Senator replied that he would continue to press the 45th president to release his tax returns, to ensure that the president's financial ties were not "more important than protecting your interests."

Audience members followed up with questions about immigration and the visa waiver program, campaign finance reform, the Violence Against Women Act, and the future of the Democratic Party. In addition, the question of how constituents can be more engaged and can get their voices heard came up numerous times.

As Katie Cavanaugh of Sisters told the Source before the event, "I'd really like to ask the question, 'What can we really do that is the most effective means in which we can make our voices be known and send a clear message'" 

In addition to attending town halls, voting and writing letters to their own members of Congress, Sen. Wyden encouraged people to talk to people they know in other states, to ask them to call or write their members of Congress to push for the changes they want to see.

Sen. Wyden's local appearances included another town hall held Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Crook County High School in Prineville, and another Feb. 23 at the Madras Performing Arts Center.

This article originally appeared in Bent, the Source Weekly's blog.


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Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)
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