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Oregon Progressive Party Nominates Steven Reynolds for U.S. Congress

Cody supports the platform of the Oregon Progressive Party, and says he values of service and compassion through volunteering and activism.

Steven Reynolds
Steven Reynolds

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The Oregon Progressive Party has chosen Steven "Cody" Reynolds as its nominee to run in the January 31, 2012, Special Election to fill the vacant seat of U.S. Representative for the 1st District of Oregon.

Cody is a 33-year old former officer in the United States Army. He enlisted in 1997 and served in Kuwait (Operation Desert Fox).  He was then selected for admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air and Missile Defense Command.  Injuries and surgeries led to his honorable disability separation from the Army in 2004.

Since then, he has followed his values of service and compassion through volunteering and activism. He continues to pursue a life of service dedicated to his country and fellow veterans.

Cody supports the platform of the Oregon Progressive Party, as expressed in the table below (also appears on the Oregon Progressive Party webpage.  Cody offered this statement in seeking the Oregon Progressive Party's nomination:

With the special election in January, Oregon can send a clear message to our elected officials, and nation, setting the tone for the fall elections. Oregon is not OK with their inability to cooperate. Oregon is not OK with their finger pointing and political gamesmanship. Their inaction is harming America.

The disgust, distrust, and anger engendered by the current members of Congress is universal. Regardless of political affiliation or ideology, all feel the dysfunction that has paralyzed the nation’s governance. I believe that this dysfunction is a result of “incumbents` advantage." Republicans, running for office in conservative districts are elected; Democrats, running for office in liberal districts are elected. I ask for your vote to break this cycle.

The adherence to political ideology has fostered a sense of entitlement in our elected representatives. They cannot relate to the dread that job insecurity fosters. They do not worry about getting enough hours to pay their bills. They are not concerned about the costs of medical care. Their children go to private schools and do not worry about the costs of higher education. They enjoy lives detached from the reality that most of America lives. Politicians need to fear losing their jobs. Until they are forced to defend their positions with examples of good legislation, they will have no incentive to govern in the interests of their constituents.

America put people on the moon and today we lack the will to pass simple budget resolutions. I find this disgraceful. I believe that our nation’s greatness lies in our cooperative spirit and the belief that it is possible to change your circumstances through effort. It is with this belief that I hope to effect positive change and to alter the discourse in our nation’s capitol.

"The people of the 1st Congressional District and of all of America need to break the two party gridlock and replace corporate funded politicians with new blood not beholden to the special interests that have a stranglehold on our future," said Progressive Party officer David Hess. "Cody will push to restart the Work Projects Administration (WPA) to provide good jobs for millions of Americans in improving transportation and communications systems, public buildings, and parks, to demand a withdrawal of United States troops from foreign military conflicts, and to create a single payer healthcare system that protects everyone."

Lt. Dan Choi, a noted DADT Activist, said "Cody and I learned leadership lessons at West Point that congress really needs: Duty, Integrity, Sacrifice, Courage. Now we're on a new battlefield, where we fight for the same objectives: freedom and justice. I'm proud of his leadership and I'm honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him in this battle.


Progressive Party Positions

 

Dem

Rep

Progressive

Oppose extension of income tax cuts for the rich

NO

NO

YES

Oppose Wall Street bailouts

NO

NO

YES

Oppose Cuts in Social Security Benefits

NO

NO

YES

Employment for All (WPA style)

NO

NO

YES

Oppose Cuts in Medicare Coverage

NO

NO

YES

End wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

NO

NO

YES

Oppose use of mercenaries

NO

NO

YES

Cut military spending

NO

NO

YES

Single Payer comprehensive health care

NO

NO

YES

Equal rights for all; same-sex marriage

NO

NO

YES

Real campaign finance reform

NO

NO

YES

Increase minimum wages to living wages

NO

NO

YES

Oppose NAFTA & WTO; encourage local sourcing of products & services

NO

NO

YES

Oppose spying on American civilians

NO

NO

YES

End occupation of Palestine

NO

NO

YES

Oppose offshore drilling

NO

NO

YES

Clean energy; no nuclear

NO

NO

YES

Repair, improve infrastructure (transportation, water systems, etc.)

NO

NO

YES

End the drug war

NO

NO

YES

End the Senate filibuster; restore majority rule

NO

NO

YES

End “corporate personhood”

NO

NO

YES

 

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BeFair November 21, 2011 5:37 pm (Pacific time)

While you are entitled to your opinions of his politics; calling him a dirtbag because of them is a bit much.


Anonymous November 20, 2011 8:36 am (Pacific time)

Not just no, he'll no. All we need is another progressive dirtbag in Government.

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