Exclusive COINversations with Progressive Leaders

Upcoming COINversations

Meet the Oregon District 5 Democratic Candidates! 

Whether you live in District 5 or not, taking back CD-5 will be one of our top priorities in 2024. As such, COIN and the BAT and DRAT teams will be hosting a COINversation with each of the Democratic Candidates for CD-5 on Wednesday January 24 at 7:00 PM. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet these three amazing women. Register here (same registration as all COIN meetings) for this event and share the link with friends.  COIN does not plan to endorse any candidate before the primary, but we do plan to support them all by publicizing their events so those who live in the district can make the best choice in nominating one of them to run against and defeat MAGA Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Janelle Bynum

"I’m running for Congress because Washington as we know it is broken. As a mom, small business owner, engineer, and legislator, I’ve seen Republican extremists hold our government hostage and prevent Oregon families from the ability to grow and thrive. 

In Congress, I will fight for good jobs close to home, access to health care, clean air and water, and affordable housing, just like I’ve done throughout my time in public service. My focus has always been paying opportunity forward so Oregon is a better place for our children and future generations to live, work, and raise their families."


Jamie McLeod-Skinner

"Oregon’s 5th district is diverse, with both urban and rural areas. I have experiences with bridging the divide between the two and nobody knows the district better than I do. I’ve traveled throughout OR-5 and have learned about the issues folks are facing on the ground. I’m focused on the needs of OR’s working families, not on fueling culture wars or in widening the existing political divide. I have a track record of success in purple regions like OR-5 and in addressing the region’s most pressing issues, like affordable housing, emergency preparedness, water resource protection, and climate solutions."  


Lynn Peterson

Lynn Peterson is a 25-year Clackamas County resident, transportation and urban planning expert, Metro Council President, former Chair of the Clackamas County Commission, and Lake Oswego City Councilor. Now, she is challenging radical Republican Lori Chavez-DeRemer in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, a key swing seat. 

A lifelong Democrat, Lynn has been endorsed by over 50 current and former officials across Oregon government. A veteran campaigner, Lynn has won all 5 of her campaigns for office. A transportation engineer, Lynn worked as Senior Transportation Advisor to Governor Kitzhaber, and served as Washington State’s Secretary of Transportation. 


Rep. Andrea Salinas
Tuesday February 20, 2024

Taking back the House is a top priority for COIN in 2024, and that means not only winning back CD-5 but also holding our other Democratic seats in Congress. CD-6 looks to be close again in 2024, so please join us on Tuesday February 20, 2024 at 7 PM to hear from Andrea about the experience of her first year in Congress and what we can do to help send her back next year!   Register here


Past COINversations

November 7, 2023
A COINversation with
Jessica Craven

Jessica is the author of the Chop Wood, Carry Water newsletter (on Substack) and describes herself as an organizer, activist, climate hawk and mom, based in California. Her newsletters are hopeful, filled with examples of successes and simple things we can all do to make a big difference. Check out two recent examples: Monday October 23 and Wednesday October 25.

September 26, 2023
A COINversation with
Robert Hubbell

Mr Hubbell is the author of Today’s Edition Newsletter, which he started in February 2017 to provide hope and perspective to his family after Donald Trump was elected to the presidency. Over time, his family email was shared with friends who shared it with their friends, and today it is a daily reading for more than 50,000 subscribers, all part of a community of like-minded citizens devoted to preserving American democracy.  

September 12, 2023
A Quorum COINversation

COIN members and guests were joined by a panel of experts to discuss the need for and the complexity of changing Oregon's antiquated 2/3 Quorum Rule that has led to 7 GOP walkouts in the last 5 years. State Representatives Khanh Pham and David Gomberg, State Senator Michael Dembrow, public interest attorney Dan Meek, and Our Oregon's executive director, Michele Ruffin, shared their knowledge and experience with us and answered our questions. Jeff Hammarlund was our guest moderator. For a full description of the event and bios for our panelists, click here.

May 2, 2023 - Save Our Schools

Great discussion with Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Sonja McKenzie, Oregon School Board Association; Dr. Sami Al-Abdrabbuh, Corvallis School Board; Katrina Doughty, Multnomah ESD; and Frank Armendariz, Siuslaw School Board about how we can support our schools in the upcoming May elections with school boards that will protect inclusivity, democracy, civil rights, and a well-rounded education. A centerpiece of the discussion was Rep. Bonamici's Bill of Rights for Students and Parents

April 25, 2023 
Electrify Everything

Act for Democracy hosted this great COINversation with the directors of Electrify NOW and ElectrifyPDX to Electrify Everything & Everyone! Oregonians of all income levels are making the transition to enjoy healthier indoor air quality, year-round comfort, lower utility bills and carbon-free living. 

April  4, 2023
COINversation with Simon Rosenberg

COIN was honored to host Democratic Powerhouse, Simon Rosenberg. As a leader and believer in the power of grassroots activism, Simon shared his reasons for optimism, offered suggestions for growing our successes, and he responded to our many questions. 

View the recording and find out more about Simon by folllowing him on his Hopium Chronicles

October 18, 2022
Panel Discussion of Oregon's
2022 Ballot Measures

Check out this great information about all four ballot measures  (111, 112, 113, 114) that are on our ballots this November.  COIN has endorsed all four, and if you want to learn more about them, this is a really informative presentation.  The panelists also answered participants' questions after their presentations.  

August 23, 2022
Tina Kotek 
Christina Stepenson

COIN is honored to host these two very special guests at our next meeting. Register Here to join us for some Q&A with Democratic candidate for Governor, Tina Kotek, and Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Labor and Industry, Christina Stephenson.  You can submit questions for the candidates when you register.  Join the meeting, show your support, and find out how you can help these candidates win in November! 

August 2, 2022
Val Hoyle
Andrea Salinas

Meet OR-4 candidate Val Hoyle and OR-6 candidate Andrea Salinas. COIN has proudly endorsed both of these experienced women for Congress. I you're already registered for our regular COIN meetings, you can use the same link as always. If not, please click here to register.

July 19,  2022
Response to Roe

Check out our informative panel discussion about the Dobbs decision and what we as activists can do to protect abortion rights.  Our three fabulous panelists were: 

June 14, 2022

After viewing the documentary, Dammed To Extinction, about the plight of the Snake River salmon and the orcas that depend on them, we had an outstanding panel discussion with some regional experts.

Click here for a brief bio of each of our panelists, Steven Hawley (film writer and co-producer), Heather Nicholson, Scott Levy, James Waddell and Tony Jones. 

Our recording is just the panel discussion. To view the film, Dammed to Extinction, click here.  Share this link with friends.  Everyone who lives in and loves the Pacific Northwest should see this documentary and understand what's at stake.  Many thanks to Steven Hawley for donating the viewing of this film for our event.

And be sure to click here for our Call To Action!  

April 27, 2022

COIN had the pleasure of hosting two progressive candidates for BOLI (Bureau of Labor and Industry) Commissioner - Casey Kulla and Christina Stephenson.  If you missed the live program, check out this video, The BOLI Commissioner is a non-partisan position, so all voters will see all candidates on their ballots. The top two will advance to the General Election in November.  

You can also find out more about these candidates on their websites:



April 20, 2022

The Bentz Accountability Team (BAT) and ORD2 Indivisible hosted the two Democratic Candidates running for US Representative in District 2.  Joe Yetter and Adam Prine  answered our questions and talked with us about their vision for this rural district.  The winner of the primary will take on Cliff Bentz in November.  Check it out folks. We can do better than Bentz! 

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