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May 222015

Democrat Kick - 2012Clackamas Democrats were actively involved in four non-partisan special district elections this week, winning three of them. Turnout was predictably low — 21.5 percent county-wide, according to the county clerk’s office.

Here are the races where we paid special attention with volunteers and/or financial support:

  • In West Linn, City Councilor Russ Axelrod defeated Council President Thomas Frank by a 3,318 to 2,700 count in a special election to fill the remainder of a mayoral term left vacant by the resignation of John Kovash.

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May 182015

By Peter Toll

persOur State Supreme Court’s recent reversal of the “grand bargain” deal concerning PERS costs and benefits came as little surprise in some circles. Breaking a contract cannot be cavalierly dismissed by legislators and governors.

Despite the well-meaning attempt to fix a vexing problem, the Oregon Supremes said, sorry, no can do. Go back to square one.

This, of course, prompted major headlines and “in-depth” (read re-hash) reporting on how teachers are overpaid (hardly), and most major school districts—including several in Clackamas County—will face big budget problems in the next biennium. Continue reading »

Apr 292015

Cyber OperatorUnder legislation passed by the Oregon House this week, Oregonians will have an easier time putting an end to unwanted, repeated robocalls, thanks to a Clackamas County legislator.

House Bill 3031 — which passed 57-2 — will require robocall operators to include a message within the first 10 seconds of the call that includes instructions on how to end the call and opt out of future calls with a simple push of a button. It will provide relief for Oregonians irritated with the unending automated calls.

The bill came about in response to constituent complaints to Rep. Shemia Fagan, D-Happy Valley, who heard from members of her community last year that they were being harassed by robocalls. Continue reading »

Apr 222015

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Oregon Trail Democrats in the Sandy/Mt. Hood area of Clackamas County are known as much for their public service as for their political activity. This Saturday, April 25, they’ll be out doing their annual road clean-up on SE Orient Drive near Sandy. This is a photo of the volunteer Democratic crew from last year. Hats off to Walt Trandum for pulling it all together again.

Apr 202015

invest in oregon logoWhile our website tends to focus on Clackamas County (like no other), we cannot ignore the big picture. Our legislature produces policy concerning the whole state and that includes us.

To that end, we are pleased to present a very well done report citing the need for a major reform to undo the woes imposed upon us by the anti-taxers. “You get what you pay for” is an old axiom which certainly applies now.

In this case, Oregonians are getting what they’re paying for, and it is clearly not enough. Reform is needed.

Our legislature tends to be timid when major reform is afoot, and this situation is no different. Perhaps after we review the facts, some things can be turned around and improved.