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Oct 212014
Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard

Voters in Wilsonville are watching as a serious scandal arises with Republican State Rep. Kim Thatcher, who wants to be the senator in the open seat. (Her house district is in the southern part of the district, while the easternmost corner of State Senate District 13 is in southwestern Clackamas County.) She’s been fined $60,000 in court for trying to create a cover-up and destroying evidence in a possible racketeering case involving her privately held construction company.

All this occurred four years ago, but Ms. Thatcher has drawn more attention by transferring $5,000 from her campaign fund into her company’s coffers, a serious Elections violation. All this is only coming to light as reporters start seeing some smoke and go looking for some fire, often beyond the original blaze which first drew their attention.

Does this enhance the opportunity for Democrat Ryan Howard to win the election against Thatcher?  Registration in the district leans Republican, and many of those voters find a strong right-leaning agenda can overwhelm criminal activity, especially if it doesn’t affect them directly. Howard is highly qualified but little known. By the way, he apparently has a spotless record, criminal and otherwise.

Certainly Ryan Howard deserves the vote of folks in Wilsonville as well as the rest of the district. Help get the message out and support him to reach more voters.

Oct 212014
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2014 Gala Save the Date electronic version-page-0 (1)Clackamas Democrats will be joining their Washington County counterparts for the Centro Cultural 4th Annual Auction and Fundraising Gala to be held on Saturday, November 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. This follows a well-attended meeting of our local party leadership with active Latino leaders in Oregon City last month.

Centro Cultural provides education and empowerment programs for the Latino community. They include youth programs, English as a second language, Spanish literacy, computer technology, cultural values, leadership training and community organizing.

Up for bid at the silent auction are overnight stays at the Wild Horse Casino and Resort and the Inn at Seaside, a tour and tasting at Ambacht Brewery, tickets to Bag&Baggage and Teatro Milagro theater performances, restaurant gift certificates and museum memberships.

Guests will also have an opportunity to bid on special packages at the live auction including a week’s stay for four at the Flamingo Resort in Costa Rica, lunch in the capitol with Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, and a fishing trip with Cornelius City Councilor Dave Schamp and Centro Executive Director Jose Rivera.

The event will be held at:

NW Events & Environments
2900 NW 229th Ave, Suite 100
Hillsboro, OR 97124

Tickets are $85 per individual (tax deductible) and are available now by visiting the Centro Cultural website.

Oct 182014

yeson88Measure 88 is a common sense measure to keep our roads and communities safe.  Voting YES allows the DMV to issue “driver cards” to Oregon residents who meet the following carefully selected requirements.

  • Pass the State’s written driver knowledge test;
  • Pass the State’s behind-the-wheel driver test;
  • Provide proof of residence in Oregon for more than one year; and
  • Provide proof of identity and date of birth.

The driver card is very limited in its use. It allows you to drive and obtain insurance. That’s it. Driver cards help Oregon residents follow the law and improve safety for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians by reducing the number of uninsured and unlicensed drivers on the road.

Seniors, immigrant families and workers are among the thousands of Oregonians who need this option to safely get to work, church and school.

We are a nation with laws and regulations for public safety and having uncertain immigration status does not dismiss the need to follow the law. Oregonians should not relinquish their right to expect fellow drivers on the road to be trained and certified and to carry insurance.

Vote YES on Measure 88 for Safe Roads.

Oct 162014
Ryan Howard

Ryan Howard

Wow! When is the last time The Oregonian did a complete flip-flop on an endorsement, recanting an earlier position and going completely the other way?

They took this big step because a Republican state Senate candidate was allegedly converting campaign donations directly into her struggling construction company’s bank account. And she wants to represent Wilsonville, right here in Clackamas County. Take note, citizens!

State Rep. Kim Thatcher is the Republican in very hot water. She is up to her neck in trouble with the ethics/election law authorities for, most lately, moving $5,000 directly into the coffers of her private company. That’s unlawful in Oregon. This isn’t the first time Ms. Thatcher’s gone awry, but it is her first time as a Senate candidate.

Her nefarious goings-on have opened the door for her opponent, Ryan Howard, a capable and well-qualified Democrat. Howard hasn’t gained much attention in the race, even though most capitol insiders know Ms. Thatcher as a tad wild-eyed and politically crazed now and then. Continue reading »

Oct 122014

Mr. MoneybagsIt’s no big surprise that the rich are obscenely rich these days, while the rest of us are having to pay more than ever for life’s simple necessities with less and less resources.

Nowhere is that more true than Clackamas County, where the demographics reflect the diversity of the county, from the rich enclaves in the Northwest corner to the minimum wage-earning folks across the Willamette.

A recent study, as reported in the Portland Tribune, takes a close look at our county and reminds us that economic diversity isn’t some faraway notion. It is real and it is here.

Yet another reminder why Democrats need to vote at twice the level they did in the primary, which was a puny 35.9 percent in our county. We must vote if we want positive change.

Oct 122014

register to voteDon’t let this happen to you after this coming Tuesday, October 14.

“Have you voted yet?”

“No, I haven’t re-registered since I moved here from Beaverton. Is there still time?”

“No, the deadline was October 14, more than two weeks before the election. That’s a shame.”

Also missing your vote will be the people who needed it to win. Especially if their loss was very, very narrow. Continue reading »