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We’ve Got Their Back!

Now is the time to send an email to our County Commissioners to let them know we support their efforts to provide due process to all Clackamas residents.

Next week our Board of County Commissioners will address the issue of illegal and unwarranted deportations of our friends and neighbors. As two different federal courts have already ruled, President Trump’s executive orders on arrivals, deportations and withholding of funds to so-called “Sanctuary Counties” are unconstitutional.
Nevertheless, Dreamers are being deported, our neighbors are being detained, all without due process or in too many cases without even court ordered warrants. Continue reading

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Around the County – 4/26/17

We Wind Up Paying Bigger Bills When GOP Shirks Responsibility

By Peter Toll

One of the problems with Republicans is the first thing they do is start dismantling stuff in an effort to “get government off our backs” and, at the same time, lower taxes. Republicans now controlling all branches of the federal government remind us of their short-sighted propensities daily.

The best local examples of this foolishness in office are John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, recently unelected Clackamas County Commissioners. They almost literally fiddled while the county’s roads and infrastructure all but collapsed around them over the past four years. Continue reading

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Sanctuary Cities Fight Back; History Providing Direction

By William Street

Rights of individual states vs. federal authority have been contentious since the founding of this country. “Don’t tread on me,” New Hampshire’s motto aimed at the British, can now be applied to many cities, states and counties opposing Trump’s egregious deportation policies.

Today we see more states, including Oregon, and more counties, hopefully including soon our own Clackamas, and more cities, including several in Oregon, declaring that the Feds cannot come into our turf and apply their policy at the expense of our neighbors. Continue reading

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Spring Legislative Update from Sen. Taylor

 

Hello Friends and Neighbors, and Happy Spring! We are beginning the third month of the legislative session, and it has been busy! I have been hard at work with my colleagues on state-wide issues including transportation and revenue. I have also successfully passed a few of my personal bills. A few of note, include Voter Pre-Registration, Gambling Addiction Hardship Permits, and a pair of bills which give resources to victims of sex trafficking. Read more …

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Why We Celebrate Wayne Morse

Wayne Morse was one of the most prolific statesmen to ever serve Oregon. He had earned a number of nicknames during his time, including the “Tiger of the Senate.” In 1944, Morse won his first election to become one of Oregon’s senators, and he served until 1968. On Friday, April 28th, we will honor his legacy at the 8th Annual Wayne Morse Gala. Continue reading

Pot o’ Gold Dinner a Big Success!

Clackamas Democrats had a record turnout and achieved a record net profit at its annual Pot o’ Gold fund-raising dinner in March at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas.

Nearly $7,000 was gained through the auction of “white donkey” gift times i.e., unidentified but handsomely wrapped gifts.

In other words, the buyer didn’t know what they were buying. The fun occurred when they opened the package and learned what it actually contained, sharing that information with the other 110 guests.

Highlight gift of the evening was a Donald Trump bobble head doll, won by Joe Mazarra, of Welches. John De Haas, of Milwaukie, was the recipient of a “Trump Survival Kit” which included aspirin for headaches, organically grown coffee to stay awake during these tortuous years, other pain killers, and gag items related to enduring Trump’s presidency.

A huge “thank you” to all who participated, added to the fun, and contributed to the cause! The funds will be put to excellent use throughout the coming year to cover our operating expenses and support Democratic candidates and causes.

Did you miss it? It’s not too late to get in on the spirit of helping local Democrats win local races and encourage Democratic values by contributing today. Up to $100 per year (per couple filing jointly) can be used as an Oregon income tax credit.