Litmus Test 3: Medicare for All

This is the third part in a series on Democratic values and their possible application in a litmus test approach to an endorsement process for Clackamas County Democrats. Your comments are welcome.

The Clackamas County Democratic Party recently unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for universal healthcare coverage or Medicare for All. Since we as Democrats have a tendency to rarely agree on anything whatsoever, how was this possible?

The consensus comes from a core value stated most succinctly by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Social Justice Through Social Action.” Continue reading

Oregon City Ballot for Sept. 19 Election

If you live in Oregon City, you should have received your ballot for a special election on September 19th. There’s only one measure on the ballot: Measure 3-517. Please vote “yes”; it will allow the construction of a modern Police Department facility in Oregon City. Voting “yes” will NOT authorize the city to raise TAXES or FEES.

This vote is a charter requirement which the city needs to borrow money. The funding source has been in place since January of 2016; the city just needs permission to spend it.
This is about safety and security for victims of traumatic crimes who need help from the police department. Currently, victims, suspects and registered sex offenders wait in the same place. Victims need privacy. Continue reading

Salinas Chosen HD 38 Representative

Democrat Andrea Salinas will succeed Ann Lininger as State Representative for House District 38, which spans the Lake Oswego area into Southwest Portland. Commissioners from both Clackamas and Multnomah Counties made the unanimous selection. Other finalists were Lake Oswego city councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff and public relations executive Neil Simon of Hillsdale.

Litmus Test for Democratic Candidates?

Should Democratic candidates take a philosophical litmus test if they want full party support, including hundreds of door-to-door workers, at election time?

Here in Clackamas we have been grappling with this issue intensely since the May special districts election, when a registered Democrat running for a nonpartisan position recruited and raised funds for two non-Democratic candidates running against Democrats. The two seats were open.

Led by our Campaign Committee, we are developing criteria for endorsements. That policy draft will go before the County Executive Committee and then to the full Democratic Central Committee for ratification. Continue reading

Litmus Test 2: What Do We Believe?

(Second in a series of posts exploring what, if any, litmus test should be applied to gain the election endorsement of the Clackamas County Democratic Party. Your comments, questions, and views are welcome.)

A recent Washington Post/Kaiser poll reports that 63 percent of Republicans blame the poor for being poor, whereas 72 percent of Democrats blame a person’s circumstances for their poverty, not the person. This is a fundamental division between us and them.

How much can be explained by just knowing this one fact? Continue reading

County HQ for Anti-Health Care Drive

Clackamas County is now the headquarters for a would-be ballot measure to remove 350,000 Oregonians from Medicare rolls, sort of applying the Trump-Ryan-McConnell anti-Obama thing strictly to Oregon. State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, is the ringleader of this fake “look at the money we’ll save” scheme, and the reaction it is drawing is exemplified by this opinion piece in a recent Sunday issue of The Oregonian.