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Aug 302015

BallotWe’re nine months away from the 2016 primary election, and already candidates are jockeying for position. Announcements have been made, and money is already being solicited in Clackamas County and across the state.

Here in Clackamas County the activity will be especially hot and heavy. Let’s look at the early information:


Terms are up for three of the five county commissioners, including the outspoken (“Stop Portland Creep, including Light Rail”) Chair John Ludlow. Two of his commission colleagues, both re-elected last year and thus able to run without losing their seats if they lose, have already announced they are running against him:

Jim Bernard is in his third term on the board. The former Milwaukie mayor was re-elected last year. A middle of the road Democrat (who now lives in New Era, east of Canby), Bernard feels he has a good shot at Ludlow.

Paul Savas, the Oak Grove Republican also re-elected in 2014, calls himself a moderate and is often the swing vote on the five-member commission. He also wants to send Ludlow packing home to Wilsonville.

That particular race will be especially interesting because, if no candidate achieves a majority in the primary, the top two will run off in November. (That’s true in many other races, too, of course.) Continue reading »

Aug 262015

“Behind the Scenes: How Politics and Power Shaped the 2015 Legislative Session”

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W2D welcomes Senator Ginny Burdick (left), Rep. Jennifer Williamson (center) and Rep. Kathleen Taylor (right) for their September Kickoff Program on Sept. 9th at 4 pm.

During the last legislative session, Democrats held the majority in both the State Senate and House but faced many challenges, starting with the resignation of Governor Kitzhaber and the inauguration of Kate Brown as Oregon’s new Governor. Significant pieces of legislation, including tougher ethics laws, background checks on gun ownership and implementing the new Marijuana initiative, demanded legislative action. Our three legislators will share their insights about the politics, priorities, accomplishments and what’s in store for the future.
All are invited to attend this informative program.

W2D Members: $15
Non-Members: $20

Click here for details.

Aug 192015

The Democratic Party of Clackamas County and the Willamette Women Democrats are preparing for their annual gala event, the Roosevelt Dinner & Auction to be held Saturday, November 7th. The dinner will be at the Oswego Lake Country Club and will feature a delicious meal, guest speakers, and an auction with our favorite auctioneer, Dave Hunt.

There will be lively bidding during the auction, raffle tickets to purchase for gift-laden baskets, and quality wine to buy from the “wall of wine.” The funds raised will help support the campaigns of local and state candidates and the Clackamas Democratic Party.

Please mark your calendar for this important evening. Reservations will be taken after September 21st.


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Aug 102015
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By Simon Springall

Hundreds of Clackamas County Democrats joined some 28,000 others welcoming Bernie Sanders to Oregon Sunday at the Moda Center. This was his largest crowd yet, and nearly doubled the record attendance of 15,000 in Seattle just the previous day. The Moda Center, previously known as The Rose Garden, has a capacity of 20,000 people, and on Sunday it was full, with many people lining the rear wall of the top balcony. An estimated 9,000 more people were outside watching via a large video screen. Supporters were waving ‘$15 Now’ signs representing the $15 Oregon minimum wage campaign, which is part of Sanders’ platform nationally. Other supporters waved Cascadia flags or sported “Feel The Bern” T-shirts. Local organizers, only recently signed up to help with Bernie’s campaign, have done very impressive work popularizing the event and getting people out to it.

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Aug 072015

Business Hand Clicking Financial Funding Button On Touch ScreenClackamas County is the third most populous county in Oregon, but it is second in the amount of money donated to Republican presidential candidates, according to the National Journal.

Clackamas has contributed $32,201, according to the report, while Multnomah, the biggest county, kicked in $58,825.

Oregon’s second largest county, Washington, came in third with GOP presidential money at $27,853.

Jeb Bush was the big winner, so to speak. Check out the snazzy map for more details.

Aug 052015

Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is holding a town hall at the Wilsonville Public Library on Monday, August 10, 2:30 p.m.

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Sen Jeff Merkley

He will update constituents on his work in Washington, DC, and answer their questions and invite their suggestions about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon and America.

“There are huge issues facing Oregonians and the best way for me to effectively advocate for Oregon’s families and businesses is by getting out on the road and holding a town hall in every county, every year to hear directly from Oregonians,” said Merkley. “I invite all residents of Clackamas County to come and discuss what we need to do to strengthen our state and nation.”

Also, if you are running into red tape accessing veterans benefits, dealing with the Social Security or Medicare administrations, or facing foreclosure, Senator Merkley will have caseworkers on hand who may be able to help.

Since joining the Senate in 2009, Merkley has held a town hall in each of Oregon’s 36 counties every year. Clackamas County will be his 247th town hall as a U.S. Senator.



Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley holds town hall in Wilsonville.

Monday, August 10, 2015
2:30 pm

Wilsonville Public Library (map)
8200 SW Wilsonville Road
Wilsonville, OR 97070