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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

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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.

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Around the County – 4/4/17

By Peter Toll

Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.

Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.

Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading

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HD 38 Meeting Greets Victors

House District 38, comprising Lake Oswego and a bit of SW Portland, saw some 60 people turn out for their March meeting at the Foothills Community Center of Lake Oswego, including a wealth of victorious candidates in the recent election.

Proud of its work in November, HD 38 welcomed County Commission Chair Jim Bernard, Commissioner Ken Humberston, and newly appointed Commissioner Sonya Fischer. Victories by Bernard and Humberston created the votes to appoint Commissioner Fischer to fill Bernard’s unexpired term. Each of them spoke gratefully and emphasized the new-found camaraderie and sense of moving forward now prevailing in the county. Continue reading

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Public Pressure Aids Mt. Hood Community College Graduate, Latest Victim of ICE

Young adults who moved to this country and Oregon with their parents when they were very young, are being deported to a country where they’ve never lived, have no roots, and in some cases don’t even speak the language. The latest such misadventure in this area attracted a great deal of attention.

In violation of its own policies and procedures, ICE agents improperly seized Reynolds High School and Mt Hood Community College graduate, Rodriguez Dominguez, 25, from his Southeast Portland home in the early morning, Sunday March 26. Continue reading

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DPO Looking for a Constituancy Organizing Coordinator

From Candy Emmons at the DPO:

Hello Community Leaders,

The Democratic Party of Oregon is seeking a highly qualified Full-Time Constituency Organizing Coordinator to join our team. The job announcement is linked below, please share with any interested parties that you think would be a good fit!

http://dpo.org/party/jobs/constituency-organizing-coordinator

Thank you for all that you do!

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GOP War on the Arts Bad for Culture and County Ecomonics

Modern Day Community Crafted Totem at West Linn Public Library

The Clackamas tribe of the Chinook and their forebearers have occupied this county for at least 11,000 years and perhaps more than 20,000. What remains of their lives are their myths, their art, and their diet.

This is not unusual. Most cultures are remembered by their art, from the earliest cave painting in El Castillo in northern Spain dated at over 48,000 years old, to totem poles and canoes from Pacific Northwest tribes such as the Clackamas. Likewise, our lives and our place in history will be remembered by our contribution to art — be it creation myths, physical manifestations, or a view of our place in the world.

That’s the standard liberal take on the arts. Here’s a different approach. Continue reading

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