Pot O’ Gold Dinner coming March 22nd!


Please mark your calendar for the Clackamas County Democrats’ Pot O’ Gold Dinner scheduled for Sunday evening March 22nd at the Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. The casual dinner is a fun opportunity to support the Clackamas Democrats as we begin the 2020 election year. Tickets may be purchased here (www.clackamasdems.org) in mid-February. 

Double-Dipping? Maybe. Ethical? Hardly.

When Courtney Neron upset incumbent Republican Richard Vial for the seat in Oregon House District 26 last year, most folks figured that Vial, who lives in western Washington County, would just go back to his law practice full time.

But Vial had other ideas.  Yes, he’s back to his law practice. But in addition he has a very lucrative, public-funded job in the Secretary of State’s office.  He claims he’s working “24-7,” but his appointment calendars, obtained by The Oregonian via a public records request, come up empty for two days per work week. (See The Oregonian‘s report.)

If Vial’s moonlighting is not quite double dipping, it’s certainly not appropriate. 

Environmental Score Card for Clackamas Legislators

by Peter Toll

Democratic legislators in Clackamas County got high marks from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for their 2019 votes on 14 pieces of legislation.  

And there’s a new wrinkle this year as OLCV gave an “incomplete” grade to Republicans  who walked out on a key climate change bill rather than vote against it.

On the Senate side, Lake Oswego’s Rob Wagner tied with Happy Valley’s Shemia Fagan with 94 percent.  Kathleen Taylor, of SE Portland, came in with 88 per cent. All three Republicans fared poorly, earning incompletes.  

A hint of their performance can be gained in looking at the 2017 session.  Alan Olsen, of Canby, didn’t vote appropriately on even one bill. He got a goose egg.  Chuck Thomsen, of Hood River, earned 29 percent then, and Kim Thatcher, of Keizer, who represents Wilsonville in the State Senate, had just 33 per cent two years ago.

Over in the House, newcomer Rachel Prusak, of West Linn, voted perfectly—100 percent.  Other high performing Democrats included:


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Dems Determined to Try Again to Pass a Cap-and-Trade Bill

You’ll remember all the drama during the last session of the Oregon Legislature when Senate Republicans fled Oregon to avoid voting on legislation that would limit greenhouse gas emissions state-wide.  In the House, 9 out of 12 Clackamas County representatives voted for House Bill 2020 – those 9 being our Democratic Reps.  A Clackamas County Republican representative from Canby led the walkout and then was elected Minority Leader, though she is only in her first term. Gov. Kate Brown and other state Democrats have pledged their support for cap-and-trade legislation to be introduced during the 2020 session. But will Republicans show up for work?  

Read this Oregon Capital Insider report on the Dem’s strategy to get this important legislation passed: “Democrats rev up plan for new carbon-reduction bill”

Draft Resolutions for Criminal Justice and a State Bank Considered at October’s Justice Committee Meeting

Present: Mike Kohlhoff (chair), Ron Carl, Cornelia Gibson, Peter Norbye, Michael DeWitt, Jason Pierson, Connie Lee, and Mary Post (secretary).

Mike presented two draft resolutions: one addressing Criminal Justice and the other, a proposed State Bank.  Jason will make changes to the first, and both will be forwarded to the Platform and Resolution Committee for consideration.

A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next meeting. 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

We continued our discussion of the health threats posed by racism.  Connie outlined several paths to explore.  Peter requested that we address racism in our own Democratic Party. 

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Clear-Cutting, Racism’s Health Risks, Have’s vs. Have Not’s: Notes from the September Justice Committee Meeting

Present:  Mike Kohlhoff (Chair), Greg Hunt, Ron Carl, Don Klosterman, Mike DeWitt, Sally Hardwick and Mary Post

We discussed options for funding to improve the Juvenile Justice System in Clackamas Co.  Greg Hunt will draft a resolution to use funds previously used for capital punishment.

 From the Environmental Sub-Committee 

  • Reminder of two Sept upcoming climate change events: the Youth Climate Strike and a public forum hosted by the Climate Reality Project
  • Clear-cutting near streams continues as the state legislature did not pass remedies
  • Zenith Energy is still bringing volatile and toxic oil into NW Portland.  Two NGOs — 350PDX and Extinction Rebellion Portland — are still pushing back.
  • The Jordan Cove pipeline is still being developed in spite of protests. (Update: in mid-September Oregon’s Dept. of State Lands delayed the decision for a construction permit for a second time.) 

From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee 

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