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Mar 252015

health care logoThis week’s meeting of Clackamas Democrats will bring two noteworthy bits of information: one is a report by PCP Don Klosterman, of Charbonneau, on Oregon’s single payer medical system, and the other is a surprise announcement concerning the State Democratic Party.

When half of the nation’s bankruptcies are directly attributable to people’s inability to pay their medical bills, something is wrong. When a person in emergency need of a physician at a hotel out of town is billed $850, but the bill is reduced to $280 once it is turned over to medical insurance, something is wrong.

These and other examples, not to mention the highest-priced medicine in the world without the highest quality performance, will be addressed in Don’s presentation, which begins at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:15 at the Operating Engineers Hall, 555 SE 1st, in Gladstone. See you there!

Mar 212015

oregon license plate.motor voterPassage of landmark legislation, including the “motor voter” bill to expand the amount of registered voters in Oregon, is one of three accomplished by an Oregon legislature with solid Democratic majorities and then signed into law by our Democratic governor.

Oregon is the unchallenged leader in opening participatory doors to voters, according to several national reports: The Washington Post #1, The Washington Post #2, Yahoo! News, OregonLive, and Mic.com, for example. This new bill, signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown, who initiated it when she was Secretary of State, is expected to add some 300,000 new voters to the existing 2.2 million in Oregon. Clackamas County’s part, by the way, is 232,566 as of January. That’s about 10 percent of the total, so we can expect some 30,000 new voters here through this legislation alone. Continue reading »

Mar 122015
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We’re deeply honored to announce that Governor Kate Brown will be our special guest at the 6th Annual Wayne Morse Gala on April 17th, 2015. She joins keynote speaker U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, who the Washington Post called a “rising star” and “the funniest new member of Congress.”

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This is going to be an outstanding event headlined by two powerful women who have worked tirelessly to serve the public and achieved the highest results. Get tickets today — $125.

Governor Brown has been a leader in increasing government transparency and accountability, has identified millions of dollars in savings for Oregon taxpayers, and spearheaded legislation that the Oregonian called the “state’s most sweeping package of ethics reforms in 34 years.” She has been a champion for Oregon’s working families and small businesses for over 20 years.

Senator Klobuchar, who comes from a background of miners, newspapermen, and schoolteachers in Minnesota, has made a name for herself on legislation to provide middle-class tax relief and paycheck fairness for women. Working Mother Magazine named her “Best in Congress” in 2008.

6th Annual Wayne Morse Gala
Portland Hilton, 921 6th Ave.
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Cocktail Hour 6:00PM – 7:00PM
Dinner & Speaking Program 7:00PM – 9:30PM

Buy your tickets at the limited early purchase price of $125.

See you there,

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Frank Dixon
State Party Chair

Mar 072015
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Oregon Congressional District 5

Clackamas Democrats were elected to two of the four Congressional District 5 Committee leadership positions; others were named to represent the committee on state-wide groups.

John DeHaas, of Milwaukie, was re-elected treasurer and Cyndi Lewis-Wolfram, Clackamas, was chosen to be secretary at the bi-monthly meeting in Salem. Sam Sappington, of Benton County, was re-elected chair and Christopher Proudfoot, of Polk County, is vice-chair.

Returning to the Democratic State Central Committee committees, where they had previously served from the 5th, were:

DeHaas and Larry Skidmore, Gladstone, State Fair & Local Events; Lewis-Wolfram, Credentials; Kate Greenfield, Wilsonville, Rules; Peter Toll, Lake Oswego, Budget; and Jerry Greenfield, Wilsonville, Platform and Resolutions. In addition, Henry Elder, of Canby, and Craig Stephens, of Lake Oswego, were named to the Platform Committee.

The CD 5 Committee is comprised of proportionally elected delegates from each of the seven counties in the district. Clackamas, which is also in the 3rd Congressional District, has the largest representation. Other counties are Marion, Polk, Lincoln, and Tillamook. Multnomah County, also in the 1st and 3rd, and Benton County, also in the 4th, also have delegates.

Meetings are open to all Democrats and, while usually held in Salem, may rotate to other areas of the district in the course of the year.

Mar 052015

Governor Kitzhaber

By Peter Toll

He was standing on the banks of the Rogue River, fly fishing in the rain. Alone. A cowboy hat to keep the rain out of his face. No one else was around and he was very content at that moment. It was 1980.

When he’d caught and released three shiny salmon, he packed up his gear and headed back home to Roseburg. He had political work to do, beginning with a call to Bill Bradbury in Bandon.

John Kitzhaber, 33, and Bill Bradbury, 30, wanted to make Oregon better. Their rough and rural adjoining districts ranged from the Cascades to the South Coast, from where the Umpqua River flows into the Pacific and all the way south to the California line. Continue reading »