Clackamas Democrats Share Statewide Growth Interest at the Oregon Summit

Several Clackamas County Democrats attended the speech-laden, workshop-driven Oregon Democratic Summit at Sunriver recently.

Among those on hand: Clackamas Chair Peter Nordbye and Blythe Nordbye, County Commissioner Ken Humberston, State Representative Mark Meek, state senate candidates Charles Gallia and Shemia Fagan, county clerk candidate Pamela White, John DeHaas, Rosie Stephens, Christine Chin Ryan, Jan Lee, Mary Shortall, Kathy Gordon, Greg McPherson, Mike and Theresa Kohlhoff, and Peter Toll.

Keynote speakers included Governor Kate Brown, US Senator Jeff Merkley, Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian, State Treasurer Tobias Read, as well as three members of Congress: Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader, among others.

Here’s what the Portland Tribune reporter saw.

A Message for Our Democratic Leaders

Fellow Democrats,

Like most of you, I found Donna Brazile’s book excerpt released yesterday, distressing and very hard to swallow.

Whether you were a Hillary supporter or a Bernie supporter or just a committed Democrat fighting for the election of Democrats up and down the ticket I’m certain that you were profoundly disappointed to learn that our national party had become so financially weak as to be completely dependent on one candidate for its survival. Continue reading

Can We Learn from Philadelphia?

Philadelphia’s DA-Elect Larry Krasner

Pennsylvania’s Philadelphia County may have just elected the most progressive District Attorney in the country.

His campaign focused on a change in priorities.

For far too long the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has been driven by a win-at-any-cost culture that prioritizes high conviction rates and harsh sentencing over more effective approaches that are proven to reduce crime. While re-focusing the DA’s Office on prosecuting serious crimes, he will seek alternatives to incarceration — dramatically reducing the number of prisoners held, saving millions of tax dollars.

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COUNTY COMMISSION NEWS: Metro Council Grants

Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston

Ken Humberston

Last year Clackamas county did not receive any grant money from Metro because of the “strained” relationship. This year we were able to resolve the Stafford “impasse” with Metro and the 3 cities that surround Stafford. Now this:

County awarded planning and housing grants from Metro

On Oct. 26, the Metro Council approved two grant applications that Clackamas County submitted earlier this year for Metro 2040 Community Planning and Development Funds. Continue reading

Around the County: Candidates — Devlin Out, Collette Out, Johnson Out; Who’s In?

By Peter Toll

With about one year until the next general election and just seven months to the primary, candidates are facing new challenges as at least three incumbents in Clackamas County have announced their pending resignations from office.

Topping the list is State Senator Richard Devlin, co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways & Means Committee. The Democrat from Tualatin serving Lake Oswego and West Linn is being appointed to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. His letter of resignation will follow Senate confirmation Nov. 15. Continue reading