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Neighborhood Leaders Recognized

The appreciation was obvious as applause filled the room. At last month’s Democratic Central Committee meeting, Neighborhood Leaders who volunteered for the special election were recognized for the work they did to make this Special District election one of the best in recent memory.

In contested seats for school boards, water and sewer districts, fire districts, and other positions, candidates endorsed by the county Democratic Party won 8 out of 11 seats.

One reason for this was the tireless work of those involved in the Neighborhood Leader Program. During the Special Election, Neighborhood Leaders knocked on doors, talked to their neighbors about politics, dropped off slate cards, and phoned to GOTV. Continue reading

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OR Motor Voters: To Convert Them or not Convert Them? That is the Question

By William Street

There is an informal discussion bubbling up at many Clackamas Democratic Committee meetings these days. Sides are being taken on a basic campaign approach:

Should the party allocate resources to attempt to sign up nonaffiliated (Motor Voter) citizens and seek to get them to re-register with a party affiliation? Or, instead, focus on getting more Democrats out to vote?

Unfortunately, “facts” can’t make the difficult priority resource decisions any easier. However, they can offer some insights to make a decision from a more “informed” position.

An analysis of Oregon’s Motor Voter election activity gives ammo to both sides. Continue reading

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Area Republicans Go off the Rails in Light of Recent MAX Slayings

Cartoon by David Horsey @ 2014 Los Angeles Times

That Donald Trump’s campaign was based on fear, racism and sexism is a fact. This and his unlawful efforts since his inauguration have tarnished the brand of the Republican Party.

But Mr. Trump is not alone in efforts to appeal to fear. Multnomah County GOP Chair James Buchal told the Guardian (UK Newspaper) that recent street protests had prompted Portland Republicans to consider alternatives for safety, including relying on radical fringe groups. Continue reading

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Clackamas Democratic Party-Led Coalition Helps County Embrace Inclusivity Resolution

By William Street

Chair Peter Nordbye

What started as a draft resolution from the Clackamas County Democratic Party Resolution committee, which was recommended by the Executive Committee and adopted unanimously by the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, recently became an official policy of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

“Today Clackamas County is more inclusive, more aware, and a marginally safer place for all residents because of the bold and creative action of our Board of County Commissioners and all the organizations that partnered with the Democratic Party,” said Clackamas County Democratic Party Chair Peter Nordbye. Continue reading

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Clackamas Board of County Commissioners Made History Today

HD40 Leader William Street Speaks in Support of the Inclusivity Hearing

Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners today unanimously endorsed a resolution declaring Clackamas County a welcoming and Inclusive County. The resolution directs county staff to serve all residences regardless of immigration or refugee status, and prohibits the use by law enforcement of county funds or personnel for the enforcement of federal immigration law.

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Trump Nominates Christie’s Bridgegate Attorney as Next FBI Director

Attorneys in Clackamas County and all over Oregon are scratching their heads on President Trump’s latest appointment:  Defense attorney Christopher Wray to head the FBI. Donald Trump has tweeted that Wray will be his next FBI Director. Several hours later there has been no confirmation or report from the White House Communications Department.

Mr. Wray is a partner in a 900 lawyer law firm whose major customer is the Russian owned oil company, Rosneft. Mr. Wray was also New Jersey Governor Christie’s Bridgegate attorney.

This raises a number of questions. Given that Trump’s Russia scandal is looking more and more like Watergate everyday (first TV hearings with Comey start on Thursday AM), why would he pick someone with so close a connection to what could very well be the nexus of the crisis, Russian money laundering? Continue reading