Author Archives: Noel Lee

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

Republicans Will Cut the Services While We Pay the Bills — and More

By Peter Toll

National headlines often state humongous numbers while those of us out here in the hinterlands feel less and less in control as Republicans try to gut funding for vital social problems and hand us the bill while passing on grandiose tax savings to the ultra-rich.

So how does President Trump’s proposed Waldencare legislation and tax plan impact us financially? Trump wants to gut your health care and drop all deductions for state, local and property taxes. Continue reading

Gorsuch Nomination: a Payback to Wall Street

Judge Neil Gorsuch was on the Hobby Lobby case which granted corporations, as natural persons, the right to violate the religious freedom cause of the US Constitution.

This strategy of packing the court, if successful, could threaten fundamental rights in America, including workers’ right to organize, women’s reproductive rights, and the rights of ordinary citizens to have their voices heard in elections rather than being drowned out by the corrupting influence of dark money from the richest Americans.

— Sen. Jeff Merkley Continue reading

Help Defeat a Land Grab in the Willamette Valley

From 1000 Friends of Oregon

SB 186 would undo specific rural reserve designations in Clackamas, Washington, and Multnomah counties, thereby opening up certain areas designated as “rural reserves” for eventual development. It would undermine the region’s multi-year effort to come to a consensus about where long-term growth should — and should not — happen.

Recall that a major purpose of Urban & Rural Reserves is to provide landowners, cities and counties certainty for the longer term on how the land could be used. It should prevent land speculation where political pressure is used to change zoning. This bill would break that contract; where certainty was promised, the rules are changed just because a small number of wealthy individual land owners did not get their way. Continue reading

Clackamas Democrats March for Women’s Rights

Several Clackamas Democrats traveled to the nation’s capital to participate in the massive Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21st, including Chris Roth, and former Leader of the Oregon House Dave Hunt who went with his daughters. Throughout the day, we posted photos and reports from Chris on the Clackamas Dems Facebook page.

A large number of our fellow Clackamas Democrats joined 100,000 marchers in the PDX Women’s March. Around 60 people indicated they would attend in a straw poll at the Clackamas Dems Central Committee on Jan 19th. Marchers include Rep. Ann Lininger, Lisa Ortiz, Connie Lee, Clarity Sanderson, Mark Gamba, Cornelia Gibson, and many others.

Congratulations to all our marchers for a wildly successful, awe-inspiring event. Add a comment below if you attended, or send your photos to