Category Archives: Clackamas County

Around the County — 9/21/17

Election Update: Filings, Other Political Grapevine Stuff

Peter Toll

By Peter Toll

Early indications in Clackamas County portend an interesting election season as filing has opened for the May 15, 2018, primary. Take a look:

County Commissioner. Sonya Fischer, (D) of Lake Oswego, has made it clear she wants to keep her appointed seat on that body. The self-described fighter for the forgotten people in our society was one of the first to file for election. No opponents have surfaced yet, though ex-commissioner Tootie Smith, (R) of Molalla, may be looking at it.

County Commissioner. Paul Savas, (R) of Oak Grove, is the only Republican on the commission. He won his primary in 2014 with 51.1 percent so there was no general election for him. Who will go against him this time? The door is wide open. Continue reading

Litmus Test 3: Medicare for All

This is the third part in a series on Democratic values and their possible application in a litmus test approach to an endorsement process for Clackamas County Democrats. Your comments are welcome.

The Clackamas County Democratic Party recently unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for universal healthcare coverage or Medicare for All. Since we as Democrats have a tendency to rarely agree on anything whatsoever, how was this possible?

The consensus comes from a core value stated most succinctly by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Social Justice Through Social Action.” Continue reading

Litmus Test for Democratic Candidates?

Should Democratic candidates take a philosophical litmus test if they want full party support, including hundreds of door-to-door workers, at election time?

Here in Clackamas we have been grappling with this issue intensely since the May special districts election, when a registered Democrat running for a nonpartisan position recruited and raised funds for two non-Democratic candidates running against Democrats. The two seats were open.

Led by our Campaign Committee, we are developing criteria for endorsements. That policy draft will go before the County Executive Committee and then to the full Democratic Central Committee for ratification. Continue reading

County HQ for Anti-Health Care Drive

Clackamas County is now the headquarters for a would-be ballot measure to remove 350,000 Oregonians from Medicare rolls, sort of applying the Trump-Ryan-McConnell anti-Obama thing strictly to Oregon. State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, is the ringleader of this fake “look at the money we’ll save” scheme, and the reaction it is drawing is exemplified by this opinion piece in a recent Sunday issue of The Oregonian.

We Must Remember

By Peter Nordbye

For each generation there is an event that everyone remembers where they were when it happened. For my father it was Armistice Day ending WWI. For my generation it was the day JFK or MLK was assassinated. For my children it was 9/11 or the day Barack Obama was elected.

The question is: how many will remember the day Heather Heyer was killed by neo-fascists openly demonstrating on Virginia streets advocating racial purity?

The answer lies in the degree to which the media, our political institutions, and the president have sought either consciously or unconsciously to normalize this event as just another act of violence in an otherwise normally violent day in America.

But this isn’t normal. This can’t be allowed to become normal. There is no equivalency between this and anything else. Comparing Ms. Heyer’s efforts to oppose hatred, bigotry, and unlawful actions to those seeking to incite a riot is absurd. Continue reading

Multnomah and Clackamas County Commissioners to Choose Lininger’s Replacement

Commissioners from Clackamas and Multnomah counties will meet Sept. 13 in Lake Oswego to select the new state representative for House District 38. Incumbent Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, resigned Aug. 15 as she was appointed to the Clackamas County Circuit Court by Gov. Kate Brown.

Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) from both counties met Aug. 14 and selected four finalists for the commissioners to consider. They are Lake Oswego city councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff and Multnomah county residents Andrea Salinas and Neil Simon. Both have extensive government experience. Not making the final list were Moses Ross, Daniel Nguyen and Alex Josephy.

Read more about the process and how the finalists were selected in this Lake Oswego Review article.