Category Archives: The Nation and Beyond

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

Clackamas County Greets Merkley with a Sea of Green

Repetition can be tedious. It can also be affirming.

After every comment by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley at a recent town hall at Clackamas High School with some 650 people in attendance, he was inundated with a sea of large posterboard green cards. In bold type and all capital letters, each card read “AGREE.” Continue reading

Sanctuary Cities Fight Back; History Providing Direction

By William Street

Rights of individual states vs. federal authority have been contentious since the founding of this country. “Don’t tread on me,” New Hampshire’s motto aimed at the British, can now be applied to many cities, states and counties opposing Trump’s egregious deportation policies.

Today we see more states, including Oregon, and more counties, hopefully including soon our own Clackamas, and more cities, including several in Oregon, declaring that the Feds cannot come into our turf and apply their policy at the expense of our neighbors. Continue reading

From the Chair

By Peter Nordbye

They Will Never Come for Me

We know it is happening even here. The federal government is using its entire repressive apparatus to detain U.S. and Clackamas County residents without due process and without just cause. The level of fear in many of our agricultural communities across the county is palpable.

Children are being withheld from school.

Crimes are not being reported. Continue reading

Pro-Trumpers in County Plan March to Support Him

It had to happen. Some local characters are fed up with all these popular anti-Trump marches, so they’re going to respond with their own pro-Trump event in Lake Oswego on March 4.

Kevin Kerwin owns a computer repair store prominently positioned (for political signs, which he displayed during the election) at the busy intersection of A and State Streets. State is also Highway 43, a main traffic arterial for commuters to Portland.

Kerwin, proud of Trump’s activities and record, said the march will be on sidewalks, thereby avoiding the need for permits (and, we suspect, because he’s only expecting a handful of people to participate) or simply reaffirming Republicans truly disdain certain regulations.

Already the word is out that groups are organizing a counter-march to Kerwin’s effort, at this point the only one of its kind in Oregon, though there are others planned nation-wide.

Check out this link for more about this strange but not unexpected occurrence.

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