Kurt Schrader, one of two Members of Congress elected by people of Clackamas County, spoke and answered questions for nearly an hour at the September meeting of the Clackamas Democrats. It was a full house with some 120 folks on hand at the Operating Engineers Union Hall in Gladstone. (Photos by John DeHaas.)
By William Street, Jr.
One important goal of the Clackamas County Democrats’ Neighborhood Leader Program is to mitigate the influence of money in politics. The program intends to achieve this objective by substituting one-on-one, face-to-face contacts established over a number of years for money that buys ads and attempts to educate and inform or misinform voters.
By establishing a neighborhood leader for every 40 Democratic voters in a neighborhood, the neighborhood leaders become a sustainable and permanent army of advocates for social justice and democracy.
Today the effectiveness of this program is amazing. Voters living in areas with a neighborhood leader have significantly higher voter turnout and elect more progressive candidates than voters in areas without a neighborhood leader. The Neighborhood Leader Program is a major reason that Clackamas County is now a much more progressive place than it was five years ago. Continue reading
Where in the World is Walden?
Oregon’s Congressman Greg Walden is a powerful member of Congress and co-author of the original repeal and replace House bill that would have denied health insurance coverage to more than 20 million US citizens and thousands of Oregonians. That legislation failed.
Now Republican Senators have a new version identified as: Graham-Cassidy (G-C). Continue reading
By Peter Toll
Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.
Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.
Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading
Friends — we’ll be speaking at the 2015 Oregon Summit and we hope you can make it. It’s our state’s foremost political conference, hosted by the Democratic Party of Oregon Oct. 16-18 in beautiful Sunriver.
(Copied from Rep. Schrader’s email)
The past few months in Congress have been a whirlwind and I wanted to share with you what I’ve been up to lately.
My work on the Energy and Commerce Committee has kept me busy and we’ve had some bipartisan achievements, including reforming the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula. This problem had been lingering for decades and Congress took an encouraging step forward, assuring that seniors get to see doctors that have been reluctant to accept Medicare reimbursement by setting up a new, permanent, value-based formula. Last month, Congress also overwhelming passed an updated Toxic Substances Control Act after years of inaction, which created uncertainty for industry and environmentalists. Both industry and environmentalists supported the bill. The Committee also unanimously voted for the 21st Century Cures Act, which will speed up the research and development of a new generation of life-saving cures and treatments for patients and dramatically increases research funding at the National Institutes of Health.