One of Clackamas County’s five Republican members of the Oregon House, Vic Gilliam, resigned his seat two days before the legislature was set to convene Feb. 1. He is 63.
Rep. Gilliam, of Silverton, has been very ill with ALS, reportedly unable to leave his home to campaign in the Republican-dominated House District 18 when he ran against Democrat Tom Kane last year. Regardless of his efforts, he was easily re-elected. Continue reading
Clackamas County is the third most populous county in Oregon, but it is second in the amount of money donated to Republican presidential candidates, according to the National Journal.
Clackamas has contributed $32,201, according to the report, while Multnomah, the biggest county, kicked in $58,825.
Oregon’s second largest county, Washington, came in third with GOP presidential money at $27,853.
Jeb Bush was the big winner, so to speak. Check out the snazzy map for more details.
Gee, Monday was such a lovely day some folks had to skip the big Western Liberty Network hoo-ha, the one put on by the (pretty much) Oregon right wing designed to train wannabes for office and/or campaigns. Looking at the attached line-up and fliers, it seems these GOP stalwarts just had the time of their lives! Big keynoters — Monica Wehby and new State Sen. Kim Thatcher. Truly a pair to draw to. Check it out.
Why are so many rich out-of-state people supporting Oregon Republicans? Why are the state-wide GOP candidates who followed Gordon Smith (who left the U.S. Senate six years ago and was a past-president of the Oregon Senate) so downright wacky? Have all of us who live here and pay attention to this stuff become so jaded and accustomed to these bizarre goings-on that we just take them for granted? What? Huh?
The day before our primary, Rachel Maddow, the revered princess of progressive media, devoted a lot of attention to Oregon’s GOP crazies on her MSNBC national program. She gave us the usual chief suspect, Loren Parks, and a couple more lesser known lights from New York and California. Then she discussed the whole scene with Pacific University Poli Sci prof Jim Moore in an attempt to shed some light from a national perspective on what is now same old same old for us.
Parks is his usual ‘nother world self. And Maddow is at her best. Check this out.
Elsewhere on this website today, you’ll find a solid discussion of our County Commission candidates by a Portland-based progressive group. Now a national magazine is weighing in.
Mother Jones is a progressive publication based in Washington, D.C. It is not concerned with the challenges Jim Bernard and Paul Savas face, rather the curious deep pockets supporting Monica Wehby’s primary campaign against Jason Conger, a conservative legislator from Bend. Wehby, who lives in Lake Oswego and practices at a Portland hospital, has been found lacking on-the-ground and interview political smarts of a credible candidate. Conger is just the opposite. He’s savvy. Except he doesn’t have the money Wehby is drawing from some of the same old-same old gang we’ve come to know and dislike.
The concern is that if these big money types succeed in helping Wehby win the primary, they’ll be ready to round up some colossal donations to take out Democrat Jeff Merkley in November. Unless Merkley can find some big Democratic money.
Always nice to see how others see us and gain a new perspective, especially when some of these characters are actually willing to talk.
About two months ago, two Republican women — one an elected State Rep and the other a respected schemer — met for a two-hour coffee drinking experience at a lakeside café in Lake Oswego. The conversation was seen as intense and earnest.
Turns out State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, and Elaine Franklin, long-time aide and spouse to once-powerful U.S. Senator Bob Packwood, were probably talking about an event which would turn the Oregon Republican Party on its ear. It unfolded this week.
They were assembling a handful of heavy duty (mostly former) Republican officeholders and Mr. Money of the Oregon GOP team, Andrew Miller, to come out in favor of gay marriage. In their view, it is a family value the Republicans should embrace with their reputations and their cash. A ballot measure on the topic will be presented to voters in November. Continue reading