Around the County — 7/22/17

Rep. Parrish Nixes In-District Meeting on Her Scheme to Drop-Kick Oregon Medicaid

By Peter Toll

West Linn Republican State Rep. Julie Parrish wants to reduce taxes on Oregon’s wealthiest by dropping some 350,000 from the state’s Medicaid rolls. She’s trying to get it on the ballot. Sounds like an Oregon version of the cruel Trump-McConnell-Ryan scheme in Congress.

Our Oregon, a coalition of public employee union members, has called a meeting August 1 in West Linn to give Rep. Parrish a chance to explain herself and, in the process, perhaps listen to what her constituents might say about the matter.

Though Ms. Parrish is usually an unafraid bulldog in front of hostile groups, she has withdrawn her agreement to attend this affair. Undeterred, Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association are going ahead with their “Protect Healthcare Town Hall.”

The event will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, August 1, at the West Linn Adult Community Center, 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn. Lots to learn and there is no fee to attend.

West Linn Organizing

West Linn, which is the bulk of Parrish’s House District 37, is a swing district. It was once held by Democrat Darlene Hooley; she went all the way to Congress from there. Parrish was first elected to the Legislature in 2010.

A largely affluent community (trading over the years for highest per capita income ranking with Lake Oswego), it has seen a surge in progressive action lately. This is reflected in a brand new City Council and fresh faces on the school board.

Now West Linn has a new progressive group. The West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community was formed in response to the disappointment of Trump’s victory. Kathy Selvaggio is the leader. The WLAIC, often abbreviated to the “unity group,” is not to be confused with the Unity Club at West Linn High School, which shares the same values.

A New State Rep. in HD38

Ann Lininger has been appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to the Clackamas County Circuit Court bench. The Lake Oswego Democrat was appointed to the legislature in 2014 when then-Rep. Chris Garrett was named to the appellate court.

Lots of good folks want to replace her. Alphabetically, they are Lake Oswego City Councilors Joe Buck and Theresa Kohlhoff, restaurateur Daniel Nguyen, public relations/lobbyist Andrea Salinas, also from Lake Oswego, plus businessman Neil Simon and political veteran Moses Ross from Multnomah County, to name a few.

Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) —55 from the Clackamas side and 10 from the Multnomah side of the district — will meet after Aug. 15, the official date of the resignation, to listen to the aspirants and create a list of three to five candidates for county commissioners to consider.

Clackamas County’s five commissioners will have an advantage in the voting, as there are more voters on the Clackamas side than on the Multnomah side, 27,062 to 22,254. One of the Clackamas commissioners voting will be Sonya Fischer. She was runner-up three years ago when Ms. Lininger was chosen. Commissioner Fischer has no interest in the job now.

State law says the process has to be concluded no later than 20 days from the resignation. That means Sept. 4. The newcomer will serve the rest of Ms. Lininger’s term and is expected to seek election in the May, 2018 primary.

Peter Toll is a 28-year Clackamas County resident and political activist. He lives in Lake Oswego.