With one memorable exception, virtually all major policies imposed by the Trump administration have caused division among party lines. That exception, of course, was the immigration strategy enforced in early May that separated children from their parents after they crossed the Southern U.S. border. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned at the time, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”
As a result, nearly 3,000 children, including scores under the age of five, were removed from their parents and placed first in Customs and Border Protection facilities, then in shelters provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Continue reading
The Clackamas Democrats kick off the second podcast with guest Kathleen Jeskey, co-founder of Oregon Save Our Schools, and the Education standing committee chair of the Clackamas County Democrats. We’ll talk about the new education bills that are noteworthy in the 2019 Oregon Legislative session.
Kickit Podcast Episode 2
By Bill Street
There are some in Clackamas County who believe that all government spending is bad. They seem to think that tax dollars once collected are piled on the floor of the Red Soils campus and lit on fire while our commissioners dance around, reciting ancient Celtic incantations. We know from firsthand knowledge that our commissioners can dance, but that does not prove they know any Celtic chants.
Now a group of Blue Dog Democrat congressional representatives have signed a letter decrying that the PAYGO guideline was ignored when passing the Dreamer Protection Act. So what is PAYGO, and should we care?
By Peter Toll
“What we’ve got here,” said the hard-boiled Southern prison captain with an ominous pause, “is failure to communicate.” What we have here, said the weathered observer of Salem’s political machinations, is not a failure to communicate. Instead, it is a failure to acknowledge defeat, admitting when you’ve lost, you’ve lost.
And that is a breakdown of the social contract by which we all live every day.
The prison overseer in the movie, actor Strother Martin, was the hard guy authority figure. The target of his nasty tone was actor Paul Newman playing a dedicated loner who drank too much and got caught taking a big-ass bolt cutter to a parking meter.
Calling All Democrats!
Come to the HD41 ICE CREAM SOCIAL!
4-6 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Willamette View Commons
1661 SE River Ridge Drive, Milwaukie
Join us to kick-off the re-election campaigns for our Clackamas County Commission Chair Jim Bernard and Commissioner Ken Humberston
Menu: All the ice cream, cookies, wine & soft drinks you can eat & drink
Sponsored by your HD41 Democratic Caucus Precinct Committeepersons:
Jeanne Magmer, John DeHaas, Mike Litt and Bob Ely
Willamette View campus map
For more information, contact:
12705 SE River Rd #103A
Portland OR 97222
Clackamas Democrats don’t sit on their hands in so-called non-partisan elections. They know candidates have values, and they work for and support those candidates who share their values. (Endorsed candidates in bold.)
In the case of Tuesday’s special district elections with 77 overall races, Clackamas Democrats won eight of the 11 contested races they worked on. Many races were uncontested but worth mentioning is Betty Reynolds, of West Linn. She won election to the Clackamas Community College board; she was appointed a few months ago to a vacant slot and was unopposed.