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The Mueller Report — Take 1

There are two important concepts that need to be understood about the special counsel’s report. One is obvious, the other less so.

One is the question of whether or not the 2016 election was free and fair?

The answer is clearly NO.

“As set forth in detail in this report, the Special Counsel’s investigation established that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election principally through two operations. First a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents.”

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AROUND THE COUNTY: Special District Elections Prompt Short Campaign Season

Peter Toll

By Peter Toll

Seventy-seven special districts in Clackamas County have elections in May for a wealth of seats on smaller boards and commissions — from the biggest school district in the county to a water district in the county’s westernmost reaches that may soon disappear; (the water district that is, not the reaches.)

Just 15 of those districts will receive special attention as they are the only ones with contested races. In some cases, smaller boards have no candidates whatsoever.

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Standing and District Committees February Meetings Roundup

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in February, 2019.

House District 37, co-leaders Ken Chappuis and Mary Shortall

At the well attended February 17th meeting, we discussed the May 21st special election positions that need to be filled and an update regarding our Neighborhood Leaders. We heard from Betty Reynolds, past president of the Oregon School Boards Association, regarding a grassroots campaign to ensure that students throughout our state achieve their full potential, an effort of the non-profit Oregonians for Student Success. Check out the group’s website to learn how you can help with this important work.

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CALL TO ACTION: Paid Family and Medical Leave

No Oregonian should have to choose between caring for a loved one and a paycheck. You can help! Support the Paid Family and Medical Leave bill (HB3031), which provides a portion of wages while an employee is on family and medical leave.

You can help pass HB3031 with this call to action:

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Coming Soon to Clackamas County: New 1400-Acre Eagle Creek Community Forest

Eagle Fern Park

About 10 minutes into the movie “Leave No Trace,” David Bugni began to feel he was in familiar territory. The 2018 film follows a veteran father who lives with his daughter in a forested public park near Portland. The woods where the movie is set were so familiar to Bugni … weren’t they part of Clackamas County’s beautiful Eagle Fern Park, not far from his home near Estacada?

A few minutes later, his suspicions were confirmed: the camera caught the corner of an interpretive sign, one of a dozen or so that marks a nature trail in the Clackamas County park. Bugni, a retired structural engineer and a long-time advocate and volunteer for the park, knew the signs quite well: he had designed them.

About a year before his movie theater revelation, Bugni learned that three large, forested parcels just outside Eagle Fern Park were up for sale. One parcel abutted Bugni’s property, so he looked into purchasing it. But the owner, the Weyerhaeuser company, wasn’t interested in selling just one parcel; it was looking for a buyer for all three. So Bugni began a quest to find that buyer.

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