Category Archives: Clackamas County

The Problem with PAYGO

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?

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Democrats Fare Very Well in Non-Partisan Clackamas Races


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.

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Standing and District Committees March Meetings Roundup

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

House District 39, Naella Tesch and Gay Lewis
House District 40, Cris Waller and Mike Weber

Candidates lined up to speak at the joint meeting of HD39 and HD 40 on March 30. Before fielding questions, candidates for local school and water districts spoke about their campaigns and their districts. Candidates stressed that their races are getting more and more competitive.

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