When Courtney Neron upset incumbent Republican Richard Vial for the seat in Oregon House District 26 last year, most folks figured that Vial, who lives in western Washington County, would just go back to his law practice full time.
But Vial had other ideas. Yes, he’s back to his law practice. But in addition he has a very lucrative, public-funded job in the Secretary of State’s office. He claims he’s working “24-7,” but his appointment calendars, obtained by The Oregonian via a public records request, come up empty for two days per work week. (SeeThe Oregonian‘s report.)
If Vial’s moonlighting is not quite double dipping, it’s certainly not appropriate.
Democratic legislators in Clackamas County got high marks from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for their 2019 votes on 14 pieces of legislation.
And there’s a new wrinkle this year as OLCV gave an “incomplete” grade to Republicans who walked out on a key climate change bill rather than vote against it.
On the Senate side, Lake Oswego’s Rob Wagner tied with Happy Valley’s Shemia Fagan with 94 percent. Kathleen Taylor, of SE Portland, came in with 88 per cent. All three Republicans fared poorly, earning incompletes.
A hint of their performance can be gained in looking at the 2017 session. Alan Olsen, of Canby, didn’t vote appropriately on even one bill. He got a goose egg. Chuck Thomsen, of Hood River, earned 29 percent then, and Kim Thatcher, of Keizer, who represents Wilsonville in the State Senate, had just 33 per cent two years ago.
Over in the House, newcomer Rachel Prusak, of West Linn, voted perfectly—100 percent. Other high performing Democrats included:
You’ll remember all the drama during the last session of the Oregon Legislature when Senate Republicans fled Oregon to avoid voting on legislation that would limit greenhouse gas emissions state-wide. In the House, 9 out of 12 Clackamas County representatives voted for House Bill 2020 – those 9 being our Democratic Reps. A Clackamas County Republican representative from Canby led the walkout and then was elected Minority Leader, though she is only in her first term. Gov. Kate Brown and other state Democrats have pledged their support for cap-and-trade legislation to be introduced during the 2020 session. But will Republicans show up for work?
Present: Mike Kohlhoff (chair), Ron Carl, Cornelia Gibson, Peter
Norbye, Michael DeWitt, Jason Pierson, Connie Lee, and Mary Post (secretary).
Mike presented two draft resolutions: one addressing Criminal
Justice and the other, a proposed State Bank. Jason will make changes to
the first, and both will be forwarded to the Platform and Resolution Committee
A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy
Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next
From the Racial
We continued our discussion of the health threats posed by racism. Connie outlined several paths to explore. Peter requested that we address racism in our own Democratic Party.
At the Oregon AFL-CIO’s biennial convention last
month, three awards were given to state legislators – and all three represent
districts in Clackamas County.
Our congratulations for these well deserved honors go to State Sen. Kathleen Taylor (SD21), named Legislator of the Year; State Rep. Rachel Prusak (HD37), named Rookie of the Year; and State Sen. Shemia Fagan (SD24), named Working Family Champion.