Our Clackamas County clerk’s miscues and mistakes are almost legendary. From the worker caught altering ballots, the clerk’s refusal to sign any marriage certificate so that she doesn’t have to sign same sex ones, public money wasted on signature verification equipment, the list is long. (See A ballot-tampering probe highlights a history of problems under the Clackamas County Clerk. )
As bad as these and the rest are, they are not as serious as being found guilty of violating election law. Continue reading
The TriMet parking lot at Park Ave was full.
The MAX tram into Portland was full.
The North Park blocks were full.
Broadway was full and closed to vehicular traffic.
Pioneer Square was full.
The difference between the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives was the composition of the crowd, far more young people in the streets in the latter event.
For those on the sidelines, for those who failed to march, the question heard most often was: will it make a difference? Continue reading
At the March meeting of the Clackamas County Democratic Central Committee, a resolution was adopted unanimously to stand in solidarity with students who experience racial discrimination at Lake Oswego Junior High in general and the most recent example in particular.
The resolution has been forwarded to the Lake Oswego School Board. It states in part:
Many are watching and listening to how the School Board is moving forward to effect needed institutional change. Simply applying a curriculum, no matter how excellent, over atop a toxic culture will not suffice. It gives the appearance of actions without sustainable outcomes.
There is no illusion that the Lake Oswego school system is better or worse then others in regard to this issue. All of our institutions must be on constant vigilance for racism, now that it is being condoned by the highest office in the land.
If you are reading this, you probably do not depend on Fox TV affiliate KPTV as a reliable, unbiased news source. But what about Portland-based KATU?
In case you missed it, the ABC affiliate was purchased by Sinclair Broadcast Group in 2013. Sinclair now owns more broadcast stations in the United States than any other company, with a total of 193 stations in more than 100 markets across the country, reaching 40 percent of U.S. households. So the company’s owners have the power to greatly influence what news and information are delivered to their audiences. Continue reading
We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in February.
Campaign Committee chaired by Peter Toll
The committee continues to strategize in preparation for the May 15 primary. Peter and HD leaders are working with candidates as needed. Click here for a compelling analysis of the races that will impact all of us in Clackamas County. Continue reading
By Diane Jukofsky, Beavercreek
Kathleen Jeskey, co-founder of Oregon Save Our Schools
School safety is a prime concern always, but especially since the horrific shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, last month. The issue also underlines another striking difference in principles between the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and the nation’s leading teachers’ organizations. DeVos, who is heading a newly formed commission on school safety, has expressed her support for arming well trained school staff, including teachers.
But the National Education Association’s President, Lily Eskelsen García, roundly rejects the Trump-endorsed idea of arming teachers. “Bringing more guns into our schools does nothing to protect our students and educators from gun violence,” she said. “Our students need more books, art and music programs, nurses and school counselors; they do not need more guns in their classrooms.” Continue reading