Turnover in Salem Raises Questions

Rep. Andrea Salinas

Affordable housing and improved public education are key issue areas for Clackamas County’s newest state legislators. Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, has identified affordable housing as an area where she can bring her expertise and commitment, while newly minted Senator Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego, has extensive experience with education policy.

Sen. Rob Wagner

The newly appointed Democratic representative and senator are filling vacancies resulting from Rep. Ann Lininger being appointed to a Clackamas County judgeship and Sen. Richard Devlin taking a position with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Continue reading

Seeking to Understand the Complexity of the Fight for Civil Rights

This is the second in a series of article on the struggle for civil rights in the U.S.

There is a tendency in the white community to deify Dr. King and demonize Malcolm X. Rather than to recognize that each, along with thousands of others, contributed their own distinct part to the struggle for human rights and civil rights in the U.S. That struggle is far from over and rather than seek to divide, all supporters must seek to find common ground.

Take the test below to see if you can determine who said what. Some of these eight quotes came from Dr. King and others came from Malcolm X. Continue reading

Rob Wagner Appointed to Senate District 19

The Clackamas County Democratic Party congratulates Rob Wagner, of Lake Oswego, on his appointment to Senate District 19. He will serve out the remainder of Senator Richard Devlin’s term after the senator resigned to accept an appointment by Gov. Brown to the Pacific Northwest Electric Power and Conservation Planning Council.

Also under consideration were Claudia Black, of Tualatin, and Daphne Wysham, of West Linn. All three candidates were selected by a nominating convention of PCPs from the three counties affected by SD 19: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington. Continue reading

Measure 101 — Thoughts of the Next Day

By Peter Nordbye, Chair of Clackamas County Democratic Party

On the day after the resounding victory of the passage of Ballot Measure 101, I reflect on some of the issues surrounding this victory.

First and foremost, Oregonians can take pride in stepping up and supporting our legislature’s efforts to ensure healthcare for those in most need. Because of this overwhelming vote in favor of Measure 101, over 400,000 Oregonians are protected, who would have been denied, the healthcare marketplace can be stabilized, and our legislature can focus on solving other problems facing our state. Continue reading

A Nation Industrialized on the Backs of Others

This is the first in a series of posts remembering the assassination of Dr. King and the events that preceded and followed.

Slavery is not a part of our history. Since to be a part of our history would suggest that there are other aspects of our history that are separate from slavery. They are not. The wealth that built this country sits on a foundation of capital created by enslaved people. The roots of racism that permeate every aspect of life in America began when the first Yankee financed and shipped African slaves into the Caribbean. How our government operates and even how we elect Presidents are all derived from the institutions of slavery. Continue reading