Lake Oswego Councilor’s Personal, Poignant Protest Caught on Video

With one memorable exception, virtually all major policies imposed by the Trump administration have caused division among party lines. That exception, of course, was the immigration strategy enforced in early May that separated children from their parents after they crossed the Southern U.S. border. As Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned at the time, “If you cross this border unlawfully, then we will prosecute you. … If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border.”

As a result, nearly 3,000 children, including scores under the age of five, were removed from their parents and placed first in Customs and Border Protection facilities, then in shelters provided by the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Continue reading

Postal Heritage Day

Postal Heritage Day is July 26th. Below is a flyer that describes the event. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Main Post Office located at SW Hoyt and Broadway in Portland. Speakers include Senators Wyden and Merkley and Representatives Blumenauer and Bonamici.

With unions facing unrelenting attacks from conservatives, I encourage all to participate in these events when possible. Also a reminder to you all that on Labor Day at Oaks Park there is an annual labor union event that we all need to support. We are planning to have a DPCC table at the Labor Day event to show our support.

Opening on Clackamas River Water Board

Clackamas River Water is looking for a new board member. It services the part of unincorporated Clackamas county from the border of the city of Milwaukie to I-205 in the north and rural Oregon City outside of the Oregon City limits, including the Beavercreek area, in the south. The board meets twice a month and decides on policy for bringing potable water to customers of Clackamas River Water. An application can be found on the Clackamas River Water website.

Click here for the application form.

Down to Brass Tacks at the County

Clackamas County Commissioners Ken Humberston, Martha Schrader, Paul Savas, Sonya Fischer, Chair Jim Bernard

Now that campaign fervor is slowing down for a moment, it is a good time to consider what your Democratically controlled Clackamas County Commission is doing to reflect your values. Three areas come to mind: Continue reading

Primary Wrapup 2018

There were a few surprises in primary election results this year as only three legislative races attracted more than one Democratic entry. Most hotly contested and most expensive race in the state for the primary:

Senate District 24, spanning Multnomah and Clackamas counties, saw incumbent Rod Monroe facing two Democratic opponents. He went down hard to former State Rep. Shemia Fagan as she amassed over 60 percent of the vote. Kasye Jama, the other challenger, mustered about 12 percent. This was winner-take-all, as no Republican has filed. Continue reading