Ohio’s Lesson for Clackamas County

An in-depth survey of likely midterm swing voters in Ohio provides useful insights for Oregon and Clackamas County.

Most important is that face-to-face contacts are crucial to help voters understand that politicians are not the only cause of all the problems. Instead, the finger should be pointed at those specific corporations or politicians who acted or supported actions which created the problems in the first place.

The survey found solid support across partisan lines and income levels to curb the outsourcing of jobs, address the opioid crisis, and pass paid family leave.

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Support Our Veterans

Stop the efforts to prevent veterans transitional housing on unused county lands. Send an email to:

bcc@clackamas.us

Tell our commissioners that veterans have earned our support. They deserve housing, transitional and permanent.

Real estate and development minded individuals are pressuring the Board of County Commissioners to block a partnership with community groups like Catholic Charities to provide much needed transitional housing services to our Clackamas County veterans. Continue reading

House District 38 Precinct Committee Persons Face Difficult Choice

Ann Lininger

When is a difficult choice an easy decision? When all of the choices are good.

That appears to be the situation facing Democratic House District 38 PCPs gathering August 14 to create a list of statute-limited three to five people to replace State Representative Ann Lininger; she was promoted to a Circuit Court judgeship by Governor Kate Brown.

County commissioners from both Clackamas and Multnomah counties will then make the ultimate decision as to which one of those candidates will fill the rest of Rep. Lininger’s term. Her resignation is effective August 15. The appointee must be of the same party — Democratic — as the departing legislator. Continue reading

Would-Be GOP Governor Candidate Reprimanded by Oregon Ethics Board

State Rep. Knute Buehler, a Bend Republican who has an orthopedic surgery practice, was reprimanded by the Oregon Ethics Commission for not accounting for more than a handful of income in a complaint brought by the Democratic Party of Oregon.

Buehler, who has already raised more than $100,000 toward a possible bid for governor against Democrat Kate Brown, overlooked as many as 75 entries when he filed his paperwork.

Around the County — 7/22/17

Rep. Parrish Nixes In-District Meeting on Her Scheme to Drop-Kick Oregon Medicaid

By Peter Toll

West Linn Republican State Rep. Julie Parrish wants to reduce taxes on Oregon’s wealthiest by dropping some 350,000 from the state’s Medicaid rolls. She’s trying to get it on the ballot. Sounds like an Oregon version of the cruel Trump-McConnell-Ryan scheme in Congress.

Our Oregon, a coalition of public employee union members, has called a meeting August 1 in West Linn to give Rep. Parrish a chance to explain herself and, in the process, perhaps listen to what her constituents might say about the matter.

Though Ms. Parrish is usually an unafraid bulldog in front of hostile groups, she has withdrawn her agreement to attend this affair. Undeterred, Our Oregon and the Oregon Nurses Association are going ahead with their “Protect Healthcare Town Hall.” Continue reading

Clackamas Asks Legislature to Join “Treat vs. Jail” Drug Addict Programs

Should Oregonians consider drug-addicted people as being ill or being criminals? Should they be treated or jailed?

These questions become all the more meaningful in the national opioid crisis currently killing thousands of Americans every month. Is it more humane for the addict and cheaper for society if treatment is implemented?

Clackamas County commissioners said “yes” to the above in testifying before the Oregon Legislature on several bills embracing that path and asking that the law be expanded to include Clackamas. Overall, the results in neighboring Washington and Multnomah counties have been considered positive. Continue reading