Bill Street, reporting on NLP campaign successes for Measure 101
The Central Committee of the Democratic Party Clackamas County met at the Institute of Electrical Engineers Hall in Gladstone for likely the last time, as a new location is being sought for the ever-growing party. The IOEE has hosted our meetings for over a decade, and we thank them greatly for supporting us for all those years.
Chair Peter Nordbye started the meeting with a sorrowful and moving statement on the recent shooting at a Florida high school. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
With about one year until the next general election and just seven months to the primary, candidates are facing new challenges as at least three incumbents in Clackamas County have announced their pending resignations from office.
Topping the list is State Senator Richard Devlin, co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways & Means Committee. The Democrat from Tualatin serving Lake Oswego and West Linn is being appointed to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. His letter of resignation will follow Senate confirmation Nov. 15. Continue reading
Candidates Keep Popping Up
By Peter Toll
With the primary election in just over eight months and the general more than a year off, some candidates are getting an early start. And while the early bird may get the worm, it is also said the tortoise wins the race.
The name of Happy Valley Mayor Lori DeRemer, a Republican, is popping up again in the rumor mill. She’s said to be looking seriously at the race for Oregon governor. Incumbent Kate Brown and GOP State Rep. Knute Buehler, of Bend, are already in.
DeRemer’s last go at higher office was unsuccessful last year when she lost the race for the open state representative seat in District 51 to Democrat Janelle Bynum. However, Buehler has some seriously early help via a check for $500,000 (yep, 500 large) from Nike founder Phil Knight. (There oughta be a law . . . no, make that a constitutional amendment to ban such obscenely huge donations.) Continue reading
Election Update: Filings, Other Political Grapevine Stuff
By Peter Toll
Early indications in Clackamas County portend an interesting election season as filing has opened for the May 15, 2018, primary. Take a look:
County Commissioner. Sonya Fischer, (D) of Lake Oswego, has made it clear she wants to keep her appointed seat on that body. The self-described fighter for the forgotten people in our society was one of the first to file for election. No opponents have surfaced yet, though ex-commissioner Tootie Smith, (R) of Molalla, may be looking at it.
County Commissioner. Paul Savas, (R) of Oak Grove, is the only Republican on the commission. He won his primary in 2014 with 51.1 percent so there was no general election for him. Who will go against him this time? The door is wide open. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
This year’s legislature is still in hand-to-hand combat, politically speaking, as legislators jostle and flay to pass their favorite bills before July 6 adjournment while also positioning themselves for next year’s elections.
Lacking the three-fifths majority required to pass tax bills, House Republicans are holding hostage our schools, our roads, and our ability to invest in our future. The 60-member House needs one more Democratic vote to reach the three-fifths requirement to raise the revenues required to fund infrastructure improvements, improve education, fund single payer health care, and fulfill our obligation to retirees. When Republicans were in control a few years ago they were thinking of moments just like this when they dropped the traditional majority rules rule – except for tax bills.
True to form, House Republicans are voting (or not) as a bloc to exacerbate Oregon’s fiscal problems by refusing to modernize an outdated tax system that favors big business. Just one more vote is needed. Continue reading
Maplewood Grange and Clackamas County Pomona Grange are sponsoring a candidate forum with all 10 Clackamas County Commission candidates. This is a great opportunity to ask some of the hard questions. Please feel free to pass along the poster and invite your friends.