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Reflections on Being a Woman, a Minority, a Legislator from Rep. Andrea Salinas

By Diane Jukofsky, Beaver Creek

Members of the Oregon State Legislature, which convened for a short session on February 5, make up one of the most diverse and female-dominant body ever to convene in Salem. In addition, an unusual number of legislators — seven in total — are new, having been appointed to vacated seats. One legislator who fits all these categories is District 38 Representative Andrea Salinas, D-Lake Oswego, who was appointed to the seat formerly held by Ann Lininger, named a Clackamas County judge.

Shortly before the legislature adjourned on March 3, Rep. Salinas shared with Clackamas County Democrats her thoughts on her role in the legislature, her legislative priorities, and offered advice to women and minorities thinking of running for public office. Continue reading

Kitz Calls for Clean Fuels Economy

kitz clean fuels speechProtecting Clackamas County and the rest of Oregon from Big Oil’s ongoing pollution and single-handed approach to new fuel standards has prompted Governor Kitzhaber to take a strong, pro-environmental stand last week. He asked the Legislature to join him in creating new fuel standards, which would also create jobs by addressing the “fossil fuel monopoly that is freezing out Oregon companies, Oregon agriculture and Oregon jobs.” Kitz has some good allies, too, in this fight. While some may see it as something of a David versus Goliath-type fray, clean fuel is the goal, and if the feds won’t do it then, as often happens, we have to do it ourselves.