Democratic Party of Oregon’s annual Platform Convention in March brought more than 500 active Democrats to Salem. The largest delegation was from Clackamas County, our state’s third largest county.
What happens under the “big tent” when you are in a minority and majority rules governs the outcome?
What happens when there are no structures for the minority to have their voice seriously considered, whether that minority is on the left or the right?
Jobs versus the environment has been a major conflict within our Democratic Party since before the Spotted Owl. This conflict has traditionally divided union workers from urban environmentalists. It has divided rural communities from urban financial centers. Those divides were well represented at the Platform Convention. Continue reading