by Peter Toll
Democratic legislators in Clackamas County got high marks from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for their 2019 votes on 14 pieces of legislation.
And there’s a new wrinkle this year as OLCV gave an “incomplete” grade to Republicans who walked out on a key climate change bill rather than vote against it.
On the Senate side, Lake Oswego’s Rob Wagner tied with Happy Valley’s Shemia Fagan with 94 percent. Kathleen Taylor, of SE Portland, came in with 88 per cent. All three Republicans fared poorly, earning incompletes.
A hint of their performance can be gained in looking at the 2017 session. Alan Olsen, of Canby, didn’t vote appropriately on even one bill. He got a goose egg. Chuck Thomsen, of Hood River, earned 29 percent then, and Kim Thatcher, of Keizer, who represents Wilsonville in the State Senate, had just 33 per cent two years ago.
Over in the House, newcomer Rachel Prusak, of West Linn, voted perfectly—100 percent. Other high performing Democrats included:
Present: Mike Kohlhoff (chair), Ron Carl, Cornelia Gibson, Peter
Norbye, Michael DeWitt, Jason Pierson, Connie Lee, and Mary Post (secretary).
Mike presented two draft resolutions: one addressing Criminal
Justice and the other, a proposed State Bank. Jason will make changes to
the first, and both will be forwarded to the Platform and Resolution Committee
A tentative resolution, “Clackamas County Changing Energy
Sources,” was discussed and will be further considered at our next
From the Racial
We continued our discussion of the health threats posed by racism. Connie outlined several paths to explore. Peter requested that we address racism in our own Democratic Party.
Present: Mike Kohlhoff (Chair), Greg Hunt, Ron Carl, Don Klosterman, Mike DeWitt, Sally Hardwick and Mary Post
We discussed options for funding to improve the Juvenile Justice System in Clackamas Co. Greg Hunt will draft a resolution to use funds previously used for capital punishment.
From the Environmental Sub-Committee
- Reminder of two Sept upcoming climate change events: the Youth Climate Strike and a public forum hosted by the Climate Reality Project
- Clear-cutting near streams continues as the state legislature did not pass remedies
- Zenith Energy is still bringing volatile and toxic oil into NW Portland. Two NGOs — 350PDX and Extinction Rebellion Portland — are still pushing back.
- The Jordan Cove pipeline is still being developed in spite of protests. (Update: in mid-September Oregon’s Dept. of State Lands delayed the decision for a construction permit for a second time.)
From the Racial Justice Sub-Committee
By Peter Toll
Many people are gearing up for the regular Oregon legislative session next week. Hundreds of lobbyists are meeting with their clients to put schemes and dreams into law or to protect their positions. Bureaucrats are mulling whether to ignore or cater to the biennial barrage from legislators, the only chance elected officials get to shake a fist at them. Salem is gearing up.
But what about the regular folks? Those in the dwindling middle class in Milwaukie or Sandy, Molalla or Oregon City? What about the one-in-five Oregon children living in poverty? Or the motorist forced to endure the constantly deteriorating roads and highways, the bridges of our county and state? The list goes on and on. Who will represent these people in the fighting and clawing, biting and scratching for new laws? Continue reading
By Peter Toll
State Senate Chamber
Oregonians have made it clear state-wide that they live here or moved here because of our natural beauty, which is enhanced by equally clean air and water, some of the best in the U.S.
People say they are willing, in the same independent Oregon Values survey, to spend money to enhance those qualities that are hallmarks in their way of life. But that’s not all.
Oregonians are equally concerned about the quality of public education we are providing our children. They don’t like it, and they’re willing to pay more to improve it.
So how does that manifest with our Clackamas County legislators? We’ll look at the senators in this report and the House members in subsequent write-ups. Continue reading
Global Warming news just in: The Oregon BlueGreen Apollo Alliance forum on a proposed carbon tax for Oregon is at 6 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Oregon Labor Law Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave., Portland.
The topic is more timely than ever — just this past Monday, the Governors of Oregon, Washington and California and the Premier of British Columbia announced an Action Plan for the four jurisdictions that will “account for the costs of carbon pollution and that, where appropriate and feasible, will link programs to create consistency and predictability across the region of 53 million people.” Speaking at a press conference convened by the Pacific Coast Collaborative, Governor Kitzhaber said that “Oregon supports the Action Plan because we are already seeing how our commitment to clean energy is changing the face and fortune of our state, accounting for $5 billion in economic activity and 58,000 jobs…. The debate is over. The scientific community no longer disputes that climate change is happening and human-caused. But regardless of where you stand on this question, there’s another good reason to act: transitioning to a clean economy creates jobs.” Continue reading