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
By Charles Gallia, State Senate candidate, SD 20
When the Oregonian made a “tough call” to oppose Measure 101 (12/16/2017), they were indifferent to the harm and chaos taking such a stand could create.
The objections they raised to it are minor and could be responsibly dealt with in a regular legislative session. They fail to appreciate that the legislature did its job. They advocate a broad tax increase for everyone out of general funds. That’s revenue that did not exist in the earlier session, does not exist now, and won’t magically appear in the next 30 days. Continue reading
By William Street, HD 40 Co-Leader
In what appears to be a clear violation of the standards of the office of secretary of state, the Oregon official charged with overseeing all elections in Oregon, Secretary Richardson has mastered the Trump administration’s “conflict of interest” ethos.
In a newsletter issued November 29, 2017 he writes:
Soon Oregon voters will be considering whether or not to approve tax increases intended to provide additional funding to the OHA. With such abysmal examples of OHA misfeasance and obfuscation, OHA faces tough questions about its credibility and its ability to appropriately spend the money it is provided.
This is clearly an appeal to voters to vote NO on Measure 101, a bipartisan health care bill designed to protect more than 60,000 Oregon children and stabilize insurance markets for millions more. Continue reading
Where in the World is Walden?
Oregon’s Congressman Greg Walden is a powerful member of Congress and co-author of the original repeal and replace House bill that would have denied health insurance coverage to more than 20 million US citizens and thousands of Oregonians. That legislation failed.
Now Republican Senators have a new version identified as: Graham-Cassidy (G-C). Continue reading
Clackamas County is now the headquarters for a would-be ballot measure to remove 350,000 Oregonians from Medicare rolls, sort of applying the Trump-Ryan-McConnell anti-Obama thing strictly to Oregon. State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, is the ringleader of this fake “look at the money we’ll save” scheme, and the reaction it is drawing is exemplified by this opinion piece in a recent Sunday issue of The Oregonian.
State Rep. Julie Parrish is in hot water in her own district. At a healthcare gathering in her hometown of West Linn, Parrish’s idea of cutting taxes by cutting some 350,000 Oregonians off the Medicaid rolls elicited more than unkind comments. Parrish herself refused to attend the meeting. Here’s the story.