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From the Left Bank
Looking at the Legislature

By Peter Toll

Oregon_Senate_ChamberMany 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

From the Left Bank

Koch BrothersWhat do Julie Parrish and Mark Johnson have in common?

They’re both Republicans in the Oregon House of Representatives, both represent parts of Clackamas County, both won re-election in 2012, and both got $1,000 checks to their campaigns last September from Koch Industries. This is a multi-billion-dollar company owned by brothers David and Charles Koch who support a wealth of right-leaning libertarian ideas of how our government should work. Or not work, as the case may be.

These donations were news at the time, but never was the question posed: What are these guys doing messing around in Oregon politics? They don’t have any major holdings here. So what’s up? Continue reading