By Peter Toll
Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.
Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.
Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading
Most heroes don’t set out on a path of heroics. Instead, they’re thrust into a sudden situation where their character is unexpectedly revealed.
Oregon has had two such men in recent history. Both were U.S. senators. Another just might come from that same branch of government. Continue reading
Senator Wyden’s town hall for Clackamas County has now been rescheduled.
When: Saturday, February 18th at 9:30am
Where: Oregon City High School Gymnasium, 19761 S. Beavercreek Rd., Oregon City
Senator Ron Wyden will be the keynote speaker at the Roosevelt Dinner and Auction on Saturday, September 27th. Sen. Wyden is the senior senator for Oregon, serving since 1996. He previously served in the House of Representatives from 1981 to 1996. He is an independent voice for Oregonians and the nation, and emphasizes his positions on health care reform, national security, consumer protection, and government transparency.
Sen. Wyden chairs the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation and serves on the Budget, Energy and Natural Resources, and Intelligence committees. Politico reported that Wyden’s ascent to Chair of the Senate Finance Committee would vault him into the ranks of the Chamber’s most influential.
The Roosevelt Dinner & Auction will be held at the Oswego Lake Country Club, starting with cocktails at 5.30 on September 27, 2014. It features a delicious dinner, guest speakers, and an oral auction with our favorite auctioneer, Dave Hunt. Before dinner, guests will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a number of gift-laden baskets or buy a bottle of quality wine from the “wall of wine.” Click here for tickets and more information.
Clackamas County beer and wine producers and their colleagues across the state are singing the praises of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden today. And well they should. Beer growlers, those handy jugs people bring from home and have them re-filled, have taken off in popularity. So local wine growers adopted the same practice, and it boomed.
Stop right there, said the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. You can’t do that! Yes they can, said Democrat Wyden, who is now chair of the Senate Finance Committee and not one to be trifled with. Wyden wrote to the bureaucrats, and they have backed off. Now states like Oregon, which have approved both beer and wine growlers, have federal permission to proceed apace.
With local beer and wine activity contributing more and more to our economy, everyone is coming up a winner as a result of Wyden’s action. Good job, Senator Wyden. Keep up the good work.
When you’re driving on I-205 in Gladstone and see those ugly billboards personally attacking President Obama and our senior Senator Ron Wyden, have you wondered where the nasty inspiration for such abusive messages comes from? The answer, it would appear, is the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, and the rest of those awful characters. Their current target is the Affordable Care Act; they want it inoperable, unfunded, and meaningless. And they’re putting up $20 million so far in the attack.
Our own Congressman, Kurt Schrader, seems to have escaped the wrath — for now. Stay tuned to see where this goes on the Clackamas and Oregon front.