In an unbelievable move, Senate President Peter Courtney, a Democrat, has named one of the Oregon Legislature’s most outspoken climate change denier to a state commission dedicated to addressing the issue of global warming. The commission is charged with looking for Oregon solutions.
Some would consider appointment of Alan Olsen, R-Canby, a Republican’s dream come true. After all, if you hate government and its views on subjects like this, why not get involved and turn stuff upside-down to retain the status quo? Continue reading
by Peter Toll
Sen. Richard Devlin
Rep. Julie Parrish
Two of Oregon’s best legislators represent the northwest corner of Clackamas County superbly, according to Portland’s sort of alternative Willamette Week newspaper in its June 5 edition. Both are Democrats. Our county also has some of the worst lawmakers. The paper grants anonymity to lobbyists, legislators, staffers and insiders as it gathers information for its semi-annual survey. Frankness is unusual in the political business, hence the anonymity. Only legislators from Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties are included. Continue reading