Rep Tawna Sanchez (HD 43, N/NE Portland) is the only Native American member of the Oregon Leg, and only the second in its history. She is the Director of Family Services at NAYA, the Native American Youth and Family Center. Her service in the Legislature is another reminder of how important it is that those we elect accurately represent the people of Oregon.
Kayse Jama is a Zen master of justice organizing. I mean that in the truest Zen sense: His approach is one that ends false divisions, that asks people to see the connections, the commonalities, the mutual interests that arise when looking at problems with, as Buddhist would put it, the right vision.
Is the death of Heather Heyer going to be a turning point in the current history of American bigotry? We can hope. But we also have to remember that Heyer is just one of many killed by racists in this country, and that people of color are victims of racist murder in horrifying numbers. We must mourn Heather Heyer, but we cannot forget Sandra Bland who died an even more terrible death.
Housing affordability is being termed a crisis in the Portland Metro area. Displacement, gentrification, houselessness; many people are suffering and there doesn’t seem to be relief in sight. There are, however, lots of loud voices and lots of strong opinions. Nolan Lienhart is a calm, informed source of reason.
Class politics versus identity politics? That's a losing strategy. And an unnecessary obstacle. The Democratic Party is big enough and strong enough to address the broad range of political issues and political approaches needed to govern a diverse nation.
Mitch McConnell is not a three-dimensional chess player level of smarts; he’s more like the five-year-old knowing that a tantrum in the aisle of the grocery store will get him his bag of M&Ms. Nothing McConnell does is smart; it’s calculated, and it’s opportunistic.
Impeachment is a political trap. It's not a solution to any real problem in Oregon. We removed a sitting governor without it, and without the massive disruption of state government that would accompany an impeachment.