The New Year’s Day Congressional fiscal cliff legislation dealing with the expiring tax provisions, looming sequestration budget cuts, and the debt ceiling was a modest temporary solution to a huge long term challenge. To avert devastating consequences of continued political paralysis and hyper-partisanship, America needs to change how we do business, not just a few budgets and policies. Congressman Blumenauer will explore the circumstances that led to the current state of play and several non-partisan actions to get us back on track.
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Multnomah County government has always been the place for essential services to keep everybody in our community safe, healthy and strong. Community needs for critical services continue to rise as residents face unemployment, foreclosures and a tough economy. So how will the county thrive in its mission to help people during tight budget times? And where does the county go from here? In his State of the County address, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen will outline how innovative and collaborative solutions can address our local needs.
Oregonians have a lot to consider and vote on this election season- the President, US House of Representatives, four statewide offices, all of our State Representatives, 16 State Senators, and an abundance of state and local ballot measures. So what does this mean as we head into 2013? Who is in office? What ballot measures passed? Who has control of the Oregon House and Senate and why does that matter? Oregon GOP Chair Allen Alley and US Representative Earl Blumenauer will provide a recap, update and answer all those questions and more.
Join the City Club for the Oregon Secretary of State debate with Kate Brown and Knute Buehler. The Oregon Secretary of State maintains the official records of Oregon’s government, provides oversight of public spending and promotes commerce by enabling the creation of business. Maybe most widely known- the Secretary of State interprets and applies the election laws that allow our democracy to function. Oregon votes by mail and has one of the highest rates of civic engagement. In 2010 Oregon ranked 4th in the nation for voting and Portland ranked 2nd.
Together with the Mayor, Portland’s City Council sets policy and oversees the various bureaus that manage the day-to-day operations in the city. Both Amanda Fritz and Mary Nolan advanced from the May Primary to the November General election, for City Council Position 1. We welcome both of them back to City Club for their second debate this year.
Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith will join us at City Club to debate a wide-range of issues: job growth, transportation policy, urban renewal, affordable housing, Portland’s schools and more. Each candidate will also have the task of demonstrating why their experience and vision is best for Portland’s future.
City Club is pleased to welcome Idaho’s Marc Johnson - Democrat from a Red State - and Washington’s Tony Williams – a Republican from a Blue State - to discuss “Is Oregon’s Electoral Grass Greener?” Johnson and Williams, both familiar with Oregon politics, will provide a unique lens to Oregonians in understanding how our election season looks from the outside.
This fall, Oregonians will vote on a ballot measure calling for legalization of marijuana production and distribution. As the state with the seventh highest rate of marijuana use in the country and a crop valued at more than $200 million, according to the Willamette Week, proponents argue that this measure will raise revenue for the state while decreasing law enforcement costs. Critics reply that legalization will undermine both public health and public safety.
Arturo Vargas is a nationally-recognized expert on Latino policy and electoral issues. Vargas would propose to discuss the growth of the Latino population nationally and in the northwest, and the growing importance of this electorate in the coming election cycle.
It’s one of the most competitive local elections in recent memory: the race to become Portland’s next mayor. On April 20, the three leading candidates – Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith – will debate a range of issues: job growth, transportation policy, urban renewal, affordable housing, Portland’s schools and more. Each candidate will also have the task of demonstrating why their distinctive style and experience is what will be best for Portland.