City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Plans to Send City Employees Door to Door to Encourage Portlanders to Vote
By: Rachel Monahan
Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants more Portlanders to vote. So she's sending out city workers on the public dime to remind them.
On Oct. 23, Eudaly unveiled her plan for the last Friday before Election Day. She'll send city workers on a door-to-door canvassing event Nov. 2 to encourage registered voters who have not turned in ballots in recent elections to cast one this year.
City employees won't be required to participate. But if they choose to, they will work on city time during the "Get Out the Vote" canvass. It's still unclear how many city workers will volunteer, and how much city money will be devoted to the effort as a result.
Eudaly's office will also spend another $1,000 on 5,000 fliers to hang on doors. The door hangers will include locations of official ballot drop boxes and where to get more information on candidates and ballot measures.
"We know our work is far from done—we still have precincts in Portland with less than 50 percent voter participation," Eudaly wrote in an email to city workers soliciting volunteers. "To protect the integrity of our democracy, we must recognize this plain fact and commit ourselves to action."
While Eudaly's move appears to be legal, the notion of paying city employees to get out the vote is raising eyebrows, particularly since Eudaly has a stake in two of the races on this November's ballot. She was an early champion of Measure 26-201, a proposed tax on businesses to fund clean energy projects. (Her office helped craft the measure.) She also endorsed Jo Ann Hardesty, a candidate for an empty seat on the Portland City Council, who faces Loretta Smith in a runoff.
"At face value, it looks corrupt," says Republican political consultant Jonathan Lockwood, who worked on the gubernatorial campaign of Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend). Lockwood notes that Democrats control nearly all major offices at the state level and they use their power to maintain control.
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Colorado Times Recorder
Republican Casper Stockham, who’s waging a spirited fight against Congresswoman Diana DeGette of Denver, is getting a boost from conservative activist Jonathan Lockwood, best known for once serving as political director for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman’s re-election campaign and for directing Advancing Colorado, a conservative advocacy group.
Lockwood was a leader in the successful recall campaigns of Democratic state senators, who’d angered Republicans for voting for gun-safety laws, which limited the number of bullets allowed in a gun at one time, expanded background checks for gun purchases, and more.
The Denver Post once called Lockwood called “flat-out deranged” after he designed an attack ad that used a nuclear explosion to illustrate the threat posed by U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).
Lockwood was political director for U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) 2012 re-election campaign.
“I was born in Denver, and I’ve seen Rep. Diana DeGette’s despicable representation of Denver,” said Lockwood via a news release. “She has failed on virtually every level, has helped foster a more politicized and polarized discourse, and she has exacerbated nearly every problem facing Colorado families. Her failed leadership and pandering has cost us income equality, safety and security and people’s lives. It is time to end her subtle reign of terror and end her control over Colorado politics. Republicans in Colorado need to help Casper take down Diana DeGette.”
Stockham is thrilled to have Lockwood promoting his campaign.
“Coloradans are suffering as a result of Congresswoman DeGette’s abject failure in representing our state and our district. Coloradans, native and new, believe that her failed leadership in Congress has hurt not only our district and our state, but our country’s national standing and security. While she has fought for special interests she’s ignored the biggest issues facing Coloradans,” said Stockham. “It is time for Coloradans to put aside our political parties and worn out narratives, and prioritize our state, our neighbors and our most pressing issues.”
Stockham’s news release stated: “Stockham, a veteran, has taken issue with DeGette’s anti-veteran record and dangerous national security votes including voting to give the theocratic thugs of Iran nuclear weapon-capability, and for allowing into Colorado unscreened refugees, which even Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., voted against.”
Professional Republican Bomb-Thrower Jonathan Lockwood Takes Some Parting Shots at Oregon| "If Oregonians knew the half of it, they would burn down the Capitol building."
Professional Republican Bomb-Thrower Jonathan Lockwood Takes Some Parting Shots at Oregon
"If Oregonians knew the half of it, they would burn down the Capitol building."
Jonathan Lockwood came to drop bombs.
Historically, much of the written communication Oregon's political parties produce is on par with low-calorie mayonnaise. Lockwood changed the game when he became a GOP spokesman last year—first for the Oregon Senate Republicans, then for two GOP candidates for governor and a PAC set up to attack incumbent Gov. Kate Brown.
Lockwood, 29, attacked Democrats relentlessly. In recent tweets, for example, Lockwood called Portland's Asian Pacific American Network Organization "yet another fake group that is nothing but a storefront for a corrupt political party in Oregon," and he referred to EMILY's List, a national political action committee that backs women candidates and recently gave Gov. Brown $500,000 a "Harvey Weinstein-funded abortion-promotion group."
But those tweets came from Lockwood's new home in Dallas, Texas, where he's relocated. WW asked him about his brief time in Oregon.
Why were you here?
From the minute I became the spokesman for the Senate Republicans, I set Kate Brown in my cross hairs, and whether it was working on Knute Buehler's campaign, Greg Wooldridge's campaign or while sipping yerba mate in the morning, my goal was to tank her numbers, and I did.
What could Oregon Republicans do to be more effective?
Generate content that exposes what Democrats are doing. That's what I did. Here's what I learned from watching Andrew Breitbart when he was getting started: If you're right and you have the facts and you are passionate, you'll win. And if you have something to say, just say it. But a lot of Oregon Republicans are too timid, too scared and have no backbone. A lot of them are comfortable being in the minority. They do their tangos with D's and go home. Both parties in Salem are a bipartisan, "shut up" club who don't want real debate.
How did your colleagues respond to you behind closed doors?
There were people with whom I worked who were more concerned about clicking glasses with Democrats at cocktails than making things better for Oregonians. I think there is a lot of wasted potential on the right. But I was consistently tackled by my own teammates.
Explain the Twitter beef that led to state Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)'s downfall.
Sen. Sara Gelser [D-Corvallis] was a so-called women's advocate with Harvey Weinstein money in her pockets. [He's referring to the funding of EMILY's List.] Why is it OK for the left to say the Koch brothers fund something and it's not OK to say Weinstein funds things? When I pointed that out, Gelser said [on Twitter]: 'Will you protect me from your caucus members?' I was literally the only person who didn't know what she was talking about [the sexual harassment that led to Kruse's resignation]. If D.C. is a swamp, Salem is a disgusting gutter.
Your parting thoughts about Oregon?
Oregon is a beautiful state with great people who don't know what's going on in their government. If Oregonians knew the half of it, they would burn down the Capitol building.
Stapleton, Brauchler receive Log Cabin Republicans of Colorado endorsement
Chapter announces other endorsements down-ticket
DENVER—Gay rights advocacy group Log Cabin Republicans today announced they are endorsing Republican gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton and Republican attorney general candidate George Brauchler. They are also endorsing state treasurer candidate Republican Brian Watson and Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
The full list of their endorsements are below:
For governor: State Treasurer Walker Stapleton
For attorney general: George Brauchler
For secretary of state: Secretary of State Wayne Williams
For state treasurer: Brian Watson
For CU regent-at-large: Ken Montera
For CU regent CD3: Regent Glen Gallegos
For CU regent CD5: Chance Hill
For State Board of Education CD4: Debora Scheffel
For Senate District 6: State Sen. Don Corum
For Senate District 16: State Sen. Tim Neville
For Senate District 20: Christine Jensen
For Senate District 24: State Sen. Beth Martinez-Humenik
For House District 3: Toren Mushovic
For House District 17: Kit Roupe
For House District 18: Mary Elizabeth Fabian
For House District 37: State Rep. Cole Wist
Amendment A: Recommend YES
Amendment V: Recommend NO
Amendment W: Recommend YES
Amendments X, Y, and Z: Neutral
Amendment 73: Recommend NO
Amendment 74: Recommend NO
Amendment 75: Neutral
Proposition 109: Recommend YES
Proposition 110: Recommend NO
Proposition 111: Neutral
Proposition 112: Recommend NO
Denver Ballot Measures: NO on all except Neutral on Mental Health and Housing
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Foster care reform has played an important role in Oregon’s gubernatorial race this year. Both incumbent Gov. Kate Brown (D) and Republican challenger Knute Buehler have pitched ideas about how to address persistent problems in Oregon’s child welfare system, highlighted by a scathing state audit released by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R) in January.
That issue took center stage this summer with a controversial television ad campaign critical of Gov. Brown.
In the emotional commercial, foster parents Ben West and Paul Rummell talk about their relationship with their adoptive son, Jayquan, while also calling attention to Oregon’s crisis.
“We saw first-hand how broken the system is,” West says, as he sits with his family on a couch in their living room. According to the ad, the couple fostered 13 children before adopting Jayquan.
The couple go on to blame Gov. Brown for problems with the state’s foster care system.
“Children are suffering under her care,” Rummel says. “Kate Brown, we need to fix this problem.”
At the end of the one-minute commercial, they include a phone number for Brown’s office and urge viewers to tell the governor to “start putting kids first.”
The ad just finished airing in Oregon — federal election laws prohibit “electioneering communications” 60 days before a general election. But the ad has sparked a fiery debate on the role of caregivers in the political process, including criticism from Brown’s supporters, including some in the foster care system. “No one should use foster kids as a means to attack a political opponent,” wrote one foster parent in a letter last month.
The two are not new to politics. The couple were among the plaintiffs in a court case that struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2014. And West made an unsuccessful run for the Republican nomination for a U.S. House seat in 2016. Rummell, his husband, is a Democrat.
Earlier this year, the couple formed a foster families advocacy group, Oregon Foster Families First. In May, it held a rally at the state capitol, calling for more support for foster parents and state investments in programs like mentoring for foster parents.
In a conversation with The Chronicle of Social Change, West talked about why he helped produce the political ad and what the state needs to do to improve its child welfare system.
You can read more from the profile piece here.