June 9, 2021

Promises Made, Promises Kept

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This time last year, I was elected chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners outright in the May 2020 primary election. I accomplished this by winning over 50 percent of the vote, meaning that a runoff in the November general election would not be necessary. People all over Oregon took notice of my upset win. I had taken on…

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May 22, 2021

Oregon’s opening process has been beyond frustrating.

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Published in WSLS 10 News “We are just so done with this,” said Tootie Smith, chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Supervisors and a former Republican Oregon State House Representative. “There’s a huge amount of frustration that people have.” Read More… Content credit to WSLS 10 News

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May 19, 2021

We Must Not Be Unprepared

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Unfortunately, residents throughout the rural parts of Oregon have become used to the ghastly sights and smells resulting from catastrophic wildfires ravaging the landscape. And while these disasters have become commonplace in areas like the southern part of the state, we experienced that same horror and terror last summer right here in Clackamas County. Our county may be considered part…

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April 30, 2021

The Perils of Government Overreach

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Last fall, I made some public statements that caused quite a stir. Fed up with the government-forced lockdown of COVID restrictions, I simply said that I was going to have family and friends over for Thanksgiving and that our governor lacked the authority to tell me otherwise. Although I made national news for this stance and garnered a lot of…

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April 28, 2021

Tootie Smith demands Gov Brown return public health authority back to the counties where it is mandated by Oregon constitution.

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The Governor’s new lockdowns are unacceptable. Her plans for over the last year have been an abject failure, driving businesses to bankruptcy, people to unemployment lines and harming the mental health of adults and children alike. Its time for new innovative proven technologies to fight Covid 19, like what the airlines have been using for months now. Science, technology and…

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April 13, 2021

Hold Their Feet to the Fire

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As chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, it’s my job to set the agenda in such a way that the county’s 400,000 residents are well-served. When I suspect that they aren’t being well-served, I must bring that to the attention of my fellow commissioners so we can work together to make it right. This is exactly what happened…

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March 30, 2021

Tipping Fee Tipping Point.

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Metro is up to its same old tricks. And we need to tell them to stop it. Metro is overcharging for residential garbage and the Clackamas County Commission can put an end to this by simply amending the county code to pass on reduced Metro fees to the residential customers that are being overcharged. We need your voice of support…

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March 24, 2021

Are Our Kids Supposed to be Social Experiments for Oregon’s New Drug Law?

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Over the past couple of weeks, law enforcement officials and prosecutors from throughout Oregon have started to realize the aftermath of Measure 110’s passage in last November’s general election. The bottom line is that it will drastically affect their ability to do their jobs. Measure 110, which took effect February 1, changes possession of user amounts of controlled substances to…

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March 10, 2021

Let the People Have Their Say

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The fight over vehicle registration fees in Clackamas County has been going on for a very long time now, in some form or another. And throughout the last decade, I have consistently said people have a right to vote for new taxes or fees. sided with the people of this county in opposing it. A previous board of commissioners had approved…

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February 24, 2021

Have We Learned Our Lesson?

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Forest management has been one of the most contentious issues in Oregon since the 1990s. The timber industry that helped build this state was maligned under the guise of protecting the endangered spotted owl. That industry became more and more restricted over time, with environmental groups claiming a series of victories along the way. However, the reality of what has…

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