Phil Keisling: A stormy election year proves the worth of Oregon’s vote-by-mail system – Oregonians in 1998 overwhelmingly voted to require government to send our ballots to us rather than force citizens to go to polling places. The wisdom of that simple decision was on display again this week, as Sandy devastated the East Coast and threw a dozen states’ election plans into uncertainty and chaos.
Clackamas County commissioners call emergency meeting Monday; recall effort against county clerk starts amidst ballot tampering investigation – Clackamas County commissioners will hold an emergency meeting 9 a.m. Monday to discuss the ongoing state investigation into allegations that a temporary county elections worker tampered with ballots to cast additional votes for Republicans.
Mayor Bloomberg Needs to Apologize to City Employees – First, he ought to issue a formal apology to all City employees who were unnecessarily forced either go to work, or use their personal leave days, on Monday and Tuesday. Second, he ought to compensate those who did attend work by paying them for overtime. Finally, he should return the personal leave days to those who chose to stay at home.
The Fiscal Cliff
ELGL Forum with Ken Allen, Oregon AFSCME Exec. Dir. – Please join us on November 14, 2012 for an ELGL brown bag lunch with Ken Allen, Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75. Mr. Allen will discuss the challenges facing local governments and their employees from the union perspective. Oregon AFSCME Council 75, represents 140 local unions throughout Oregon.
Leadership Boot Camp for Newly Elected Officials – Saturday, December 8, 2012 – 9:00 am to Saturday, December 8, 2012 – 3:00 pm.
Washington County Boards and Commissions – Serving on an appointed board, committee or commission is a great way to participate in decisions that affect you and to learn more about how your local government works.
Clackamas County seeks four to serve on Enhanced Law Enforcement Service District Advisory Committee – Clackamas County Commissioners and Sheriff Craig Roberts are seeking four citizens to serve for three-year terms on the Enhanced Law Enforcement Service District Citizen Advisory Committee.
Why Failure Is So Important To Success – Failure and more importantly studying others’ misfortunes is one of the most important educational tools we have.
How To Write A Cover Letter – When a friend of mine – I’ll call her Carol – asked me to help with a job cover letter last weekend, I said sure, piece of cake. I write and edit for a living. How difficult could it be to fix a page of my friend’s prose?
The Social Network
Social Is the Secret Weapon in Local Politics – Social media first took the national spotlight in the 2008 elections, and it continues to expand its influence at every level of American politics. And just as a youthful John F. Kennedy benefited from his grasp of television in the 1960 elections, a new generation of local politicians is using its tactical advantage as digital natives to woo the electorate and launch open government initiatives.
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