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By Moses Ross of Portland, Oregon. Moses is the past Communications Secretary and current District 36 Leader for the Multnomah County Democratic Party. He describes himself as a "Moderate Liberal Extremist".

I will be hosting the cable access TV show for the Clackamas County Democrats this evening (Tuesday, Feb 15). I will have two guests, Meredith Wood Smith, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon and State Senator Rick Metsger. In the Portland metro area, the show is seen live on cable channel 11 and in Clackamas County it is shown live on channels 11 and 23. More details below.

I would like to ask readers to submit questions that I may pose to our guests.

Also, I encourage readers to make comments about the show, while it is on the air "live" so that we can start an online dialogue about the topics we are discussing on the show.

My goal is to start a cable access show here in Multnomah County and then take it to a statewide audience.

The Clackamas Co. Dems have graciously given me this TV forum to get some practice with and to get familiar with the format. I look forward to the input of BlueOregon readers on what that type of show would look like and what it would discuss.

Thanks to all and hope you can participate!


Watch the Clackamas County Democrats February cable access TV show this Tuesday, February 15 at 8:00pm. You can watch it live on community TV throughout Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. In the Portland metro area, the show is seen live on cable channel 11 and in Clackamas County it is shown live on channels 11 and 23.

We have two guests.

Meredith Wood Smith, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, is a voting delegate of Democratic National Committee and attended the recent meeting where Howard Dean was elected Chair. She will share her experiences and explain the process and how this will benefit Oregon Democrats.

State Senator Rick Metsger, (D-Welches) chairs the senate's business and economic development committee. He recently proposed hearings to gauge whether participants in the proposed Portland General Electric Co. sale to Texas Pacific Group are following the proper channels. We will discuss that and some of the other issues he oversees in the committee.


  • SteveL (unverified)

    Q: Ms. Smith, When is the state party going to put together a blog to talk directly to the people and a "war room" to help the media better cover Democratic concerns?

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    Steve, we are in the midst of developing a new website for the MultDems that will have that ability to post up from the grassroots and post down from the leadership. It is based on the "Dean" website model. We plan to use a "CivicSpace" type program for the website, which allows for much interactivity. A good example of this type of site is the website.

    We have held meetings with the Democratic Party of Oregon tech master, John Springer and it is very likely they will have a similar model very soon, using the MultDems new site as the template.


  • Tenskwatawa (unverified)

    Would they (each) vote yes or no on this ballot measure:

    Ban the radio and TV broadcast of paid political ads, exactly as we ban the broadcast of paid cigarette ads.

    And for the same reasons: 'sound-and-visual effects' politicking is addictive, and it deteriorates public health.

    As an element of campaign finance reform a ban on broadcast campaign ads would apply to the spending side of campaign finance, (whereas we are more familiar with restraints on the money-raising side). And without being able to buy broadcasting, candidates would need far far less financing to conduct a campaign.

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    Cigarette advertising is seen as commercial speech, while political advertising is political speech. It's probably not constitutional to ban any kind of political speech (and I'm not sure we'd want to.)

    One can argue about campaign spending limits and fundraising limits and whether money is speech, but I'm pretty sure speech is speech.

  • Tenskwatawa (unverified)

    And a ban on broadcast would shift influence to the internet, where produced 'sound-and-visual effects' political ads would go on appearing except only to those who come to them, not having them impose and interrupt people's favorite TV programs.

    And the ongoing discoveries of broadcast people who take bribes to shill for politicians -- Armstrong Williams strong-arming, e.g. -- without viewers realizing it is propaganda, says that broadcasters are corrupt and broadcast advertising cannot be trusted. TV and radio had their salad days. They blew it. Now it's over.

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    Tensk... you may be right that the broadcast news guys "blew it". But that has nothing to do with political advertising. Don't get me wrong - I think most political advertising is cheap, schlocky crap. I just don't think you can ban it.

  • Aaron (unverified)


    "Moderate Liberal Extremist"


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