When I read my Willamette Week this morning, I didn't know I was going to find out about a group of men "of a certain age" who meet to "discuss" Oregon politics:
The three-year-old group, a cross between Yale’s fabled Skull and Bones secret society and the Elks, has 42 members. All of them are men and most are Democrats. It is the brainchild of Jim Zehren, a partner at the city’s largest law firm, Stoel Rives. But its sphere of influence is far wider.
Ok, that's cool. I sit around with my ladies and talk politics but if I invite candidates to my coffee clatch, they don't actually show up:
Last year, the group invited then-mayoral candidates Sho Dozono and Sam Adams to address the club’s gatherings, which take place on the first Thursday of every other month at Mama Mia’s.
Nor do elected officials:
In January 2009, just before the legislative session began, House Majority Leader Mary Nolan (D-Portland), Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin (D-Tigard) and Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s chief of staff Chip Terhune met with Junto members. Two Junto members—Macpherson and Steve Griffith, a former Portland School Board member who ran unsuccessfully for Macpherson’s legislative seat in 2008—prepared a series of 10 highly detailed questions for legislative leaders, touching on land use, tax policy, the environment and Democratic consolidation of power.
It's a conversation starter, that's for sure. Read it here. I guess my worries about just a few people planning world domination isn't worth fretting about, right?
*The complete list is at the bottom of the article. Blue Oregon contributor Steve Novick is on the list.