Andy Maggi | 10.24.12 11:00 pm

This election, OLCV has been focused on electing pro-conservation champions to the Oregon House of Representatives. But there is a local race that is so critical, where so much is stake for our land, air, and water, that we have made it as high a priority as our key legislative races.

That race is Charlotte Lehan's battle for re-election as Chair of the Clackamas County Commission.

Nikki Roemmer | 10.09.12 4:19 pm

I'm excited to introduce you to a great candidate running for the Oregon House in Bend's House District 54: Nathan Hovekamp.

We have a terrific opportunity right now to elect a new pro-conservation leader to the state House and oust a very bad actor at the same time. All you need to do is look at Jason Conger's votes and who financially supports him to see what I'm talking about.

A biology professor and former member of the City of Bend Planning Commission and the Bend-La Pine School Board, Nathan will stand up to protect our natural legacy and our kids' health.

Andy Maggi | 10.09.12 3:05 pm

 “I am committed to fighting for and protecting Oregon's natural legacy. We must work hard to protect such precious things to ensure the health of our kids and the future of our state.”

-Joe Gallegos, candidate in House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains)

I couldn't have been more excited when Joe Gallegos entered the race for House District 30 (Hillsboro/North Plains) - for two reasons.

Andy Maggi | 10.09.12 1:19 pm

Here in Oregon, we often locate our conservation heroes in our state's past -- people like Governor Tom McCall, who took strong stands in the 1970s to protect what makes Oregon such a great place to live.

Today, we're lucky to have leaders like Senator Jackie Dingfelder and Rep. Jules Bailey carrying the torch for us in the state legislature. And now we have a great opportunity to add another name to our list of champions in the Oregon House: Ben Unger.

Andy Maggi | 10.08.12 5:47 pm

In the 2011 legislative session, the conservation community worked to pass a bill that would have banned the toxic chemical BPA from sippy cups and baby bottles. Baby bottles. A no-brainer, right? Not quite, it died in committee, thanks to legislators like Julie Parrish, who helped lead the effort to kill this common-sense bill.

This fall, we have the chance to replace Parrish with a strong leader who will stand up for our natural legacy and our families' health. We have terrific opportunities to clean up Oregon's House of Representatives this November - but there are less than 30 days til the election.

Andy Maggi | 07.25.12 2:16 pm

Next week, environmental historian Eric Rutkow will be appearing at two events in Portland. Eric is the author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation (Scribner, 2012), which offers a novel retelling of U.S. history with trees at the center of the story. As you might imagine, the forests of the Northwest feature prominently. Eric recently discussed his book with his law school classmate, former (and future) state representative Brent Barton, OLCV-endorsed candidate for House District 40:

Andy Maggi | 04.26.12 10:45 am

The list of Jeff Reardon supporters continues to grow. In the last week, Jeff has added some pretty big names to his list of endorsements. If you missed the news here are some big ones just from this week:

Andy Maggi | 04.24.12 7:42 pm

It finally happened. Koch Industries has finally started putting money into races here in Oregon. Just yesterday, they contributed $3,000 to Mike Schaufler’s campaign.

If you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of years, you may not know that Koch Industries is a privately held company that contributes to extremely conservative politicians and has been a crucial financial backer for the Tea Party movement.

Tresa | 02.14.12 6:01 pm

Guest post by Brian Simmons, President Fluid Market Strategies

I joined the environmental movement in 1998 when I began working part-time in the energy efficiency industry. My passion for energy issues led to a connection with OLCV, a connection that has helped me build one of Oregon’s premier energy efficiency consulting firms and aided in developing the industry-leading career conference for the green workforce, the Green Professionals Conference.

Andy Maggi | 01.20.12 2:34 pm

A few weeks ago, in response to a question about climate change, Rob Cornilles said, "I'm running for congress, not scientist." While this might be true, it is not an excuse to ignore science.

Elected officials take countless votes over the course of their careers. Often votes involve issues where they may have little or no expertise. In this instance Rob could have easily said, “I am not running for economist or farmer.”

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