America’s Best Worst Politicians

From Oregon to Florida and from California to New York, an Independence Day look at the bottom feeders of public office.


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King George III was “a Tyrant... unfit to be the ruler of a free people,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence exactly 238 years ago this week. Tommy had it right.    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 WW Staff

Clackamas County Releases Investigative Report On Complaint Against Ludlow and Smith

Investigator didn't believe Ludlow and Smith denials

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The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners this afternoon released a 15-page investigative report (PDF) conducted in response to a workplace complaint filed by a now-former county lobbyist against County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith. As WW reported last week, the complaint, filed by former county staff lobbyist Jared Anderson in April, alleged that he Smith discriminated against ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow Apologizes for Alleged Racist and Sexist Remarks: Updated

Documents report Ludlow made comments about Mexicans, "A-rabs" and a state legislator's "perky titties."

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A revealing and potentially embarassing personnel complaint against Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith has ended without discipline for either elected official, but documents air racially charged and sexually inappropriate language by Ludlow. The complaint also says Smith attacked the complainant, Jared Anderson, a Clackamas County lobbyist who worked for ...   More
 
Friday, June 6, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow Unloads On Colleagues: Updated

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In the bare-knuckle world of Clackamas County politics, even endorsements are opportunities for attacks. Over the weekend, Clackamas County Chair John Ludlow circulated his endorsements for two seats on the five-member county board. Ludlow is picking Lake Oswego City Councilor Karen Bowerman over incumbent Commissioner Paul Savas and Steve Bates, chairman of the Boring Community Planning Organization, ...   More
 
Monday, April 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOT Responds to Clackamas County CRC Concerns

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A couple of weeks ago, the Clackamas County Commission wrote a strongly-worded letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber, asking for information about the anticipated diversion of traffic from I-5 to I-205 if the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project gets built. "Clackamas County believes that tolling the CRC will create unmanageable congestion along I-205, a lifeline ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

DOJ Investigation Adds to Chaos in Clackamas County

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An Oregon Department of Justice investigation is now adding to the melee in Clackamas County.The DOJ confirmed it is conducting an investigation, although spokesman Jeff Manning declined to give details. Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas tells WW that he filed the request for an investigation. The investigation centers around allegations made by County Chairman John Ludlow, who accused County ...   More
 
Friday, March 29, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Clackamas County Counsel Fires Subordinate, Files Bar Complaint Against Him

Complaint alleges conspiracy to oust county administrator

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Clackamas County Counsel Stephen Madkour filed an Oregon State Bar complaint against a former county attorney he fired, saying Scot Sideras used his position to hatch a plan to oust County Administrator Steve Wheeler.Wheeler, 60, resigned his position on Feb. 25 and agreed to stay on as the county’s chief executive officer until his replacement was found. The Oregonian reported the separation as ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

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