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Clark County auditor weighs in on charter review

Clark County Charter Review commissioners heard input this week from the man in charge of placing their recommendations on the ballot.  County Auditor Greg Kimsey chimed in during the commission meeting Wednesday. He made two recommendations.  The commission has discussed whether elected county positions should be non-partisan. Kimsey, who ran as a Republican in his […]

Ridgefield recognizes June 2021 as its first-ever Pride Month

A group of local activists successfully petitioned Ridgefield to adopt its first-ever Pride Month proclamation on Thursday, making Ridgefield the third municipality in Clark County to acknowledge the month’s significance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The effort was launched by members of the online Ridgefield Community Group, led by Kathleen Huber, Jill […]

Letter calls on governors to rename Flag Day after Trump

A letter circulating in Washington state is calling on residents to join an effort to rename Flag Day to “President Donald J. Trump Day.”  A Vancouver resident received the letter in his mailbox and passed it along to The Columbian. The mailer calls on the recipient to sign a petition sponsored by Americans for a […]

Local Democrats to select chair next month

The Clark County Democrats plan to select a new chair next month.  The party will hold the nomination and election process at its July 12 meeting, Vice-Chair Shannon Meyers wrote Thursday in a Facebook post. Meyers will temporarily serve as chair until then.  Former Chair Mike Dalesandro announced last month that he would be stepping […]

Camas leadership flux becomes campaign issue

Camas’ leadership turnover is already becoming a top campaign issue ahead of this year’s elections. City Administrator Jamal Fox announced Wednesday that he will resign on July 9 after accepting a similar job in Takoma Park, Md. Former Mayor Barry McDonnell resigned immediately on May 11, saying he wanted to spend more time with his […]

Herrera Beutler presses CDC director on mask guidance

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, pressed the director of the Centers for Disease Control this week on whether young kids should wear face masks. In a recorded House Appropriations Subcommittee hearing Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky reaffirmed the importance of mask-wearing despite what Herrera Beutler called a “muddle of information” surrounding the best […]

Dalesandro steps down as chair of local Democrats

Battle Ground City Councilor Mike Dalesandro has resigned as chair of the Clark County Democrats. The party selected Dalesandro as its chair in early January. Dalesandro wrote this week, in a post on the party’s Facebook page, that he was stepping down immediately. “Over the last couple of months it has become clear to me […]

Roll call: Tracking missed votes in the 2021 legislative session

How many votes did lawmakers from Southwest Washington miss over the course of the 2021 state legislative session? According to a tracker from the Washington Policy Center, they had pretty decent attendance records. None of Clark County’s elected officials, for instance, missed as many votes as Ferndale Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen, who was absent for […]

McDonnell out, Fox remains in Camas

On one hand, Camas doesn’t currently have a mayor. On the other, its top staffer will remain — after eyeing a job elsewhere. Camas City Administrator Jamal Fox was named one of three finalists for the city manager job in Gresham, Ore., last month. But earlier this month, the city of Gresham announced that it had […]

Herrera Beutler to support Cheney through GOP ouster

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, will stick by her fellow embattled, moderate GOP colleague Rep. Liz Cheney as top Republicans push to strip Cheney of her leadership position. Cheney, the congresswoman from Wyoming and the party’s No. 3, is facing a recall effort led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. The ouster stems from […]

That new port race campaign finance law won’t go into effect for a little longer

[caption id="attachment_53976" align="alignright" width="300"] Jack Burkman will text you late at night if he thinks your wrong (which is good, mostly.)[/caption] Of the many glamorous perks of being a Columbian political […]

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