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Portland School Committee recall moves forward

Well, the radical right lives on in lefty Portland - the Portland Republican City Committee has passed the first hurdle in recalling three members of the city's School Committee - Democrat Sarah Thompson, Democrat Robert O'Brien, and Green Rebecca Minnick. (The group says it wanted to recall all the committee members who voted to issue birth-control pills to middle-schoolers who need them, but city rules blocked that. Like rules ever stopped activists in the past.)

They justify their stance by, among other things, suggesting school staffers and health care workers should not take it upon themselves to care for neglected children. How else are we to interpret this sentence, from the group's press release?

"Astute school administrators and staff should be aware of parents who shun parental responsibility and report them to DHHS, or the police if necessary."

(As an aside - have you ever talked to anyone who has tried to report something to DHHS? According to several people I know, the conversation is brutally brief, with the person on the other end of the line often asking something like, "What do you want me to do about it?" That tells me we can all take comfort in the state's prompt action to protect children in danger.)

In any case, the group has succeeded in petitioning for permission to seek recall - with 550 people in support of circulating petitions to recall each committee member individually. We'll see if they can get 3000 signatures for any - or all - of the people already elected by the people of Portland.
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