Sources: Wyden won't say impeach - yet
Despite warnings from Democratic leaders in Congress that it is premature to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump, Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden said "nothing is going off the table" when asked about it at a Feb. 25 town hall at David Douglas High School.
Democratic activists and even some elected officials already are calling for Trump to be impeached over everything from his perceived conflicts of interest to his campaign staff's reported contacts with Russian spies.
But as The New York Times reported on Feb. 9, "Democratic officials in Republican-dominated Washington view the entire subject as a trap, a premature discussion that could backfire in spectacular fashion by making the party appear too overzealous in its opposition to Trump. Worse, they fear, it could harden Republican support for the president by handing his party significant fundraising and political ammunition when the chances of success for an early impeachment push are remote, at best."
Pollster seeks to correct record
Fritz Wenzel, the founder and partner at Clout Research, insists his company's polls are more accurate than Sources said last week.
When reporting a new Clout poll that showed only 51 percent of Oregon voters view Gov. Kate Brown favorably, we noted that the FiveThirtyEight.com rating service only gave the company a C- rating. But Wenzel emailed to say those behind that website admit they haven't updated their ratings since 2010, and his company's polls have been very accurate in recent years.
Specifically, Wenzel says his polls accurately predicted the margins by which Brown would defeat Republican challenger Bud Pierce and that Republican Dennis Richardson would defeat Democrat Brad Avakian for secretary of state. Richardson's victory was especially hard to predict since he was the first Republican to win a statewide office since 2002.
Still, since it's been less than two months since Brown was sworn into her first elected term as governor, it's a stretch to say she's already "off to a rough start," as Clout did in its news release announcing its poll results.
Pot advocates paranoid?
Is the Trump administration about to crack down on recreational marijuana sales? Last week's statement by White House press secretary Sean Spicer that there may be "greater enforcement" of federal laws against adult marijuana use is drawing mixed reactions.
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Portland, said he is "deeply disappointed" with the statement and will work with the newly formed cannabis caucus in Congress to protect legalized marijuana use. But Anthony Johnson of the New Approach Oregon advocacy organization pointed out that Spicer's comments don't necessary reflect a change of federal policy.
It's probably worth noting that in the November election Trump only won 10 of the 26 states that have legalized some form of marijuana: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.