The fight in Clatsop County over the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and the attendant pipeline is making the local Democratic party more efficient; for reasons not explained at its meeting on January 26, the Clatsop County Democratic Central Committee booted two precinct committeepersons. A Daily Astorian news story on the meeting said that party leaders had received evidence that an unnamed for-profit corporation (my favorite kind, actually) was trying to take over the party committee. The general suspicion is that the corporation is the developer of the proposed LNG plant at Bradwood, on the Columbia River.
The two ousted committee members had been appointed to the central committee in November at what the paper describes as a sparsely-attended meeting. I have a feeling that future meetings of the central committee will draw much larger crowds.