The Hillary Clinton speech last night was a home run. Meeting her and getting an autographed copy of her book for Frances and Katherine was an honor, of course. Her speech focused on Putin and Russia for the first half and then she turned to women's issues. I'll write a blog post sometime in the next couple of weeks with more about 2016 - after I get back from the White House next week. There is still a lot of work to be done before the presidential election. President Obama is on the right track on domestic issues and working hard, it seems, to let diplomacy win out over war with Iran or conflict with Russia. Health care, one of the great moral issues of our time, is finally moving in the right direction with more people getting insured. I'm never satisfied and worry about economic inequality, an issue President Obama is addressing more forcefully in his second term, and the on-going problem of homelessness - particularly student homelessness. But we are better off in so many ways from when Barack Obama first took office. Elections matter. Just look at the Supreme Court if you don't believe that.
In the meantime, you can hear more about Secretary Clinton's visit to Portland from OPB: