The City Club of Portland describes itself as a “progressive” civic organization. That slant was on display last Friday, when Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt delivered a presentation on the port’s 125th anniversary, including its past and future.

The regular meeting room at the downtown Sentinel Hotel was only about half full. In contrast, it is usually standing-room only for discussions of such social issues as affordable housing or minorities in Portland.

The apparent lack of interest was surprising, since Wyatt talked about several issues that would otherwise interest club members. They included the EPA-required Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor, which Wyatt said the port supports, even though it does not yet have an identified revenue source to pay for its share. Wyatt also talked about the push by SEIU Local 49 to require airlines at the Portland International Airport to pay their outsourced workers a $15-an-hour minimum wage, an effort Wyatt characterized as an “organizing drive.”

Trump doesn’t excite Oregon GOP

Unofficial results of the May 17 primary election suggest Oregon Republicans are not thrilled by the thought of Donald Trump as their party’s presidential nominee.

For starters, only 56 percent of Republicans even voted, compared to 69 percent of Democrats. That could be because Trump’s two opponents on the ballot — Ted Cruz and John Kasich — had thrown in the towel by then. But they still got almost one-third of the Republican vote.

Perhaps surprisingly, Republicans who voted were more interested in other statewide races than Democrats. For example, 92 percent of Republicans voted in the governor’s race, compared to 89 percent of Democrats. And 89 percent of Republicans voted in the secretary of state’s race, compared to 79 percent of Democrats.

One exception was the U.S. Senate race, where 91 percent of Democrats voted, compared to 81 percent of Republicans.

Short attention span after presidential race

Interest in “down ticket” races dropped off pretty quickly in Multnomah County, according to unofficial primary results.

In their presidential races, 2,107 Democrats and 2,023 Republicans in the county did not choose any candidate.

But 18,321 Democrats and 5,366 Republicans did not vote in the governor’s race. Nor did 38,475 Democrats and 7,532 Republicans vote in the secretary of state’s race.

Hotly contested local races didn’t do much better. A total of 27,508 Portland voters skipped the mayor’s race. And 51,577 voters sat out the City Council Position 4 race, where Commissioner Steve Novick failed to win more than 50 percent and will face businesswoman and activist Chloe Eudaly in the general election.

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