California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was scheduled to be in Portland today to help Republican Senator Gordon Smith raise money for his campaign – but apparently didn’t show up. A number of local groups protested outside – including labor unions and fair trade advocates. KBOO’s Chris Andreae was excluded from the Smith fundraising luncheon, but she did manage to talk with some of the protesters outside:
Troy Anthony Davis is scheduled to be executed tomorrow in Georgia for the murder of a police officer in 1989. But his lawyers, and thousands of supporters, including the Pope, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and the European Union, contend that Davis is innocent. They say that he was found guilty despite no physical evidence, and all but two witnesses later recanted their testimony, saying they were pressured by police to lie on the stand. Sarah Varahat is a Portland activist who has been trying to get Davis exonerated since 2004:
"A million doors for peace" was an event that took place this past weekend around the country, in which peace activists aimed to knock on one million doors as a peace action. Instead of another big protests, the coalition of groups that organized the event decided to get peace activists connected to others in their community who may also oppose the war in Iraq. The aim of the weekend event was to get a million signatures for a petition calling on Congress to bring the troops home from Iraq, a goal that organizers say they surpassed. Jennifer Bruner was a local participant in the Portland branch of "A million doors for peace":
Protesters and supporters gathered outside of the Portland Day Labor Center at NE Everett and Martin Luther King Boulevard today. KBOO reporters Honna Veerkamp and Trillium Shannon were there, and filed this report:
The debate over the Bush Administration's 700 Billion dollar bail-out plan reached a new level on Capital Hill today. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen sat in front of the Senate Banking committee asking for the authority to institute what is becoming the largest financial assistant package ever. But, both sides of the isle are very skeptical. With more, KBOO's Spencer Raymond reports from the Capital.
Here is a very young but advanced player of contemporary electric guitar music. Combining vocals and looping devices, he blends sounds with subtleties quite uncommon to young "noise" players who are so wont to blast walls of mish mashed overdrive to a reluctant audience. This fellow has no such issues and his music reflects the intellectual and humble character he brings to the neighborhood of St. Johns.
Currently, StepMother is sowing his wild oats travelling the world, but we eagerly await his return so that we can continue pushing him toward his destiny as a prosperous sonic artist.
Now we go to KBOO's Jenka Soderberg, who spoke by phone with our Washington DC correspondent Spencer Raymond. He addresses the financial crisis, and the bailout proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulsen, the Ted Stevens trial, and recent allegations about McCain's campaign advisor: