Ryan Howard is a Democrat and candidate for the Working Families party. He is running for Oregon State Senate in District 13. Don Merrill talked with him about why he wants to be a state senator, his views on urban growth boundaries and land use issues, and why he resists the adoption but not the intention of Ballot Measure 89, 29:57 minutes (27.42 MB)
Mike Montchalin is a Libertarian candidate for US Senate in Oregon. He talked with Don Merrill about the necessity of individual action versus government action, why he supports the marijuana ballot initiative and why he thinks Measure 90 is a bad idea for Oregon's third parties.
NOTE: This interview includes a later correction by Mr. Montchalin at the beginning of his interview. Mr. Montchalin mistakenly leveled an allegation of misconduct at Constitution Party candidate for the Oregon Senate, Mr. James Leuenberger. Mr. Montchalin apologizes for that mistake and withdraws the allegation against Mr. Leuenberger. 28:10 minutes (25.79 MB)
The Port of Portland has approved a new propane gas export terminal at the port. This project is the largest single private capital investment in the city’s history. The Mayor of Portland, Charlie Hales, applauded the new terminal, which he says will bring jobs to the city. The Pembina propane terminal will bring a total of thirty long-term jobs to the area. But environmental groups are concerned with the impact that this terminal may have.
For more, KBOO’s Sam Bouman spoke with Ted Gleichman, director of the Oregon Sierra Club, about these concerns. 5:33 minutes (5.08 MB)
Part of an ongoing series investigating the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Oregon politics. KBOO reporters Yana Maximova and Mike Klepfer visited Kansas City in May 2014 to report on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) Spring Summit, where state legislators from around the country and representatives of corporate interests discuss strategies and model legislation behind closed doors. However, our reporters were turned away at the door despite having secured press passes. Despite setbacks, they examine what goes on at these national meetings, and speak to Oregon and Wisconsin legislators in attendance as well as Missouri activists opposing ALEC's presence. 17:20 minutes (15.87 MB)
Don't know for whom to vote? We are holding candidate forums September 8 to 12 from 8 to 9 am, which we hope will help you decide. Click here for the candidates' statements and see when they are scheduled. After the show, we will link to the audio of the interview for people who cannot listen live.
Ed Pilkington is the Chief Correspondent in New York for London's "The Guardian" newspaper. He has done a substantial amount of reporting on the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free market organization that promotes the interests of big business over those of small business and the working class. Don Merrill talks with this award winning journalist on his view of ALEC's latest efforts to survive bad press after the killing of Trayvon Martin, the defection of dozens of corporate and legislative members and increasing scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. 14:43 minutes (13.48 MB)