Should we continue voter-owned elections? An interview with Common Cause's Janice Thompson
This fall, Portlanders will decide whether to continue their experiment with voter-owned elections. The question becomes more relevant in the wake of Citzens United vs. Federal Elections Commission, a recent Supreme Court ruling that removed bans on corporate campaign spending. This week, Jo Ann and Dave talk with Common Cause Oregon's Janice Thompson about the upcoming referendum on voter-owned elections and what else needs to be done to fix our ailing electoral process.
Three guests from Big Brothers, Big Sisters joined us in the KBOO studio. Lynne Thompson, the CEO, William Waterman, a Big Brother, and Gail, the mother of two boys who are mentored by Big Brothers. This program welcomes calls from both volunteers and folks who would like the services of Big Brothers or Big Sisters for their children. For more information, call 503-249-4859, or go to the web site – bbbsnorthwest.org.
Counting Heads: What's right and what's wrong with the 2010 census
Its been happening every decade since 1790. As mandated by the constitution, the U.S. Census Bureau determines the population of the nation, the results used to allocate congressional seats, electoral votes and government program funding. As census questionnaires start arriving in mailboxes this month, criticism of the census is heating up from all quarters. Right wing pundits characterize the census as part of the Obama administration's efforts to control citizens' lives. Republicans accuse organization like ACORN of distorting the results for political gain. Communities of color and other underrepresented populations worry that historic undercounting of their numbers will once again leave them without real political representation.