Cliff Thomason is a gubenatorial candidate from Oregon's Independent Party. He strongly believes in Oregon agriculture and agricultural based solutions for some of Oregon's financial problems. Among them, he thinks the hemp and marijuana industries need access to legitimate bank accounts which he believes, would best be served by a state bank. Don Merrill talked with Mr. Thomason about these and other issues facing Oregon, including the records of the current and past Governor, alternative energy and the minimum wage in the runup to the 2016 election. 27:34 minutes (25.24 MB)
NOTE: On January 16, 2016, David Taylor sent out an email announcing the suspension of his campaign.
David Taylor is an independent seeking the seat in House District 30. But his story is far from ordinary. He says he and his brother were kidnapped as a children. He is of American Indian heritage. He served as a marine in Afghanistan. And he has low tolerance for the problems of the Oregon Public Employee Retirement System. Don Merrill talks with him about how he wants vets to have better opportunities for state jobs, Syrian refugees to have a home in progressive Oregon and unions to work out their issues so they can stop "messing" with Oregon families.
29:21 minutes (26.88 MB)
David Gomberg is an Oregon democratic legislator running for reelection in House District 10, a slice of Oregon from Tillamook to Yachats and inland 50 miles. His passions are community, his business and his family. Don Merrill talked with David Gomberg about earthquake preparedness, the standoff in Eastern Oregon, the shipping situation at Portland's Terminal Six and how refusing to cross a picket line 30 years established his view toward workers today.
29:58 minutes (27.43 MB)
On January first a law will go into place assigning certain protections and benefits to domestic workers in the State of Oregon, called the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.
For more KBOO reporter Jared Dancler spoke with Tom Breedlove, an expert on household labor and taxes, and director for Home Pay, a division of the website Care.com. 7:01 minutes (6.43 MB)