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.
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Jan Haaken and Tod Sloan discuss the occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. They consider the largely progressive history of occupation, often as a response to exhaustion of other attempts at redress, and usually entailing personal risk, as in occupations of segregated lunch counters, or the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by American Indian Movement activists. They note the potential overlap in outlook or rhetoric between some left and right perspectives on the value of the local, but that the underlying issues in the Malheur case have to do with narrow material interests, often coming down to the desire to privatize public lands. 13:24 minutes (6.14 MB)
Mike Nearman and I talked two years ago, just before he won his seat in House District 23 from Representative Jim Thompson. He's running for reelection and since then, Nearman has held fast to conservative principles of reduced taxes, dedication to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and unwaivering faith in the advocacy of the individual. Don Merrill talks with Mike Nearman about these and more touchy issues including Portland's Terminal 6 and Oregon's venture into retail marijuana.
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KBOO's Robin Ryan speaks with Common Cause's California Director Kathy Feng about her state's Proposition 49, which aims to send a message to Congress to pass a Constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court's Citizen's United ruling from 2010. Citizen's United opened the floodgates for the anonymous campaign cash that has transformed the electoral landscape of America.
Prop 49 was on the ballot in 2014 but was ruled ineligible after a right-wing legal campaign.
Two anti-regulatory bills were approved in House yesterday and today along strongly bipartisan lines.
The HB 1155, known as the SCRUB Act, and HB 712, known as the Sunshine for Deregulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, were approved by the Republican majority en-route to a likely death in the Senate and certain veto by President Obama.
However, both bills represent a strong deregulatory zeitgeist on the right, and have strong backing from industrial lobbyists.
For more, KBOO reporter Sam Bouman spoke with Amit Narang, a regulatory policy advocate with Public Citizen, a consumer watchdog group based in Washington, DC.
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.
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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)