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.
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