Republican Kim Thatcher currently holds the seat in House District 25 but is running for the seat in Senate District 13. She talked with Don Merrill about why a return to vocational training in high school is important for kids who may not choose college, how checks and balances can help prevent the police from becoming more militarized, and why, although our government may work slow, slow is better than the speed with which it moves in China. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
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Jim Thompson is an Oregon Republican who is running for House District 23. He talked with Don Merrill about why he thinks his district is ready for a Repubican, why he is not a proponent for marijuana and why, as a strong constitutional republican, he believes opponents to gay marriage have lost the fight and need to move on to other issues. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
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A report this week by The Oregonian newspaper uncovered a major loophole in the monitoring and regulation of coal and oil transport throughout the state of Oregon.
According to The Oregonian’s report, railroad companies are not required to submit full records to the department of transportation.
But it’s not clear which agency these records SHOULD be submitted to.
So no one really knows where the oil and coal trains traveling through Oregon are at any given time, or how much fuel is on any given train.
KBOO’s Jenka Soderberg followed up on the Oregonian report by talking to several of the government agencies involved.
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The Federal Communications Commission has proposed changing the rules on how the Internet is regulated.
Internet and free speech activists say the new rules will forever change the free and open Internet to a quote “pay to play” system that is controlled by corporate interests.
KBOO’s Robin Ryan spoke with April Glaser with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group which advocates for a free and open Internet.
She also spoke with Timothy Karr, the senior director of Strategy at Free Press. 5:12 minutes (4.76 MB)
Garrett Rosenthal is a Democrat running for House District seat 37. He talked with Don Merrill about how some of the revenue problems in timber counties might be related to taxpayer choice, why him being a policy wonk will serve his constituents and how his environmental experience can help the state navigate issues of endangered species, wetlands and natural resource protection. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
28:43 minutes (26.29 MB)
In the KBOO studios: Matt Zodrow and Tracy MacDonald the creators of the upcoming documentary project “WHITELANDIA”. The film plans to document Black Oregon and the many turns the state has taken on race relations, and KBOO news in-depth wanted to ask the questions on what the purpose of this docu-film seeks to get across to the residents in Portland and abroad. Whiteland has a Kick-Starter program to raise funds for the film: