A measure on the ballot in southwest Oregon's Jackson County seeks to ban the cultivation and propagation of genetically modified crops in the county. KBOO's Sam Bouman speaks with Elise Higley of Our Family Farms Coalition, which is leading the initiative, for more information on the measure, the agricultural situation in Jackson County, and how residents are reacting to the vast amounts of money being poured into opposing this local measure by Monsanto and other big agribusinesses.
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Kathi Steele is a sitting judge in Clackamas County running for re-election in the 5th District Appeal Court. She talked with Don Merrill about why she likes the work, how she hopes the county will eventually build another courthouse and why she does not necessarily think elected judges have the distance from politics she thinks they always should. *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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Portland voters are deciding on a scheme (Multnomah 26-156) to turn the water bureau over to a board separate from the City Council. Well-read Red Frann Michel lays out the flaws in this effort by large corporate water users to take control of this public resource. Photo from Portland Tribune. 6:19 minutes (3.62 MB)
The Well-Read red has been reading the voter's pamphlet for Portland, and has done some additional reading about Measure 26-156, which (in the words of the voters's pamphlet) "Amends Charter: Creates Water and Sewer District with Elected Board."
Andrew Geller speaks with long-time political activist, lecturer and author Ralph Nader about his latest book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State. 29:04 minutes (39.92 MB)