Bill Resnick interviews Mike Parker, Progressive Alliance candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California. They discuss Richmond's battles with Chevron over its Richmond refinery, the corporation's failure to pay taxes, the pollution the refinery causes, and the company's attempts to continue polluting with ever-cruder and more dangerous fossil fuels, as well as Richmond's pioneering work in solar energy. The Richmond Progressive Alliance accepts no corporate funding and is battling the money Chevron is pouring into trying to recapture the city council. More than a political party, the RPA works through grassroots community organizing and forming alliances with other groups. 20:37 minutes (9.44 MB)
Jan Haaken and Mike Snediker discuss the Innocence Project which seeks to free those wrongfully convicted of crimes. They discuss the development of DNA technology that made it possible to discover the large numbers of wrongful convictions, and the reasons for those many miscarriages of justice—including tunnel vision or confirmatory bias, police and prosecutorial misconduct, and mistaken eyewitnesses. Juries are still instructed to consider the level of confidence of eyewitnesses, even though there is no relation between confidence and accuracy.
13:15 minutes (6.07 MB)
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.
29:27 minutes (26.97 MB)
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.
29:44 minutes (27.22 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)