John Sweeney is a Democratic candidate for Oregon House District 42 which serves SE and NE Portland. He talked with Don Merrill about how hemp and marijuana could be a boon to the state economy, how he's not "hot" on the idea of gay marriage and why PERS caused a lot of its own problems. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their vbiews. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.
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Daniel Shaw is running as a Democratic candidate for House District 42. The seat serves SE & NE Portland. Mr. Shaw talked with Don Merrill about tax and school loan reform, why the City of Portland needs a new team of social workers riding shotgun with the Portland Police and how the problems with the Oregon and the national economy have nothing to do with the availability of money. *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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Mae Rafferty is a Republican running for Oregon's Governor. She talked with Don Merrill about why she believes the 10th Amendment protects Oregon from federal decisions regarding gay marriage, how contract law as it relates to the retirement of public employees is tricky and her mission to stop Chinese businesses from taking root in Oregon. *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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Eric Squires is a Democrat running for the seat in Oregon House District 26. He talked with Don Merrill about how his pragmatism lets him seriously consider the work of libertarian think tanks, how he's "hard-wired" for politics and how, if he voted to support marijuana legislation, he would do it holding his nose literally and figuratively. *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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"Blue Engine" (literally the name of the firm) is the massive inside/outsider PR machine behind the push to expedite permits on fracked gas terminals around the US. Lots of White House insiders at "Blue Engine Media" and a key Dept. of Energy insider (the agency in charge of gas exports) on that PR file for the industry's "Our Energy Moment" propaganda campaign.
Higher Learning; Hiring Labor...Portland State University received notice Thursday that American Association of University Professors (AAUP) represented faculty could go out on strike on April 16.
Despite the strike notice, the University and the union will resume negotiations Friday to try and reach an agreement on faculty pay and other contract issues. 14:47 minutes (5.92 MB)
My guest today, Jeff Milchen of the American Independent Business Alliance out of Montana fought Citizens United and he's fighting the plutocrats again in the wake of the supreme Court Justices disgracefull decision on campaign finance: Here's a quote to get he riot under way: "The five Justices who voted to expand the Court's 'money equals free speech' doctrine have made the democratic republic, promised to us by our Constitution, impossible. Citizens' votes are stripped of power when the wealthiest few can pre-determine which candidates and parties are acceptable for the rest of us to make our choices."
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