In the final episode of our Dorchester series, James and Nick talk with Allen Alley about his experience as the Oregon Republican Party chairman and everyone's favorite subject, PERS. Allen was 2-time candidate for Governor and has been involved in Oregon politics for decades.
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Robert Schwartz to talk guns. Robert is a former candidate for State Representative and he requested Senate Bill 801 which would have allowed elementary school kids to be taught what to do if they encounter an unsecured firearm.
In the third installment of the Dorchester series, James and Nick interview Julie Parrish and Larry Morgan. Julie is a 4-term State Representative who was in office from 2010 through 2018 and Larry is a former city counselor for the city of Troutdale.
James and Nick welcome Dr. Satya Chandragiri, a psychiatrist running for Salem-Keizer School Board. Dr. Satya shares his experience treating mental health around the world and what he hopes to accomplish on the School Board.
Bonus episode with two of the interviews we conducted at the Dorchester Conference. Gary Wilhelms is a former Oregon state legislator and one of the authors of the Oregon "kicker" tax refund and Eric Fruits is a Ph.D economist and professor at Portland State University.
In 2015, Alek, along with 2 of his best friends stopped a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris. His actions were immortalized in the film "The 15:17 to Paris" where Alek played himself. James and Nick were honored to sit down with Alek for a short interview at the Dorchester Conference 2019.
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Xander Almeida who was instrumental in removing anti-LGBT language from the Oregon Republican Party platform in 2009. We talk about what else we would change in the party platform and briefly discuss our favorite Democrat for president.
James and Nick welcome Russ Casler to discuss Oregon PERS. Answering questions such as What is PERS? How did we get here? What's the problem and how do we fix it?
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Ernie Hernandez, a Mexican-American living in Portland, OR who happens to be gay. We talk about how the Republican Party can be more friendly to the LGBT community and how anti-LGBT language in the party platform alienates potential voters.
Nick and James welcome our first guest, Justine Hostetler, to talk about misinformation, disinformation and fake news. We touch on the genocide in Myanmar, Covington Catholic, Jussie Smollett and vaccines, among others.
In Episode 2, Nick and James discuss how the pro-life stance of the Republican party can be reframed in a way that is both effective at reducing the number of abortions in Oregon and palatable by social liberals.
Nick and James begin with an article from the Oregonian showing how bipartisanship and cooperation between political rivals has become so uncommon that it warrants a news article. If we can meet each other from a position of respect, our differences can bring us together rather than tear us apart.
In the 2 minute introduction, James spends a couple minutes explaining why he wanted to start the podcast and what he hopes to accomplish.