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James runs for Metro

On this episode, Nick takes over hosting duties and asks James about his recent announcement to run for Metro Council Seat 4. What is Metro? Why this seat? What do you hope to accomplish? All great questions that we dive into on this podcast!

Angela Plowhead, Candidate for Congress

James and Nick sit down with Angela Plowhead who is running for Congress in the brand-new congressional district: CD6! Angela is an Air Force Veteran and psychologist who is putting in the legwork to make a serious run at this position! For more info, visit angelafororegon.com.

ORP Convention '21 Post-mortem

James and Nick dive deep into the ORP Platform Convention that took place the last weekend of September and James gives some behind-the-scenes insight into how the process takes place and what happened.

Texas Abortion Law

The guys get deep into abortion policy in Oregon, Texas and nationally. Two guys talking about abortion? Tune in to find out why we think that’s ok.

The Fall of Afghanistan

James and Nick go solo (…duo?) on this one to discuss the recent fall of Afghanistan, what lead up to it and how it could could have been prevented. James spent 3 tours in Afghanistan with the US Army, so he gives his take on what’s going on.

Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies

On this episode, we welcome Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. This is a follow-up to our interview with Dr. Sam Metz (who connected us with Michael) to look at a more libertarian solution to healthcare.

Congressional Candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer

James and Nick welcome Lori Chavez-DeRemer to the show. Lori is the 2-term mayor of Happy Valley and is now running for Congress in Oregon’s 5th District. Learn more at lorichavezderemer.com!

Single Payer Healthcare

James and Nick welcome Dr. Sam Metz who lives in District 36 and met James during his run for State Representative. Sam sits on several boards promoting single-payer healthcare and was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss how we can get more care to more people for less money.

The Oregon Bridge Collab

James and Nick welcome Alex Titus and Ben Bowman, hosts of The Oregon Bridge podcast for a collaboration episode. Check out The Oregon Bridge on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts!

The Oregon Way

James and Nick welcome Kevin Frazier, publisher of The Oregon Way blog. The Oregon Way has published articles from many of our mutual friends and is a centrist publication that tries to show both sides of issues. Visit theoregonway.substack.com to learn more!

Stephen Lloyd, former Chair of the MCRP

James and Nick are joined by Stephen Lloyd, chairman of the Young Republicans of Oregon and until last week chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party. Unfortunately Stephen was recalled a week before recording for promoting diversity and inclusion on behalf of the GOP.

OR v. WA pt. 1

On this episode James and Nick welcome Deanna Rusch who serves on the Clark County Commission Review Board and is a former Camas, WA city councilor. We discuss what it’s like being across the river from Portland and some of the differences between Washington and Oregon politics.

Ranked Choice Voting

James and Nick welcome Stuart Hall who has been involved in Oregon politics for decades to discuss Ranked Choice Voting. I think it’s valuable to discuss some alternate methods of counting ballots so that our elected officials more accurately represent the majority of voters.

Redistricting with Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis

On this episode we welcome Rep Shelly Boshart Davis to talk redistricting. Rep. Davis is the vice chair of the house redistricting committee and gives us an inside look at the issues surrounding redistricting during COVID and the blatant gerrymandering that has affected Oregon for the past 20 years.

Allen Alley and the future of the GOP

James and Nick are joined by Allen Alley. Allen is former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, candidate for Treasurer and for Governor. Allen hosts a podcast Alley & Pasero which airs live on Facebook Sundays at 8:30am and is available on all your favorite podcasting services.

Jeff Stone

James and Nick welcome Jeff Stone, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries to talk about his experience working for Sen. Bob Packwood, immigration, and agriculture.

Mayor Stan Pulliam

James and Nick are joined by Mayor Stan Pulliam of Sandy, OR. Mayor Stan has been in the news recently for leading the #NewYearsDay movement to reopen businesses ahead of the Governor’s mandate.

Rep. Suzanne Weber

James and Nick welcome Rep. Suzanne Weber, the newly elected representative from House District 32 representing the area in and around Tillamook, OR and Adam Schwend her campaign manager and chief of staff.

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