74 episodes

Portland native. Trial lawyer. Founding member of North America Recovers. https://www.northamericarecovers.org
Resisting extremism through long form conversations.

Rational in Portland Native Portlander Studios

    • Government
    • 4.3 • 78 Ratings

Portland native. Trial lawyer. Founding member of North America Recovers. https://www.northamericarecovers.org
Resisting extremism through long form conversations.

    Eli Arnold for Portland City Council, District 4

    Eli Arnold for Portland City Council, District 4

    Eli Arnold is a former wartime military helicopter pilot and is now a member of Portland Police Bureau's Central Bike Squad. Eli is running for Portland City Council in District 4.
    https://www.eliforportland.comhttps://www.instagram.com/eliforportland?igsh=djRxcGYydHdjNDZuhttps://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2023/01/portlands-101-homicides-in-2022-set-new-record-at-some-point-we-have-to-be-tired-of-burying-our-children.html?outputType=amphttps://www.instagram.com/ppbcentralbikesquad/https://abcnews.go.com/US/oregon-officials-declare-state-emergency-address-fentanyl-crisis/story?id=106826829#:~:text=Overdose%20deaths%20from%20synthetic%20opioids,to%20the%20county%27s%20health%20department.https://www.kgw.com/article/news/crime/portland-teen-stabbed-max-train-update/283-ace79520-c950-4ba4-a778-ea53a3ae4ba4https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2023/01/portlands-101-homicides-in-2022-set-new-record-at-some-point-we-have-to-be-tired-of-burying-our-children.htmlhttps://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2023/04/portland-approves-up-to-50-million-for-urban-alchemy-to-run-mass-shelter-sites.html

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Betsy Johnson and Max Williams: Why we should fix Ballot Measure 110

    Betsy Johnson and Max Williams: Why we should fix Ballot Measure 110

    Betsy Johnson is a former Oregon Senator and Oregon gubernatorial candidate. Max Williams is the former Chair of the Oregon House Judiciary Committee and former head of the Oregon Department of Corrections. They are working to pass a bill in the legislature that would amend Ballot Measure 110, which decriminalized all drugs in Oregon.
    https://fixballotmeasure110.comhttps://fixballotmeasure110.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/10/VERSION-C.pdfhttps://x.com/senbetsyjohnson?s=20https://www.koin.com/news/oregon/oregon-ranks-worst-in-the-country-for-drug-problems-report/https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023I1/Downloads/CommitteeMeetingDocument/278599https://x.com/rationalinpdx/status/1745871725093683328?s=20https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/2023/12/07/with-youth-overdose-death-rates-soaring-state-offers-free-opioid-reversal-medication-to-schools/https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/30/us/portland-fentanyl-emergency.htmlhttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2809867https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20503245231167407https://www.kptv.com/2023/09/26/oregon-washington-see-largest-increases-fentanyl-deaths-since-last-year/https://www.thelundreport.org/content/opinion-oregon-lawmakers-must-include-youth-prevention-drug-policy-proposalshttps://gooddrugpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/ECP_OR-exec-summarypollcrosstabs.pdf

    • 53 min
    Why We Must Repeal Measure 110: Josh Marquis, Former Clatsop County District Attorney

    Why We Must Repeal Measure 110: Josh Marquis, Former Clatsop County District Attorney

    Josh Marquis is the former District Attorney of Clatsop County, Oregon. He has written for the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, among other publications.
    https://www.coastda.comhttps://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2809867https://time.com/6318102/decriminalizing-drugs-overdose-study/https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/20503245231167407https://www.wweek.com/news/2023/02/01/they-left-portland-is-losing-some-of-its-biggest-fans/https://www.oregonlive.com/data/2023/07/multnomah-county-lost-record-1-billion-in-income-in-2021-as-residents-moved-away.html?outputType=amphttps://www.oregonlive.com/news/2023/12/majority-of-portland-voters-say-theyd-leave-if-they-could-as-crime-homeless-concerns-persist-new-poll-finds.html?outputType=amphttps://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/24215979/ppa-survey-toplines-01249-december-2023.pdfhttps://www.koin.com/news/oregon/oregon-ranks-worst-in-the-country-for-drug-problems-report/amp/https://www.kgw.com/article/news/health/oregon-worst-in-nation-for-addiction-treatments-locals-rally-in-salem/283-b2e5b42b-218e-4b2c-9ec5-f3ce9fca8c74#https://gooddrugpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/ECP_OR-exec-summarypollcrosstabs.pdfhttps://x.com/rationalinpdx/status/1617930240155877376?s=46https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/safe-supply-around-the-world-1.6479317

    • 2 hr 29 min
    Clackamas County Commissioner Ben West and Former Oregon Lawyer Don Courtney

    Clackamas County Commissioner Ben West and Former Oregon Lawyer Don Courtney

    Ben West is a Portland native, although he now lives in Clackamas County. Ben is a nurse, a military officer, and a Clackamas County Commissioner. Ben and his husband, Paul, sued the State of Oregon and won the right to get married. Ben and Paul are raising an adopted son, who is black. Former Oregon lawyer Donel Courtney advocated for the Lents Neighborhood where he lived in Portland, pushing back against homelessness and crime. Donel has since moved to India.
    https://www.clackamas.us/bcc/westhttps://www.aclu.org/bio/paul-rummell-and-benjamin-westhttps://www.kgw.com/video/news/crime/multnomah-county-da-prosecutes-fewer-than-half-of-misdemeanor-theft-cases-including-shoplifting/283-ca7da81d-d336-46ca-b7e3-85f954be028fhttps://www.oregonlive.com/data/2023/07/multnomah-county-lost-record-1-billion-in-income-in-2021-as-residents-moved-away.html?outputType=amphttps://katu.com/news/local/man-arrested-for-allegedly-threatening-portland-bus-driver-with-knife-police-say-trimet-north-precincthttps://www.brookings.edu/articles/combating-poverty-understanding-new-challenges-for-families/#:~:text=One%20of%20our%20arguments%2C%20based,until%20age%2021%20and%20gethttps://manhattan.institute/podcast-series/the-glenn-showhttps://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/the-story/oregon-measure-110-poll-majority-against-want-repeal/283-9157a8c0-aa66-4303-b391-36afe7b12b4chttps://www.northamericarecovers.orghttps://x.com/rationalinpdx/status/1617930240155877376?s=20https://attpdx.comhttps://www.ontargettrainingpdx.com/personal-trainer-near-mehttps://glennloury.substack.com/p/the-truth-about-roland-fryer

    • 2 hr 17 min
    Sgt. Aaron Schmautz, President of the Portland Police Association, on Oregon's decriminalization of drugs, his trip to Portugal, and Portland's Police Accountability Commission

    Sgt. Aaron Schmautz, President of the Portland Police Association, on Oregon's decriminalization of drugs, his trip to Portugal, and Portland's Police Accountability Commission

    Sgt. Aaron Schmautz is the President of the Portland Police Association (PPA). The PPA is an independent labor organization representing Portland police officers and other employees of the Portland Police Bureau. Sgt. Schmautz discusses his recent trip to Portugal with other Oregon leaders to learn about Portugal's decriminalization of drugs and how it compares to the decriminalization of drugs in Oregon. Sgt. Schmautz also discusses a poll commissioned by the PPA regarding the Portland Police Accountability Commission (PAC), which shows that a majority of respondents do not approve of the PAC's recommendations regarding police accountability and that the majority of respondents favor city council sending the ballot measure that created the PAC back to the voters.
    https://www.ppavigil.orghttps://www.oregonlive.com/news/2023/12/majority-of-portland-voters-say-theyd-leave-if-they-could-as-crime-homeless-concerns-persist-new-poll-finds.html?outputType=amphttps://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/24215979/ppa-survey-toplines-01249-december-2023.pdfhttps://www.kgw.com/article/news/politics/poll-survey-portland-police-union-civilian-oversight-accountability-commission/283-9037044c-5d41-47f8-9ea2-7340425203d9https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2023/11/oregon-leaders-tasked-to-act-on-measure-110-fentanyl-went-to-portugal-in-search-of-answers-heres-what-they-found.html?outputType=amphttps://manhattan.institute/article/portlands-police-staffing-crisishttps://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-staffing-levels-reach-historic-lows-amid-struggle-for-recruitment-retention/600305214/https://open.spotify.com/episode/0mD4J6lN0ulxeiwCAMAK2N?si=98bf39b279f5431bhttps://www.koin.com/news/portland/portland-waterfront-police-memorial-vandalized-for-second-time-this-year/

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Derek Clevenger and Eric Post on how to unite Oregonians to tackle our myriad crises.

    Derek Clevenger and Eric Post on how to unite Oregonians to tackle our myriad crises.

    Derek Clevenger was the mayor of Aumsville, Oregon. He has an MBA with a focus in health care. Derek is retired from the military and has stayed engaged in civic education. He has worked to support open primaries in Oregon and done political consulting.
    Eric Post is an entrepreneur and consultant who served in the US Marine Corps as a combat engineer.
    https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2023/11/editorial-end-this-strike-now.html?outputType=amphttps://www.amazon.com/Strength-Finding-Success-Happiness-Purpose/dp/059319148Xhttps://www.amazon.com/Righteous-Mind-Divided-Politics-Religion-ebook/dp/B0052FF7YM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1703194076&sr=1-1https://www.thecoddling.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Free-Range-Raise-Self-Reliant-Children-Without/dp/0470574755https://www.malheurenterprise.com/2023/04/13/schools-hiring-emergency-teachers-for-special-education-potentially-violating-federal-law/https://www.wweek.com/news/2023/02/01/they-left-portland-is-losing-some-of-its-biggest-fans/https://www.oregonlive.com/data/2023/07/multnomah-county-lost-record-1-billion-in-income-in-2021-as-residents-moved-away.html?outputType=amphttps://www.wweek.com/news/2022/09/28/portland-ranks-48th-among-50-big-cities-for-cops-per-capita/

    • 2 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

Diane zhi ,

Happy I found this through Reddit,

I am listening to my first episode and am happy with the way host is laying everything out. The issues are relevant. The only problem so far is the sound , I needed to put this in max and still it’s hard to hear . Please fix the sound .

Curious about why you would , at this point, not vote republicans? What is it that people are afraid of? Do you still think that all these visits to boards meetings will fix things or is it stopping to vote the same every time , hoping for a different result?

The Republican Party in oregon would not be the same Republican Party as in Texas . They will necessarily be more center than right just because of the demographics.

People need to open up their minds a bit and start looking at the issues not a party label to get things changed. If you look at a candidates platform and the first line is : I will focus on crime and homelessness vs another whose line is : I will focus on climate change and equity . What candidate do you need to vote for in order to see change in the very issues that are dragging this city future and future down ?

yopyopyop ,

Much needed discussion about Portland

I don’t always agree, but I never miss a show. Rational in Portland is asking the right questions, and has an incredible array of guests and discussions. If you are concerned about the state of Portland whatever your politics may be, you need to listen to Rational in Portland.

name hee haw ,

Don’t listen to this if you’re planning to move to Portland!

Or you will be able to see the real underbelly of what makes it so hard to live here! Keep living in Austin or Nashville, or Boston or anywhere that has reasonable civil structures. It didn’t use to be this way and Kristen knows this. She is speaking truth to power. Thank god for this podcast. I hope it gets better.

Top Podcasts In Government

Crooked Media
Heritage Podcast Network
Prologue Projects
The Lawfare Institute
WMAL | Cumulus Podcast Network | Cumulus Media Washington
Cumulus Podcast Network

You Might Also Like

City Cast
The Dispatch
The New York Times
Quillette
Oregon Public Broadcasting
New York Times Opinion