OR360 presents, The Bridge, a podcast hosted by Ben Bowman and Alex Titus.
Our podcast explores how the nationalization of politics is reshaping Oregon’s political landscape and providing a platform for Oregon issues to garner national attention.
Our thesis is that we must understand the opportunities and limitations of a political environment increasingly driven by people and events at the national level if we want to create a more unified and productive political culture in Oregon.
Can Michael Sipe keep a competitive legislative seat red? | EP 67
Michael Sipe is the Republican nominee for a new state house seat in central Oregon (House District 53)
Alex and Ben discuss the top 5 political stories you should be following | EP 66
Alex and Ben discuss the top 5 political stories that you should be aware of as election season starts to ramp up. We hit on everything from fundraising numbers and competitive congressional seats, to a new ballot initiative on guns and drama in the Portland sports scene. Look forward to more of these 1-1 interviews as we get close to the election!
Can Portland end homelessness? | EP 65
Beth Sandor from Community Solutions (a national nonprofit working to end homelessness) and Lori Kelley from the Joint Office of Homelessness Services (a collaborative effort between Multnomah County and the City of Portland) join the podcast to discuss a new approach to addressing homelessness in the metro area. In this episode, we discuss what the "Built for Zero" program actually does (and where they've seen remarkable success), the controversy from a recent Willamette Week article (linked below), and some important information that politicos should understand about homelessness (e.g. how the "point in time" count works and why it's problematic).
Links Referenced in the Episode:
Willamette Week Article: Could Portland End Homelessness With a By-Name Directory of People Living Outside? Officials Are Going to Try.
Built for Zero from the Joint Office of Homelessness Services
Rep. Karin Power on legislator pay, the childcare crisis, & abortion access post-Roe v. Wade | EP 64
Rep. Karin Power was first elected to the legislature in 2016, representing House District 41
Can Emerson Levy flip another central Oregon seat blue? EP 63
Emerson Levy is the Democratic nominee for the new House District 53 (Bend and Redmond) in Central Oregon. Levy ran for the seat in 2020 against now-Rep. Jack Zika, losing by about 14 points. In 2020, the district was R+6, but after redistricting, it's D+4--and Zika isn't running for re-election (Republicans nominated Michael Sipe). This could be one of the closest legislative races in the state. Levy is an attorney, mom, and community leader in Bend. She is active with the Deschutes County Democratic Party, serving as Vice Chair, and has volunteered on the Oregon Task Force for School Safety. She has experience working in complex clean energy deals. In this episode, we talk about her views on school safety (and potential gun laws), the politics of central Oregon and how they differ from the metro area, the sky-high cost of housing, and how Oregon can lead the country on clean energy. To learn more about Emerson, visit her website: www.EmersonVotes.com
Acclaimed journalist Les Zaitz on revitalizing local news, rebuilding trust, and some eastern Oregon drama! | EP 62
Les Zaitz is a well-respected figure in the Oregon journalism world (and beyond, as we discuss), having spent decades working in the industry both as a reporter and, more recently, as a media entrepreneur. He is retiring from his post as the founding editor of the Oregon Capital Chronicle and will continue to lead two local publications, the Malheur Enterprise and the Salem Reporter. This was a fun episode--Les is funny, knowledgeable, and direct. We cover many aspects of journalism (local vs. national news, business models, the rise of "creators", whether the state should fund news, etc.), as well as the recent controversies involving the Enterprise and Rep. Greg Smith and some new ideas on closing the urban/rural divide.
Here is his bio, courtesy of the Chronicle:
"Les Zaitz is a veteran editor and investigative reporter, serving Oregon for more than 45 years. He reported for The Oregonian for 25 years and owns community newspapers and a digital news service. He is a national SPJ fellow, two-time Pulitzer finalist, including for a lengthy investigation of Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and five-time winner of Oregon’s top investigative reporting award. He has investigated corrupt state legislators, phony charities, and an international cult that moved to Oregon, and the biggest bank failure in Oregon history. He also has been active in reforming the state’s public records law and was appointed by the governor to the Oregon Public Records Advisory Council. In his spare time, he operates a ranch nestled in a national forest, feeding horses and assorted animals."
You can support Les' work at the Enterprise, the Reporter, and the (free!) Chronicle.
We need more dialogue like this.
Stop the uptalk!!!!
Can not listen anymore! !!!
Is an uptalk!!
I know your age group!!
This is inherently built in!!!
But learn to speak!!!
I know all us old folks will die off!!!
And it just be you !!! And the valley girls!!! That run this country!!
Sad sad sad.
Great podcast! Very inspiring!