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Promoting individual liberty and conservative principles while rejecting hatred and divisiveness.

Promoting individual liberty and conservative principles while rejecting hatred and divisiveness.
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Promoting individual liberty and conservative principles while rejecting hatred and divisiveness.

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English


Episodes

Episode 10: Vaccines

6/15/2019
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In this episode, James and Nick welcome author Jeff Reynolds to talk about HB3063 which would have limited parents' ability to decline vaccinations on behalf of their children. Jeff is the former chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party and is heavily involved in Oregon politics.

Duration:00:43:23

Podcast Preview: Mainstreet Politics

6/6/2019
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A preview of Rep. Daniel Bonham's podcast: Mainstreet Politics. Rep. Bonham has a talent for recruiting amazing guests to his podcast, I would highly encourage our listeners to subscribe if you're looking for even more Oregon politics.

Duration:00:42:45

Episode 9: Rep Daniel Bonham

6/1/2019
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James and Nick are honored to welcome our first sitting State Legislator, Rep. Daniel Bonham. We talk about what it's like to be in the super-minority and touch on a variety of topics that are impacting Oregon right now.

Duration:00:46:36

Dorchester 4: Allen Alley

5/25/2019
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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.

Duration:00:24:21

Episode 8: Gun Control

5/18/2019
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In this episode, James and Nick welcome Robert Schwartz, former candidate for State Representative and requester of Senate Bill 801 which would have allowed schools to teach elementary students what to do if they encounter an unsecured firearm. We talk about problems with the current system and what we would do to prevent gun deaths without infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use guns.

Duration:00:45:34

Dorchester 3: Julie Parrish & Larry Morgan

5/11/2019
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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 and has worked on several high-profile Republican campaigns, despite being a Democrat.

Duration:00:36:38

Episode 7: Teen Suicide and Mental Health

5/5/2019
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James and Nick welcome Dr. Satya Chandragiri, a psychiatrist running for Salem-Keizer School Board. Dr. Satya shares his experiences treating mental health around the world as well as what he hopes to accomplish on the School Board.

Duration:00:28:19

Dorchester 2: Gary Wilhelms & Eric Fruits

4/27/2019
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In the second episode of our Dorchester series, James and Nick have a discussion with Gary Wilhelms, former Oregon legislator and one of the authors of the Oregon "kicker" and with Dr. Eric Fruits, a Professor of Economics at Portland State University and contributor at the Cascade Policy Institute.

Duration:00:38:24

Dorchester 1: Alek Skarlatos

4/20/2019
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American hero Alek Skarlatos joins Nick and James to talk about guns, forest management and what it's like to become an international celebrity overnight. Alek gained notoriety when he, along with 2 of his best friends, stopped a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris in 2015. His actions were immortalized in the film "The 15:17 to Paris" where Alek played himself.

Duration:00:29:36

Episode 6: The Republican Platform

4/6/2019
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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.

Duration:00:45:40

Episode 5: PERS

3/23/2019
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James and Nick welcome Russ Casler to discuss the Oregon public employee retirement system (PERS). We talk about the history of how PERS began, the current state of the program, what the problems are, and what can be done to fix it.

Duration:00:46:54

Episode 4: Gay Rights

3/10/2019
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In this episode, James and Nick welcome Ernie Hernandez, a Mexican-American living in Portland, OR who happens to be gay. Ernie talks about growing up Catholic in Mexico and how he discovered he was gay. We also 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.

Duration:00:49:26

Episode 3: Fake News

2/24/2019
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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.

Duration:00:44:05

Episode 2: Abortion

2/9/2019
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Nick and James talk about one of the most divisive topics in politics.

Duration:00:23:40

Episode 1: Divided We Fall

1/26/2019
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In episode 1 Nick and James talk about how divisive politics are hurting our nation and how the government shutdown is an example of what happens when we stop looking for common ground and just try to "beat the other guy".

Duration:00:25:25

Episode 0: Introduction

1/12/2019
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Introduction to the podcast. I talk about what I'm hoping to accomplish with the series.

Duration:00:01:52