KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Oregon nonprofit sees success in getting women and women of color elected

Oregon nonprofit sees success in getting women and women of color elected

November 20, 2020

The first Black member and first Muslim member of the Washington County Commission and Mayors-elect of West Linn and Beaverton went through Emerge Oregon training.

Emerge Oregon counts among its successful graduates, Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, and Secretary of State-elect Shemia Fagan, as well as Beaverton Mayor-elect Lacey Beaty, and West Linn Mayor-Elect Jules Walters. The organization supported over 70 women up for election in the 2020 May primary and November general elections.

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Portland Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps; Gresham mayor’s race

Portland Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps; Gresham mayor’s race

November 13, 2020

On this week's episode of Straight Talk, Laural Porter is joined by Portland Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps, who talks about his victory and what he hopes city council can achieve moving forward. Laural is also joined by Travis Stovall and Eddy Morales, who are battling in a tight race to be Gresham's next mayor as the votes continue to be counted.

Oregon’s 4th District: Peter DeFazio v. Alek Skarlatos

Oregon’s 4th District: Peter DeFazio v. Alek Skarlatos

October 30, 2020

Longtime Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio is facing Republican challenger Alek Skarlatos in a race that has received national attention.

Washington congressional race: Herrera Beutler vs. Long

Washington congressional race: Herrera Beutler vs. Long

October 23, 2020

Southwest Washington's 3rd Congressional District holds the unique distinction of being the only district touching the Pacific Ocean that is held by a Republican. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler has served the district since 2010 and is hoping to win a sixth term as she faces one of her toughest political challenges yet. For the second time, Democrat Carolyn Long is hoping to convince voters it's time for a change. Long is a political science professor at Washington State University-Vancouver. The race is a rematch from 2018 when Long came within about five percentage points of Herrera Beutler. In previous elections, the congresswoman had beaten her opponents by double-digits.

Portland mayoral debate: Wheeler vs. Iannarone

Portland mayoral debate: Wheeler vs. Iannarone

October 9, 2020

 In a Portland mayoral debate hosted by KGW and the Oregonian, incumbent Ted Wheeler tried to make his case to voters to let him lead the city for four more years, while challenger Sarah Iannarone pushed for progressive policies and a fresh start in local government.

Both candidates appeared from remote locations to ensure the debate was as safe as possible. Wheeler was at the offices of the local firefighters union, while Iannarone appeared from the office of a supporter in Southeast Portland. We taped the debate in advance to minimize the risk of any technical difficulties that would distract from the messages from the candidates.

The debate was moderated by KGW's Laural Porter and The Oregonian's Everton Bailey, and the candidates discussed everything from nightly protests, climate change, to homelessness, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recovery.

Portland City Council runoff race: Eudaly vs. Mapps

Portland City Council runoff race: Eudaly vs. Mapps

October 2, 2020

For Portlanders, one of the most important issues on the ballot is the runoff election for city council between incumbent Chloe Eudaly and challenger Mingus Mapps. We talk with both candidates about how they can help tackle Portland's biggest issues.

Climate change and Oregon’s historic wildfires

Climate change and Oregon’s historic wildfires

September 25, 2020

This week on Straight Talk, three associate professors at Portland State University, Paul Loikith, Max Nielson-Pincus and Andres Holz, analyze the historic wildfires that devastated parts of Oregon, climate change’s role in the fires and what can be done moving forward. Maggie Vespa fills in for Laural Porter.

Portland’s never-used Wapato Jail set to open as homeless shelter

Portland’s never-used Wapato Jail set to open as homeless shelter

September 18, 2020

Two men. One dream. Their partnership could mean a new beginning for hundreds of people living on the streets of Portland. Jordan Schnitzer and Alan Evans, the CEO of the nonprofit Helping Hands, are about to do something most everyone else had given up on. They’re on the brink of opening the never-used Wapato Jail facility in North Portland as a homeless shelter newly branded as the Bybee Lakes Hope Center. Schnitzer and Evans shared their story this week on KGW’s Straight Talk.

Portland activist Cameron Whitten, Reed College professor Paul Gronke

Portland activist Cameron Whitten, Reed College professor Paul Gronke

September 4, 2020

In this week’s episode of Straight Talk with Laural Porter, Portland activist Cameron Whitten says Portlanders should be asking when the suffering of their Black neighbors will end. Also, Reed College professor Paul Gronke says to get ready for a long election night that could potentially extend into days.

Strategies to navigate work and school from home

Strategies to navigate work and school from home

August 21, 2020

As the pandemic stretches into six months, more than two-thirds of employees working from home are experiencing symptoms of burnout, according to a survey from online employment platform Monster. The problem seems to be growing. The number of people reporting signs of burnout is up 20% from a similar survey in May. On this week's episode of "Straight Talk," a Providence psychologist and a sports medicine specialist offered advice on how to battle burnout and succeed in a work-from-home and remote learning environment.

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