KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
How do we address the gun violence across Portland?

How do we address the gun violence across Portland?

October 22, 2021

Portland Police Sergeant Ken Duilio, Lakayana Drury, founder of the nonprofit Word Is Bond, and Multnomah County's Chief Deputy District Attorney Kirsten Snowden were guests on this week's episode of "Straight Talk" to discuss what's behind the gun violence and possible solutions.

Portland voters have a once in a decade opportunity to change how the city runs

Portland voters have a once in a decade opportunity to change how the city runs

October 15, 2021

It was 1913 when Portland voters first decided the city would have a commission form of government with city council members elected at large. Now, 108 years later, Portland is the only large city in the U.S. to still have the unique system of government and residents have voted eight times to keep it that way.

A twenty member Charter Review Commission is studying alternatives to the city's form of government and elections, and may refer their recommendations to the Nov. 2022 ballot.  

In this episode of Straight Talk, Laural Porter talked to members of the commission about their task, why there's a charter review, what they're studying and how you can make your voice heard. 

Sunrise Movement PDX calls on Oregon leaders to take swift action on climate crisis

Sunrise Movement PDX calls on Oregon leaders to take swift action on climate crisis

October 8, 2021

Youth climate activists Adah Crandall and Cassie Wilson discuss the growing climate crisis and what they want Oregon leaders to do about it. Specifically, they talk about the recent climate protests and their objections to the I-5 Rose Quarter expansion project. 

Commissioner Dan Ryan promises urgent action on two Portland crises — homelessness and gun violence

Commissioner Dan Ryan promises urgent action on two Portland crises — homelessness and gun violence

October 1, 2021

Portland City Commissioner Dan Ryan discusses the new "Safe Rest Village" project, the surge in gun violence and his plan to run for re-election in 2022.

Addressing the humanitarian crisis on Portland‘s streets

Addressing the humanitarian crisis on Portland‘s streets

September 24, 2021

Blanchet House Director Scott Kerman is calling for innovation, bold action and teamwork as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens the crisis on Portland's streets. Also, Terry Leckron-Myers with the Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon (MHAAO) joins to discuss how MHAAO has ramped up efforts to alleviate the ongoing crisis. 

Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

Head of I-5 bridge replacement project says it‘s time to get it done, but critics remain

September 15, 2021

Greg Johnson, the leader of the Interstate Bridge Replacement project, and Joe Cortright, a Portland economist opposed to replacing the bridge, discuss the latest bridge project and concerns about the cost, tolling and congestion. 

Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

Sen. Ron Wyden takes on climate change by changing federal tax code

September 10, 2021

In a wide-ranging interview, Sen. Ron Wyden discusses a number of issues like the Afghanistan withdrawal, the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation he authored to eliminate dozens of current tax credits and replace them with provisions that would move the country toward achieving its carbon emission reduction goals.

Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer’s deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

Multnomah County leaders reflect on summer’s deadly heat waves and plan for dealing with a hotter future

August 20, 2021

Multnomah County Chair Kafoury, Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Jennifer Vines and Deputy Chief of Multnomah County Emergency Management Alice Busch were guests on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on the deadly heat wave and explore ways to address future heat emergencies.

Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

Black community leaders in Portland push for slavery reparations commission in Congress

August 13, 2021

Oregon state Sen. Lew Frederick, Cameron Whitten, co-founder of the Black Resilience Fund and founder of the nonprofit Brown Hope, and Dr. Carmen Thompson, a historian and visiting scholar in the Black studies department at Portland State University, discuss the prospect of reparations and what they should look like with KGW's Laural Porter. 

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visits Oregon + Looking ahead to the Tokyo Olympics with Jules Boykoff

July 16, 2021

Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Eugene, Springfield, and Corvallis this week to highlight how the president's vision would improve traffic safety, make historic investments to help cut carbon pollution and make everyday Americans' lives better. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and a 2020 presidential candidate was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. 

Pacific University political science professor and Olympics expert Jules Boykoff was also a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk. Boykoff discussed the politics leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, athlete activism, and Northwest athletes to watch.

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