KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
BONUS EPISODE: Sen. Merkley on his new book

BONUS EPISODE: Sen. Merkley on his new book

August 27, 2019

KGW's Laural Porter hosted a discussion with Sen. Jeff Merkley at Revolution Hall in Portland on Aug. 26. They discussed Sen. Merkley's new book, 'America is Better Than This: Trump's War Against Migrant Families.' They also took questions from the audience about foreign aid and what Democrats plan to do to flip the Senate in 2020.

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba on challenging Rep. Schrader

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba on challenging Rep. Schrader

August 25, 2019

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba, a former National Geographic photographer, is challenging incumbent Kurt Schrader for Oregon's 5th District in 2020. He talked about his passion to battle climate change, not taking corporate PAC money during the campaign, and his efforts to improve safe routes to school. 

Multnomah Co. Chair Deborah Kafoury on homelessness

Multnomah Co. Chair Deborah Kafoury on homelessness

August 20, 2019

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meiren talk about what steps the county is taking to address homelessness. This episode originally aired on June 22, 2019.  

Bill Currier on the future of the GOP in Oregon

Bill Currier on the future of the GOP in Oregon

August 20, 2019

The chair of the Oregon GOP Bill Currier talks about Republican efforts to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, as well as the future of the Oregon Republican Party. This episode originally aired on July 27, 2019.  

OR Treasurer Tobias Read on Oregon Saves program

OR Treasurer Tobias Read on Oregon Saves program

August 20, 2019

Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read and Executive Director of the Rose City Rollers Kim Stegeman talk about “Oregon Saves,” a first-of its kind work-and-save program. Read says the program is getting nation-wide attention, while Stegeman talked about the Rose City Rollers using Oregon Saves. This episode originally aired on KGW News on Aug. 3, 2019.  

Sen. Jeff Merkley on immigration, Democratic presidential candidates and gun violence

Sen. Jeff Merkley on immigration, Democratic presidential candidates and gun violence

August 20, 2019

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) discuss the immigration crisis and his experience seeing the detention camps in person. Sen. Merkley also talks about reducing gun violence, the Democratic presidential candidates, and his plan to stop price-gouging on prescription drugs. This episode originally aired on KGW News on Aug. 10, 2019.  

Rep. Kurt Schrader on gun laws, the NRA and immigration

Rep. Kurt Schrader on gun laws, the NRA and immigration

August 20, 2019

Oregon State Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-5th District) talked with KGW’s Laural Porter about gun laws, the NRA and the immigration crisis at the border. They also discussed his primary opponent, Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba (D). This episode originally aired on KGW News on Aug. 17, 2019.