KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Multnomah Co. DA-elect Mike Schmidt, homeless services tax

Multnomah Co. DA-elect Mike Schmidt, homeless services tax

May 29, 2020

On this week’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter, Multnomah County District Attorney-elect Mike Schmidt discusses reform he would like to see in the criminal justice system and reacts to the death of George Floyd. Then, Laural shifts to the passage of a homeless services tax in the Portland metro area. She is joined by Angela Martin, the interim executive director of Here Together, the coalition that crafted the measure, and Katrina Holland, the executive director of JOIN, a nonprofit that supports efforts of individuals and families experiencing homelessness to transition into permanent housing.

Kurt Schrader, Mark Gamba make final pitches in Democratic congressional race

Kurt Schrader, Mark Gamba make final pitches in Democratic congressional race

May 15, 2020

Oregon's primary is on May 19. One of the big races is the Democratic primary for Oregon's fifth congressional district. Rep. Kurt Schrader is seeking reelection but faces challenger Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. The two make their case to voters on this week's Straight Talk with Laural Porter.

During pandemic, communities asked to be watchful for signs of child abuse

During pandemic, communities asked to be watchful for signs of child abuse

May 11, 2020

The non-profit, Prevent Child Abuse Oregon, a chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, is working to try to help stabilize and support Oregon families, and protect children at risk for abuse and neglect during the coronavirus pandemic.

The PCAO executive director, Pamela Heisler, and board member, Karmen Fore, joined KGW Straight Talk host, Laural Porter, to talk about ways the community can help.

Secretary of State candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner

Secretary of State candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner

May 11, 2020

This week, former congressional candidate Jamie McLeod Skinner joins host Laural Porter to talk about her qualifications for Oregon Secretary of State, which is next in succession to the governor. McLeod Skinner is one of three democrats vying for the position. The others, Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass, joined Straight Talk last week.

Oregon Secretary of State candidates Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass

Oregon Secretary of State candidates Shemia Fagan and Mark Hass

May 1, 2020

One of the most competitive races in Oregon’s May 19 primary is the Democratic race for secretary of state. Three candidates are vying for the chance to take on the winner of the Republican primary in this November’s general election. State Sen. Shemia Fagan and state Sen. Mark Hass are this week’s guests on Straight Talk with Laural Porter as they make their pitch to voters. The third Democratic candidate, Jamie McLeod Skinner, will be a guest on the show next week.

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