KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter
Straight Talk: Rep. Peter DeFazio reflects on 36 years in Congress

Straight Talk: Rep. Peter DeFazio reflects on 36 years in Congress

January 14, 2022

Peter DeFazio is the longest serving House member in Oregon history and the 65th longest in U.S. history. He was a guest on this week's episode of Straight Talk to reflect on his congressional career and his plans for retirement.

Long-term care facilities are facing a staffing crisis

Long-term care facilities are facing a staffing crisis

January 7, 2022

Long-term care executive Phil Fogg is calling on the U.S. to treat the workforce shortage in health care as a national crisis.

Ways to give back this holiday season

Ways to give back this holiday season

December 17, 2021

Bloodworks Northwest is calling on Washington and Oregon residents to give blood this holiday season as the nationwide shortage continues. We also talk to Josh Schreck with the KGW Great Toy Drive about this year's effort to support the community. Investigative reporter Kyle Iboshi also joins to discuss holiday scams to watch out for. 

Behavioral health challenges and the homeless crisis

Behavioral health challenges and the homeless crisis

December 10, 2021

Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan joined Oregon Recovers co-founder and director Mike Marshall and Oregon State Representative Tawna Sanchez (D-District 43) on this week's episode to discuss behavioral health and homelessness in Oregon.

Multnomah County Chair says progress is being made on homeless crisis

Multnomah County Chair says progress is being made on homeless crisis

December 3, 2021

Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury joined Laural Porter on Straight Talk to discuss the city's homeless crisis and progress being made, thanks in part to Metro's supportive housing bond that passed in 2020. Homeless service providers Mercedes Elizalde from Central City Concern and Stacy Borke from Transition Projects were also guests on this week's episode.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer talks COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

Rep. Earl Blumenauer talks COP26 climate summit in Glasgow

November 19, 2021

Congressman Earl Blumenauer says he's optimistic the planet can slow global warming. He recently attended the global climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland and joined Laural Porter on Straight Talk to discuss climate change and his new report on preparing for climate disaster, "From Ruin to Resilience." 

Juvenile offenders could be released early under retroactive youth sentencing reform

Juvenile offenders could be released early under retroactive youth sentencing reform

November 12, 2021

Gabe Newland with the Oregon Justice Resource Center and Marion County DA Paige Clarkson joined Laural Porter to discuss the pros and cons of clemency for offenders convicted as teens.

People for Portland is trying to hold elected officials accountable. Is it working?

People for Portland is trying to hold elected officials accountable. Is it working?

November 5, 2021

Political strategists Dan Lavey and Kevin Looper usually find themselves on opposing sides of an issue.

Lavey served as strategist for former Republican U.S. Senator Gordon Smith, and advises Oregon business interests. 

Looper is a long-time Democratic consultant. However, what they see as the decline and decay of their hometown, Portland, brought them together to launch the nonprofit advocacy group, People for Portland. 

Lavey and Looper were guests on this week's episode of "Straight Talk" to discuss why they founded People for Portland, their objectives, and who is funding the $1.5 million campaign.

Landlords and tenants frustrated with rent assistance delays

Landlords and tenants frustrated with rent assistance delays

October 29, 2021

Kim McCarty represents 6,000 low-income tenants across the state. As the executive director of the Community Alliance of Tenants, McCarty said their office receives hundreds of calls from tenants who have lost their employment benefits and are still not fully employed — now, they're afraid of being evicted.

Oregon's statewide eviction moratorium expired at the end of June but state lawmakers passed a bill providing a 60-day grace period for those who applied for assistance — Multnomah County extended that grace period to 90 days.

Deborah Imse is the executive director of Multifamily NW, a rental industry group representing a mix of large and small landlords and property managers. She said landlords are in the dark about how the rental assistance process works, where their tenants' applications are in that process and at what point they will get paid. 

McCarty and Imse discussed their frustrations on this week's episode of "Straight Talk."

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.

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