Democrat Speaker Pro Temp Tobias Read and Republican House Minority Leader Mike McLane join KATU’s Steve Dunn to discuss the impact former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation will have on the work in the Legislature.
In a speech to the Legislature after her swearing-in, Brown praised Kitzhaber for his contributions to Oregonbut also said "we must restore the public's trust."
State Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn, former Oregon state representatives Jefferson Smith and Patrick Sheehan, and political science professor at Reed College Paul Gronke, join host Steve Dunn to analyze the historic resignation announcement of Gov. John Kitzhaber amid an ethics scandal involving his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes.
Nigel Jaquiss, the reporter at KATU’s news partners at Willamette Week, who has broken many of the stories uncovering the allegations of influence peddling inside the office of John Kitzhaber, said “it is an extremely real possibility” that the governor will resign.
Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-NW Portland/Beaverton, is urging her fellow lawmakers to pass a bill that'll make it more difficult for parents to exempt their children from vaccinations.
Sens. Peter Courtney and Jeff Kruse discuss the topics likely to be hotly debated this session, including getting a transportation packaged passed, low-carbon fuels, minimum wage and education.
Oregon state Treasurer Ted Wheeler says Oregonians can’t wait for the federal government to act. He wants the state to sponsor a retirement savings plan.
Oregon currently has the second highest minimum wage in the country at $9.25 an hour, but there’s a movement underway to raise it to $15 an hour.