Californians Overwhelmingly Pass Prop 50

Jun 8, 2016
Paul Sakuma

California voters have approved the lone statewide measure on Tuesday's primary ballot.

Proposition 50 asked whether the state Senate or Assembly should be allowed to suspend one of its members without pay with a two-thirds vote.

Two Democrats Will Face Off For California US Senate Seat

Jun 8, 2016

Two Democrats have advanced to the November runoff in California’s U.S. Senate race.

Attorney General Kamala Harris came in first by a comfortable margin. At last check, she’s won 39.7 percent of the vote.

Allegations of voter fraud have been followed by allegations of voter suppression by officials in northern California’s Siskiyou County. 

Austin Jenkins/Northwest News Network

Siskiyou County voters in Tuesday’s Primary Election said “yes” to more marijuana regulation, and “no” to a tax hike to build a new jail. 

A pair of pot-related measures passed handily, including an outright ban on outdoor growing of medical marijuana. 

"We've got to stop meeting like this," said NO ONE in the race for California Congressional District 2.  Incumbent Democrat Jared Huffman and Republican Dale Mensing appear headed to a November pairing for the second straight election.

Huffman pulled in nearly 70 percent of the vote in early returns, while Mensing polled under 20 percent in a race that featured one other Democrat and an independent.  In the top-two primary system, that's enough to send Huffman and Mensing on to a November matchup.

Huffman first won election to Congress in 2012.  Mensing works as a grocery cashier in Garberville.

The race for California's First Congressional District in November will be a rematch of the race of four years ago.  Incumbent Republican Doug La Malfa will face Democrat Jim Reed again. 

La Malfa came away with the most primary votes in the heavily rural, heavily Republican district.  No candidate gained a majority in the seven-way primary.  But La Malfa pulled in roughly 41 percent of the vote in early counts.

Reed, a lawyer with offices in three cities, followed La Malfa with roughly 29 percent.  Republican Joe Montes pulled in third with less than 20 percent, but none of the other candidates cleared ten percent support.  The primary featured four Republicans, two Democrats, and one independent.

Reed and La Malfa faced each other once before, in 2012, the election to replace retiring Republican Wally Herger.  La Malfa won reelection in 2014 over Democrat Heidi Hall; Reed ran for State Assembly and lost.

It's all over but the conventions.  Oh, and five more months of campaigning. 

California's primary all but concludes primary season; now it's time to hear from you about the choices we've been presented.  That's one of our VENTSday topics. 

The other: how the media affected this year's presidential campaigns. 

Listeners take center stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions.

Why Marijuana Business Bans Could Hurt Oregon Counties

Jun 6, 2016
Danielle Peterson/Statesman Journal

County bans on licensed recreational marijuana businesses may result in millions of dollars of lost economic activity, according to one analyst.


The term "police force" becomes ominous to people when the words "use of" appear between them.

No history lesson is necessary to understand that how police use force against fellow citizens is very much in the news, for a couple of years now. 

Oregon Humanities and several other groups are determined to let people discuss the issues; a public forum on Wednesday (June 8) in Eugene addresses police accountability and force, with an eye to possible legislation. 

NAACP Lane County President Eric Richardson moderates and joins us for a preview.  We also bring in  Marianne Dugan, a civil rights attorney; Erious Johnson, Jr. from the Oregon Department of Justice; Oregon State Rep. Lew Frederick, and Daryl Turner from the Portland Police Association.


Even if you've taken a side in the debate over vaccines, you will probably want to hear Dr. Andrea Ferrante out. 

Ferrante is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, and he's just received a grant to study the molecular processes that make vaccines work. 

If your first response is "huh?"... consider this: the creator of vaccines, Edward Jenner, had no idea WHY vaccines worked, and even today's scientists have plenty of questions. 

OHSU Details Recent Issues At Primate Center

Jun 3, 2016
Brennan Linsley via OPB

Oregon Health Sciences University--OHSU--has released the list of problems it’s experienced in its animal research centers over the last 16 months.

They range from the disturbing: a monkey bleeding to death after pulling out its shunt — to the bizarre: another monkey drinking so much alcohol it passed out.

OHSU’s primate research center has about 5,000 monkeys. And at any one time, scientists there are conducting about 120 experiments.
Center director Nancy Haigwood says mistakes happen.

NW California Sees Drought Improvement

Jun 2, 2016

The extreme northwest portion of the state, just north of San Francisco to Crescent City and east along the Oregon border, accounts for the portion of California where there is no drought.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

June is a big month for the arts, because so much activity shifts out-of-doors: outdoor plays, outdoor concerts, outdoor festivals.  You'll hear a few on June's First Friday Arts Segment. 

Any Friday is something of an event. First Friday is a slightly bigger deal in the arts world, as several communities in our region observe First Friday Art Walks.  The Exchange goes with the flow, with our monthly First Friday Arts segment. 

We open the phone lines (800-838-3760) and invite arts organizations from throughout the listening area to call in with details of arts events in the coming weeks... from fine art to open mike nights, all arts events are fair game.

When you have a long history in music, you can reach back for some great tunes from the past. 

That's the basic idea behind "Zepdrix," a show coming to the Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass on June 10.  The name should tell you it's got a song or two from the 60s in it. 

Zepdrix is just one of the projects of Ashland couple Inger Jorgensen and Jeff Pevar.  Pevar is a world-class guitarist with a long resume; Jorgensen is a singer and artist. 


Donnell Alexander only gets 90 minutes to speak at the Eugene Library Thursday Night (June 2). 

And that's a shame, because he has a lot to say about a lot of things.  Like what it's like to be an African-American in Portland, which he described as feeling like "a sitting black duck." 

Like his visit with the extremists who took over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January, or his documentary on the only (known) major league pitcher to throw a no-hitter while tripping on LSD (Dock Ellis). 

Alexander is journalist, writer, film producer, radio producer... that's just the short list. 

Peltier Art Gallery Facebook page

Leonard Peltier went to prison 40 years ago, convicted in the shooting of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

To this day, supporters say Peltier is being held as a political prisoner, punished for his role in the American Indian Movement. 

Now his son Chauncey, an Oregon resident, is ignoring his father's advice to avoid the legal morass surrounding Peltier senior.  Chauncey curates and sells the artwork his father creates in prison. 

Featured Works for June – First Concert
(*Indicates June birthday)

June 1 W Ernest Bloch: Concerto Grosso No. 1 (PACO)
June 2 T Edward Elgar*: Nursery Suite
June 3 F George Whitfield Chadwick: Tam O’Shanter

June 6 M Vincent Persichetti*: Symphony No. 4
June 7 T Camille Saint-Saëns: The Muse and The Poet
June 8 W Tomaso Albinoni*: Oboe Concerto in D minor
June 9 T Carl Nielsen*: Suite from Aladdin
June 10 F Igor Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

It's entirely possible that this year will end without Garland Merrick heading for the Supreme Court, and without Bernie Sanders heading for the White House. 

Neither prospect excites Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley.  Merkley, in his second term, is one of many senators trying to push the Republican leadership to hold hearings and a vote on the Supreme Court vacancy. 

And he's the ONLY senator to publicly endorse Sanders' campaign for president. 

For this week's VENTSday, we invite you to either stand in line or defend your neighborhood.  Or both.

First, airport lines: how would you fix the TSA to keep people from missing flights in security lines?

And while we're on security, let's talk neighborhood watches and other citizens efforts: is law enforcement in short supply where you live, and how do you and your neighbors compensate?

Listeners take center stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way.

We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance.