politics

TKO: African-Americans In The GOP

Nov 28, 2016
University of California Press

Race loomed large in the recent election. 

One commentator referred to the election of Donald Trump as a "whitelash."  Exit polls indicate the story is more complicated than that, but racial and party identification can correlate closely. 

And sometimes not, as Corey D. Fields demonstrates in his book on African Americans in the Republican party: Black Elephants in the Room

The Keenest Observers host Rob Goodwin returns for this segment. 

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Thanksgiving will be the first time many Oregonians break bread together post presidential election. 

Will the time-honored rule of “no politics at the dinner table” still cut the mustard after an election where so many traditions went out the window? 

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It can be mighty hard to remember that there is more on the ballot than the race for president, MUCH more.  And what happens at the top of the ticket can have a profound effect on races down the ballot, like races for Congressional seats. 

Even so, do not expect the Democrats to win control of the House of Representatives.  The districts are drawn to accentuate Republican power in many states, as David Daley told us months ago in his book Ratf**ked

He adds an addendum to the book with a recent article at Salon

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Most of Oregon's people live in the Willamette Valley.  So that's where many of the state's elected leaders come from. 

But Oregon has many people living far from the urban areas, with their own concerns about state government.  The Oregon gubernatorial candidates--Kate Brown and Bud Pierce--agreed to hold their first debate in Bend, focused on the issues of Rural Oregon. 

JPR is one of the partners in this first debate (Saturday, September 24th), with Emily Cureton representing JPR News on the panel. 

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It will be Ashland's former mayor versus the Rogue Valley Transportation District's board chair in a special November election for Oregon Senate District 3. 

A special Republican convention held Tuesday night in Medford chose Alan DeBoer to run for the seat vacated by the sudden death of Sen. Alan Bates on August 5th. 

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Jackson County Democrats picked Tonia Moro to run for Oregon State Senate in a special convention Friday night (August 19).

She will run for the Senate District 3 seat vacated by Sen. Alan Bates of Medford, who died two weeks before.

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The sudden death of State Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford) created a vacancy and an election in Oregon Senate District 3.

Twelve Democrats have expressed a desire to fill the position, either short or long-term. 

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You frequently hear people refer to the United States as an "experiment" in its approach to liberty. 

Well, experiments fail.  And that is the concern of Eric Metaxas, author and radio host. 

His latest book is If You Can Keep It, a warning of what we could lose by not paying attention to the intentions of the country's founders. 

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We hop into the time machine for this hour, revisiting an early 2014 interview with Randy Shaw about his book The Activist's Handbook

The more recent version of the book is itself an updating of an earlier edition. 

In an age of ubiquitous smart phones and social media, activism has new tools at its disposal. 

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At this point it seems naive to ask if money influences politics.

So, let's begin with HOW much money it takes to make a difference, and thwart efforts to curtail catastrophic climate change.

Our guests have followed the money, and struck oil. Daniel Lewkow is the Political Director of Common Cause Oregon; David Hyde heads up Move To Amend.

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In a world where pens are still mightier than swords, (or guns), Kimberley Strassel is no stranger to battle.

The Oregon-born political commentator writes Potomac Watch, a regular column in the the Wall Street Journal.

Her latest material appears in book-form: Intimidation Game: How The Left Is Silencing Free Speech.

The author makes the case for politicized, colluding bureaucracy, zooming in on the IRS's treatment of conservative non-profits.

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Remember the town hall meetings with Congress members in 2009 where people screamed their opposition to Obamacare?  A year later, Republicans wiped out Democrats in the mid-term elections at all levels of government. 

The impact was especially profound in state legislatures, and GOP control of many of those gave the party the ability to control the process of re-drawing district lines after the 2010 census. 

In a book with a title we can't say on the air--Ratf**ked--Salon Editor-in-chief David Daley writes of the convergence of political players and dark money that made redistricting an enduring Republican victory. 

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You know that thing Americans do, coming together in a time of need?  Not happening at the moment, it can be argued.

And there's plenty of evidence of need... for better-paying jobs, cheaper housing, and general resuscitation of the middle class. 

Yuval Levin, the editor of National Affairs, calls the situation--and his latest book--The Fractured Republic

In Levin's analysis, both left and right are looking back to "good old days" when they should be looking forward.

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Time for a question: has anyone actually known a welfare queen or a limousine liberal?  Both are terms wielded, or at least once wielded, by the American right wing to impeach the thinking and policies of political opponents. 

Historian Steve Fraser, in a new book called The Limousine Liberal, focuses on that particular term. 

Fraser says understanding its birth and use is central to understanding the opposition to liberal elites, even today. 

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You'd need a small bus to carry all the people running for Oregon Governor in the May 17th primary. 

John Kitzhaber's departure a month into his term put Kate Brown in office and triggered an unusual election for a two-year term in this election cycle. 

Former state Republican chair Allen Alley is one of a handful of GOP members running. 

His chief opponent, Bud Pierce, joined us previously. 

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What looked like a ho-hum reelection in the Oregon Senate turned suddenly interesting the day AFTER the filing deadline in March. 

Republican Senator Doug Whitsett in district 28 announced his retirement and withdrawal from the race. 

Scant minutes before the filing deadline, former Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum had filed to run in the Republican primary.  He remains the only candidate officially on the ballot. 

The action ruffled feathers across the district, which includes parts of Jackson and Klamath Counties. 

Write-in campaigns quickly mounted for former Jackson County Commissioner C.W. Smith, Michael Stettler of Christmas Valley, and Klamath County Museum Director Todd Kepple

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The same maneuver that appeared to clear the way to the Oregon legislature for a Republican in Senate District 28 also happened in House District 56. 

Gail Whitsett--whose husband represents the Senate district--announced her withdrawal from the race the day after the filing deadline. 

Fellow Republican Werner Reschke filed minutes before the deadline, sparking allegations of "insider trading." 

Two other candidates seek the seat, Jonah Hakanson as a general election non-affiliated candidate, and former Klamath County Commissioner Al Switzer as a Republican write-in. 

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Rick Shenkman has already made some money underestimating the intelligence of the American voter*.  His 2008 book is called Just How Stupid Are We?

Apparently, he's still looking for an answer to that question, or at least getting lots of responses to it. 

Note the picture of the swinging monkey on the cover of his latest book, Political Animals

There might be an evolutionary reason for the way we make choices about political leaders. 

Before we get completely carried away by the latest on Donald Trump's mouth and Hillary Clinton's server, can we pause for just a moment?  

The White House race for 2016 is plenty interesting, but it's not even 2016 yet.  We take a look back, revisiting an earlier interview with Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz.  

He is the author of Collision 2012, a book about the internal workings of the campaigns in the last presidential election.  

Remember Obama-Romney and the greatest hits of that race?  

Oregonians Share More Than They Think

Oct 16, 2014
Pearblossomparade.org

Our country is deeply divided politically, and Oregon is just like any other state.  Or is it? 

When you ask people around the state about the values they hold dear, the answers are often similar, despite factors like political party. 

The Oregon Values Project discovered this in its most recent once-a-decade assessment of values among the state's citizens. 

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