Rational in Portland

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I am a trial lawyer and a lifelong registered Democrat in Portland, Oregon. I started “Rational in Portland” to combat this city’s ideologically-driven — as opposed to data-driven — policies, which have been particularly catastrophic for its most vulnerable citizens (whom, ironically, Portland claims it cares the most about). The podcast also serves as a platform for leaders who have evidence-based, solutions-oriented, proven strategies to rescue Portland from its precipitous decline and to educate voters who cannot access dispassionate facts from Oregon’s local media. Outside of the courtroom, I spend my time privately fundraising and doing pro bono legal work for data-driven political candidates and journalists who share my desire to save Portland through balanced and pragmatic policymaking. I’m a Biden voter, but I’m curious about people who think differently. My conversations and topics are open, honest, and rigorous, and I’m committed to resisting tribalism through civility and intellectual curiosity.

Episode Date
Richard Cheverton on the death of investigative journalism in Portland
18258
Feb 02, 2023
Breon Gardner on being Black in Portland, working as a personal trainer, and health and fitness
8262
Jan 28, 2023
Chris Gottshall on severe mental illness, addiction, and thriving in a "thruple"
6858
Jan 27, 2023
Jonathan Choe on homelessness and the status of Seattle
6789
Jan 06, 2023
Tom Wolf on Oregon's drug decriminalization measure and the status of San Francisco
4110
Dec 14, 2022
Terrance Moses: working with the homeless and solutions for homelessness in Portland
7936
Dec 14, 2022
Aaron Schmautz on Portland policing
15444
Nov 11, 2022
Jessie Burke, Owner of The Society Hotel in the Old Town neighborhood
7244
Nov 09, 2022
Dr. Karyn Lewis: How students have been impacted by school closures and remote learning
3079
Nov 06, 2022
Phillip Tobias, who confronted Commissioner Hardesty about her military records at city council
5682
Nov 06, 2022
Allie: What's it like to be a high school girl in Portland?
9201
Nov 06, 2022
Ben West for Clackamas County Commissioner
3801
Nov 06, 2022
Our ballot picks and endorsements for the November 2022 general election
7535
Nov 02, 2022
Portland Firefighters in Crisis: Isaac McLennan and Mariya Fuge
4364
Nov 01, 2022
Sonia Montalbano: Mingus Mapps's Ulysses PAC alternative charter reform plan
4060
Oct 22, 2022
Sharon Meieran for Multnomah County Chair
6893
Sep 23, 2022
The Lents neighborhood and homelessness with Char Pennie and David Potts
11679
Sep 22, 2022
Vadim Mozyrsky
9461
Sep 21, 2022
The nonprofit industrial complex and Portland charter reform
4868
Sep 10, 2022
The Portland Party
6477
Aug 28, 2022
Bev: What is it like to be a trans woman of color?
9827
Aug 23, 2022
Fleeing Portland, with Bruce Garrett
12048
Aug 18, 2022
The Lents neighborhood and homelessness with Juanita Swartwood and Todd Littlefield
8886
Aug 10, 2022
TJ Browning: The Laurelhurst neighborhood and homelessness
12719

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/the-new-meth/620174/

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2022-06-21/portland-liberal-support-lags-homeless-services-drugs?_amp=true

https://idahonews.com/neighborhood-response-team-gutted-after-15-million-budget-cut-to-portland-police

https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/516721-412940-gun-assault-crimes-reported-at-laurelhurst-homeless-camp

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/07/portland-officials-plan-to-sweep-encampment-at-laurelhurst-park-after-monthslong-standoff.html

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/07/portland-officials-plan-to-sweep-encampment-at-laurelhurst-park-after-monthslong-standoff.html

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2016/08/community_members_say_proposed.html

https://www.columbian.com/news/2010/sep/09/portland-mayor-dismisses-police-advisory-committee/

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2010/05/portland_mayor_sam_adams_names_1.html

https://thecrimereport.org/2010/09/09/portland-mayor-fires-panel-that-criticized-him-over-police-budget/

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2021/04/longtime-portland-park-ranger-we-are-not-the-police-of-the-parks-period-and-were-not-going-to-be-period.html?outputType=amp

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/06/14/headway/houston-homeless-people.html

https://pamplinmedia.com/pt/9-news/528451-422494-portland-to-build-23m-60-unit-housing-project-for-homeless

https://www.wweek.com/news/2021/10/06/critics-question-the-close-relationships-between-nonprofits-and-the-county-office-that-battles-homelessness/

Jul 20, 2022
Mark: What's it like to be a gay conservative in Portland?
8678
Jun 17, 2022
The homeless industrial complex, with Kevin Dahlgren and Andrea Suarez
7407
Jun 12, 2022
Where is all the "treatment" money from Oregon's drug decriminalization measure? Mike Marshall from Oregon Recovers is our guest
3888
May 27, 2022
Kim McGair: please thank her for having an open public school during Covid
8230

Kim McGair is a lawyer in Portland and a co-founder of ED 300, the group that fought to open Portland Public Schools during Covid after 18 months of closures.

https://twitter.com/MartyMakary/status/1466578909437169664?s=20&t=vtCbro357POl96IIPvibPQ

https://www.wweek.com/news/state/2022/03/31/non-affiliated-oregon-voters-now-outnumber-democrats-and-republicans-for-first-time/

https://www.christinefororegon.com/issues/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-the-best-way-to-raise-good-people-a-debate/id1570872415?i=1000562261922

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-yale-law-professor-who-is-anti-roe-but-pro-choice/id1570872415?i=1000560474755

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/why-this-gay-rights-pioneer-opposes-gender-ideology/id1570872415?i=1000559451760

https://www.opb.org/news/article/knute-buehler-nonmedical-vaccine-exemptions/

https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2020/02/oregons-knute-buehler-embraces-trump-in-run-for-congress.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831678/

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/truck-driver-leads-nj-senate-president-after-spending-153-on-campaign/3030225/

https://www.oregon.gov/tspc/LIC/Documents/Emergency%20Substitute%20License%2010-11-2021.pdf

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/business/economy/coronavirus-working-women.html

https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/01/portland-mayor-ted-wheelers-urgent-mandate-to-move-homeless-campers-into-humane-shelters-isnt-working.html

https://oregoncapitalchronicle.com/2022/05/17/oregon-appears-headed-towards-a-low-turnout/

May 24, 2022
Teri Anderson, whose homeless son died of a drug overdose on the streets of Portland
11238
May 19, 2022
Check Your Bias
4811

My Appearance on the Check Your Bias podcast! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/check-your-bias/id1500221730

May 17, 2022
Where is the "Homeless Tax" money going? Terri Preeg-Riggsby is a physically disabled mother running to unseat Duncan Hwang for Metro Council District 6
7499
May 10, 2022
Our PDX Primary Endorsements
5313
May 04, 2022
Rene Gonzalez, running to unseat Jo Ann Hardesty on Portland City Council
4704
May 04, 2022
Steven Cox, running to unseat Dan Ryan for Portland City Council
5979
Apr 27, 2022
Your questions and Portland election updates
8045
Apr 20, 2022
Sharia Mayfield, candidate for Multnomah County Chair
4506
Apr 10, 2022
Lionel Irving: the inspiring story of a Black Portland native who committed homicide, but turned his life around and is now serving on the City of Portland's gun violence Community Oversight Group
9455
Mar 31, 2022
Rosie, a two-time Trump voter in Portland
9060
Mar 30, 2022
Part 2: Eric Post, Oregon TikTok Famous Entrepreneur
5522
Mar 06, 2022
Part 1: Eric Post, Oregon TikTok Famous Entrepreneur
5894
Mar 06, 2022
Nancy Rommelmann comes on the show!!!!
5725

http://www.nancyrommelmann.com

https://substack.com/profile/1406219-nancy-rommelmann

https://www.palomamedia.com

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/22/opinion/politics/kenosha-rittenhouse-2020-protests.html

https://reason.com/2020/09/04/youre-not-allowed-to-film-the-fight-for-control-over-who-reports-from-portland/

https://www.laweekly.com/who-she-took-with-her/

https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-times-succumbed-another-mob-journalism-unrecognizable-opinion-1567367

http://www.nancyrommelmann.com/new-blog/2020/9/6/when-a-killing-becomes-a-rorschach-test-dispatch-from-portland-reason

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=286429 -General mask mandate OAR

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/oard/viewSingleRule.action?ruleVrsnRsn=286288 - School mask mandate OAR

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Mar 01, 2022
Oregon has a GOP gubernatorial candidate who was a swinger
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https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-08-20/recall-candidate-larry-elder-is-a-threat-to-black-californians

Lindsey Graham and J. Michelle Childs: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/594446-white-house-brushing-off-graham-handicapping-of-high-court-choice

Judge Childs's representation of employers: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/labor-issues-complicate-judge-michelle-childs-supreme-court/story?id=82809387

Kyrsten Sinema bad for bisexuals? https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/arizona-s-kyrsten-sinema-bad-bisexual-americans-ncna1282401

Ilya Shapiro's "Lesser Black Woman" tweet https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/04/opinion/supreme-court-georgetown-twitter.html

San Francisco school board: https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-school-board-recall-Alison-Collins-16922351.php

Teachers union controlling the CDC: https://nypost.com/2021/05/01/teachers-union-collaborated-with-cdc-on-school-reopening-emails/

OR vaxed teachers before seniors: https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2021/01/governor-defends-decision-to-vaccinate-teachers-before-oregons-elderly-saying-kids-are-deeply-impacted-by-the-pandemic.html

After prioritized for vax, teachers didn't return: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/oregon-governor-ordering-teachers-to-return-to-classroom

Unenrollment at PDX Public Schools: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/16/portland-public-schools-enrollment-decline-staffing-cuts/

Plan to move homeless to PDX neighborhoods to get businesses back to downtown: https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2021/05/19/portlands-mayor-asks-downtown-law-firms-for-help-with-a-plan-to-relocate-people-sleeping-in-front-of-their-offices/

Foot traffic decline in PDX: https://www.newsweek.com/portland-saw-80-percent-decline-foot-traffic-amid-protests-riots-violence-covid-1601331

Feb 19, 2022
Cancel culture in the literary and publishing world
4188

Guest Allie Crenshaw discusses cancel culture in the literary and publishing world and her new book Frogs Don't Need Floaties, out now. https://www.amazon.com/Frogs-Dont-Need-Floaties-Standing/dp/B09QF44TPR

Links to articles and data:

More than 600 health professionals have signed the Open Call to Restore Normalcy for US Children, which includes removing mask mandates in schools: https://www.urgencyofnormal.com/our-statement

https://news.yahoo.com/doctors-urge-health-is-about-more-than-the-absence-of-covid-19-for-children-233952971.html

Oregon considers and will likely pass a permanent, general mask mandate: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/oregon/articles/2022-01-20/oregon-residents-decry-proposed-permanent-mask-mandate

Oregon makes masking permanent in schools: https://www.opb.org/article/2022/02/02/oregon-health-authority-extends-masking-rule-in-schools/

Dr. Monica Gandhi calls for an end to all mask mandates on Dr. Peter Attia's podcast: https://peterattiamd.com/covid-part2/

Risk of Covid to unvaccinated kids lower than risk to vaccinated adults: https://www.newsweek.com/vaccine-children-covid-england-deaths-1627885

When an eviction moratorium backfires: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/09/nyregion/rent-landlord-eviction-moratorium.html

Comparison of US death rates for kids, including death from Covid: https://twitter.com/PeterAttiaMD/status/1486024120743743489

Brown University study re negative effects of masking and other measures on children: https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.08.10.21261846v1.full.pdf

Cloth masks never worked, Dr. Leana Wen, CNN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCyVR9SRJxY

Dr. Michael Osterholm, U Minn. and Biden's Covid transition team, Aug. 2021: Cloth masks are useless: https://www.pbs.org/wnet/amanpour-and-company/video/do-masks-provide-much-protection-we-think-bglhwy/

Feb 07, 2022
Living on the Edge: How a lesbian Portlander has survived riots, poverty, physical disability, addiction, mental illness, and why she wants out of Portland forever.
7618

Rebranded as the Rational in Portland podcast.

We speak to Susan Griffin (Twitter handle @SusanGriffin530), a lesbian Portlander and lifelong Democrat who lives downtown. She describes herself as a "forgotten resident". She is physically and mentally disabled, and she spoke to me from her wheelchair about what it was like to live through 200 days of rioting in Portland, Oregon, from her government-subsidized housing. Learn what separates Susan from those living on the street around her in encampments and how she copes with her mental illnesses, addiction, and living in a city that she feels has utterly abandoned her.

Jo Ann Hardesty, Portland City Commissioner's lawsuit: https://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2021/12/13/jo-ann-hardesty-files-5m-lawsuit-against-portland-police-union-and-its-former-president-for-leak-of-false-hit-and-run-allegation/

Mayor Wheeler let Portland burn because it had "nothing to lose": https://www.opb.org/article/2020/08/24/portlands-protests-three-months-in-no-end-in-sight/

Gov. Brown and Mayor Wheeler were at odds over how to handle the riots: https://www.opb.org/news/article/pandemic-protests-oregon-governor-kate-brown-portland-mayor-ted-wheeler/

Jan 19, 2022
20-year-old Portlander comes out as conservative for the first time ever
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It's hard to speak out in Portland. That's why we have this podcast. Today you will hear from Sarah, a 20-year-old who voted for Trump and is a conservative from Portland. Before today, the only people who knew Sarah's political affiliation were her family. She opens up to us about what it's like to be a conservative in Portland.

Links from today's episode:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/expert-warns-cloth-masks-useless-215341566.html

Article about Howard Zinn, who wrote the textbooks used by Sarah in Portland Public Schools: https://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/december/wineburg-historiography-zinn-122012.html

For those of you who were looking for the article about the $11.5 million Portland gave away to a woke company run by an ex-convict: https://nypost.com/2021/12/14/portland-awards-11-5m-energy-contract-to-woke-firm-run-by-ex-convict/

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Dec 30, 2021
Why isn't anyone stopping the violence in Portland?
4077

High profile professional and native Portlander Jennifer tells us what it was like to work with the Gang Violence Reduction Unit.

Dec 06, 2021
Nurse practitioner Nurse Betty on mental health, addiction, COVID and more
5755

We are joined by special guest Nurse Betty on this episode. Nurse Betty is a nurse practitioner who practices and lives in the city of Portland. We talk about mental health, addiction, COVID, homelessness, whether the city of Portland will ever bounce back, and more.

Sep 22, 2021