The Rational Republican

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Promoting individual liberty and conservative principles while rejecting hatred and divisiveness.

Episode Date
Rep. Suzanne Weber
James and Nick welcome Rep Suzanne Weber, the newly elected representative from House District 32 representing the area in and around Tillamook, OR and Adam Schwend her campaign manager and chief of staff.
Jan 10, 2021
Emergency Podcast - Red Hats Storm the Capitol
James and Nick felt the need to discuss the events of January 6, 2021 where Trump supporters storm the Capitol in Washington DC. We fully and completely denounce the violence taking place in our nation's capitol today.
Jan 07, 2021
Rational And Proper
James and Nick welcome Rohan Gulati and Kyle Henson from Nick's old podcast "Unnecessary and Proper" to bring a crossover episode "Rational and Proper". We briefly discussed the title "Unnecessary Republicans" but decided against it. We talk about the future of the GOP and how National politics are different from Oregon politics and the strategies needed to win each.
Dec 26, 2020
Jim Fitzhenry - Portland business owner and former staffer to Sen. Hatfield and Pres. Bush Sr.
James and Nick welcome Jim Fitzhenry, a prominent local businessman and former staffer to Sen. Mark Hatfield and Pres. George H. W. Bush. We discuss Oregon's relationship to business and how our Democratic leaders are driving business away from the state with their poorly thought-out tax policies.
Dec 05, 2020
Representative Elect, Dr. Lisa Reynolds
Dr. Lisa Reynolds is the Representative Elect for House District 36 (James' Democratic opponent). Dr. Reynolds is a pediatrician in Washington County who cut her political teeth fighting to reduce gun violence and promoting early childhood wellbeing.
Nov 21, 2020
Aaron Withe - National Director, The Freedom Foundation
Our guest this episode is Aaron Withe, national director of The Freedom Foundation, an organization that seeks to educate public employees about their rights regarding union membership.
Nov 14, 2020
Rep. Shelly Boshart Davis
Shelly Boshart Davis represents Oregon House District 15 which includes parts of Linn and Benton counties. Boshart Davis grew up in rural Oregon and is proud to represent agriculture and transportation in the Oregon Legislature.
Oct 31, 2020
Scott Jorgensen - Author, "Our Friend Dennis"
Scott Jorgensen worked on staff for the late Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and authored a book titled "Our Friend Dennis" available on Amazon or at the Rainier Public Library. We talk policy, the current SoS race, and about the book.
Oct 24, 2020
Sean Scorvo - Democratic Candidate for HD23
This is a special edition podcast without Nick because James met up with Sean Scorvo, Democratic candidate for House District 23 running against Mike Nearman. This episode turned into a 1-on-1 debate/conversation between a Democrat running in a heavily Republican district and a Republican running in a heavily Democratic district.
Oct 18, 2020
DPO Platform Article 6 - Healthcare
Nick is on vacation, so James sat down with Jacob Vandever and Xander Almeida to take on the 6th article of the Democratic Party of Oregon's platform.
Oct 10, 2020
Forest Management
James and Nick were able to sit down with Nick Smith, Executive Director of Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities, a nonprofit that describes themselves as grassroots coalition that supports the need for active, sustainable forest management.
Sep 26, 2020
Representative Bill Post
James and Nick had the opportunity to speak with Rep. Bill Post about elections, the future of the Republican Party in Oregon and some inside baseball of life in the Legislature.
Sep 12, 2020
House Minority Leader Christine Drazan
James and Nick welcome House Minority Leader Rep. Christine Drazan to discuss the Cap & Trade Republican walkout and other issues facing the Oregon Legislature.
Aug 30, 2020
Eilidh Lowery - Portland Public School Board Chair
James and Nick welcome Eilidh Lowery to the show. Eilidh is Chair of the Portland Public School Board and was the officiant in Nick's wedding! We talk about what's going on with PPS going back to school in the fall, the achievement gap and state funding for schools.
Jul 25, 2020
No guest this time, but we felt it was necessary to address the racial tension going on in the world right now. Email if you want to get involved.
Jun 27, 2020
Ray McMillin
In a bit of a change from our regular style of guest, James and Nick welcome Ray McMillin, a former Democrat, comedian, and strip club DJ who operates the Facebook page Rainman McMillin to talk about our various frustrations with party politics.
Jun 06, 2020
DPO Platform Article 5 - Good Governance
James and Nick welcome back Xander to discuss the 5th Article of the Democratic Party of Oregon platform.
May 27, 2020
Allen Alley & Jim Pasero
James and Nick welcome Allen Alley and Jim Pasero from the show Abrams, Alley and Pasero on 101FM KXL (8am Sunday mornings). We started talking about COVID-19 and the conversation turned to China and culture.
May 02, 2020
DPO Platform Article 4 - Foreign Policy
Since everyone is on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic we thought it was a good time to revisit the DPO Platform. Nick and James welcome podcast regular Xander Almeida to break down Article 4.
Apr 03, 2020
Vaccines revisited
James and Nick welcome an anonymous guest who works in the medical field to talk about vaccines and take the opposing view that the state should not require vaccines.
Mar 12, 2020
Alyssa Vinsonhaler for Portland City Council
James had the opportunity to sit down with Alyssa Vinsonhaler who is running for Portland City Council. As of posting, Alyssa has suspended her campaign. Alyssa is an activist in Portland, fighting ANTIFA and standing up for 2nd Amendment rights.
Feb 25, 2020
Nick interviews James: Why I'm running for State Rep
For the first time in many episodes, we don't have a guest! In this episode, Nick interviews James and we discuss why James is running for office in House District 36 and what he's going to focus on once elected.
Feb 09, 2020
Episode 25: Redistricting
James and Nick welcome Norman Turrill who is the President of the League of Women Voters Advocacy Fund and one of the chief petitioners for People Not Politicians which is a ballot measure designed to set up a bipartisan commission to redraw district lines after every census.
Jan 19, 2020
Episode 24: Potent Potables with Martin Medeiros
James and Nick welcome Martin Mederios, a local author, speaker and attorney who specializes in negotiation and persuasion. The goal was to talk about Martin's specialty but we ended up talking about vaccines, logging and autonomous vehicles.
Jan 04, 2020
Episode 23: Alexander Flores
In this episode James and Nick welcome Alexander Flores, 2018 Republican candidate for Oregon Senate District 15. We talk about issues that affect the Latino community in Oregon and how the GOP can be more friendly to Latino voters.
Dec 22, 2019
Episode 22: Being Gay In The GOP
James and Nick welcome Karl Rohde, an openly gay local politician who also happens to be a Republican. We talk about how Karl became a Republican and why he has decided to stay in the era of Trump. We also touch on morality and how it plays a part in modern politics. Also, be sure to attend the Red Dress Party next year at Veterans Memorial Coliseum the third weekend in May.
Nov 30, 2019
Episode 21: DPO Platform Article 3 - The Environment
James and Nick welcome back Xander Almeida and friend-of-the-pod Jacob Vandever to discuss the Democrats' priorities for the environment.
Nov 16, 2019
Episode 20: DPO Platform Article 2 - Education
Nick couldn't make it, but James, Xander and Peter take a stab at Article 2 of the DPO Platform. We discuss a lot of issues on the topic of education and the government's role in educating our children.
Nov 03, 2019
Episode 19: DPO Platform Article 1 - Economy
James and Nick welcome back Xander and Peter, our guests from the ORP Platform Convention podcast to take on another important document: the Democrat Party of Oregon platform. This will end up being a series so stay tuned for several more podcasts, each dealing with an article of the platform.
Oct 19, 2019
Episode 18: Rich Vial - Deputy Secretary of State
James and Nick welcome Deputy Secretary of State and former State Representative Rich Vial. We talk about partisanship Oregon, priorities in the SoS office and how we can do better.
Oct 06, 2019
Episode 17: Jeff Eager - Former Bend Mayor
In the third and final episode of our trip to Bend, Nick and James welcome former Bend mayor Jeff Eager in what ends up being a pretty technical discussion about the state of the Party and what it takes to win.
Sep 21, 2019
Episode 16: Prison Reform
The second of three podcasts recorded during our Bend trip, James and Nick welcome Frank Patka who runs a non-profit called Changing Patterns which helps to get former inmates integrated back into society through employment and support. We talk about what's wrong with the prison system in Oregon and what steps we can take to reduce recidivism and help people who have paid their debt to society.
Sep 07, 2019
Episode 15: Dr. Knute Buehler - 2018 candidate for Governor
James and Nick met each other through their work on the Knute Buehler gubernatorial campaign and it's been an unofficial goal of this podcast to one day interview Dr. Buehler. The opportunity finally presented itself so Nick and James took a trip to Bend and this is the result!
Aug 24, 2019
Episode 14: The ORP Platform Convention
In this 90-minute double episode, Nick and James welcome two guests, return guest Xander Almeida and newcomer Peter Halajian to pick apart the Oregon Republican Platform over a full bottle of scotch and develop a strategy for influencing the upcoming ORP Platform Convention.
Aug 10, 2019
Episode 13: Foster Care
James and Nick welcome Brooke Gray, executive director of Embrace Oregon, a nonprofit that helps children in foster care and foster families in the state of Oregon.
Jul 30, 2019
Episode 12: Jeff Gudman - 2016 candidate for State Treasurer
James and Nick welcome the 2016 Republican candidate for State Treasurer, Jeff Gudman. We talk about the Treasurer position, what the race was like, and how Republicans can win elections in the future.
Jul 13, 2019
Episode 11: Oregon Senate Walkout
Have you been wondering about this Oregon Senate walkout that's been taking place the past few weeks? How is Oregon politics ending up on national and international news? Hear The Rational Republican's take along with our first repeat guest, Xander Almeida.
Jun 30, 2019
Episode 10: Vaccines
In this episode, James and Nick welcome author Jeff Reynolds to talk about HB3063 which would have limited parents' ability to decline vaccinations on behalf of their children. Jeff is the former chair of the Multnomah County Republican Party and is heavily involved in Oregon politics.
Jun 15, 2019
Podcast Preview: Mainstreet Politics
A preview of Rep. Daniel Bonham's podcast: Mainstreet Politics. Rep. Bonham has a talent for recruiting amazing guests to his podcast, I would highly encourage our listeners to subscribe if you're looking for even more Oregon politics.
Jun 06, 2019
Episode 9: Rep Daniel Bonham
James and Nick are honored to welcome our first sitting State Legislator, Rep. Daniel Bonham. We talk about what it's like to be in the super-minority and touch on a variety of topics that are impacting Oregon right now.
Jun 01, 2019
Dorchester 4: Allen Alley
In the final episode of our Dorchester series, James and Nick talk with Allen Alley about his experience as the Oregon Republican Party chairman and everyone's favorite subject, PERS. Allen was 2-time candidate for Governor and has been involved in Oregon politics for decades.
May 25, 2019
Episode 8: Gun Control
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Robert Schwartz, former candidate for State Representative and requester of Senate Bill 801 which would have allowed schools to teach elementary students what to do if they encounter an unsecured firearm. We talk about problems with the current system and what we would do to prevent gun deaths without infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens to own and use guns.
May 18, 2019
Dorchester 3: Julie Parrish & Larry Morgan
In the third installment of the Dorchester series, James and Nick interview Julie Parrish and Larry Morgan. Julie is a 4-term State Representative who was in office from 2010 through 2018 and Larry is a former city counselor for the city of Troutdale and has worked on several high-profile Republican campaigns, despite being a Democrat.
May 11, 2019
Episode 7: Teen Suicide and Mental Health
James and Nick welcome Dr. Satya Chandragiri, a psychiatrist running for Salem-Keizer School Board. Dr. Satya shares his experiences treating mental health around the world as well as what he hopes to accomplish on the School Board.
May 05, 2019
Dorchester 2: Gary Wilhelms & Eric Fruits
In the second episode of our Dorchester series, James and Nick have a discussion with Gary Wilhelms, former Oregon legislator and one of the authors of the Oregon "kicker" and with Dr. Eric Fruits, a Professor of Economics at Portland State University and contributor at the Cascade Policy Institute.
Apr 27, 2019
Dorchester 1: Alek Skarlatos
American hero Alek Skarlatos joins Nick and James to talk about guns, forest management and what it's like to become an international celebrity overnight. Alek gained notoriety when he, along with 2 of his best friends, stopped a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris in 2015. His actions were immortalized in the film "The 15:17 to Paris" where Alek played himself.
Apr 20, 2019
Episode 6: The Republican Platform
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Xander Almeida who was instrumental in removing anti-LGBT language from the Oregon Republican Party platform in 2009. We talk about what else we would change in the party platform and briefly discuss our favorite Democrat for president.
Apr 07, 2019
Episode 5: PERS
James and Nick welcome Russ Casler to discuss the Oregon public employee retirement system (PERS). We talk about the history of how PERS began, the current state of the program, what the problems are, and what can be done to fix it.
Mar 23, 2019
Episode 4: Gay Rights
In this episode, James and Nick welcome Ernie Hernandez, a Mexican-American living in Portland, OR who happens to be gay. Ernie talks about growing up Catholic in Mexico and how he discovered he was gay. We also talk about how the Republican Party can be more friendly to the LGBT community and how anti-LGBT language in the party platform alienates potential voters.
Mar 11, 2019
Episode 3: Fake News
Nick and James welcome our first guest, Justine Hostetler, to talk about misinformation, disinformation and fake news. We touch on the genocide in Myanmar, Covington Catholic, Jussie Smollett and vaccines, among others.
Feb 25, 2019
Episode 2: Abortion
Nick and James talk about one of the most divisive topics in politics.
Feb 09, 2019
Episode 1: Divided We Fall
In episode 1 Nick and James talk about how divisive politics are hurting our nation and how the government shutdown is an example of what happens when we stop looking for common ground and just try to "beat the other guy".
Jan 27, 2019
Episode 0: Introduction
Introduction to the podcast. I talk about what I'm hoping to accomplish with the series.
Jan 13, 2019