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The Rational Republican podcast

The Rational Republican

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

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

 

#89

November 2022 Election Post Mortem

James and Nick welcome back Alex McHaddad, treasurer of the Oregon GOP and friend of the pod to talk about the November 2022 election and how it went for Republicans. Disappointed with the Governor's race? We are too, but there is reason to be optimistic about Oregon voters' choices in this past election. ... Read more

20 Nov 2022

54 MINS

54:30

20 Nov 2022


#88

Jason Fields for HD26

Jason Fields, the Republican candidate for House District 26 is our favorite kind of candidate to have on this podcast: moderate, thoughtful, and decisive. Some might call him a "rational" Republican (cue rimshot). Nick couldn't make it this time, so pretend he made a couple TV references and you should be good to go. ... Read more

29 Oct 2022

45 MINS

45:04

29 Oct 2022


#87

George Carrillo - Former Democratic Candidate for Governor

George Carrillo is a former candidate for Governor in Oregon who has publicly endorsed Republican Christine Drazan. We talk about why he made that decision as well as some inside baseball from a long-time Executive Branch employee. ... Read more

15 Oct 2022

47 MINS

47:17

15 Oct 2022


#86

Rich Vial for SD18

James and Nick welcome former Representative and former Secretary of State Rich Vial to talk about his run for Senate District 18 as a non-affiliated candidate. We also talk Betsy Johnson and how to mend the political divide in Oregon. ... Read more

01 Oct 2022

54 MINS

54:07

01 Oct 2022


#85

Jeff Helfrich for HD52

Jeff Heflrich joins James and Nick as the Republican candidate for State House district 52. Jeff is a Veteran, former police officer, and held this seat from 2017-2019. ... Read more

17 Sep 2022

47 MINS

47:02

17 Sep 2022


#84

Tim LeMaster, Candidate for HD43

James and Nick welcome Tim LeMaster, a fellow Veteran who is running for House District 43. Tim is passionate about making his community better and helping those in his district. ... Read more

29 Aug 2022

48 MINS

48:39

29 Aug 2022


#83

Dobbs v. Jackson

James and Nick talk about the fallout from Dobbs v. Jackson which overturned Roe v. Wade. ... Read more

07 Aug 2022

44 MINS

44:52

07 Aug 2022


#82

Kori Haynes for HD39

James and Nick welcome Kori Haynes who is the Republican candidate for HD39 and her guest Courtneigh Swerzbin to talk about the the race and what's going on in our public schools. Bonus: what do David Duke and PPS have in common? Skip to the 41 minute mark for the answer. ... Read more

16 Jul 2022

51 MINS

51:09

16 Jul 2022


#81

CAPT Greg Wooldridge

CAPT Wooldridge is a 27-year Navy Veteran who commanded the Blue Angels on three separate occasions. He is currently a prolific public speaker and in 2018 made an attempt at running for Governor of Oregon. ... Read more

02 Jul 2022

44 MINS

44:59

02 Jul 2022


#80

May 2022 Primary Post-Mortem

James and Nick dig deep into the election results from the May 2022 Primary election. Political nerds welcome! ... Read more

06 Jun 2022

59 MINS

59:25

06 Jun 2022


#79

Cheri Helt, candidate for BOLI

Cheri Helt is a small business owner and former State Legislator who is running for the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) which is probably the least-known statewide elected office, but as with any office, the position has a meaningful impact on our lives. ... Read more

15 May 2022

42 MINS

42:10

15 May 2022


#78

Vance Day, Candidate for Appellate Court

Judge Day is former Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, and is running for Appellate Court. This is the first time in many years where an incumbent Judge has a credible challenger, so we were excited to talk with Judge Day to hear about it first hand. ... Read more

02 May 2022

53 MINS

53:40

02 May 2022


#77

Water Use

James and Nick welcome Lyndon Kerns, delegate from the Klamath County Republicans and whose family has been farming the Klamath basin for over 100 years. Learn more about the community's struggles at https://www.farmwater.org/food-security-and-water/ ... Read more

16 Apr 2022

41 MINS

41:18

16 Apr 2022


#76

Alex McHaddad former Chair of the Union County GOP

James and Nick welcome Alex McHaddad, former Chair of the Union County GOP. Alex is also the treasurer for the Oregon Young Republicans and candidate for ORP Treasurer. ... Read more

27 Mar 2022

47 MINS

47:40

27 Mar 2022


#75

Betty Campbell, Executive Director of Xpose Hope

No Nick this time, but James was able to sit down with Betty Campbell to talk about Xpose Hope, a local charity that helps women get out of the sex industry. One of my (James) favorite episodes in a while. ... Read more

12 Mar 2022

42 MINS

42:03

12 Mar 2022


#74

Aeric Estep, Candidate for HD37

James and Nick welcome Aeric Estep who is running for State Representative in House District 37. Interestingly, James and Aeric knew each other in college back... 15 years ago. Tune in for a great conversation. ... Read more

19 Feb 2022

48 MINS

48:42

19 Feb 2022


#73

Former State Rep. Patrick Sheehan

James and Nick welcome Patrick Sheehan who served in the Legislature from 2011 to 2013 in the famous 30-30 "split" house. Patrick was succeeded by now Secretary of State Shemia Fagan. If only we had known... ... Read more

05 Feb 2022

49 MINS

49:40

05 Feb 2022


#72

State Of The State

For the first pod of 2022, Nick and James welcome recurring guest Xander Almeida to the podcast to reflect on 2021 and what we can look forward to in 2022. ... Read more

15 Jan 2022

55 MINS

55:23

15 Jan 2022


#71

Bitcoin Is The Future

On this episode, James and Nick welcome Dennis Porter. Dennis helped James out in his 2020 run for State Representative and is now very involved in Bitcoin policy with 53k Twitter followers and a podcast titled Smart People S*it. ... Read more

25 Dec 2021

56 MINS

56:07

25 Dec 2021


#70

Rep. Ron Noble

On this episode, James and Nick get the opportunity to speak with Rep Ron Noble who represents House District 24 in wine country, Oregon. Rep. Noble is also running for Congress in CD6. ... Read more

11 Dec 2021

46 MINS

46:28

11 Dec 2021


#69

James Runs For Metro

On this episode, Nick takes over hosting duties and asks James about his recent announcement to run for Metro Council Seat 4. What is Metro? Why this seat? What do you hope to accomplish? All great questions that we dive into on this podcast! ... Read more

20 Nov 2021

48 MINS

48:38

20 Nov 2021


#68

Angela Plowhead, Candidate for Congress

James and Nick sit down with Angela Plowhead who is running for Congress in the brand-new congressional district: CD6! Angela is an Air Force Veteran and psychologist who is putting in the legwork to make a serious run at this position! For more info, visit angelafororegon.com. ... Read more

30 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:03

30 Oct 2021


#67

ORP Convention '21 Post-Mortem

James and Nick dive deep into the ORP Platform Convention that took place the last weekend of September and James gives some behind-the-scenes insight into how the process takes place and what happened. ... Read more

17 Oct 2021

52 MINS

52:02

17 Oct 2021


#66

Texas Abortion Law

The guys get deep into abortion policy in Oregon, Texas and nationally. Two guys talking about abortion? Tune in to find out why we think that's ok. ... Read more

25 Sep 2021

45 MINS

45:34

25 Sep 2021


#65

The Fall of Afghanistan

James and Nick go solo (...duo?) on this one to discuss the recent fall of Afghanistan, what lead up to it and how it could could have been prevented. James spent 3 tours in Afghanistan with the US Army, so he gives his take on what's going on. ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

50 MINS

50:07

30 Aug 2021


#64

Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute

On this episode, we welcome Michael Cannon, director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute. This is a follow-up to our interview with Dr. Sam Metz (who connected us with Michael) to look at a more libertarian solution to healthcare. ... Read more

14 Aug 2021

44 MINS

44:54

14 Aug 2021


#63

Congressional Candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer

James and Nick welcome Lori Chavez-DeRemer to the show. Lori is the 2-term mayor of Happy Valley and is now running for Congress in Oregon's 5th District. Learn more at lorichavezderemer.com! ... Read more

31 Jul 2021

44 MINS

44:25

31 Jul 2021


#62

Single Payer Healthcare

James and Nick welcome Dr. Sam Metz who lives in District 36 and met James during his run for State Representative. Sam sits on several boards promoting single-payer healthcare and was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss how we can get more care to more people for less money. ... Read more

17 Jul 2021

46 MINS

46:10

17 Jul 2021


#61

The Oregon Bridge collab

James and Nick welcome Alex Titus and Ben Bowman, hosts of The Oregon Bridge podcast for a collaboration episode. Check out The Oregon Bridge on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts! ... Read more

03 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:55

03 Jul 2021