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Apr 16, 2016

This week, we talk about elections – turnout, dirty tricks, and voting from home. Journalist Andrew Gumbel, of The Guardian, says there is a solemnity in going to your local polling place, but former Oregon Secretary of State Phil Keisling says having to do so is the biggest form of voter suppression. And Bill Press talks with Oregon Congressman Earl Bluemenauer on a wide range of issues, from pot legalization to raising the gasoline tax.

 

Andrew Gumbel

Journalist Andrew Gumbel has written a book about the history of dirty elections in America. He says low turnout is caused by the two-party system, but he is skeptical of proposals to let people vote from home.

Website: www.andrewgumbel.com

 

Phil Keisling  

Phil Keisling is one of the leading advocates for voting from home, and he says the requirement to show up at an individual polling place is the single most effective voter suppression device.

Website: https://www.pdx.edu/cps/phil-keisling

 

Earl Blumenauer

Bill Press covers a wide range of topics – from pot to gas taxes -- with Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer

 

Jim Hightower

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