Editor's note: Today, Jake Oken-Berg joins our merry band of contributors. As a 19-year-old, Jake ran for mayor of Portland - picking up 27% of the vote in a 17-candidate field, and nearly forcing Mayor Vera Katz into a runoff. These days, he's more musician than politician.
Earlier this year Kari asked me if I would post some of my thought as I hit the road with my band The Retrofits. We'll be taking off for a West Coast and Midwest tour later this month and I'll send you my observations as we travel from Portland to Chicago and back. Per Kari's instructions I'm going to try make this more social than political commentary ... but I make no promises if I run across one of the presidential candidates!
In the meanwhile, as an introduction to my band, tune in tomorrow morning at 6:30am to KINK 101.9 FM for Sheila Hamilton's 'Speaking Freely' for a 16 minute interview with George (my bandmate) and me. If you're like me and don't believe in getting up that early on a Sunday (or are outside the Portland broadcast area), the interview is already posted here.