This week the gun control debate moved to Capitol Hill, with emotional testimony at hearings.
There were echoes in Salem, where a state gun control proposal was unveiled for the 2013 legislative session.
In Salem, unions will have a role to play, as Jeff Mapes reminded us the political pages of The Oregonian.
Meanwhile, the smoke filled rooms in Olympia may have a different odor than they once did, as legislators struggle with the practicalities of deregulating marijuana.
Fridays at this time, we review the week in Northwest politics, with Bill and Jeff.
Jeff Mapes is the aforementioned senior political reporter for The Oregonian. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst.