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Political Chat: NW Lawmakers Consider Gun Laws, Immigrant Tuition

OPB | Feb. 22, 2013 10:05 a.m. | Updated: April 12, 2013 12:10 p.m. | Portland

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We’ve got one more week of political and financial brinksmanship before -as the kids might say — the stuff gets real.

$1.2 trillion in cuts – what’s being called “the sequester” — will happen a week from today, unless Congress and the president can agree on alternatives. The Northwest is likely to be affected more than most regions, if it happens.

In Salem, advocates for gun control measures are rolling back their goals a bit.

Elsewhere in the state capitol, a proposal to offer tuition at in-state rates to undocumented students made progress this week.

And in Idaho, state legislators are not amused that their neighbors in Washington have voted to decriminalize marijuana, and they’re pushing back.

Let’s bring our political guys in to have another look at these developments, Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst and Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.


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