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Political Chat: TV Ads, Debate Over Voter ID, Portland PD

OPB | Sept. 28, 2012 11:29 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:21 a.m.

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The leaves are turning color, the footballs are flying, and the TV is telling you how to vote. It’s fall during an election year.

Police action became a political football in Portland this week. A state board ordered the reinstatement of Ronald Frashour, the officer who was fired for shooting and killing an unarmed man back in 2010. Mayor Sam Adams said he will appeal.

“It is time we test what we believe to be true: that it is the city council, it is the police commissioner, it is the chief of police, that manage the bureau, that set the codes of conduct for officer actions, including the use of force ­ not the labor unions and their connected institutions.”

Ad wars are heating up in Oregon, but mainly over the proposed casino in Wood Village, and not really about candidates for office.

And the national debate about voter identification laws has some historical echoes in the Northwest.

History, power struggles, ad wars…sounds like rich material for our political guys.

Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

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