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Clean Water

Jan. 12, 2015 10:23 p.m.

Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.

local | World | Nation | Politics

Crisis In Syria

Nov. 19, 2013 9:39 p.m.

In making the case for a military strike against Syria, Obama also acknowledged that a Russian plan to avoid a strike was "encouraging."

local | NW Life | News

Portlanders React To Pope's Address To Congress

Sept. 24, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Catholics in Portland watching Pope Francis' address said they welcomed his comments on immigration, climate change and the family.  

Environment | local

Congressman Walden Holds Fire Meeting In Canyon City

Sept. 15, 2015 2:31 p.m.

More than 50 people turned out Monday in Canyon City to discuss the Canyon Creek wildfire and forest policy.

local | News | Politics

Some Oregon Congressmen Praise Iran Deal, Others Slam It

July 14, 2015 4:14 p.m.

Oregon Congressional representatives reacted to the announcement of world powers reaching a deal on Iran's nuclear program.

local | News

Oregon House Will Ask Congress To Reopen Locks At Willamette Falls

May 6, 2015 10:22 p.m.

The Oregon House passed a resolution Wednesday asking Congress to repair and reopen the navigation locks at Willamette Falls.

Health | Pacific Ocean | Politics | News | Environment | Technology | Science | Economy

Congressional Democrats Want More Money For Earthquake Early Warning System

March 24, 2015 10:45 p.m.

Congressional Democrats from up and down the West Coast are asking the House Appropriations Committee to allocate more money for a new earthquake early warning system.

Oregon WWII Volunteers Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Feb. 16, 2015 10:30 p.m.

Members of Oregon's Civil Air Patrol will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for their wartime service.

local | News | Politics

US Congressman Wes Cooley Dies In Bend

Feb. 5, 2015 7:45 p.m.

Former U.S. Congressman Wes Cooley has died in Bend. He was 82.

local | News | OPB News Blog

Top Stories: Congressmen Advocate For Local Control Of Chemical Depot Land, Eugene Fines Uber $118,000

Jan. 15, 2015 3:45 p.m.

Headlines for Thursday, Jan. 15: Oregon's congressional delegation issued concerns over a possible reversal on the decision to return the Umatilla Chemical Depot land to local control at no cost; the city of Eugene has fined ride service company Uber $118,000 for operating without a license; and more.

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About OPB

Nov. 23, 2015 5:20 p.m.

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Remembering Former Congressman Wes Cooley

Feb. 5, 2015 8:25 p.m.

We'll talk with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch, about the one-term congressman who died Wednesday in a Bend hospital.

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1st Congressional District Election Results

Feb. 1, 2012 5:06 p.m.

1/31/12 8:50PM UPDATE: Suzanne Bonamici has won the race and will become the representative for Oregon’s First Congressional District. On Tuesday, voters in Oregon's First Congressional District decide who will fill David Wu's vacant seat. Suzanne Bonamici and Rob Cornilles have each raised over $1 million in this short special election cycle. Political action committees and the candidates' respective parties have injected additional money into the race, with the Democratic National Campaign Committee alone throwing at least $1.3 million into the election. The race is the first Congressional election of 2012 and national pundits are paying attention to what the results may mean for November's elections.

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Candidate Conversation: 1st Congressional District

Jan. 17, 2012 5:06 p.m.

Oregonians in the First Congressional District will vote in a special election Jan. 31 to replace David Wu, who stepped down last August. Voters will choose between Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles, who have both been campaigning hard in the short election cycle. Cornilles is a businessman with his own Tualitan-based sports marketing firm called Game Face. Bonamici, who has a background as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission, gave up her seat in the Oregon State Senate to run for Congress.

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Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Democrats

Oct. 25, 2011 4:06 p.m.

David Wu triggered a special election when he vacated his First Congressional District seat in August. Now several candidates are vying for the position. We'll talk with Democrats and Republicans ahead of the November 8th primary election. We begin, in this show, with the Democrats. Brad Witt, Suzanne Bonamici and Brad Avakian are all competing for the Democratic nomination. All three have experience in state government: Witt and Bonamici in the legislature and Avakian as labor commissioner. Bonamici also has a background as a lawyer, first with the Federal Trade Commission and then in private practice. Witt has strong roots in organized labor, as a union rep for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 and former secretary-treasurer for the AFL-CIO. Before Avakian was labor commissioner, he formed a good relationship with organized labor as a state senator. (Witt and Avakian's labor connections probably explain why the big unions in the state have declined to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary.) The race has been pretty civil thus far, leaving lots of room to focus on issues like jobs, trade and money in politics. The toughest thing about this race may be the candidates' apparent agreement on almost everything. All three have voiced support for the Occupy movement. They've all expressed frustration with the federal government's policy on marijuana. And all of them have called for American troops to come home sooner rather than later. One key difference among the three is their fundraising prowess, where Bonamici leads with Avakian not too far behind.

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Primary Conversations: 1st Congressional Republicans

Oct. 28, 2011 4:06 p.m.

Voters in Oregon's First Congressional District will cast ballots in a special election on November 8th since Congressman David Wu left his seat before the end of his term. There are several candidates vying for the position. On Monday, we heard from three of the Democrats. In this show, we'll hear from two Republicans competing for their party's nomination. Rob Cornilles and Jim Greenfield each have a business background. They've also both competed against Wu in past elections. Greenfield garnered 34 percent of the vote as the Republican nominee in 2002, but lost to the incumbant Wu by 29 points. Republicans nominated Cornilles to compete against Wu in last year's election, where he won 41 percent of the vote but lost to Wu by 13 points. Neither Cornilles nor Greenfield has ever held elected office. Cornilles runs his own sports marketing company called Game Face in Tualatin and Greenfield is a real estate investor based in Tigard. In the past, he's also been a political talk radio host with several area stations, but the Jim Greenfield Show hasn't been on the air for a few years.
Two polls show Cornilles in the lead and he has far out-paced his opponent in terms of fundraising. That hasn't stopped Greenfield from criticizing Cornilles for not being conservative enough. Greenfield frequently points out that Cornilles hasn't signed the "no new taxes" pledge many Republican members of Congress have signed. Cornilles argues that the pledge paints with too broad a brush and would not allow him to advocate for eliminating certain tax breaks he finds unnecessary.

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The National Congress of American Indians

Nov. 1, 2011 4:06 p.m.

The 68th annual National Congress of American Indians is in Portland for the first time in over 30 years. We'll be live on location talking to the policy experts and local leaders to discuss some of the most important issues for American Indians in the Northwest and across the country.

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