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We talk about where the battle lines are being drawn and dig into the history of Portland’s difficult relationship with freeway projects. Listen to the “OPB Politics Now” episode from Oct. 13, 2017.

“OPB Politics Now” takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics of the week. Every Friday, OPB’s Geoff Norcross and Jeff Mapes join other OPB reporters, editors and special guests offer the scoop on candidates and issues affecting our region.

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Oct. 13, 2017: Portland Girds For A Freeway Fight
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A proposed Interstate 5 expansion through the Rose Quarter has become about much more than a few more highway lanes. It touches on racism, privilege, Portland’s relationship with the state and how leaders envision the city.


Oct. 6, 2017: Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot
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We dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time.


Sept. 29, 2017: Health Care Stakes Are High For Oregon
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Analysts predicted Oregon would lose more than any other state if the latest attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act was enacted. It won’t be, though. The bill known was Graham-Cassidy was shelved after failing to earn enough support from Senate Republicans.


City Hall in downtown Portland.

City Hall in downtown Portland.

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Sept. 15, 2017: Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting
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Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB reporters Jeff Mapes and Amelia Templeton about the how the Portland City Council race is shaping up after Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced he would be seeking re-election next year.


Sept. 8, 2017: The Politics Of Wildfire
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OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial and environmental complexities of wildfire.


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown

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Sept. 1, 2017: How Are We Going To Fix PERS?
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This week, the governor’s task force on the pension deficit put forth several ideas for how to do that. Many of those ideas would end up costing all Oregonians. Not surprisingly, Republican lawmakers pounced.


Aug. 25, 2017: Answers To Your Kicker Questions
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Oregon’s unique “kicker” law means taxpayers will get $464 million in rebates next year. OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to answer your questions about the kicker, such as where it came from and why it’s so hard to change. 


Aug. 18, 2017: Oregon Governor Race Brings In The Money
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It’s early, but big money is already flowing into the 2018 Oregon gubernatorial race.


Aug. 11, 2017: The Game Is Afoot!
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Knute Buehler

Knute Buehler

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OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and news director Anna Griffin join host Julie Sabatier to talk about political gamesmanship in the race for governor, a state senator who is facing two interesting challengers and a former lawmaker who’s taking on a longtime Portland City Commissioner.  


Aug. 4, 2017: The Future Of The Portland Police
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There’s a lot going on in the Portland Police Bureau these days. There’s the search for a permanent chief. The mayor has also proposed a new model for community oversight, which is attracting criticism.

This time, we’re listening to a couple of recent conversation’s on OPB’s “Think Out Loud.” Host Dave Miller spoke with Mayor Ted Wheeler and T. Allen Bethel, president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.


July 28, 2017: An East Coast View Of Oregon
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This week, the Washington Post posted an interview with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who is an anomaly these days: a woman governor leading a state with a Democratic majority in the statehouse. Only Rhode Island can make the same claim.


July 21, 2017: Brown At Sine Die
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown takes stock of her agenda at the end of the 2017 legislative session and looks ahead to 2018.


July 14, 2017: Now What For Oregon Lawmakers?
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Now that Oregon lawmakers are finished with passing bills for a while, they have time to consider their next moves.


July 7, 2017: Oregon Bucks The Trend On Health Coverage
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While Congress continues to negotiate rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Oregon lawmakers are going the other way.


June 30, 2017: Lurching Towards Sine Dine
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Oregon’s legislative session is almost over and billions of dollars in transportation funding hangs in the balance. Why is it so hard for lawmakers to agree on something they all say they support?


June 23, 2017: Corporate Tax Reform Dies In Salem
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she and her fellow Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue. As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Brown and lawmakers are instead focusing their efforts on a healthcare provider tax and spending cuts.


Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

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June 19, 2017: Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Is Cleared
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Former Governor John Kitzhaber was a giant of Oregon politics until he resigned amidst an influence-peddling scandal in 2015. Two years later, the federal investigation into Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes has concluded with no criminal charges.


The Oregon Capitol in Salem. As lawmakers continue to debate whether to change how the state taxes businesses, some public employee unions say they'll take the question to voters again.

The Oregon Capitol in Salem. As lawmakers continue to debate whether to change how the state taxes businesses, some public employee unions say they'll take the question to voters again.

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June 9, 2017: How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap
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Democratic leaders announced a corporate tax plan that would raise nearly $900 million over the next two years. They also have a proposal to shift some of the burden of Oregon’s pension plan to its recipients.


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywood vigil.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler speaks with citizens at the Hollywood vigil.

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June 2, 2017: Political Aftermath Of Portland Train Stabbing
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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response brought up some serious questions about free speech vs. hate speech.


May 26, 2017: Ultimatums For Portland Water Bureau, Washington Legislature
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The Portland Water Bureau and the Washington Legislature were told to stop lollygagging on critical issues.


May 19, 2017: A Tale Of 2 Revenue Forecasts
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Either Oregon has a broken tax system or more tax revenue than the state has ever seen. Can it be both?


May 12, 2017: Tolls And Trees, Also Pie
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Oregon lawmakers unveiled an $8.2 billion transportation package, which will widen highways and shore up bridges. We’ll dig into the details of the proposal. 


May 5, 2017: This Is Not A Rerun
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This week, the U.S. House took up a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, a protest in Portland got violent, and the Oregon Legislature released a corporate tax proposal. Sound familiar?


Voters across the state are being asked to devote millions in new money for Oregon schools.

Voters across the state are being asked to devote millions in new money for Oregon schools.

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April 28, 2017: Is There Any Money For Schools?
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Voters across Oregon will decide whether to devote millions to new school construction this May.


April 21, 2017: What’s Alive And What’s Dead In Salem
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Now that we’re about halfway through this legislative session, we look at which bills are dead and which ones are moving forward and how budget negotiations heated up this week.


Rep. Greg Walden talks to a crowd during a town hall in Hood River, Oregon, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

Rep. Greg Walden talks to a crowd during a town hall in Hood River, Oregon, on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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April 14, 2017: Walden Faces The Music
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Oregon Rep. Greg Walden was back in the district the second week of April. His constituents had quite a lot to say.


April 7, 2017: The Taxes Are Coming!
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Tax Day is on its way, but is tax reform within reach? “OPB Politics Now” tackles federal, state and local taxes.


A group of activists demanding the resignation of Mayor Ted Wheeler and changes to the city's response to homelessness and protests shut down a Portland City Council meeting at City Hall Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

A group of activists demanding the resignation of Mayor Ted Wheeler and changes to the city's response to homelessness and protests shut down a Portland City Council meeting at City Hall Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

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March 24, 2017: Liberals Vs. Liberals At Portland City Hall
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Portland commissioners are trying to enact a progressive agenda, but activists in council chambers are yelling at them to focus more on police reform and homelessness. With supporters of liberal causes pitted against one another, who wins?


Rep. Greg Walden at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Rep. Greg Walden at the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

Julie Sabatier/OPB

March 17, 2017: Oregon Rep. Greg Walden Works On Health Care
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Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is at the center of Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act — but the bill his committee came up with is not universally loved by Republicans.


March 3, 2017: Roads And Bridges
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President Trump wants to spend a trillion dollars on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That’s good news to Oregon, where the roads and bridges need a LOT of work.


The Normandy Apartments. Families living in the 18 units recently received notice their rents will double on April 1.

The Normandy Apartments. Families living in the 18 units recently received notice their rents will double on April 1.

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Feb. 17, 2017: Housing And Homelessness
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A new Portland city ordinance requires landlords to assist tenants with relocation costs in the case of a no-cause eviction while the Oregon Legislature grapples with housing issues.


Feb. 10, 2017: Washington State’s Resistance To Trump
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How did Washington state emerge as the center for the resistance to Donald Trump’s agenda?


Feb. 3, 2017: Oregon Senators On Trump Nominees, Walden On Health Care
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Both of Oregon’s U.S. senators are working to block President Trump’s nominees, including his pick for the Supreme Court.


Jan. 26, 2017: Oregon’s $2 Billion Budget Gap
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Lawmakers have to close a nearly $2 billion budget gap, and that’s before any laws are made.


Jan. 19, 2017: Trump’s Speech
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Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk, who worked as a speechwriter for former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole and an aide to former U.S. senator for Oregon Gordon Smith, joins OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and host Geoff Norcross to examine Donald Trump’s inaugural address.


Jan. 12, 2017: Kate Brown, Guns, Taxes And PERS
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What Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hopes to accomplish over the next two years. Her agenda touches on taxes, guns and PERS reform.


Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler at a public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 4, 2017.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler at a public inauguration ceremony on Jan. 4, 2017.

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Jan. 6, 2017: New Year, New Portland City Government
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Will Ted Wheeler buck the trend of one-term mayors in Portland? For our first episode of 2017, we look at the challenges of running the city at a time when incivility is rampant at council meetings.


Commissioner Steve Novick

Commissioner Steve Novick

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Dec. 30, 2016: The Rise And Fall Of Steve Novick
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OPB News Director Anna Griffin looks at the political rise and fall of outgoing Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.


In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks with a supporter in Billings, Montana.

In this photo taken Oct. 20, 2016, Republican U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke speaks with a supporter in Billings, Montana.

Matt Brown/AP

Dec. 16, 2016: Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary 
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Just who is Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the interior? Learn about Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke on this episode of “OPB Politics Now.”


The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

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Dec. 9, 2016: Power Shifts In The Oregon Delegation
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How will Oregon’s Congressional delegation deal with the new political realities in Washington, D.C.?


President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati.

President-elect Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during a "USA Thank You" tour event, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, in Cincinnati.

Evan Vucci/AP

Dec. 3, 2016: What Trump Means For The Northwest
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What will a Donald Trump presidency mean for the Northwest? Host Julie Sabatier, OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and news director Anna Griffin talk over how the Trump administration might come down on immigration, recreational marijuana, climate change and public land management.


Chloe Eudaly

Chloe Eudaly

Courtesy of the Chloe Eudaly campaign

Nov. 23, 2016: Portland’s Newest City Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly
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Portland’s newest city commissioner, Chloe Eudaly, is a bookstore owner and housing advocate who ran a modest campaign and pulled off a surprising win against incumbent Steve Novick. Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB reporter Amelia Templeton about Eudaly’s triumph, and how the political makeup of the City Council will change.


A third night of protests took place in Portland on Nov. 10, 2016, as crowds demonstrated against the election of Donald Trump as well as other issues.

A third night of protests took place in Portland on Nov. 10, 2016, as crowds demonstrated against the election of Donald Trump as well as other issues.

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Nov. 18, 2016: Trump Backlash
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We dig into the post-election protests in Portland and take up an effort at the state level to change the national electoral system. 


Nov. 10, 2016: Election Results And The Urban/Rural Divide
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In this episode, host Geoff Norcross, OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins wrap up the 2016 election and discuss the role of the urban/rural divide in the Pacific Northwest.


Democrats watch as the results of the election come through at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Or.

Democrats watch as the results of the election come through at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Or.

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Nov. 8, 2016: Election Night Update
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A short election night update on statewide and local races in Oregon including ballot measures, Oregon governor and more.


Nov. 4, 2016: Measure 97 Analysis, Listener Question
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Still not sure how to vote on Measure 97? OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes and News Director Anna Griffin join host Geoff Norcross to dig into the substance of the controversial corporate tax measure.


A voter deposits a ballot into a Multnomah County drop box in this 2008 file photo. The county's voters will decide this election whether or not to keep electing sheriffs after a string of scandals have rocked the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

A voter deposits a ballot into a Multnomah County drop box in this 2008 file photo. The county's voters will decide this election whether or not to keep electing sheriffs after a string of scandals have rocked the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

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Nov. 1, 2016: Ballot Measures That Are Not 97
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The election is a week away and you may still be wondering about all those measures on your Oregon ballot.


From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Dr. Bud Pierce and Cliff Thomason greet one another following a gubernatorial debate at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene on Oct. 6, 2016.

From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Dr. Bud Pierce and Cliff Thomason greet one another following a gubernatorial debate at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene on Oct. 6, 2016.

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Oct. 26, 2016: An In-Depth Look At Gov. Kate Brown
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OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Statesman Journal reporter Gordon Friedman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about incumbent Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.


Brad Avakian (left) and Dennis Richardson

Brad Avakian (left) and Dennis Richardson

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Oct. 21, 2016: The Surprisingly Exciting Race For Secretary Of State
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Host Geoff Norcross along with OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman talk about the Secretary of State’s race, which is surprisingly interesting this year!


Oct. 17, 2016: Live Event Special Digs Into Oregon And Washington Races
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This special episode of “OPB Politics Now” was recorded in front of a live audience of OPB donors.


Police in riot gear respond to a protest outside Portland City Hall.

Police in riot gear respond to a protest outside Portland City Hall.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

Oct. 14, 2016: Protests Over Portland Police Contract And City Races To Watch
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We dig into the Portland Police union contract that sparked protests earlier this week when the City Council voted to approve it, and we talk about one of the more interesting local races on the 2016 ballot.


From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Dr. Bud Pierce and Cliff Thomason greet one another following a gubernatorial debate at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene on Oct. 6, 2016.

From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Dr. Bud Pierce and Cliff Thomason greet one another following a gubernatorial debate at Winston Churchill High School in Eugene on Oct. 6, 2016.

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Oct. 7, 2016: Gubernatorial Debate In Eugene
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Domestic violence, health care and the very unpopular idea of a sales tax are just a few of the topics the three candidates for Oregon governor discussed during an hour-long debate.


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Republican nominee Bud Pierce are scheduled to debate five times in September and October. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Republican nominee Bud Pierce are scheduled to debate five times in September and October. 

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Oct. 3, 2016: Special Episode On Domestic Violence Comments
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On this special Monday edition of the podcast, host Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB News Director Anna Griffin and Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes to talk about some controversial comments on domestic violence that came up in Friday’s gubernatorial debate at the City Club of Portland.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H.

John Locher/AP

Sept. 30, 2016: M97 Ads And Why Trump’s Only Oregon Staffer Left The State
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We analyze the ads trying to convince voters to reject or approve the corporate tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot, plus discuss why Donald Trump’s lone paid staffer in Oregon is leaving for Michigan.


Dr. Bud Pierce, left, Republican candidate for governor on the campaign trail in September.

Dr. Bud Pierce, left, Republican candidate for governor on the campaign trail in September.

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Sept. 23, 2016: Bud Pierce, Jeff Merkley On Wells Fargo
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The Republican candidate for Oregon governor is a political newcomer. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley took part in the verbal dissection of Wells Fargo’s CEO on Capitol Hill.


Gov. Kitzhaber speaks at Oracle Corp. in 2013.

Gov. Kitzhaber speaks at Oracle Corp. in 2013.

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Sept. 16, 2016: Oracle Settlement, Third Party Candidates
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Oracle and the state of Oregon reached a $100 million over Cover Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown has a new campaign manager. Motor Voter is boosting voter rolls.


 

Yoga meets goats ... in Oregon.

Yoga meets goats ... in Oregon.

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Sept. 9, 2016: School Funding, Goat Yoga, New Oregon Voters Poll And More
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We look at new polling on the races for president and governor in Oregon, hear why Portland voters won’t decide on a school funding bond this year and learn all about goat yoga.


A city sign posted at the entrance to a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor bike path. Someone has spray painted it so it no longer reads "No Camping."

A city sign posted at the entrance to a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor bike path. Someone has spray painted it so it no longer reads "No Camping."

Amelia Templeton/OPB

Sept. 1, 2016: Homelessness Policy, Campaign Finance And More
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We dig into the policies designed to address the increasingly difficult homelessness problem in Portland and talk about why a state senator refused to meet with a constituent who was part of the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge earlier this year. 


Former PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, left, with COO Tony Magliano, third from left, at Rose City Park in June. The district's lead crisis led to a rush to fill vacancies in the administration.

Former PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, left, with COO Tony Magliano, third from left, at Rose City Park in June. The district's lead crisis led to a rush to fill vacancies in the administration.

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Aug. 26, 2016: Marijuana, School Boards And Anti-Trump Republicans In Oregon
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Why are some Oregon Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump? When will Portland Public Schools find a new superintendent? And Oregon lawmakers are pushing to change marijuana policy.


Boyd Britton has been a Grant County Commissioner since 2004. He also owns a local welding business.

Boyd Britton has been a Grant County Commissioner since 2004. He also owns a local welding business.

Amanda Peacher/OPB

Aug. 19, 2016: Presidential Politics, Recalls, Election Violations
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It’s no secret many Oregon Republicans are uneasy about Donald Trump. Multiple rural Oregon communities held recall votes this week. Some allege violations in ballot measure campaigns.


Former PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, left, with COO Tony Magliano, third from left, at Rose City Park in June. The district's lead crisis led to a rush to fill vacancies in the administration.

Former PPS Superintendent Carole Smith, left, with COO Tony Magliano, third from left, at Rose City Park in June. The district's lead crisis led to a rush to fill vacancies in the administration.

Amelia Templeton/OPB

Aug. 12, 2016: Marijuana, Portland Schools, Oregon And Trump
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Oregon politicians are pushing to change state marijuana policy. Portland schools seek a new superintendent. Oregon Republicans are backing away from Donald Trump.


A city sign posted at the entrance to a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor bike path. Someone has spray painted it so it no longer reads "No Camping."

A city sign posted at the entrance to a homeless camp on the Springwater Corridor bike path. Someone has spray painted it so it no longer reads "No Camping."

Amelia Templeton/OPB

Aug. 5, 2016: Portland’s Political Fallout Over Homelessness
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We consider the political fallout from the homelessness problem in Portland. We look at Gov. Kate Brown’s endorsement of Measure 97.


A tent along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

A tent along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

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July 29, 2016: DNC Wrapup, Politics Of Homelessness And More
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OPB Politics Now talks boos at the Democratic National Convention, then swings the focus to regional issues such as homelessness in Portland and Measure 97 (formerly IP28).


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July 28, 2016: Hillary Clinton Accepts Nomination
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Hillary Clinton took the stage for one of the most important speeches of her career on Thursday, accepting the Democratic nomination for president.


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July 27, 2016: President Obama Passes The Torch
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President Obama delivered his address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, calling on voters to “reject cynicism and reject fear” and vote for Hillary Clinton.


An anti-TPP delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

An anti-TPP delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Allison Frost/OPB

July 26, 2016: Bill Clinton, Kate Brown And TPP
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Bill Clinton made his pitch for his wife, Hillary Clinton, to the DNC. Plus, Gov. Kate Brown on statewide measures and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.


A delegate takes a photo at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

A delegate takes a photo at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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July 25, 2016: Bernie, Boos And Michelle At The RNC
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Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes discuss the action-packed and boo-filled first day of the DNC.


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July 24, 2016: Previewing The DNC
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On the first special episode of OPB Politics Now from the DNC, OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes and Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller preview the first day of the convention in Philadelphia.


Bruno Carnovale, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, visits the Republican National Convention marketplace in Cleveland, July 20, 2016.

Bruno Carnovale, an 89-year-old World War II veteran, visits the Republican National Convention marketplace in Cleveland, July 20, 2016.

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July 22, 2016: RNC, PPS And The Washington State Ballot
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We get some perspective on the news out of the RNC, dig into the sudden retirement announcement from Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, and learn about candidates on Washington state’s ballot.


Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

July 21, 2016: Trump Salad At The RNC
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From the roof of the Quicken Loans Arena parking garage, Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Political Reporter Jeff Mapes look at Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in Cleveland through a Northwest lens.


People react to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., as Cruz addresses the delegate during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

People react to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., as Cruz addresses the delegate during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Matt Rourke/AP

July 20, 2016: Cruz, Pence And Breakfast With Brownback At The RNC
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Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes react to speeches at the GOP Convention and highlight some Oregon connections to this national event.


Donald Trump Jr. gives his father the votes necessary to put him over the top at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.

Donald Trump Jr. gives his father the votes necessary to put him over the top at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.

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July 19, 2016: Public Lands, Roll Call And More At The RNC
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From Cleveland’s Progressive Field, Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes discuss some highlights from Day 2 of the Republican National Convention.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives his thumb up as he walks off the stage with his wife Melania during the Republican National Convention, Monday, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland.

John Locher/AP

July 18, 2016: Floor Skirmish, Melania And More At The RNC
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Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes rehash some of the highlights from the first day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland.


A smoker takes a break outside the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

A smoker takes a break outside the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Julie Sabatier/OPB

July 17, 2016: Let The Republican Convention Begin
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Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes sit down for a quick chat in Cleveland the night before the Republican Convention begins.


Martin Prince, from Amherst, Ohio, left, cleans the stairs as preparations are made for the Republican National Convention, Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Martin Prince, from Amherst, Ohio, left, cleans the stairs as preparations are made for the Republican National Convention, Friday, July 15, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Alex Brandon/AP

July 15, 2016: Corporate Taxes, GOP Convention, Oil Trains
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Opponents of a corporate tax measure in Oregon are raising big money to defeat it this fall. And OPB is headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We have your primer.


People show their anger at Thursday's "This Can't Be Justice" solidarity protest in wake of the killings of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling.

People show their anger at Thursday's "This Can't Be Justice" solidarity protest in wake of the killings of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling.

Shirley Chan/OPB

July 8, 2016: Police Shootings, Dallas, VP Rumors
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Fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota coupled with the killing of multiple officers in Dallas elicited powerful response in Oregon and around the country. And could Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders supporter be Hillary Clinton’s VP?


Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned in 2015 amid suspicion that his fiancee used her relationship with him to secure consulting contracts. 

Alan Sylvestre/OPB

July 1, 2016: Retirement, Kitzhaber, Ballot Measures
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Why are public officials in the hot seat choosing retirement over resignation — and what’s the difference? A Supreme Court ruling could affect the case against former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. Ballot measures take aim at Oregon Dems.


Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she will not debate Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce until September.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said she will not debate Republican gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce until September.

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June 24, 2016: Oregon Gubernatorial Debates, Oil Trains
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she will not debate Republican challenger Bud Pierce until September. An oil train derailment near Mosier has led many Oregon leaders to call for a federal moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge.


People embrace prior to a vigil for victims of the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando in Portland's Mississippi neighborhood on Friday, June 16, 2016.

People embrace prior to a vigil for victims of the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando in Portland's Mississippi neighborhood on Friday, June 16, 2016.

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June 16, 2016: Oregon Reacts To Orlando Attack
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Oregon leaders respond to a deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Critics pile on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. An Oregon judge’s ruling will allow for a “gender non-binary” designation at the DMV.


Cleanup efforts continued on Monday, June 6, 2016, at the site of an oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

Cleanup efforts continued on Monday, June 6, 2016, at the site of an oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

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June 10, 2016: Oil Trains, Testing For Lead And RNC Delegates
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An oil train derailed and caught fire in Mosier, Oregon, on June 3, prompting several Oregon political leaders to call for a moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge.  


A covered drinking fountain sits next to cases of bottled water at Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood, in Southeast Portland.

A covered drinking fountain sits next to cases of bottled water at Llewellyn Elementary in Sellwood, in Southeast Portland.

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June 3, 2016: Lead In The Water, Paid Sick Leave
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Portland Public Schools discovered lead in the water systems at two of its schools — Creston and Rose City Park. After shutting off drinking water district-wide, PPS is dealing with the political fallout with some calling for the superintendent’s resignation.


Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea

Portland Police Chief Larry O'Dea

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May 27, 2016: O’Dea’s Long Week And Cover Oregon
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Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea was placed on administrative leave after it was revealed he accidentally shot a friend during a hunting trip. Dueling reports question who is to blame in the notorious failure of Cover Oregon.


Bernie Sanders fans wave signs outside the new Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters in Portland on April 6, 2016.

Bernie Sanders fans wave signs outside the new Bernie Sanders campaign headquarters in Portland on April 6, 2016.

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May 20, 2016: Mayoral Awkwardness, Novick’s Runoff And Bernie’s Big Win
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What does Bernie Sanders’ Oregon win mean for his campaign? In Portland, mayor-elect Ted Wheeler got off to a quick start and City Commissioner Steve Novick now has a fall opponent: Chloe Eudaly.


Ted Wheeler celebrates his victory in the race to become Portland mayor at Blitz Ladd, a sports pub in Southeast Portland, on May 17, 2016.

Ted Wheeler celebrates his victory in the race to become Portland mayor at Blitz Ladd, a sports pub in Southeast Portland, on May 17, 2016.

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May 17, 2016: Pulling Apart Primary Results
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The Oregon primary is over, leaving Portland with a new mayor elect, Bernie Sanders with a few more delegates in his coffers, and candidates for Oregon statewide offices as good as set. Here’s a look at what comes next.


Hillary Clinton speaks to parents at a Virginia campaign event on May 9, 2016.

Hillary Clinton speaks to parents at a Virginia campaign event on May 9, 2016.

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May 13, 2016: Can Hillary Clinton Win Oregon?
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Despite Bernie Sanders’ large crowds at several rallies across the state, new polling shows Hillary Clinton leading Sanders ahead of the Oregon primary. Plus, why is Donald Trump yelling the word “Oregon”?


Bernie Sanders raises his fist at his Portland rally on Friday, March 25, 2016.

Bernie Sanders raises his fist at his Portland rally on Friday, March 25, 2016.

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May 6, 2016: Putting The Oregon Primary In Focus
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Oregon’s primary election is May 17 and eyes will be on the Democratic presidential contest, where Bernie Sanders seeks a win over Hillary Clinton. Portland also votes for mayor and Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler could win the seat outright.

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