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OPB Politics Now: In-Depth Look At Bud Pierce, Plus Merkley Grills Stumpf


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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Senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Statesman Journal state government reporter Gordon Friedman join guest host Julie Sabatier to talk about Oregon Republican candidate for governor Bud Pierce — what he’s like as a person, as a first-time politician, and why he says he’s no longer supporting Donald Trump. (We’ll take a similar in-depth look at his opponent, Gov. Kate Brown, in a future episode.)

This week, we also talk about Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s role in grilling Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf on Capitol Hill.

And as always, we have a little fun at our state’s expense with our “That’s So Oregon” segment at the end of the show.  

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