Geoff Norcross, OPB political analyst Bill Lunch and Oregonian senior political reporter Jeff Mapes discuss the political events making news each week.
OPB | April 12, 2013 10:55 a.m.
President Obama floated a budget proposal this week which fits the current definition of bipartisanship beautifully. Both sides found something to hate about it.
OPB | Dec. 03, 2012 10:37 a.m.
Though the election is mercifully over, there's political news to "chew on" including Gov. John Kitzhaber proposed budget and an indictment against a Clackamas County poll worker.
OPB | Feb. 01, 2013 11:04 a.m.
This week the gun control debate moved to Capitol Hill, with emotional testimony at hearings. There were echoes in Salem, where a state gun control proposal was unveiled.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2013 10:05 a.m.
In Salem, advocates for gun control measures are rolling back their goals a bit. Meanwhile, a proposal to offer tuition at in-state rates to undocumented students made progress this week.
OPB | March 01, 2013 11:14 a.m.
The White House and Congressional Republicans still haven't come up with a plan to avert $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts. And the so-called sequestration cuts will begin Friday, if there's no late deal.
OPB | March 08, 2013 2:01 p.m.
Now THAT was a filibuster! Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, took to the floor just before noon on Wednesday, and started speaking.
OPB | March 29, 2013 10:23 a.m.
OPB's political guys join us each Friday to make sense of the political developments of the week. This week we discussed the U.S. Supreme Court's look at gay marriage, as well as issues coming out of the Oregon Legislature in Salem.
OPB | Jan. 25, 2013 11:46 a.m.
It's Friday, and time to look back on the week in Northwest politics.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2013 9:30 a.m.
Political analyst Bill Lunch and Oregonian political reporter Jeff Mapes joined OPB's Geoff Norcross to discuss guns and control efforts.
OPB | Jan. 04, 2013 12:32 p.m.
The arrival of the New Year was hardly a cause for celebration on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers peered over the “Fiscal Cliff” of automatic tax increases and spending cuts. They pulled back from the abyss with a late compromise.
OPB | Dec. 27, 2012 2:15 p.m.
Geoff Norcross spoke with OPB Political Analyst Bill Lunch and Jeff Mapes, the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.
OPB | Dec. 14, 2012 11:20 a.m.
Gun law is thrust into the headlines after the deadly shooting at the Clackamas Town Center. Our political guys talk about that and other news in Oregon in their weekly chat.
OPB | Dec. 21, 2012 10:23 a.m.
Gun control proposals are being considered in Salem and the Oregon legislature has approved a tax proposal to benefit Nike.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2012 11:56 a.m.
The biggest political story in the northwest this week was the official start of same-sex marriages in Washington.
OPB | Nov. 09, 2012 11:14 a.m.
If you like your elections with a lot of drama, Washington state was the place to be this week.
OPB | Oct. 26, 2012 11:21 a.m.
While the national campaigns are spending a lot of time and money in the swing states, the Northwest has some political developments worth another look.
Oct. 13, 2012 midnight
The race to be Portland’s next mayor is touching on police behavior, the Columbia River Crossing and even fluoride in the water. But the big talking point appears to be an incident involving Jefferson Smith, when he was a student at the University of Oregon.
Oct. 05, 2012 10:06 a.m.
The first debate between the presidential candidates was on Wednesday. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney talked about a range of domestic issues in their 90-minute debate.
Sept. 28, 2012 11:29 a.m.
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.
Sept. 07, 2012 4:45 a.m.
Jeff Mapes and Paul Gronke discuss Oregon and national politics.
Aug. 31, 2012 3:23 a.m.
The Republican National Convention is over, and Mitt Romney has secured the nomination of his party for president.
Aug. 24, 2012 7:45 a.m.
The week in politics was dominated by the comments of Republican Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who said in a TV interview that a woman’s body is capable of preventing pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin is running for the U.S. Senate and many people in both parties called on him to drop out.
Aug. 17, 2012 3:28 a.m.
The Ryan-Wyden connection, The O's presidential non-endorsement decision and talk of a statewide sales tax.
Aug. 03, 2012 3 a.m.
It didn't take long for the Oregon ballot measures to start getting politicized. Those opposing the initiative to abolish the Oregon estate tax say it would have unintended consequences.
July 27, 2012 3:12 a.m.
President Obama’s West Coast swing included a stop in Portland. In a speech at the Oregon Convention Center, Mr. Obama told the party faithful that U.S. economic policy shouldn't favor companies that ship jobs overseas.
July 20, 2012 6:21 a.m.
OPB’s Political Analyst Bill Lunch and The Oregonian's senior political reporter Jeff Mapes discuss the president's trip to Portland and political party musical chairs in Salem.
OPB | June 15, 2012 3:21 a.m.
This morning, we're following a major announcement from the Obama administration, which affects up to 800,000 young illegal immigrants.
OPB | June 10, 2012 3:47 a.m.
This week, Governor Kitzhaber appointed Oregon’s first female Attorney General, former judge Ellen Rosenblum. She was picked to fill out the term, after John Kroger stepped down to become the president of Reed College. She said she wants to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.
OPB | June 01, 2012 8:07 a.m.
Politics and hard liquor often go together. Just ask Winston Churchill. But closer to home and our own time, Washingtonians can buy liquor in supermarkets, beginning today. The state supreme court narrowly approved a liquor privatization initiative yesterday. Can Oregon be far behind.
OPB | May 18, 2012 1:32 a.m.
Oregon's primary election decided some races and sent others to runoffs. But it also spurred questions: namely -- where were all the voters?
OPB | May 11, 2012 1 a.m.
The Oregon primary election will conclude on Tuesday, and pollsters have had a hard time getting a handle on just who the voters have supported or are likely to support.
OPB | May 04, 2012 6:15 a.m.
If you like your elections with a healthy dose of drama, the Portland Mayoral race might be the one to watch.
OPB | April 27, 2012 3:08 a.m.
When John Kroger announced he was not going to run for reelection as Oregon's Attorney General, many wondered what he would do instead. Now we know.
OPB | April 20, 2012 12:38 a.m.
You can find politics in just about anything. At least, our political guys can.
OPB | April 13, 2012 2:48 a.m.
The Northwest political news was dominated this week by money: who has it, how they're spending it, and what legislatures do when they're short of it.
OPB | March 30, 2012 4 a.m.
The Supreme Court, the presidential race, and big name speakers at Oregon universities are among the topics of our political chat this week.
OPB | March 23, 2012 4:50 a.m.
Spring officially sprung this week, but nobody told the weather. Snow, rain and cold weather presented the opportunity to look inward to another week of political developments in Oregon.
OPB | March 16, 2012 7:17 a.m.
Geoff, Bill and Jeff talk debate, timber payments and Washington state politics Friday.
OPB | March 09, 2012 4:11 a.m.
The regular session of the Oregon legislature ended in the traditional way this week.
OPB | Feb. 25, 2012 11:33 p.m.
Gov. Kitzhaber is not thrilled with the way the Legislative session is going. With less than a week to go, three of his major initiatives are stalled: one relating to health care, two to education.
OPB | Feb. 17, 2012 2:35 p.m.
Geoff Nocross talks politics with Jeff Mapes and Bill Lunch.
OPB | Feb. 03, 2012 2:37 a.m.
It seems the biggest political news was coming from opposite corners of the country this week. Mitt Romney easily won the important Florida GOP primary on Tuesday. On Wednesday night, the Washington state senate voted to approve a same-sex marriage bill.
OPB | Jan. 27, 2012 6:23 a.m.
Don't worry. It will all be over soon.
You've probably heard the ads for and against the top candidates in Oregon's First Congressional District special election. But the end of voting comes with the end of the month.
OPB | Jan. 20, 2012 5:46 a.m.
Record flooding in the Northwest was not the only news this week. Plenty of political news was swirling around, especially in South Carolina as four candidates head toward Saturday's election.
AP | Jan. 06, 2012 5:51 a.m.
The first week of 2012 was one of many interesting political weeks you'll get this year.
OPB | Dec. 23, 2011 3:07 a.m.
It was a bruising fight, but both Houses of Congress passed a deal to extend the payroll tax holiday and jobless benefits, for two months anyway. This is a national story, but there are some important regional Northwest connections.
OPB | Dec. 16, 2011 5:03 a.m.
Strange bedfellows and employment numbers were among the topics Friday for Geoff, Jeff and Bill.
OPB | Dec. 08, 2011 10 p.m.
The week in politics had a lot to do with those two sure things: death and taxes.
Washington legislators and Gov. Gregoire debated raising the state sales tax by half a percent while cutting the state budget.
OPB | Dec. 02, 2011 2:07 a.m.
University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere was very publicly fired by the state board of higher education this week. For Dr. Lariviere, it's an opportunity to go back to the classroom.
OPB | Nov. 18, 2011 1:05 a.m.
The "Occupy" movement has been making news in Portland and many other cities over the last month and a half. It's a wide-ranging story, touching on the law, the Constitution, legislative reform, and more.
OPB | Nov. 04, 2011 6:28 a.m.
Portland political watchers were watching the mayoral race this week, and they got a definite "maybe".
OPB | Oct. 27, 2011 11 p.m.
If you listen closely on the Oregon coast, you'll hear amidst the gusty winds and swelling seas the sound of a game of musical chairs. Oregon House co-Speaker Arnie Roblan -- who represents a district on the Coast -- announced that next year, he’ll run for the state Senate.
OPB | Oct. 21, 2011 4:40 a.m.
In this week's political chat, Geoff Norcross talks CD-1 and news John Kroger won't run again with Jeff Mapes and Bill Lunch.
OPB | Oct. 14, 2011 5:49 a.m.
Mitt Romney visits the Northwest and a mixed vote on free trade top political news this week. Morning Edition host Geoff Norcross talks politics with Bill Lunch and Jeff Mapes.
OPB | Oct. 07, 2011 2:39 a.m.
Money and politics were walking hand-in-hand through the Oregon rain this week.
OPB | Sept. 23, 2011 12:16 a.m.
It's September, a month for beginnings. Fall begins today. School begins for kids, the TV season is underway. In Northwest politics this week, there were both beginnings and endings.
OPB | Sept. 15, 2011 11 p.m.
The mayoral race in Portland has another entrant, the voter lines in Washington could shift dramatically soon, and we have a kindler, gentler GOP in Oregon, at least when it comes to gays.
OPB | Sept. 08, 2011 11 p.m.
This week, the kids headed back to school -- so Governor Kitzhaber chose this week to talk education. Meanwhile, initiative activists may be preparing another attempt to prevent unions from collecting campaign contributions through payroll deductions.
OPB | Sept. 02, 2011 2:33 a.m.
It's the season of hard-won victories, agonizing defeats and even a few tangles with the law. But enough about the Oregon Ducks. Summer kind of ends with Labor Day, and that always brings a new focus on politics.
OPB | Aug. 26, 2011 2:55 a.m.
You could say the news of the week was all about the West Coast feeling smug: You call that an earthquake? No hurricanes here! We've got Congressional candidates campaigning already, so there!
OPB | Aug. 19, 2011 4:53 a.m.
The pace is supposed to slow in life and politics during the dog days of summer. But our political guys can't help themselves, and they're going to leave the hammock empty for another week.
OPB | Aug. 11, 2011 11 p.m.
The political news of the week was dominated by the death of former Oregon Governor and Senator Mark Hatfield, but there were other developments.
OPB | July 15, 2011 6:38 a.m.
If money truly is the mother's milk of politics, milking season is under way in Oregon. Geoff Norcross reviews the latest developments with Bill Lunch and Jeff Mapes.
OPB | Aug. 05, 2011 4:23 a.m.
The looming election cycle might be more interesting for who's out than who's in.
OPB | July 01, 2011 2:15 a.m.
The gavel has come down on the 2011 Oregon Legislative session. House and Senate leaders formally closed the session Thursday afternoon.
OPB | June 24, 2011 1:45 a.m.
Anybody looking for a source of alternative energy could have plugged into the Oregon Legislature this week. Lawmakers and the governor have been in a near frenzy as the session draws toward a close.
OPB | June 16, 2011 11 p.m.
Among the feverish activity at the Oregon capitol this week -- education politics playing out behind closed doors and in a very public spat.
OPB | June 09, 2011 11 p.m.
All kinds of political intrigue this week. Things are so interesting here, we don't even need to talk about Anthony Weiner.
OPB | June 02, 2011 11 p.m.
It was an eventful week in Salem.
A long investigation into the state Department of Energy ended with a whimper, not a bang.
OPB | May 26, 2011 11 p.m.
Yes, Memorial Day weekend is upon us, even though you wouldn't know it by the weather. But the cold and the wet haven't doused the spirits of politicians in Salem and Olympia, who were bubbling with activity this week.
OPB | May 12, 2011 11 p.m.
It’s not as if the Oregon Department of Revenue was doing cartwheels Thursday, but it had a rare bit of good news. According to the latest revenue forecast, Oregon will have about $129 million more to spend in the next budget cycle.
OPB | May 06, 2011 6 a.m.
This may go down as the week the Oregon legislature decided to take a whack at iconic Oregon laws.
The state legislature is working on revisions to Oregon’s bottle bill. And elsewhere in the capitol, a budget deal is being struck that includes changes to the kicker law.
OPB | April 14, 2011 11 p.m.
The Oregon legislature voted on spending plans for education this week. The Senate unanimously passed a plan for funding K-12 schools at a level of $5.7 billion.
OPB | April 08, 2011 2:36 a.m.
Never mind what's happening on Capitol Hill. Oregon's government is in no danger of shutting down.
OPB | March 03, 2011 10 p.m.
Oregon Congressman David Wu spent last weekend and the early part of this week on something of a "mea culpa" tour. He wasn't completely forthcoming, though.
OPB | Feb. 24, 2011 11 p.m.
Even more than usual, the political news this week had us looking up synonyms for “strange”.
OPB | Feb. 17, 2011 10 p.m.
Down the road in Salem, Governor Kitzhaber decides not to purge state agency directors, but he is thinking about ways to fund at least one of those agencies.
OPB | Jan. 26, 2011 10 p.m.
The 2011 legislative session is about to start in Salem, but lawmakers might have a hard time squeezing into the chamber...what with, you know, the huge elephant.
OPB | Jan. 06, 2011 10 p.m.
This week, politics has been all about personnel changes.
OPB | Dec. 16, 2010 10 p.m.
As the year draws toward a close, Governor-elect -- and Doctor -- John Kitzhaber delivered a grim diagnosis of prospects for Oregon, saying the state is in a "death spiral." In a speech to the Oregon Business Summit, Kitzhaber also showed some optimism.
OPB | Oct. 15, 2010 12:56 a.m.
Oregon ballots will go out in the mail starting Friday, and there’s no shortage of newspaper editors and political action committees telling you how to fill it out.
OPB | July 15, 2010 6:14 a.m.
For the moment, oil is no longer spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. So we can turn our attention to other toxic substances bubbling up to the surface. Politics in Oregon, for example.
OPB | June 04, 2010 2:45 a.m.
All the rain we got this week was nothing compared to the buckets of cold water being thrown on state agencies.
OPB | Dec. 04, 2009 3:37 a.m.
Yes, the Civil War game was exciting, and my prediction of an Oregon team going to the Rose Bowl came true. But we're going to talk about another Oregon contest this morning.
April 12, 2013 12:13 p.m.
Geoff Norcross, OPB political analyst Bill Lunch and Oregonian senior political reporter Jeff Mapes discuss the political events making news each week.
Oct. 19, 2012 11:54 a.m.
Voter registration, the casino measures and the race for Secretary of State are in the news this week.
OPB | Nov. 02, 2012 11:41 a.m.
A full year of campaigning has come down to this: a final weekend of voting in Oregon and Washington.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Political junkies know that the weeks just following an election often feel remarkably similar to a hangover after weeks, if not months, of serious drinking.