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Political Chat: Conventions, Fluoride And More

OPB | Sept. 7, 2012 4:45 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:21 a.m.

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This week, the big political news played out on the air and in the water — specifically, on the broadcast airwaves and in Portland’s water supply.

Americans watched President Barack Obama accept his party’s nomination at the Democratic National Convention last night.  He proposed a sharp contrast between Democrats and Republicans: “We don’t think government can solve all our problems, but we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems.”

Also, groups angling for a proposed new entertainment complex in Multnomah County are starting to air ads, touting the jobs it would bring.  The thing is, they need voters first.

And the debate over whether to put fluoride in Portland’s drinking water is bubbling up.  Hundreds showed up to comment on the topic before the City Council yesterday.

On Fridays, we talk politics.  Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for the Oregonian.  Bill Lunch is away.  Filling is Paul Gronke, who teaches political science at Reed College.

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