The second inauguration of President Barack Obama grabbed a lot of headlines this week.
On Monday, the president laid his agenda and goals for his second term. He may or may not have been thinking filibuster reform, but it was clearly on the minds of senators. Just days later, the Senate leadership adopted modest changes to the rules governing the use of the filibuster.
Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., is in the center of that effort. He said on the Senate floor yesterday that it’s about time: “We had a particular growing element of paralysis that we had a responsibility to address. And tonight the Senate is going to be speaking in a bipartisan faction, and say that this cannot continue in the same way.”
Meanwhile, back at home in Salem, lawmakers are putting together an agenda for the coming start of the legislative session. Expect a transparency issue to be early out of the gate.
And this week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision .
It’s Friday, and time to look back on the week in Northwest politics. Bill Lunch, OPB’s political analyst, joined Oregonian reporter Jeff Mapes with OPB Morning Edition host Geoff Norcoss to discuss these hot-button issues. Click “play” above to hear the conversation.