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Political Chat: Gun Debate, GOP Leadership On Minds This Week

OPB | June 13, 2014 2:09 p.m.

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The week’s news was dominated by the grim story from Reynolds High School in Troutdale, where a student killed another student, and then himself.

Horrified reactions came from all over, including from President Obama.

“We’re the only society … we’re the only developed country on earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week,” he said.

The incident is prompting other political leaders to wonder what legislative options might be available.

On the other side of the nation, in Virginia, Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader for the Republicans, was upset in the GOP primary by a challenger who raised less than five percent as much in campaign funds.

The surprise in D.C. was palpable and the ensuing scramble within the House leadership might open up possible new roles for a couple of Republicans from the Northwest. To review the week in politics, our political guys, Bill and Jeff, have joined us again. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

To hear the conversation, click the audio file above.

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