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Political Chat: Political News Blossoms As Spring Begins

OPB | March 21, 2014 12:30 p.m. | Updated: May 2, 2014 7:16 a.m. | Salem, Oregon

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Spring has officially sprung, but no time to stop and smell the flowers for political watchers. This week contained not just the vernal equinox, but also important developments in Oregon politics.

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the results of an independent investigation of Cover Oregon, the troubled online health insurance exchange. He said it was a sobering critique.

“I am angry and I am disappointed by the roll-out of Cover Oregon and the ongoing technical problems that have created delays, uncertainty, confusion and frustration among Oregonians who need and deserve health care.”

Meanwhile, the state unemployment rate dipped below 7 percent for the first time in five years.

And a new study of the way Oregon collects property taxes shows there are some major inequities.

Bill and Jeff  joined us to talk Oregon politics. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

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