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Political Chat: Smith, Fluoride And CRC Hot Topics This Week

OPB | Oct. 13, 2012 midnight | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:20 a.m. | Portland

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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.

More details are emerging about the 1993 incident that led Smith into a legal settlement with a woman he injured at a party. Smith acknowledges he visited the woman’s home recently, as the story was coming to light. A diversion agreement that Smith agreed to after injuring the woman required him to avoid contact with her. Smith said on OPB’s Think Out Loud this week that those stipulations were never intended to last forever.

“There was no agreement in which there was to be no contact. There was a six month period during which we had no contact. That six months was 19 years ago,” he explained.

Will Portland voters be satisfied with that?

Also, some big money is coming into the race for Oregon’s fourth Congressional District, from as far away as New York.

And some big names in Oregon are weighing in against the two casino measures.

Lots of politics for our political guys to dig into this week. It’s our weekly chat with Bill Lunch, OPB’s Political Analyst. And Jeff Mapes is in the senior political reporter for the Oregonian.

Click the audio clip above to hear their conversation.

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