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Political Chat: Strange Bedfellows, Better Employment Numbers

OPB | Dec. 16, 2011 5:03 a.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:25 a.m. | Portland, OR

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You’ll have to decide for yourself if Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon and Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin qualify as strange bedfellows, but their bipartisan proposal to revamp Medicare sent ripples across the political universe. Wyden says regardless of what his critics say, this is not about ending Medicare as we know it.

“I have always felt that Medicare is the single most important fiber in the social safety net,” Wyden said.

This week, we also saw somewhat better employment numbers in Oregon and Washington. And we have one big endorsement, and one big non-endorsement in the Portland mayor’s race.

We talk politics with our political guys on Friday mornings.

Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst; he’s at the OSU Media Center. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter and blogger for The Oregonian.

Click the audio icon above to hear their discussion.

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