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Political Chat: Timber Payments, Health Care, GOP In The NW

OPB | Feb. 17, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 4:25 a.m. | Portland, OR

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Republican presidential candidates are paying more attention to the Pacific Northwest. Texas Congressman Ron Paul drew hundreds to a rally in Vancouver last night. He recognized that his candidacy is a longshot, but a vote for him still sends a message.

“You don’t do it because you’re doing me a big favor. You’re doing it because it’s a big favor to you and your family, and you want to live in a free society. That’s why you do it,” he said.

Rick Santorum also visited Washington state in advance of the caucuses on March 3rd.

The political week also featured spats in Salem over Governor Kitzhaber’s health care proposal.

And on Capitol Hill, it’s a case of dueling proposals to sustain federal payments to rural Oregon counties that used to rely on timber revenue.

Our political guys, Bill and Jeff, joined us again Friday. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst and Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

Click the audio icon above to hear their talk.

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