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Remembering Former Congressman Wes Cooley

Feb. 5, 2015 8:25 p.m.

We'll talk with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch, about the one-term congressman who died Wednesday in a Bend hospital.

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CD-1 Election Night Returns

Feb. 1, 2012 5 a.m.

1/31/12 8:50PM UPDATE: Suzanne Bonamici has won the race and will become the representative for Oregon’s First Congressional District. Today, voters in the First Congressional District pick their candidate to fill former Congressman David Wu's vacant seat. Think Out Loud is live tonight at 9pm and we'll sit down with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch to pore over the results, what they mean for Oregon, and what they tell us about the national races in November. We'll also hear from OPB News reporter April Baer, who will be live at the Ecotrust building in downtown Portland with Suzanne Bonamici's campaign. OPB's Chris Lehman will also join us, live with Rob Cornilles's campaign at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Tune in for the results.

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Election Night Special 2010

Nov. 3, 2010 3 a.m.

It's election night 2010. Tonight we'll bring you the local results from the Northwest as they come in and we want to hear from you. Follow the results on OPB News and let us know your thoughts about the results as they happen.

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OPB Election Coverage

Nov. 5, 2014 4 a.m.

Tune in to OPB for live updates and analysis on election night.

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Election Night Special

Nov. 4, 2008 8 a.m.

What races or measures, bonds or levies, have you biting your fingernails?

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66 and 67 Have Passed. Now What?

Jan. 27, 2010 5 p.m.

After an expensive and often rancorous battle, measures 66 and 67 passed on Tuesday night by a wider margin than expected. But there are still — there are always! — questions. First and foremost: Now what? What will these tax measures mean for Oregon? What budget or fiscal measures should the legislature focus on in their upcoming session? Does this "band-aid," as some have called these revenue measures, mean that a more wholesale revenue restructuring is less likely?

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The Morning After

Nov. 5, 2008 8 a.m.

Now what?

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The 2010 Election Divide

Dec. 6, 2010 5 p.m.

Last month John Kitzhaber won the governor's election by a one percent margin. But while seven of 36 counties favored him, outside of the Portland-metro area, some counties favored his opponent Chris Dudley by as much as 70%. No Democrat was ousted at the federal level, but Democrats lost supermajority status in the state Senate. And the state House, which was once dominated by Democrats, is now evenly split 30-30. According to a survey (pdf) that OPB and Fox 12* commissioned, half of Oregonians feel optimistic about the election results, but the other half feels pessimistic. Statistically, the correlating factors show that those feeling optimistic tend to be Democrats residing in urban areas, and those who feel pessimistic tend to be Republicans in rural areas. Of course, there is much more nuance to the survey results, but purely by the numbers, these statistics point to a dividing line between rural and urban Oregon. The idea of a rural-urban divide is not new — in Oregon and many other states. Across America, people in small towns and big cities often have contrasting ideologies. But the history of Oregon politics shows times when rural Oregon was predominantly democratic and Portland was largely republican. Various factors like the mechanization of agriculture and environmental issues like the spotted owl led to fundamental shifts in political leanings. One way to understand Oregon politics today is to explore Oregon politics in the past. 

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Local Lunch

March 20, 2009 4 p.m.

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup may not seem like the advance guard of a revolution, but that's exactly what Representative Brian Clem (D-Salem) is hoping for. Along with Rep. Tina Kotek, he's sponsoring House Bill 2800, which would provide up to $19 million in state money for schools that spend some of their federal dollars on Oregon food. What's Oregon food? Anything that was "produced, packaged, packed or processed" in the state. This is where the grilled cheese sandwiches come in.

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How Healthy Is Too Healthy? Americans Face Off Over School Nutrition Requirements

Sept. 22, 2015 7:25 p.m.

For the past three years, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been phasing in stricter nutritional standards for federally funded school lunch programs.

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OPB Politics Now May 6 2016

May 6, 2016 5:07 p.m.

Thanks for downloading our inaugural episode! OPB Morning Edition host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB senior reporter Jeff Mapes, OPB political analyst Bill Lunch and OPB reporter Amelia Templeton. We discuss the presidential race in Oregon, a suddenly hot secretary of state's race, Portland mayoral politics — and end with a fun segment we're calling, "That's So Oregon."

Politics | local | News | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Oregon Gubernatorial Debates, Oil Trains, And More

June 23, 2016 10:25 p.m.

We explore the politics of oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge and discuss what to expect from the fall debates between the major candidates for Oregon governor.

Politics | News | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Oil, Lead And RNC Delegates

June 10, 2016 5:45 p.m.

This week, we talk oil trains, the business community's reaction to what could be a major corporate tax increase and Oregon's delegates to the Republican National Convention.

Politics | News | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Cover Oregon On The National Stage, Portland's Embattled Police Chief And More

May 26, 2016 6:48 p.m.

We dig into dueling reports from a Congressional panel about who's to blame for the notorious failure of the Cover Oregon health insurance enrollment website and get a preview of the brewing fight over what could be the most contentious item on the November ballot.

Politics | local | News | Election | Election 2016

OPB Politics Now: Lead In Schools, Paid Sick Leave Lawsuit, And More

June 2, 2016 9:17 p.m.

We’ll chart the political consequences of the discovery of lead in the drinking water at Portland Public Schools and dig into a lawsuit filed over Oregon’s paid sick leave law.

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May 4, 2016 10:35 p.m.

Events for OPB President's Council, Cornerstone Society, Nova Society.

Oregon Experience

William Gladstone Steel

Nov. 18, 2006 4 a.m.

William Gladstone Steel is considered to be the "Father of Crater Lake" and was instrumental in preserving the Cascade Range Reserve. He was born in 1854 in Ohio, where his parents ran an underground railroad stop. They eventually moved to Kansas and then to Portland, Oregon. It was in Kansas that Steel claims to have first read about Crater Lake in a newspaper used to wrap his lunch. Right then he vowed to see it — and 15 years later, he finally did.

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