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Segmentarticle - Oct. 7, 2013
U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is the last in our series of conversations we've been having with Oregon's congressional delegation before they reconvene in Washington D.C. next week. Merkley, along with Oregon's senior senator, Ron Wyden, has said that he has not made up his mind on the top agenda item for next week: authorizing President Obama to take military action in Syria. We'll also ask Merkley about some of his other priorities, including financial reform, "pay it forward" college tuition legislation and regulating crowd-funding. Merkley pushed hard for changes to Senate filibuster rules and said shortly before Congress adjourned that he's satisfied with the recent reforms. He's also been gearing up for his first re-election campaign, getting some union support over the summer, as well as attracting his first GOP challenger.
Segmentarticle - Sept. 5, 2013
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Audio - Nov. 6, 2013
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Segmentarticle - Dec. 9, 2013
It's Friday, so it's time for the news roundtable, our chance to review the big news of the week with a panel of journalists, editors and news watchers. This week, our discussion topics include: The police killings in Egypt, and the U.S. response. The Rose Garden getting a corporate rebranding. The election of Art Robinson as the new chair of the Oregon Republican Party.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 16, 2013
Our series of Summer Recess Conversations continues with a sit-down with Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon's 1st district. Bonamici was elected to Congress in a special election in January, 2012. Since then, she's voted against efforts to change Obamacare and supported increases and changes to Medicaid reimbursements. She's joined with other members of the delegation to oppose commodity speculation that could hurt craft breweries and successfully proposed an amendment to keep 34 C-23 Sherpa aircraft for the Army National Guard in Oregon. She's supported an emphasis on science and art education, and she recently voted to pass a bipartisan plan to alleviate student loan interest rates. We'll talk with Suzanne Bonamici about the last congressional session and what she expects when Congress reconvenes next month.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 15, 2013
The Polk County Commissioner's Office unanimously voted to add a public safety levy to the ballot in the November elections. The levy would collect 60 cents for every 1,000 dollars of property value. Recently, the Polk County Sheriff's was forced to switch to 20 hour patrol shifts, and were only spared layoffs when 4 deputies voluntarily left the department. If the levy fails, the Polk County District Attorney's Office said they would be forced to stop prosecuting Class B and C misdemeanors, such as shoplifting and tresspassing. The proposal comes on the heels of Josephine and Curry counties rejecting similar levies in the wake of major public safety concerns.
Segmentarticle - Aug. 20, 2013
Egypt's first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, was ousted by the Egyptian military this month. This comes less than two-and-a-half years after former President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office during the protests of the so-called Arab Spring. This week, at least 54 of Morsi's supporters were killed in a clash with police, and the transition plan proposed by the military was greeted with harsh criticism. Dr. Thomas Bartlett was the president of American University in Cairo in the mid-1960s, and served as interim president for the university from 2002-2003. Some of his family still lives in Egypt and he returns several times a year. Bartlett points out that this is Egypt's first experience with self government, after millennia of foreign rule and, more recently, a military dictatorship. Egypt's entrance into democracy, Bartlett says, is bound to be difficult. He'll join us to tell us more about what to expect on the path to self-government. Dr. Thomas Bartlett will speak at The World Affairs Council of Oregon on Friday, July 12 at noon.
Segmentarticle - July 11, 2013
Measure 81 was on the ballot in November and aimed to ban the use of gillnets on the Columbia River. But many of its advocates abandoned it months before Election Day. Instead, they backed a plan introduced by Governor John Kitzhaber to regulate the gillnetting industry through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife outside of the initiative process. Kitzhaber's plan would ban gillnets on the main stem of the Columbia, where commercial fishermen would only be able to use seine nets. Environmental advocates say those nets are better for ecological health. Commercial gillnet fishermen would be relegated to off-channel bays and sloughs. Gillnet fishermen strongly oppose the plan, telling OPB that it could hurt commercial fishermen financially, plus there's no room in the off-channel areas for more boats. They also note the new method — seine netting — is currently outlawed. Editor's Note: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be taking public testimony at 8 a.m. Friday at the Willamette Room at the Portland Airport Holiday Inn. They will likely vote on the proposal that day.
Segmentarticle - Dec. 5, 2012
California's Proposition 37 to require that many foods containing genetically modified ingredients be labeled failed — despite early polling that showed massive support. A victory in California would likely have had resulted in far reaching changes to the nation's food labeling trends. The loss in California and a handful of other states means that food labeling remains the same. Supporters of the proposition cited concerns over human and environmental health as well as corporate ownership of food. Groups in opposition, ranging from Monsanto Co to many of California's newspaper editorial boards, said that the proposal was poorly written and opened the way for unnecessary lawsuits. They also predicted higher costs for consumers and cited a lack of evidence of health risks associated with genetically modified foods. In light of the recent decision by California voters, the debate about food labeling is moving on to other venues. A campaign in Washington state is in its early stages, and other states including Oregon, may see momentum for legislative action or other ballot efforts.
Segmentarticle - Nov. 20, 2012
Update Feb. 2: The central committee's votes have been tallied and Suzanne Gallagher will become the new Oregon Republican Party chair. The Oregon Republican Party will elect new officers, including a new party chair, at its biennial organizational meeting in Salem on Feb. 2. The new chair is expected to change the direction of the party in hopes of breaking a decade-long losing streak in statewide elections. We parsed the candidate pool with political analyst Jim Moore on Think Out Loud Jan. 29.
Segmentarticle - Feb. 4, 2013
Last week, President Obama won re-election over Republican challenger Mitt Romney. There were no drastic shifts in the national balance of congressional seats: the Democrats still hold the majority in the Senate and the Republicans have the majority in the House. Here in Oregon, a Republican has not won a statewide elected office in a decade. The 30-30 split in the Oregon House has swung back to a Democratic majority. As the dust settles from this recent election season activity, what will the future of the Republican party in Oregon be?
Segmentarticle - Nov. 14, 2012
The balloons are deflated, the confetti has been swept away. Now that that the 2012 election is past, the thing that unites almost all of the winning candidates, nationally and statewide, is their major party label. The congressional delegation and the state legislature are made up of either Democrats or Republicans. Yet Oregon does have a handful of minor parties who field candidates. The parties who ran candidates for president got under two percent of the vote at best. What are the factors that maintain the current system of major party dominance? Why does so much of the electorate keep voting for Rs and Ds when many say they are fed up with the two party system and a growing number choose to register (pdf) as unaffiliated or with another political party?
Segmentarticle - Nov. 13, 2012
Portland has a new mayor. Oregon incumbents were reelected to state office. And President Obama's reelection came a lot sooner than many pundits predicted. At the local level, there were a few surprises. Portland's arts tax, which had polled poorly, passed by a large margin. And incumbent city commissioner Amanda Fritz took 58 percent of the vote to hold onto her seat, despite being neck and neck with her challenger Mary Nolan in the primary. Republicans in Clackamas County had a good night, celebrating victories by two conservative candidates for the county commission. While Oregonians weren't voting on the issue, advocates for gay marriage were watching other states closely. Washington's Referendum 74 is still too close to call, but voters in Maine and Maryland became the first states to make same-sex marriage legal by popular vote.
Segmentarticle - Nov. 7, 2012