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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.
Sept. 5, 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.
Aug. 20, 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.
Aug. 16, 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 we are discussing: The discovery of GMO wheat in Oregon The arrest of an Albany high school student accused of planning to attack his school Speculation about bureau assignments in Portland city government Michele Bachmann's announcement that she will not seek re-election President Obama's decision to nominate Republican James Comey to be the next FBI director
May 31, 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 possible demise of the Columbia River Crossing The NSA's collection of millions of Verizon phone records New Jersey's special election and the political ramifications for Governor Chris Christie
June 7, 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.
Aug. 15, 2013
Editor's Note: This show will be broadcast live on OPB Plus as well as OPB Radio. It's Friday, and 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 we are discussing: The results of this week's special election Oregon's district attorneys calling for changes to sentencing laws The ongoing scandal at the IRS Reactions to President Obama's remarks at the National Defense University
May 24, 2013
The most high-profile ballot item in this week's special election is no doubt Portland's vote on fluoride, which has been garnering national attention. But there are other important issues on ballots across the state. Lane, Josephine, and Curry counties are all considering tax hikes to increase funding for law enforcement. Residents of Clackamas County are voting on a measure that could complicate TriMet's Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line. And ten districts across the state are asking voters to increase school funding.
May 22, 2013
Clackamas County bucked national trends last November with strong conservative support at the ballot box. We'll check in on some of the major changes in Clackamas County since last year's election including: What Measure 3-401 means for current and future rail projects in the county. The measure requires the county to get voter approval for funding rail lines. The ouster of the county's head administrator by newly elected commissioners John Ludlow and Tootie Smith Corruption and in-fighting on the Clackamas River Water board
April 1, 2013
Ten school districts hope voters will approve funding measures on the special election ballot in May. Most districts are seeking bond money to upgrade and improve school buildings. In Roseburg, the district wants to do some technological upgrades and in Klamath County they hope to build a new elementary school. The Beaverton School District has a levy on the ballot to raise $75 million in additional property taxes over five years. According to the district, the money would be used for "operating funds to prevent teacher position cuts and protect class size." Voters shot down all the school funding measures on the ballot in 2011. Will this year buck that trend?
April 29, 2013
One of the most contentious issues on the special election May ballot is the municipal fluoridation measure in Portland. Last year we heard arguments on both sides of the debate — before the city council voted to approve fluoridation for Portland's water and before opponents gathered enough signatures to put the measure to a popular vote. We'll check in with the yes and no campaigns as they head into the home stretch. Ballots are due May 21.
May 7, 2013
Voters in rural areas of Oregon will weigh in on public safety funding measures on the May 21 Special Election ballot. For many, this will not be a first. In Lane County, this is the tenth time law enforcement has appealed to the public for funds to keep criminals behind bars. To make a point, Lane County Sheriff Tom Turner recently held a press conference on the local levy to coincide with a routine release of inmates due to overcrowding. Josephine County and Curry County — which have both depended on timber money in the past — are also asking residents to approve tax hikes to beef up law enforcement efforts. There are also a few cities that are voting on local bonds and levies. In the small southern Oregon town of Phoenix, there's a measure on the ballot that would repeal a surcharge that funds public safety and other services.
May 13, 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.
July 11, 2013
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.
Feb. 4, 2013
It's been a big year in a lot of ways. There was the presidential election and the London Olympics, but there was also a lot going on in our neck of the woods. Oregon saw its biggest wildfire in almost 150 years. We dealt with a mass shooting in our own back yard and felt the aftermath of shootings in other parts of the country. Oregonians began implementing changes to the healthcare system by setting up some of the first Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs). And we saw some new things happening on the individual level as well. Portland author Cheryl Strayed, for example, had a great year. She had not one, but two, books on the New York Times bestseller list: her memoir Wild and a collection of her "Dear Sugar" columns called Tiny Beautiful Things.
Dec. 31, 2012
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire leaves office January 16th, after eight years as the state's executive. She entered office amidst a contentious battle over the 129 vote margin in the 2004 election. The lawsuit challenging her victory dragged on for the first five months of her term. Gregoire oversaw spending increases in her first term, and dealt with budget shortfalls in her second term. She also pushed a bill this year to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington, which passed the legislature, and was approved by voters in November. The push was a personal and political shift for Gregoire, who's Catholic and characterized the change as a "battle for me with my religion." In 2008, she had said that the state should ensure equal rights, but that churches should "make that call about marriage." Gregoire has left a recommended budget and a how-to guide for incoming Democrat Jay Inslee.
Jan. 3, 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.
Dec. 5, 2012
Two candidates are vying to lead one of Oregon's most populous counties. Former John Ludlow is challenging incumbent Clackamas County Chair Charlotte Lehan. The race comes at a time when Clackamas residents are divided over light rail. Voters recently passed a special election ballot measure that would require the county to get voter approval before spending any more money on rail projects. This rail issue is just one indicator of the unrest among a sector of Clackamas County constituents calling themselves "Clackastanis." These voters are skeptical of government and what they call "Portland Creep." Ludlow has aligned himself with this rebellious group, while Lehan's supporters highlight her ability to bring people together.
Oct. 17, 2012