The massive task force convened by Gov. Tina Kotek, which aims to address Portland’s many issues, met for the first time this week. On the latest episode of “OPB Politics Now,” politics reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart discuss the meeting, what people had to say and what might come out of the process.
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Gov. Tina Kotek has used her veto power to slow the push to decriminalize sex work in Oregon. And it turns out the city of Portland’s top public safety official has been living in Sin City, not Stumptown. On this week’s episode of "OPB Politics Now," Anna Griffin, Jonathan Levinson and Alex Zielinski tackle those two topics.
Oregon lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session earlier this summer with a flurry of bills. Plenty of topics were discussed in the final days of session, but one wasn’t at all: how and why a mega project to renovate the Capitol was nearly $100 million over budget. On the latest episode of "OPB Politics Now," reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart discuss that project and Gov. Tina Kotek swooping in to try to solve Portland’s problems.
On the latest episode of "OPB Politics Now," politics reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart discuss a surprisingly busy week despite the dog days of summer. They discussed Intel's big expansion and the state role, Oregon's new gas pumping future and a congresswoman testifying.