“OPB Politics Now” is a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics in Oregon and the Northwest. Every Friday, OPB’s political reporters and special guests offer in-depth analysis, discussion and insight into candidates, events and issues. Scroll down for the latest episode.
July 1, 2020: Wrapping Up The Oregon Legislature’s Special Session
Oregon lawmakers met for an unusual special session last week focused on COVID-19 and racial justice. But there’s a lot they didn’t get done.
June 12, 2020: Protests And Policy Shifts In Response To Racial Injustice
Protests against racial injustice and police brutality are leading to big policy shifts around the country. Oregon’s capital is no different.
May 29, 2020: The Race For Oregon Secretary Of State
After a wild primary, two Oregon legislators will face off for the state’s second-highest office — and the only statewide office currently held by a Republican.
May 20, 2020: Oregon’s 2020 Primary Election Recap
As expected, the COVID-19 crisis slowed ballot counting in Oregon. But we have some big races to break down.
May 15, 2020: Countdown To Oregon’s Primary Election
Oregon’s primary election is just days away. This week, we discuss questionable claims on mailers, negative ads and strange trends in endorsements.
May 6, 2020: The Packed Race To Replace Greg Walden
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is retiring this year, giving up the only congressional seat in Oregon held by a Republican. It’s a once-in-a-career opportunity for GOP politicians, and crowded ballot faces voters. OPB’s Emily Cureton and Jeff Mapes look at the leading candidates – and why Democrats are not all in – in this special election preview episode.
May 5, 2020: Ted Wheeler Vs. Recent History
Ted Wheeler is trying to accomplish something no one in Portland has managed in almost a generation — win a second term as mayor. He faces a crowded field of challengers — most coming at Wheeler from the left — and challenges from COVID-19. OPB’s Geoff Norcross, Rebecca Ellis and Dirk VanderHart break down this campaign in a special election preview.
May 4, 2020: Two For Top Prosecutor
Two candidates are vying to be the Multnomah County district attorney. They bring similar backgrounds, but different approaches to the job. OPB’s Conrad Wilson and Tiffany Camhi break down the race between Mike Schmidt and Ethan Knight in this special election preview episode.
May 1, 2020: Who Will Replace Commissioner Nick Fish?
The death of longtime Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish earlier this year created a void on the Portland City Council. But for the nearly 20 hopefuls who have tossed their hats into the ring to run for his seat — it has presented an opportunity. OPB’s Rebecca Ellis and Lauren Dake outline the race in a special election preview episode.
April 28, 2020: A Regional Tax For Homelessness
In this episode, OPB’s Anna Griffin and Meerah Powell lay out a ballot measure that Portland-area voters are considering in the upcoming primary: A tax that is expected to generate about $250 million annually for expanding homeless services in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
April 24, 2020: Chloe Eudaly Faces a Big Challenge
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly stunned an incumbent four years ago to win her seat on the Portland City Council. Now she’s the one facing serious challengers, including former Mayor Sam Adams. OPB’s Anna Griffin and Jeff Mapes preview the May 19 primary in this special election episode.
April 23, 2020: Previewing The Secretary Of State’s Race
Secretary of State is the No. 2 executive office in Oregon. And it’s the only statewide office currently held by a Republican. OPB reporters Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake distill the crowded Democratic primary and the far less-crowded GOP race in this special election preview episode.
April 17, 2020: Campaigning From A Distance
It’s hard for unknown candidates to win elections in normal times. But how about when the only way to campaign is at a distance? We talk about how coronavirus is changing politics as we head into Oregon’s May primary.
April 10, 2020: A Prison Public Health Concern
Oregonians are slowly growing used to social distancing, but there are some places where staying six feet from your neighbor isn’t possible.
This week, we look at what Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and others are doing to stem an outbreak in the state’s prison system.
April 3, 2020: Special Legislative Session Nixed, Rose Quarter Project Moves Forward
The Oregon legislature will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.
And despite coronavirus, the most controversial public works project in the state got a bright green light this week.
March 27, 2020: The Coronavirus Pandemic’s Effect On Campaign Politics
The coronavirus pandemic has upended life in the Pacific Northwest — including campaign politics in Oregon.
March 20, 2020: Oregon’s Response To COVID-19
The coronavirus pandemic has Oregon leaders scrambling to help people who have lost their jobs. And they’re facing pressure to do more to help — and help curb the spread.
March 6, 2020: A Legislative Failure
The Oregon Legislature ended its 2020 session this week in a complete failure after Republicans walked out. So, what happened in Salem and what comes next?
Feb. 28, 2020: A Legislative Session On The Brink Of Collapse
“And with that, colleagues, in the absence of a quorum, we will adjourn.”
That’s the sound of the Oregon Legislature getting nothing done, as Republicans in the House and Senate walked out over a cap and trade bill.
Feb. 21, 2020: Cap And Trade Creeps Forward Amid A Looming Walkout
The Oregon Legislature crept closer to a vote on a controversial plan to fight climate change this week.
And it crept closer to a Republican walkout.
Feb. 14, 2020: A Historic Compromise For Forest Management
Oregon environmentalists and the timber industry have reached a historic compromise over how forests are managed. But not everyone is happy.
Feb. 7, 2020: The Politics Of Timber And Climate Change
Logging trucks circled the Oregon Capitol this week. They were the centerpiece of a big timber community protest against a major climate bill.
Jan. 31, 2020: Oregon Legislative Session Preview
In this week’s episode of “OPB Politics Now,” OPB politics reporters Jeff Mapes, Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart discuss what to look out for in the new Oregon Legislative session.
Jan. 24, 2020: The Political Fight Between Sam Adams And Chloe Eudaly
On this week’s episode of “OPB Politics Now,” OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart talks to OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB reporter Rebecca Ellis about the upcoming political fight between Adams and Eudaly.
Jan. 17, 2020: A 2020 Legislative Session Preview
The Oregon legislature returns to work in a few weeks, and their agenda is packed. Climate change, campaign finance changes — and maybe tolls in Portland.
Jan. 3, 2020: Outlaw’s New Job And Remembering Nick Fish
This week brought two stunning changes to Oregon’s largest city. Police Chief Danielle Outlaw left for Philadelphia. And Portland Commissioner Nick Fish died with stomach cancer.
Dec. 20, 2019: The Fight Over Freeway Expansion
This week on “OPB Politics Now,” OPB political reporters Lauren Dake, Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.
Dec. 13, 2019: The Race To Replace Rep. Greg Walden
On this week’s episode of “OPB Politics Now,” political reporters Dirk VanderHart, Jeff Mapes and Lauren Dake look at the dynamics of Walden’s district, the potential field to replace him and whether Buehler has any damage to repair after his failed 2018 run for governor.
Dec. 6, 2019: Tobacco, Vaping Tax And Another Failed Recall Effort
In this episode of ‘OPB Politics Now,’ OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB politics reporters Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes discuss what could be the most costly measure on your 2020 Oregon ballot.
Nov. 22, 2019: Climate Change Legislation And Zombie Bridge 2.0
We discuss how after failing to pass a bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions this year, Democrats are busy creating another proposal, and we talk about the latest on the bridge idea that just won’t die, the Columbia River Crossing.
Nov. 15, 2019: The Rising Cost Of Pristine Water
We dive deep into expensive problems facing Portland-area leaders — and the almost 1 million people who drink the city’s water.
Nov. 1, 2019: Rep. Greg Walden Calls It Quits, Washington Affirmative Action Debate
Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year. We break down Greg Walden’s announcement and talk about the battle in Washington over affirmative action
Oct. 25, 2019: Women Of Color Are Winning More Elections In Oregon
In this special episode, we share a conversation from OPB’s Think Out Loud that features four women of color who share their experiences in running for office in Oregon.
Oct. 18, 2019: Brown Recall Effort, Sondland Testimony, Wheeler Reelection Campaign
This week we discuss a newsy week in Portland-area politics.
Oct. 11, 2019: The Power Of Public Employee Unions In Oregon
This week we examine how a vote on state employee pensions is coming back to bite Democratic legislators.
Oct. 4, 2019: Gordon Sondland’s Connection To The Impeachment Inquiry
This week we discuss how a Portland hotel owner found himself at the center of the fight over impeachment, President Trump and a phone call with the president of Ukraine.
Sept. 27, 2019: The Changing Politics Of Drugs
The cannabis industry is booming in the Pacific Northwest and federal leaders are debating whether to let banks in on cannabis money.
Sept. 13, 2019: The State Of Government Transparency In Oregon
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown promised to improve transparency when she was elected. But this week the state’s first-ever public records advocate quit.
Aug. 29, 2019: The Start Of Campaign Season
It’s Labor Day weekend, otherwise known as the ceremonial start of the upcoming campaign year.
Aug. 24, 2019: Kate Brown Keeps Raising Cash, But Why?
We look at where the governor’s money is coming from and why she’s still in campaign mode despite the lack of a campaign.
Aug. 16, 2019: Fallout From The 2019 Session
It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed.
Aug. 9, 2019: Oregon’s Gun Control Debate
This week, OPB politics reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart and Guns & America’s Jonathan Levinson localize the national conversation around gun control and talk about what has — or hasn’t happened — in Oregon.
July 26, 2019: The Political Extreme
In this episode, freelance journalist Leah Sottile looks at Washington Rep. Matt Shea and his push for a 51st state — a place governed by biblical law and made up of white people.
July 12, 2019: The Politics Of Protests
Once again, protests in downtown Portland have ended in brawls between opposing groups. Stopping the violence is tricky.
June 28, 2019: The Demise Of HB 2020 And The Rise Of The Senate Republicans
After skipping work for nine days, the 11 Senate Republicans are coming back to town.
On this week’s “OPB Politics Now,” we’ll look at the walkout, the death of cap and trade and whether this fundamentally changes politics in Oregon.
June 21, 2019: Republicans Walk Out, Again
In this week’s episode, OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes, Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart discuss the drama — and the politics — behind the Oregon Senate Republicans walkout.
June 14, 2019: What Would Cap And Trade Really Mean For Oregon?
We break down the last big item on state Democrats’ to do list for the 2019 legislative session: cap and trade.
June 7, 2019: It’s Legislative Pop Quiz Time
Think fast! OPB news director Anna Griffin quizzes OPB political reporters on all things cap and trade, campaign finance reform, foster care, daylight saving time and more.
May 31, 2019: The Cost Of Changing Election Campaign Finance Limits And Remembering Jackie Winters
On this week’s epsiode, we look at how much proposed campaign finance changes might change elections in Oregon and examine the life and legacy of state Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem.
May 24, 2019: Portland Budget Discussion Sets Stage For Unpleasant 2020 Campaign Season
On this week’s ‘OPB Politics Now,’ we unpack the budget, and how it’s setting the stage for a very unpleasant 2020 campaign season in Oregon’s largest city.
May 17, 2019: Oregon’s Biggest Kicker Yet And Landmark School Funding
On this week’s “OPB Politics Now,” OPB’s political team hashes out a hectic week in Salem and why you might, or might not, have some money coming your way.
May 10, 2019: Republicans Walked Out, But Now What?
On this week’s episode of “OPB Politics Now,” political reporters Jeff Mapes, Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake will take a look how we got here and how Oregon Senate Republicans’ walkout might end.
May 3, 2019: A Big Business Tax To Help Education
In this week’s episode, OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Lauren Dake explain how a new business tax aimed at funding education would work, along with OPB news editor Rob Manning and education reporter Elizabeth Miller.
April 26, 2019: The Politics Of Vaccines
On this week’s “OPB Politics Now,” we talk about the politics of vaccines and a bill in the legislature that would eliminate nonmedical exemptions to vaccines.
April 19, 2019: How Oregon Sentences Juvenile Offenders
In this week’s episode, we discuss how Oregon should treat young offenders who are convicted of committing the most extreme crimes.
April 12, 2019: Kate Brown’s PERS Plan And A Midpoint Legislative Session Update
Lawmakers are halfway through the 2019 Legislative session and still have an insane amount of work to do regarding Oregon’s pension problems.
April 5, 2019: Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State
Lawmakers in Salem considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws, and Bev Clarno was sworn in as Oregon’s new secretary of state.
March 29, 2019: Cap And Trade, Dark Money And The Columbia River Crossing
Another jam-packed week in Salem, during which lawmakers tackled cap and trade, how to regulate “dark money” groups and the Columbia River Crossing.
March 22, 2019: Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System
In this episode of “OPB Politics Now,” we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.
March 15, 2019: Portland’s Attempt At Housing Development And A Highway Expansion
Portland is changing — and it’s fighting about how it changes every step of the way.
March 8, 2019: Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s Presidential Bid And What’s Next For Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
Washington Governor Jay Inslee is out on the presidential campaign trail. And Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has decided it’s not in the cards for him.
March 1, 2019: Dennis Richardson’s Legacy And This Week in Salem
A recap of an intense week at Oregon’s statehouse, including the passing of the nation’s first statewide rent control legislation.
Feb. 22, 2019: Oregon’s Republican Party And The Struggle To Be Relevant
Can Oregon’s Republican Party survive in a state with a Democratic supermajority?
Feb. 8, 2019: Oregon’s Housing Crisis
Oregon’s housing crisis is now a statewide issue, and legislative leaders are rushing to respond.
Feb. 1, 2019: Back To Work In The Oregon Legislature
“OPB Politics Now” talk cap and trade and plastic straws, plus take a look at ways to make the Pacific Northwest more relevant in the 2020 presidential race.
Jan. 25, 2019: Oregon Governor Kate Brown Pushing Campaign Finance Change
Oregon Governor Kate Brown is pushing legislators to adopt new limits on big money in state campaigns.
Jan. 16, 2019: Oregon Legislative Preview
The Oregon Legislature will take up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week.
Jan. 11, 2019: The $22 Billion Question: Understanding PERS
A hour-long look at one the biggest problems facing Oregon leaders as they head into the 2019 session: the state’s deeply troubled public employee retirement system
Jan. 4, 2019: A New Era In Portland City Hall
It’s a new era at Portland City Hall as Commissioner Jo An Hardesty replaces Dan Saltzman, one of the longest-serving city officials ever.
Dec. 21, 2018: The Right To Privacy Vs. The Public’s Right To Know
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s brain cancer diagnosis raises the debate between a person’s right to privacy and the public’s right to know how an elected official is doing.
Dec. 14, 2018: Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures
Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks. Also: Jeff Merkley for president?
Dec. 7, 2018: Baseball, Tolling And A Day Of Reckoning
We look at three works in progress that could have big political ramifications down the road: Tolling on Portland-area roads, the effort to bring baseball to Portland and the state labor bureau’s investigation into sexual harassment at the Capitol.
Nov. 30, 2018: Kate Brown’s $23.6 Billion Budget And A Looming Tax Hike
We dig into the governor’s $23.6 billion budget proposal and discuss how a tax hike could be in Oregonian’s future.
Nov. 16, 2018: Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s Very Bad Week
OPB reporters Amelia Templeton and Dirk VanderHart and news director Anna Griffin dissect Wheeler’s very bad week and the city’s legacy of one-term mayors.
Nov. 9, 2018: Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax
We look at the Evergreen State’s recent fights over guns and carbon, and what they can tell us about Oregon’s future.
Nov. 6, 2018: Breaking Down The Midterm Election
It’s finally Election Day, and we have winners — and losers.
Nov. 2, 2018: Supermajorities and the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance
We’ve talked a lot about national politics this year, but local races matter too. Oregon voters are deciding whether Democrats will take back a supermajority — and face an easier path to raising taxes — in the state legislature.
Oct. 26, 2018: Race For Oregon Governor Is Down To The Wire
This week, we compare Gov. Kate Brown and Republican challenger Knute Buehler on the issues — and look at what they both need to do to win.
Oct. 19, 2018: Hot Congressional Races in Southwest Washington and Oregon
OPB’s political team discusses the upcoming Congressional races in Southwest Washington and Southern Oregon, where Democrats are targeting two Republican incumbents.
Oct. 12, 2018: Hardesty Vs. Smith
Portland voters will make history next month, when they elect the city’s first-ever woman of color to the City Council.
Oct. 5, 2018: Breaking Down Measures 103 And 104
Oregon voters have two tax measures to consider when ballots arrive later this month. One would ban taxes on groceries. Another would make it harder for legislators to raise revenue. We break down what you need to know when ballots arrive.
Sept. 21, 2018: A Council Race, A Clean Energy Tax and A Housing Measure
A Portland City Council race, a proposed clean energy tax and a regional housing measure walk into a podcast.
Sept. 14, 2018: The Politics Of WIldfire
OPB political reporters Lauren Dake and Jeff Mapes talk to OPB environmental reporter Tony Schick about smoke management, letting fires burn and what might be the new normal.
Sept. 7, 2018: The Intersection Of Star Power, Sports And Politics
OPB news director Anna Griffin and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart explore the tricky intersection of sports, celebrity and politics on this week’s episode of “OPB Politics Now.”
Aug. 31, 2018: Teacher Turmoil And Sheriff’s Against Sanctuary Law
Southwest Washington’s teachers are on strike, and almost half of Oregon’s sheriff’s despise one of the country’s oldest sanctuary laws. We talk about the turmoil and what it means for you.
Aug. 24, 2018: The Political Consequences Of Men Behaving Badly
Aug. 10, 2018: Washington’s Wild Primary
In the battle for control of the U.S. House, Washington state is now one of the big hotspots.
Aug. 3, 2018: Fresh Batch of Controversy In the Oregon Statehouse
Late last year, allegations of sexual harassment rocked Oregon’s Legislature and led one state Senator to resign. Now, there’s a fresh batch of controversy.
July 27, 2018: The Fight Over Oregon’s Unions
It’s a new world for the powerful public employee unions in Oregon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states can’t require public employees to pay dues to unions that represent them in the workplace.
July 13, 2018: Oregon House Democratic Supermajority On The Ropes
It feels like the dog days of summer, but we have a lot of action in legislative races.
June 29, 2018: A Tough Week for Unions and Gun Control Advocates in the Northwest
This was a tough week for progressives and a good one for conservatives in the Pacific Northwest.
June 22, 2018: The Collision Of Politics And Criminal Justice
What happens politically when a Democratic-led state government becomes part of the resistance?
June 8, 2018: Pacific Northwesterners Positioning For The White House
When it comes to presidential politics, Oregon and Washington aren’t exactly battleground states.
May 25, 2018: Follow The Money
It was a big week for tax news at the state Capitol.
May 18, 2018: The Changing Demographic Of Oregon Politics
Pundits are calling this the year of the woman in politics. But in Oregon, this demographic shift has been years in the making.
May 15, 2018: Unpacking The Oregon Primaries
On a special midweek episode of “OPB Politics Now,” we unpack the results of the 2018 primaries.
May 11, 2018: Oregon Primary Election Crunch Time
Oregon’s primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters.
May 4, 2018: Local Races Steal The Spotlight In Oregon Primary
Oregon’s primary election is a week and a half away, and some of the state’s most fascinating races are happening in Portland-area local government.
April 27, 2018: Previewing Legislative And Labor Commissioner Primaries
Ballots for the May 15 primary are arriving this week, and we’ve got you covered on the latest episode of “OPB Politics Now.”
April 20, 2018: Oregon’s Republican Primary Election And The November Matchup
State Representative Knute Buehler has been crowned the likely GOP front-runner for governor and he has virtually ignored the Republican primary.
April 13, 2018: The Importance of Government Structures
Sometimes the structure of government voters choose is just as important as who they elect.
April 6, 2018: Wapato Jail And Homelessness In Portland
When it comes to Multnomah County’s unused Wapato Jail, things are never easy.
March 30, 2018: Guns Grocery Taxes And Other Potential Oregon Ballot Measures
Will Oregonians get to vote on banning military-style rifles in Oregon? We talk about the dramatic attempt by students and religious leaders to put a measure potentially outlawing such weapons on the ballot.
March 5, 2018: The Legislature Adjourns, The Republicans Meet
We wrap up the highlights and surprises of the 2018 Oregon legislative session. And we examine the state of the Oregon Republican Party after its annual Dorchester Conference.
March 2, 2018: Crunch Time In The Oregon Legislature
Oregon lawmakers are rushing toward adjourning the 2018 session, so the OPB politics team is taking a last-minute look at the prospects for several of the major bills still in the pipeline.
Feb. 23, 2018: The Politics Of Guns
The mass shooting in Florida has reignited the debate over gun control. Washington and Oregon are solidly blue states. But guns are one issue where Democratic lawmakers have struggled to build consensus.
Feb. 9, 2018: Addressing Climate Change In The Northwest
This week on “OPB Politics Now,” we’ll discuss the policies both Oregon and Washington are considering to tackle climate change at the state level.
Feb. 2, 2018: Oregon Legislature Short Session
What’s on the agenda during this short legislative session?
Jan. 24, 2018: Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Measure 101
Who wins, who loses and what’s the future of health care — and health care politics — in Oregon after voters overwhelmingly approved Measure 101?
Jan. 19, 2018: Oregon’s Lone GOP Congressman Sees Power Shift Under Trump
Since Donald Trump’s presidential victory, Oregon’s lone Republican congressman, Greg Walden, has enjoyed a higher profile and more power. But with more influence comes extra scrutiny.
Jan. 12, 2018: Understanding Measure 101
Oregon voters will decide on Jan. 23 whether or not to approve up to $320 million in hospital and insurance taxes to help pay for the state’s share of Medicaid.
Jan. 5, 2018: A Look Ahead At 2018
Who will be Oregon’s next governor? Should any congressional representatives worry about midterm elections? Will Oregon highways get tolls? We look into the big political stories of 2018.
Dec. 29, 2017: In-Depth On Vera Katz
We hear more about the life and legacy of one of Portland’s trailblazing politicians who died earlier this month.
Dec. 22, 2017: The Politics Of Train Travel
We discuss the political fallout from Monday’s deadly Amtrak crash near Tacoma, Washington, and how the GOP tax bill will affect Oregonians.
Dec. 15, 2017: Vera Katz’s Legacy, Wheeler On Homelessness
Vera Katz died this week at age 84. She served three terms as Portland mayor, which has become a rare accomplishment. Plus, we dive into Columbia Sportswear’s role in the Portland homelessness debate.
Dec. 8, 2017: Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future
President Trump ordered the shrinking of two national monuments in Utah this week. Attention immediately shifted to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says should also be smaller. We talk through the politics of these moves
Dec. 1, 2017: OHA Audit Shows Millions Misspent
Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has just released an audit that shows the Oregon Health Authority misspent millions in taxpayer dollars. We discuss the ups and downs of one of the biggest agencies in state government and the impact the audit will have.
Nov. 22, 2017: Dennis Richardson’s Backstory
We’re bringing you a conversation with an Oregon political figure that you might have missed when it originally aired. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson opened up to OPB “All Things Considered” host Kate Davidson as part of her Backstory: Defining Moments
Nov. 16, 2017: Kruse And Kitzhaber Back In The Spotlight
Oregon State Sen. Jeff Kruse faces explosive new allegations of sexual misconduct. Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has agreed to pay a $1,000 fine for ethics violations surrounding his resignation from office nearly three years ago. And Portland City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is engaged in an unusual Facebook feud with the local news media.
Nov. 9. 2017: Election Wrap-Up
From mayoral races to bond measures, we wrap up the 2017 special election.
Nov. 3, 2017: Last-Minute November Ballot Cheat Sheet
The Nov. 7 special election will decide the balance of power in the Washington state Legislature. It will also determine if Portland Community College gets $185 million for expansion.
Oct. 27, 2017: Sexual Harassment In Salem
The current nationwide discussion about sexual harassment that started with allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has spread far and wide, including to the Oregon Capital. State Sen. Sara Gelser accused fellow senator Jeff Kruse of touching her inappropriately.
Oct. 19, 2017: What Is ‘Home Rule’ And Why Should You Care?
The home charter: Nine Oregon counties have them, with Douglas County voters considering one in November. How does this form of local government affect everyday citizens?
Oct. 13, 2017: Portland Girds For A Freeway Fight
A proposed Interstate 5 expansion through the Rose Quarter has become about much more than a few more highway lanes. It touches on racism, privilege, Portland’s relationship with the state and how leaders envision the city.
Oct. 6, 2017: Guns, Health Care And The Oregon Ballot
We dig into the ballot referendum process in Oregon and how it could affect two of the most divisive issues of our time.
Sept. 29, 2017: Health Care Stakes Are High For Oregon
Analysts predicted Oregon would lose more than any other state if the latest attempt to roll back the Affordable Care Act was enacted. It won’t be, though. The bill known was Graham-Cassidy was shelved after failing to earn enough support from Senate Republicans.
Sept. 15, 2017: Portland City Council Race Gets Interesting
Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB reporters Jeff Mapes and Amelia Templeton about the how the Portland City Council race is shaping up after Commissioner Dan Saltzman announced he would be seeking re-election next year.
Sept. 8, 2017: The Politics Of Wildfire
OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about the political, financial and environmental complexities of wildfire.
Sept. 1, 2017: How Are We Going To Fix PERS?
This week, the governor’s task force on the pension deficit put forth several ideas for how to do that. Many of those ideas would end up costing all Oregonians. Not surprisingly, Republican lawmakers pounced.
Aug. 25, 2017: Answers To Your Kicker Questions
Oregon’s unique “kicker” law means taxpayers will get $464 million in rebates next year. OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman join host Julie Sabatier to answer your questions about the kicker, such as where it came from and why it’s so hard to change.
Aug. 18, 2017: Oregon Governor Race Brings In The Money
It’s early, but big money is already flowing into the 2018 Oregon gubernatorial race.
Aug. 11, 2017: The Game Is Afoot!
OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and news director Anna Griffin join host Julie Sabatier to talk about political gamesmanship in the race for governor, a state senator who is facing two interesting challengers and a former lawmaker who’s taking on a longtime Portland City Commissioner.
Aug. 4, 2017: The Future Of The Portland Police
There’s a lot going on in the Portland Police Bureau these days. There’s the search for a permanent chief. The mayor has also proposed a new model for community oversight, which is attracting criticism.
This time, we’re listening to a couple of recent conversation’s on OPB’s “Think Out Loud.” Host Dave Miller spoke with Mayor Ted Wheeler and T. Allen Bethel, president of the Albina Ministerial Alliance.
July 28, 2017: An East Coast View Of Oregon
This week, the Washington Post posted an interview with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who is an anomaly these days: a woman governor leading a state with a Democratic majority in the statehouse. Only Rhode Island can make the same claim.
July 21, 2017: Brown At Sine Die
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown takes stock of her agenda at the end of the 2017 legislative session and looks ahead to 2018.
July 14, 2017: Now What For Oregon Lawmakers?
Now that Oregon lawmakers are finished with passing bills for a while, they have time to consider their next moves.
July 7, 2017: Oregon Bucks The Trend On Health Coverage
While Congress continues to negotiate rolling back the Affordable Care Act, Oregon lawmakers are going the other way.
June 30, 2017: Lurching Towards Sine Dine
Oregon’s legislative session is almost over and billions of dollars in transportation funding hangs in the balance. Why is it so hard for lawmakers to agree on something they all say they support?
June 23, 2017: Corporate Tax Reform Dies In Salem
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she and her fellow Democrats are abandoning efforts to increase corporate tax revenue. As a deadline looms to close a $1.4 billion budget gap, Brown and lawmakers are instead focusing their efforts on a healthcare provider tax and spending cuts.
June 19, 2017: Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Is Cleared
Former Governor John Kitzhaber was a giant of Oregon politics until he resigned amidst an influence-peddling scandal in 2015. Two years later, the federal investigation into Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes has concluded with no criminal charges.
June 9, 2017: How Oregon Plans To Fill A $1.4 Billion Budget Gap
Democratic leaders announced a corporate tax plan that would raise nearly $900 million over the next two years. They also have a proposal to shift some of the burden of Oregon’s pension plan to its recipients.
June 2, 2017: Political Aftermath Of Portland Train Stabbing
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s response brought up some serious questions about free speech vs. hate speech.
May 26, 2017: Ultimatums For Portland Water Bureau, Washington Legislature
The Portland Water Bureau and the Washington Legislature were told to stop lollygagging on critical issues.
May 19, 2017: A Tale Of 2 Revenue Forecasts
Either Oregon has a broken tax system or more tax revenue than the state has ever seen. Can it be both?
May 12, 2017: Tolls And Trees, Also Pie
Oregon lawmakers unveiled an $8.2 billion transportation package, which will widen highways and shore up bridges. We’ll dig into the details of the proposal.
May 5, 2017: This Is Not A Rerun
This week, the U.S. House took up a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act, a protest in Portland got violent, and the Oregon Legislature released a corporate tax proposal. Sound familiar?
April 28, 2017: Is There Any Money For Schools?
Voters across Oregon will decide whether to devote millions to new school construction this May.
April 21, 2017: What’s Alive And What’s Dead In Salem
Now that we’re about halfway through this legislative session, we look at which bills are dead and which ones are moving forward and how budget negotiations heated up this week.
April 14, 2017: Walden Faces The Music
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden was back in the district the second week of April. His constituents had quite a lot to say.
April 7, 2017: The Taxes Are Coming!
Tax Day is on its way, but is tax reform within reach? “OPB Politics Now” tackles federal, state and local taxes.
March 24, 2017: Liberals Vs. Liberals At Portland City Hall
Portland commissioners are trying to enact a progressive agenda, but activists in council chambers are yelling at them to focus more on police reform and homelessness. With supporters of liberal causes pitted against one another, who wins?
March 17, 2017: Oregon Rep. Greg Walden Works On Health Care
Oregon Rep. Greg Walden is at the center of Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act — but the bill his committee came up with is not universally loved by Republicans.
March 3, 2017: Roads And Bridges
President Trump wants to spend a trillion dollars on roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. That’s good news to Oregon, where the roads and bridges need a LOT of work.
Feb. 17, 2017: Housing And Homelessness
A new Portland city ordinance requires landlords to assist tenants with relocation costs in the case of a no-cause eviction while the Oregon Legislature grapples with housing issues.
Feb. 10, 2017: Washington State’s Resistance To Trump
How did Washington state emerge as the center for the resistance to Donald Trump’s agenda?
Feb. 3, 2017: Oregon Senators On Trump Nominees, Walden On Health Care
Both of Oregon’s U.S. senators are working to block President Trump’s nominees, including his pick for the Supreme Court.
Jan. 26, 2017: Oregon’s $2 Billion Budget Gap
Lawmakers have to close a nearly $2 billion budget gap, and that’s before any laws are made.
Jan. 19, 2017: Trump’s Speech
Oregon Historical Society executive director Kerry Tymchuk, who worked as a speechwriter for former U.S. senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole and an aide to former U.S. senator for Oregon Gordon Smith, joins OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and host Geoff Norcross to examine Donald Trump’s inaugural address.
Jan. 12, 2017: Kate Brown, Guns, Taxes And PERS
What Oregon Gov. Kate Brown hopes to accomplish over the next two years. Her agenda touches on taxes, guns and PERS reform.
Jan. 6, 2017: New Year, New Portland City Government
Dec. 30, 2016: The Rise And Fall Of Steve Novick
OPB News Director Anna Griffin looks at the political rise and fall of outgoing Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.
Dec. 16, 2016: Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary
Just who is Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of the interior? Learn about Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke on this episode of “OPB Politics Now.”
Dec. 9, 2016: Power Shifts In The Oregon Delegation
How will Oregon’s Congressional delegation deal with the new political realities in Washington, D.C.?
Dec. 3, 2016: What Trump Means For The Northwest
What will a Donald Trump presidency mean for the Northwest? Host Julie Sabatier, OPB’s senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and news director Anna Griffin talk over how the Trump administration might come down on immigration, recreational marijuana, climate change and public land management.
Nov. 23, 2016: Portland’s Newest City Commissioner, Chloe Eudaly
Portland’s newest city commissioner, Chloe Eudaly, is a bookstore owner and housing advocate who ran a modest campaign and pulled off a surprising win against incumbent Steve Novick. Host Geoff Norcross talks with OPB reporter Amelia Templeton about Eudaly’s triumph, and how the political makeup of the City Council will change.
Nov. 18, 2016: Trump Backlash
We dig into the post-election protests in Portland and take up an effort at the state level to change the national electoral system.
Nov. 10, 2016: Election Results And The Urban/Rural Divide
In this episode, host Geoff Norcross, OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Olympia reporter Austin Jenkins wrap up the 2016 election and discuss the role of the urban/rural divide in the Pacific Northwest.
Nov. 8, 2016: Election Night Update
A short election night update on statewide and local races in Oregon including ballot measures, Oregon governor and more.
Nov. 4, 2016: Measure 97 Analysis, Listener Question
Still not sure how to vote on Measure 97? OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes and News Director Anna Griffin join host Geoff Norcross to dig into the substance of the controversial corporate tax measure.
Nov. 1, 2016: Ballot Measures That Are Not 97
The election is a week away and you may still be wondering about all those measures on your Oregon ballot.
Oct. 26, 2016: An In-Depth Look At Gov. Kate Brown
OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and Statesman Journal reporter Gordon Friedman join host Julie Sabatier to talk about incumbent Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.
Oct. 21, 2016: The Surprisingly Exciting Race For Secretary Of State
Host Geoff Norcross along with OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Chris Lehman talk about the Secretary of State’s race, which is surprisingly interesting this year!
Oct. 17, 2016: Live Event Special Digs Into Oregon And Washington Races
This special episode of “OPB Politics Now” was recorded in front of a live audience of OPB donors.
Oct. 14, 2016: Protests Over Portland Police Contract And City Races To Watch
We dig into the Portland Police union contract that sparked protests earlier this week when the City Council voted to approve it, and we talk about one of the more interesting local races on the 2016 ballot.
Oct. 7, 2016: Gubernatorial Debate In Eugene
Domestic violence, health care and the very unpopular idea of a sales tax are just a few of the topics the three candidates for Oregon governor discussed during an hour-long debate.
Oct. 3, 2016: Special Episode On Domestic Violence Comments
On this special Monday edition of the podcast, host Geoff Norcross is joined by OPB News Director Anna Griffin and Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes to talk about some controversial comments on domestic violence that came up in Friday’s gubernatorial debate at the City Club of Portland.
Sept. 30, 2016: M97 Ads And Why Trump’s Only Oregon Staffer Left The State
We analyze the ads trying to convince voters to reject or approve the corporate tax measure on Oregon’s November ballot, plus discuss why Donald Trump’s lone paid staffer in Oregon is leaving for Michigan.
Sept. 23, 2016: Bud Pierce, Jeff Merkley On Wells Fargo
The Republican candidate for Oregon governor is a political newcomer. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley took part in the verbal dissection of Wells Fargo’s CEO on Capitol Hill.
Sept. 16, 2016: Oracle Settlement, Third Party Candidates
Oracle and the state of Oregon reached a $100 million over Cover Oregon. Gov. Kate Brown has a new campaign manager. Motor Voter is boosting voter rolls.
Sept. 9, 2016: School Funding, Goat Yoga, New Oregon Voters Poll And More
We look at new polling on the races for president and governor in Oregon, hear why Portland voters won’t decide on a school funding bond this year and learn all about goat yoga.
Sept. 1, 2016: Homelessness Policy, Campaign Finance And More
We dig into the policies designed to address the increasingly difficult homelessness problem in Portland and talk about why a state senator refused to meet with a constituent who was part of the armed occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge earlier this year.
Aug. 26, 2016: Marijuana, School Boards And Anti-Trump Republicans In Oregon
Why are some Oregon Republicans distancing themselves from Donald Trump? When will Portland Public Schools find a new superintendent? And Oregon lawmakers are pushing to change marijuana policy.
Aug. 19, 2016: Presidential Politics, Recalls, Election Violations
It’s no secret many Oregon Republicans are uneasy about Donald Trump. Multiple rural Oregon communities held recall votes this week. Some allege violations in ballot measure campaigns.
Aug. 12, 2016: Marijuana, Portland Schools, Oregon And Trump
Oregon politicians are pushing to change state marijuana policy. Portland schools seek a new superintendent. Oregon Republicans are backing away from Donald Trump.
Aug. 5, 2016: Portland’s Political Fallout Over Homelessness
We consider the political fallout from the homelessness problem in Portland. We look at Gov. Kate Brown’s endorsement of Measure 97.
July 29, 2016: DNC Wrapup, Politics Of Homelessness And More
OPB Politics Now talks boos at the Democratic National Convention, then swings the focus to regional issues such as homelessness in Portland and Measure 97 (formerly IP28).
July 28, 2016: Hillary Clinton Accepts Nomination
Hillary Clinton took the stage for one of the most important speeches of her career on Thursday, accepting the Democratic nomination for president.
July 27, 2016: President Obama Passes The Torch
President Obama delivered his address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, calling on voters to “reject cynicism and reject fear” and vote for Hillary Clinton.
July 26, 2016: Bill Clinton, Kate Brown And TPP
Bill Clinton made his pitch for his wife, Hillary Clinton, to the DNC. Plus, Gov. Kate Brown on statewide measures and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
July 25, 2016: Bernie, Boos And Michelle At The RNC
Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes discuss the action-packed and boo-filled first day of the DNC.
July 24, 2016: Previewing The DNC
On the first special episode of OPB Politics Now from the DNC, OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes and Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller preview the first day of the convention in Philadelphia.
July 22, 2016: RNC, PPS And The Washington State Ballot
We get some perspective on the news out of the RNC, dig into the sudden retirement announcement from Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith, and learn about candidates on Washington state’s ballot.
July 21, 2016: Trump Salad At The RNC
From the roof of the Quicken Loans Arena parking garage, Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Political Reporter Jeff Mapes look at Donald Trump’s acceptance speech in Cleveland through a Northwest lens.
July 20, 2016: Cruz, Pence And Breakfast With Brownback At The RNC
Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes react to speeches at the GOP Convention and highlight some Oregon connections to this national event.
July 19, 2016: Public Lands, Roll Call And More At The RNC
From Cleveland’s Progressive Field, Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes discuss some highlights from Day 2 of the Republican National Convention.
July 18, 2016: Floor Skirmish, Melania And More At The RNC
Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and OPB’s Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes rehash some of the highlights from the first day of the Republican Convention in Cleveland.
July 17, 2016: Let The Republican Convention Begin
Think Out Loud Host Dave Miller and Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes sit down for a quick chat in Cleveland the night before the Republican Convention begins.
July 15, 2016: Corporate Taxes, GOP Convention, Oil Trains
Opponents of a corporate tax measure in Oregon are raising big money to defeat it this fall. And OPB is headed to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. We have your primer.
July 8, 2016: Police Shootings, Dallas, VP Rumors
Fatal police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota coupled with the killing of multiple officers in Dallas elicited powerful response in Oregon and around the country. And could Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley and Bernie Sanders supporter be Hillary Clinton’s VP?
July 1, 2016: Retirement, Kitzhaber, Ballot Measures
Why are public officials in the hot seat choosing retirement over resignation — and what’s the difference? A Supreme Court ruling could affect the case against former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. Ballot measures take aim at Oregon Dems.
June 24, 2016: Oregon Gubernatorial Debates, Oil Trains
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced she will not debate Republican challenger Bud Pierce until September. An oil train derailment near Mosier has led many Oregon leaders to call for a federal moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge.
June 16, 2016: Oregon Reacts To Orlando Attack
Oregon leaders respond to a deadly attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Critics pile on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. An Oregon judge’s ruling will allow for a “gender non-binary” designation at the DMV.
June 10, 2016: Oil Trains, Testing For Lead And RNC Delegates
An oil train derailed and caught fire in Mosier, Oregon, on June 3, prompting several Oregon political leaders to call for a moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia River Gorge.
June 3, 2016: Lead In The Water, Paid Sick Leave
Portland Public Schools discovered lead in the water systems at two of its schools — Creston and Rose City Park. After shutting off drinking water district-wide, PPS is dealing with the political fallout with some calling for the superintendent’s resignation.
May 27, 2016: O’Dea’s Long Week And Cover Oregon
Portland Police Chief Larry O’Dea was placed on administrative leave after it was revealed he accidentally shot a friend during a hunting trip. Dueling reports question who is to blame in the notorious failure of Cover Oregon.
May 20, 2016: Mayoral Awkwardness, Novick’s Runoff And Bernie’s Big Win
What does Bernie Sanders’ Oregon win mean for his campaign? In Portland, mayor-elect Ted Wheeler got off to a quick start and City Commissioner Steve Novick now has a fall opponent: Chloe Eudaly.
May 17, 2016: Pulling Apart Primary Results
The Oregon primary is over, leaving Portland with a new mayor elect, Bernie Sanders with a few more delegates in his coffers, and candidates for Oregon statewide offices as good as set. Here’s a look at what comes next.
May 13, 2016: Can Hillary Clinton Win Oregon?
Despite Bernie Sanders’ large crowds at several rallies across the state, new polling shows Hillary Clinton leading Sanders ahead of the Oregon primary. Plus, why is Donald Trump yelling the word “Oregon”?
May 6, 2016: Putting The Oregon Primary In Focus
Oregon’s primary election is May 17 and eyes will be on the Democratic presidential contest, where Bernie Sanders seeks a win over Hillary Clinton. Portland also votes for mayor and Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler could win the seat outright.