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Political Chat: Debate Dominates, Dreams Linger

The debate over what to do about Syria has dominated the news this week. President Obama said last Saturday that he’s ready to strike the Assad regime over chemical attacks on civilians. But he wants Congressional approval for it.

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer told OPB’s “Think Out Loud” he appreciated the president coming to the Congress first.

“But it’s going to be a heavy lift for me to support military intervention,” he said.

Translation: “No.”

Closer to home, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is aiming for a special session of the legislature at the end of the month, if he can assemble the votes for a “grand bargain” on taxes and cuts to the public retirement system.

And dreams of the State of Jefferson are alive and well. A Northern California county wants to secede from the state, and hopes Southern Oregon counties will do the same.

Charting political orneriness — that’s what Bill and Jeff do every Friday. Bill Lunch is OPB’s Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

To hear the conversation, click the audio file above.

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