State Sen. Herman E. Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, in the Oregon Senate on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Salem, Ore.

State Sen. Herman E. Baertschiger Jr., R-Grants Pass, in the Oregon Senate on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Salem, Ore.

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  • Oregon senators negotiated an end to the standoff that started when Republicans refused to show up to vote on a school funding bill last week. Without a quorum, senators couldn’t vote on anything, and they were most focused on the Student Success Act, which would raise $2 billion for schools through new business taxes. In order to get Republicans back for the vote on Monday, Democrats made some concessions. State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Portland, and OPB political reporter Dirk VanderHart join us. We also reached out to Senate Republicans, but they said no one was available.

 

  

  • Portlander Bill Oakley may be most famous for the joke he wrote about hamburgers in his time writing for the “Simpsons.” So, perhaps it makes sense that he has spent the last year focusing on hamburgers in a different way. He’s been reviewing fast food on Instagram.

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