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‘OPB Politics Now’: New evidence and the latest fallout in the saga of Rep. Mike Nearman

Nearly half a year after an Oregon lawmaker allowed a crowd of far right protesters to enter the capitol building, new evidence emerged showing that Polk County Republican Mike Nearman had explained to them days earlier how to breach the capitol. On this week’s "OPB’s Politics Now," we unpack the latest and discuss what potential punishment awaits the lawmaker.

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‘OPB Politics Now’: Oregon’s struggle to deliver on racial justice in the year since George Floyd’s murder

After a Minneapolis police officer murdered George Floyd, Oregon leaders made ambitious promises to change the state’s criminal justice system and policing standards. On this week’s episode of "OPB Politics Now", we examine whether leaders have delivered on those promises and how policing and racial justice have changed in the state.


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‘OPB Politics Now’: Oregon’s unexpected tax windfall

On this week's episode of OPB Politics Now, editor Anna Griffin talks to reporters Dirk VanderHart and Sam Stites about Oregon's surprisingly rosy financial outlook. State economists had predicted big budget problems because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, lawmakers are looking at a fight over the state kicker rule and how to spend a surprisingly large amount of tax revenue.


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‘OPB Politics Now’: A tale of two legislatures, the sequel

While Oregon is still in the dramatic throes of a legislative session, our neighbors to the north are all finished with their work. In this episode, we talk through some of the highlights of Washington’s most memorable legislative session in years. And we’ll check in on Oregon’s session, where progress has been halting.






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‘OPB Politics Now’: Republicans demands pushed aside by COVID-19 case in the chamber

Oregon House Republicans have been slowing legislative progress in that chamber down to a crawl. Early this week, House Republicans gave their first list of demands they wanted met, possibly kicking off negotiations. But by the afternoon, their list was an afterthought, pushed aside by a much more pressing matter: a COVID-19 exposure in the chamber.


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‘OPB Politics Now’: Housing, controversial diesel bills and Paris Hilton

It's time for a legislative update. Democrats kicked off a big housing push this week. We’ll talk about their plans for easing the state’s ongoing crisis, and how some controversial ideas to tamp down diesel emissions could generate backlash.

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Podcast logo imageOPB 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