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‘OPB Politics Now’: Portland’s Texas boycott fumble and what lies ahead for redistricting

The city of Portland made a national splash a few weeks ago when the city council announced it would be boycotting the entire state of Texas. But after the city made the headlines, the plan changed. This week, we run down the details of how the city’s confused response to Texas’s near-total ban on abortions. We also discuss the redistricting fight state lawmakers are gearing up for.

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‘OPB Politics Now’: Oregon’s dueling redistricting plans

Oregon’s battle over how to draw new political maps got real late last week when Democrats and Republicans in Salem unveiled dueling redistricting plans. Now, it’s unclear whether they can find an agreement before time runs out.


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‘OPB Politics Now’: Legislative wrap up

The Oregon Legislature has concluded an unprecedented session. Lawmakers passed legislation addressing the pandemic, wildfires, social equity issues and more. This week, we review the most significant bills passed by lawmakers -- and what they missed.


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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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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