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Remembering Former Congressman Wes Cooley

We'll talk with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch, about the one-term congressman who died Wednesday in a Bend hospital.

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CD-1 Election Night Returns

1/31/12 8:50PM UPDATE: Suzanne Bonamici has won the race and will become the representative for Oregon’s First Congressional District. Today, voters in the First Congressional District pick their candidate to fill former Congressman David Wu's vacant seat. Think Out Loud is live tonight at 9pm and we'll sit down with OPB political analyst Bill Lunch to pore over the results, what they mean for Oregon, and what they tell us about the national races in November. We'll also hear from OPB News reporter April Baer, who will be live at the Ecotrust building in downtown Portland with Suzanne Bonamici's campaign. OPB's Chris Lehman will also join us, live with Rob Cornilles's campaign at the World Forestry Center in Portland. Tune in for the results.

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Election Night Special 2010

It's election night 2010. Tonight we'll bring you the local results from the Northwest as they come in and we want to hear from you. Follow the results on OPB News and let us know your thoughts about the results as they happen.

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66 and 67 Have Passed. Now What?

After an expensive and often rancorous battle, measures 66 and 67 passed on Tuesday night by a wider margin than expected. But there are still — there are always! — questions. First and foremost: Now what? What will these tax measures mean for Oregon? What budget or fiscal measures should the legislature focus on in their upcoming session? Does this "band-aid," as some have called these revenue measures, mean that a more wholesale revenue restructuring is less likely?

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OPB Election Coverage

Tune in to OPB for live updates and analysis on election night.

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Election Night Special

What races or measures, bonds or levies, have you biting your fingernails?

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The 2010 Election Divide

Last month John Kitzhaber won the governor's election by a one percent margin. But while seven of 36 counties favored him, outside of the Portland-metro area, some counties favored his opponent Chris Dudley by as much as 70%. No Democrat was ousted at the federal level, but Democrats lost supermajority status in the state Senate. And the state House, which was once dominated by Democrats, is now evenly split 30-30. According to a survey (pdf) that OPB and Fox 12* commissioned, half of Oregonians feel optimistic about the election results, but the other half feels pessimistic. Statistically, the correlating factors show that those feeling optimistic tend to be Democrats residing in urban areas, and those who feel pessimistic tend to be Republicans in rural areas. Of course, there is much more nuance to the survey results, but purely by the numbers, these statistics point to a dividing line between rural and urban Oregon. The idea of a rural-urban divide is not new — in Oregon and many other states. Across America, people in small towns and big cities often have contrasting ideologies. But the history of Oregon politics shows times when rural Oregon was predominantly democratic and Portland was largely republican. Various factors like the mechanization of agriculture and environmental issues like the spotted owl led to fundamental shifts in political leanings. One way to understand Oregon politics today is to explore Oregon politics in the past. 

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Local Lunch

Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup may not seem like the advance guard of a revolution, but that's exactly what Representative Brian Clem (D-Salem) is hoping for. Along with Rep. Tina Kotek, he's sponsoring House Bill 2800, which would provide up to $19 million in state money for schools that spend some of their federal dollars on Oregon food. What's Oregon food? Anything that was "produced, packaged, packed or processed" in the state. This is where the grilled cheese sandwiches come in.

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How Healthy Is Too Healthy? Americans Face Off Over School Nutrition Requirements

For the past three years, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 has been phasing in stricter nutritional standards for federally funded school lunch programs.

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Bill Lunch: What We Learn From This Poll

Now we know we have an idea who has voted in this special election so far, and how.  Let's get some deeper analysis from our political analyst, Bill Lunch, who joins us by phone from Corvallis…


Bill Lunch: Political Impact Of Death Penalty Moratorium

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber surprised many people Tuesday when he made this announcement: "Under Article 5, Section 14 of the Oregon Constitution, I am exercising my authority as governor to issue a temporary reprieve in the case of Gary Haugen during the remainder of my term in office."


Bill Lunch: Tax Talk Dominates The Week In Salem

The week in Oregon politics was dominated by a tax drama in Salem.  The legislature passed a tax package focused on corporations and the affluent, but there was an unexpected bump in the road.  Let's review with Political Analyst, Bill Lunch.  He joins us from the Media Center at OSU.


Q&A: Bill Lunch On Hatfield's Life And Career

As we've been reporting this morning, former Oregon Governor and Senator Mark Hatfield died Sunday. He was a major figure in state and national politics from the late 50s until he retired from the Senate in 1996.


Dams, Caucuses And Harassment: The Week's Top Political Developments

OPB's Bill Lunch and Jeff Mapes discuss this week's top political stories.

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Political Chat: Timber Payments, Health Care, GOP In The NW

Geoff Nocross talks politics with Jeff Mapes and Bill Lunch.

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Political Chat: No Sick Days For Our Political Guys

Jeff Mapes and Bill Lunch join Geoff Norcross look back at the week in politics.


Oregon Considered Leaves The Air After 17 Years

Oregon Considered host Allison Frost and OPB political analyst Bill Lunch talk about the end of the Oregon Considered Program.

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Political Chat: Guns And Gun Laws

Political analyst Bill Lunch and Oregonian political reporter Jeff Mapes joined OPB's Geoff Norcross to discuss guns and control efforts.


Q&A: Oregon's Proposed Budget Cuts

OPB's political analyst, Bill Lunch, joins us to discuss the proposed cuts to Oregon's current biennial budget.

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