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OPB Politics Now takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics of the week. Every Friday, Host Geoff Norcross, OPB Senior Political Reporter Jeff Mapes along with other OPB reporters, editors, and special guests offer the inside scoop about candidates and issues affecting our region. They provide in-depth analysis, insight on the local political landscape and rousing conversation to satisfy the most enthusiastic political junkies as well as those who may not follow Oregon politics as closely.More from OPB Politics Now »

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Oregon's Republican Party And The Struggle To Be Relevant

The Oregon Republican Party is struggling with irrelevancy. There's only one Republican in statewide office, and only one in the state congressional delegation. Can this party be saved? We look at the past and the potential future of the GOP in the age of Donald Trump and Democratic dominance on the West Coast.

Oregon's Republican Party And The Struggle To Be Relevant

The Oregon Republican Party is struggling with irrelevancy. There's only one Republican in statewide office, and only one in the state congressional delegation. Can this party be saved? We look at the past and the potential future of the GOP in the age of Donald Trump and Democratic dominance on the West Coast.

Portland Leaves FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force

The Portland City Council reconsidered its relationship with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force this week. But is this really the best form of government for making these kinds of decisions? An influential advocacy group says no.

Oregon's Housing Crisis

For years, it's been up to cities to solve their own housing problems. But Oregon's housing crisis is now a statewide issue, and legislative leaders are rushing to respond. Two bills being considered in this year's Legislative session would mean huge changes in how cities and towns handle the lack of affordable housing and rising rents.

Back to Work in the Oregon Legislature

The Oregon legislature is back at work, and they're considering two big changes to help the environment. This week, we talk cap and trade and plastic straws, plus take a look at ways to make the Pacific Northwest more relevant in the 2020 presidential race.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown Pushing Campaign Finance Change

Oregon Governor Kate Brown is pushing legislators to adopt new limits on big money in state campaigns. We explain what she's up to, and the big hurdles standing in her way in this episode.

Oregon Legislative Preview

The Oregon Legislature takes up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week. We'll give you a quick rundown of the major issues.

A New Era In Portland City Hall, A Hostile Work Environment at the Capitol

It's a new era at Portland City Hall as Commissioner Jo An Hardesty replaces Dan Saltzman, one of the longest-serving city officials ever. We'll look at what this big change says about Portland politics. And we'll examine the aftermath of the Oregon labor department's scathing report on work conditions at the state legislature.

A New Era In Portland City Hall, A Hostile Work Environment at the Capitol

The Right To Privacy Vs. The Public's Right To Know

In June, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer. In this week's OPB Politics Now, we'll discuss the delicate balance between a person's right to privacy and the public's right to know how an elected official is doing.

Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures

Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks. In this episode, we look at what's changing and whether it will really make a difference.

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