OPB Politics Now 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.
OPB Politics Now

OPB Politics Now

From Oregon Public Broadcasting

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Fallout From The 2019 Session

This week, OPB politics reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart and Jeff Mapes discuss some of the repercussions we're already seeing from the 2019 legislative session.

Oregon's Gun Control Debate

the recent horrific mass shootings have once again prompted the gun control debate to take center stage. This week, we localize the national conversation around gun control and talk about what has - or hasn't happened - in Oregon.

Bundyville: Political Extremism Goes Mainstream

We're taking a break at OPB Politics Now to recover from the 2019 Oregon legislature and prepare for the 2020 campaign cycle. While we're off, here's a special look at season 2 of Bundyville, a podcast from OPB and Longreads that chronicles the rise of the so-called patriot moving and how extreme rhetoric is going mainstream. In this episode, freelance journalist Leah Sottile looks at Washington Rep. Matt Shea and his push for a 51st state — a place governed by biblical law and made up of white people.

The Future Of Oregon's Effort To Fight Climate Change

We're taking some time off to recover from the legislative session, but in the meantime here's a spirited conversation from our friends at Think Out Loud about the future of Oregon's efforts to fight climate change. They talked to Senators Michael Dembrow, a Democrat, and Cliff Bentz, a Republican.

The Politics Of Protests

Once again, protests in downtown Portland have ended in brawls between the far left and far right. And once again, Portland leaders face criticism for their inability to prevent violence. This week, we look at what police can and can't do — and why ending the fighting is so politically difficult.

Special Episode: Oregon Governor Kate Brown Talks Legislative Session

OPB's Dave Miller spoke to Oregon Governor Kate Brown in this special episode of OPB Politics Now.

Wrapping Up The Wild, Weird Oregon Legislature Session

The Oregon legislature finished its work this weekend with a flurry of votes. And despite the nine-day Republican walkout, Democrats left Salem with a lot of what they wanted. On a special episode of OPB Politics Now, OPB reporters Jeff Mapes, Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart break down the 2019 session and look at how it will change life for Oregonians.

The Demise of HB 2020 And The Rise of the Senate Republicans

After skipping work for nine days, the 11 Senate Republicans are coming back to town. Victorious.

Republicans Walk Out Again

Senate President Peter Courtney is vowing to fine Republican senators who walked off the job. And he's getting Governor Kate Brown's help to send out the state police to round up the errant lawmakers. And one Republican senator warned that the state police better send bachelors because he won't be taken into custody.

Oregon Looks To Fight Climate Change

Oregon leaders are poised to take a crack at fighting climate change with legislators on the verge of passing a landmark cap-and-trade bill that aims to significantly curb the state's carbons emissions. But can it work? And will it even pass? OPB reporters Jeff Mapes, Dirk Vanderhart and Cassandra Profita look at the potential impact of this sweeping legislation on our latest episode of OPB Politics Now.

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