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.
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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 »

Most Recent Episodes

3 Works In Progress: Tolling, Baseball and BOLI

We take a look at the political ramification of three works in progress: The push to toll several roads in the Portland region, the pursuit of Major League Baseball for Oregon and the Bureau of Labor and Industries' investigation of sexual harassment at the state Legislature.

Kate Brown's $23.6 Billion Budget and a Looming Tax Hike

The economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall. In this week's OPB Politics Now, we dig into the governor's $23.6 billion budget proposal and discuss how a tax hike could be in Oregonian's future.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's Very Bad Week

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had perhaps the worst week of his tenure. First, his colleagues on the Portland City Council refused to give him more power over where and when political protests can be held. Then, after a forum on homelessness, he was heard muttering a suggestion that he may not want another term in office. Is the problem this particular mayor or Portland's unique form of government? We dissect Wheeler's very bad week and the city's legacy of one-term mayors.

Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax

Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues. We'll look at the Evergreen State's recent fights over guns and carbon, and what they can tell us about Oregon's future.

It's Election Night, And We Have Winners

It's Finally Election Day, And We Have Winners — And Losers. In this special late-night edition of OPB Politics Now, our team of reporters breaks down the results in the Oregon governor's race, Portland City Council and state and local ballot measures and talk about what it means for the 2019 Legislature and beyond.

Supermajorities and the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance

We've talked a lot about national politics this year, but local races matter too. Oregon voters are deciding whether Democrats will take back a supermajority — and face an easier path to raising taxes — in the state legislature. And in 10 counties, they're considering whether to give sheriffs more power when it comes to the second amendment.

Race For Oregon Governor Is Down To The Wire

This year's campaign for Oregon governor is the most expensive in state history. On this week's episode of OPB Politics Now, we compare Governor Kate Brown and Republican challenger Knute Buehler on the issues— and look at what they both need to do to win.

Ballot Measure Bonanza

Oregon voters face big decisions this election on abortion, immigration and tax policy. In this special episode, OPB reporters explain the history and ramifications of four measures on the Nov. 6 ballot. Measures 103 and 104 have to do with tax policy – should grocery taxes be banned and should it be harder for legislators to raise revenue. Measure 105 would overturn the state's 30-year-old sanctuary state law, which limits how much local police can aid federal immigration enforcement. Measure 106 would bar public money from being used to pay for abortion, essentially barring women using Oregon's version of Medicaid and many government workers from paying for abortions with their health insurance.

Breaking Down Your 2018 Ballot – Live!

Ballots have hit the mail in Oregon. On this live episode of OPB Politics Now, the team breaks down the big issues on Oregon and Southwest Washington ballots, including all five statewide Oregon measures, the governor's race, Congressional races in Washington and Southern Oregon and the Portland City Council race. No matter your politics, this wide-ranging conversation between OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart will help you figure out your ballot. News director Anna Griffin hosts.

Hot Congressional Races in SW Washington and Oregon

Democrats are trying to take back control of the US House. Two of the Republican incumbents they're targeting are in the Pacific Northwest. We discuss hot Congressional races in Southwest Washington and Southern Oregon.

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