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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 Potential Ballot Fight Over Abortion

Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising. Hyper blue Oregon has repeatedly shot down new restrictions on abortion over the years. But now, a conservative group is hoping to call the question again. On this week's episode, we'll look at what that fight's all about—and what it might mean for one candidate for governor.

Pacific Northwesterners Positioning For The White House

When it comes to presidential politics, Oregon and Washington aren't exactly battleground states. This week, we'll discuss some Pacific Northwesterners who seem to be positioning themselves for a run at the White House.

Follow the Money

It was a big week for tax news in Oregon. This week, we bring you inside the special session on a business tax break. And we talk about why Oregon income taxpayers might be getting another one of those "kicker" tax rebates.

The Changing Demographic Of Oregon Politics

Pundits are calling this the year of the woman in politics. But in Oregon, this demographic shift has been years in the making. On this week's episode of OPB politics now, we examine the changing demographics of state politics and whether more diversity makes a difference in policy.

Unpacking The Primaries

On this special edition of OPB Politics Now, news director Anna Griffin and senior political reporter Jeff Mapes walk through the May primary results and the general election to come.

Oregon Primary Election Crunch Time

Oregon's primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters. And in some races, that's taking a negative turn. In this week's Politics Now podcast, we look at some of the state's most-heated contests. We'll also preview a controversial special legislative session being called by Governor Kate Brown.

Local Race Grab Bag!

The primary election is a week and a half away, and some of Oregon's most fascinating races are happening on the local level. Will Portland elect its first woman of color to city council? Who's poised to round out Multnomah County's commission? And what's all this national money doing in a race for district attorney? This week's podcast explores these topics and more.

May Primaries: The Legislature and Labor Commissioner

Ballots for the May 15th primary are arriving, and and we've got you covered on the latest OPB Politics Now podcast. OPB political reporters talk about some of the key legislative races and the statewide contest for Oregon labor commissioner. Subscribe to OPB Politics Now in Apple Podcasts, the NPR One app, or at OPB-dot-ORG

Oregon's Republican Primary Election And The November Matchup

State Representative Knute Buehler has been crowned the likely GOP front-runner for governor and he has virtually ignored the Republican primary. His opponents say he's not conservative enough for Oregon. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we'll take a look at the Republican primary and what a November matchup between Buehler and Governor Kate Brown could look like.

The Importance of Government Structures

Sometimes the structure of government voters choose is just as important as who they elect. We'll look at why Bend may get a stronger mayor, Eugene voters have two different auditor measures to consider and Portland's form of government remains ... strange.

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