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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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Behind the politics with Kate Brown

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Behind the politics with Knute Buehler

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Washington's Wild Primary

The big political news this week was north of the Columbia River as Washington voters held their primary. It suddenly became very clear that we could have three very close congressional races in the Evergreen State.

Fresh Batch of Controversy In The Oregon Statehouse

In the last year, allegations of sexual harassment have rocked the Oregon Legislature. Now there's new controversy. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment, and overlooks victims. We explain the complaint—and its political implications.

The Fight Over Oregon's Unions

It's a new world for the powerful public employee unions in Oregon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states can't require public employees to pay dues to unions that represent them in the workplace. The fight over the future of Oregon unions has already begun.

Ted Wheeler's Big Problem

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Oregon House Democratic Supermajority On The Ropes

In Central Oregon, accusations of harassment against one candidate could sink Democratic hopes of a supermajority in the Oregon House. And in the suburbs of Portland, the lone African American woman in the state house goes canvassing for votes — and gets a visit from police.

A Tough Week for Unions and Gun Control Advocates in the Northwest

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The Collision of Politics and Criminal Justice

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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.

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