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

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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Behind the scenes of the deal to remove federal officers from Portland

There's a new sheriff in town when it comes to protecting the federal courthouse in downtown Portland. Gov. Kate Brown struck a deal with the Trump administration to remove federal officers whose presence has brought massive protests back downtown. In this episode, we go behind the scenes of that deal, and talk about what's next.

Portland City Politics With A Side Of Tear Gas

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler waded into the crowd of protesters fighting for racial justice this week — and he got tear gassed by federal officers. But did that wash away his political problems?

Portland, A City Under Siege?

This week, federal officials described Portland as a city under siege. Local leaders say the only occupying force is federal law enforcement. In this episode, we're examining the ongoing fight over downtown protests — and Portland's emerging role as a political symbol for President Trump.

No End In Sight For Portland Protests

For a month and a half, protests over police abuse have led to clashes on Portland streets. And with no end to the demonstrations in sight, the debate over how police react is fiercer than ever. This week, we take a look at the protests, and the growing war of words they've created.

Wrapping Up The Oregon Legislature's Short Session

Oregon lawmakers met for an unusual special session last week focused on COVID-19 and racial justice. But there's a lot they didn't get done. This week, we look at what has and hasn't changed in police accountability and the big questions still to come on Oregon's coronavirus response.

Special Legislative Session Preview

Oregon legislators are going back to work next week for the first time since the pandemic began and protests against police became two of the biggest issues of our time. This week, we discuss what the governor and legislators want to accomplish at this special session.

Protests and Policy Shifts In Response To Racial Injustice

Protests against racial injustice and police brutality are leading to big policy shifts around the country. Oregon's Capital is no different. On this week's OPB Politics Now, we discuss the police accountability push that's spurring quick action in Salem, and what challenges lie ahead.

OPB Politics Now: A Hot Race For Secretary Of State

After a wild few days, Sens. Shemia Fagan and Kim Thatcher have emerged as the Democatic and Republican candidates for secretary of state, Oregon's second-highest office. On this week's show, OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes, Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake break down their philosophical differences and the potential impact this campaign will on state audits, redistricting and future races for governor.

Oregon's Primary Election Recap

It's a special post-election episode of OPB Politics Now, and we have election results to analyze — or at least some of them.

Countdown To The Primary Election

regon's primary election is just days away. This week, we discuss questionable claims on mailers, negative ads and strange trends in endorsements.

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