OPB Politics Now

OPB Politics Now

"OPB Politics Now" is a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive into the hottest political topics in Oregon and the Northwest. Every Friday, OPB’s political reporters and special guests offer in-depth analysis, discussion and insight into candidates, events and issues.

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Transportation funding woes hit Oregon and Portland’s central city

Oregon’s top transportation officials said they need billions of dollars to maintain the state’s roadways. Without it there will be more potholes, more traffic and worse driving conditions for everyone. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, we’ll dig into the politics and ask what it will take to make Portland great for bikes again. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.

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Jul 12, 2024 6:0 AM
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U.S. Supreme Court rules in Grants Pass case that people experiencing homelessness can be punished for sleeping in public

In April, United States Supreme Court Justices heard arguments in one of the most widely watched cases out of Oregon in recent memory. The question at the heart of Grants Pass v Johnson was whether cities can regulate where and when people can sleep outside, especially if there isn’t shelter space available. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals had held that the city’s ordinance was in violation of the basic principle established in Martin v. Boise from 2018: “A person cannot be prosecuted for involuntary conduct if it is an unavoidable consequence of one’s status.”

But on Friday the Supreme Court issued its ruling siding with Grants Pass, saying that it is not cruel or unusual punishment to penalize people from living outdoors even if they have nowhere else to go. 

We get reaction and analysis from Grants Pass Mayor Sara Bristol and Sara Rankin, associate professor at Seattle University School of Law and the director of the Homeless Rights Advocacy Project. 

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Jun 28, 2024 1:39 PM
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Oregon’s coastal mountain biking trail is a hopeful nod to the future

 Oregon’s scenic beauty is one of its main draws and some rural communities are trying to bring tourists to their region with the promise of an elite mountain biking experience. But not everyone is thrilled. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we will look at the complex push and pull as some former timber communities try to reinvent themselves. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

 

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Jun 21, 2024 6:0 AM
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New leaders of Oregon’s Planned Parenthood push to dissolve the political arm of their organization

The two new leaders of Oregon’s Planned Parenthood affiliates are pushing to dissolve the political arm of their organization in a move that has blindsided some long-time advocates and has them worried about the future of reproductive rights in the state. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, Alex Zielinski and Lauren Dake discuss Planned Parenthood’s inner turmoil

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Jun 14, 2024 5:0 AM
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Oregon’s long history of failing foster kids, plus a legislative leadership shakeup

Oregon has a long history of struggling to help kids in foster care and a high profile trial was supposed to put those struggles on center stage. But a settlement put that case on ice at the last minute. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll discuss what that settlement means plus we’ll dive into the latest shakeup in Salem leadership circles. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts. 

 

00:17:23
Jun 7, 2024 6:0 AM
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Is progressivism on life support in Portland?

Is progressivism on life support in Portland politics or was the Multnomah County District Attorney’s race an isolated event? On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart, Alex Zielinski and Conrad Wilson discuss the DA’s race and what it may mean for Portland’s city council races this fall. Plus, how will Vasquez approach the job differently than Schmidt? Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.

 

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May 31, 2024 3:3 PM
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Some major takeaways from the 2024 May primary election

Results are still trickling in from the May election but we know who won some key races. We know Earl Blumenauer’s successor. We know two Clackamas County politicians will have a third election battle and we now know Mike Schmidt’s political fate. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we break down all that and more. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:18:31
May 22, 2024 6:22 PM
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Big money flows into 2 Oregon Congressional races

Dark money is flooding into the race to replace longtime Congressman Earl Blumenauer in Oregon’s 3rd Congressional District. And the stakes are high in the 5th Congressional District where it could ultimately determine who holds power in Congress. On this week’s OPB Politics Now we’ll discuss two of the hottest Congressional races and give you what you need to know before next weeks’ primary election.

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May 17, 2024 2:48 PM
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A progressive prosecutor, a proxy fight and the bitter battle to be Multnomah County's DA

Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt sailed into office four years ago with what looked like a mandate from voters. Four years later he’s in a dogfight for his political life with one of his top deputies, Nathan Vasquez. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, we’ll walk you through Portland’s hottest race in the May 21 primary. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.

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May 10, 2024 6:0 AM
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What Tina Kotek did – and didn’t – say about the first spouse

Governor Tina Kotek apologized this week and said she would not create an office of the first spouse . But what does that actually mean, and did Kotek answer all the questions? On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we delve deep into that story and more.. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

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May 3, 2024 3:4 PM
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Should politics be a family affair, plus harm reduction in Eastern Oregon

Should politics be a family affair? One Oregon community will put that issue to voters. I’m Lauren Dake. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we talk about a ballot proposal in Redmond plus how drug recriminalization may look in rural Oregon. We also address Gov. Kotek’s recent trip to Boardman to discuss nitrates. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:15:41
Apr 26, 2024 6:0 AM
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3 top candidates for Oregon's 3rd Congressional District

The OPB politics team is working hard on stories ahead of next month’s Oregon primary election. We’re going to have all sorts of coverage on this podcast, on OPB.org and on the radio in the coming days and weeks. That's a long way of saying - we're taking a break this week. But we’re not leaving you hanging. In case you missed it, here' a Think Out Loud debate featuring three of the candidates for Oregon’s Third Congressional Seat – that’s the one held by Earl Blumenauer for decades. This episode features Maxine Dexter, Susheela Jayapal and Eddy Morales.

00:38:20
Apr 19, 2024 6:0 AM
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The tale of two homeless communities: Right 2 Dream Too and Clinton Triangle

Right 2 Dream Too used to dominate headlines in Portland, but the homeless community is largely overlooked these days. Also, one of the city’s newest outdoor shelters is nearing the one-year mark but finding housing remains a challenge. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake, Alex Zielinski and Bryce Dole discuss Right 2 Dream Too and the Clinton Triangle. Find the show anywhere you5 get your podcasts

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Apr 12, 2024 2:16 PM
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Portland tries again to ban certain activities tied to homeless camps

Last year, Portland’s city council passed a new ban on unsanctioned homeless camping within the city during daytime hours. Almost a year later, it’s stalled and now Mayor Ted Wheeler has a new plan. On this week’s OPB Politics Now we walk you through the latest on Portland’s push and pull with addressing camps. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts. 

 

00:12:21
Apr 5, 2024 11:44 AM
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Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek’s wife wants a larger role, does that matter?

Oregon Governor Tina Kotek’s wife Aimee wants a larger role in state politics. What should Oregonians think of that? Does it matter? On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, we discuss why several top staffers left Kotek’s office and what other state’s do when it comes to first spouses. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

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Mar 29, 2024 11:34 AM
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Environmental takeaways from Oregon’s legislative session

Oregon lawmakers accomplished many things during the short session, but environmental policies were not at the top of the docket. But that doesn’t mean nothing passed the legislative finish line. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake, Alejandro Figueroa and April Ehrlich discuss what passed, what didn’t and what it means. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

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Mar 22, 2024 6:0 AM
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Who is Rene Gonzalez, plus will the latest homelessness plan actually work?

Rene Gonzalez wants to be mayor of Portland. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we took a look at Gonzalez’s first year. Plus, will the latest plan to solve homelessness work or is it more of the same?  Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

 

00:14:55
Mar 15, 2024 10:57 AM
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Recapping the 2024 Oregon Legislative session

Oregon lawmakers finished their short session this week - with big bipartisan bills crossing the finish line and a surprise or two. I’m Andrew Theen. On the next episode of OPB Politics Now, we discuss the biggest takeaways from the session. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:29:00
Mar 8, 2024 2:58 PM
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Will cities take advantage of Kotek’s housing bill?

Oregon lawmakers are tackling some major issues in the short session. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now we focus on the housing bill moving through Salem. We discuss the political fault lines animating the bill, whether it will actually be used and much more. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:12:35
Mar 1, 2024 1:33 PM
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Threat of ballot measures spurs action in Salem

Oregon lawmakers have a lot on their plate, but they are shuffling to act as quickly as possible during the short session in some cases to avoid a larger fight at the ballot box. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake discuss the sudden interest in campaign finance limits and the latest on the efforts to unravel Measure 110. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:19:10
Feb 23, 2024 2:52 PM
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Campaign finance reform emerges as unlikely presence in Salem

Oregon lawmakers already had a big agenda to tackle in the short legislative session, but a surprise wrinkle entered the fray. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake discuss the session’s first two weeks, Gov. Tina Kotek’s housing bill and its changes and why there’s a sudden bipartisan effort to finally address campaign finance limits statewide. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

 

00:15:47
Feb 16, 2024 11:57 AM
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Why some Portland police struggle with use of force and what experts say

On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake and Alex Zielinski discuss why some Portland police officers continue to use force at greater levels than their colleagues, what the bureau says about it and why some experts say it's a problematic trend. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.

00:09:55
Feb 9, 2024 2:48 PM
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A political lightning round ahead of the Legislative session

Oregon lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday for a frenetic 35-day session. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart talk about the major issues, the key Oregon Supreme Court ruling and much more. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:14:52
Feb 2, 2024 12:13 PM
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Is Oregon’s drug decriminalization experiment nearing its end?

Oregon’s landmark drug decriminalization law is now in the crosshairs of Democratic leaders. Republicans and other Measure 110 opponents say the proposal doesn’t go far enough, while drug recovery advocates say this is not the way. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart, Lauren Dake and Alex Zielinski talk about the fight to come and they discuss why Portland and Multnomah County leaders continue to squabble over how to respond to weather emergencies.

00:19:34
Jan 26, 2024 2:23 PM
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Oregon’s land use laws and the Kotek’s housing push

Gov. Tina Kotek will once again push for a bill to make it easier for cities to add land for housing. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Dirk VanderHart and Lauren Dake discuss the bill, how it was derailed in the Legislature and why the governor thinks this time may be different. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.

00:14:25
Jan 19, 2024 2:20 PM
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