"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.
Portland's police oversight controversy continues
Portland has struggled for years with how to oversee matters of police discipline and the controversy appears to be continuing. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake and Alex Zielinski discuss how the City Council appears to be changing elements of the police oversight system that was overwhelmingly supported by voters three years ago. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.
Tribes, a proposed destination resort and treaty rights collide
Tribes in Central Oregon are fighting a county-approved plan to build a luxury resort on their ancestral lands, which could further deplete the region's shrinking groundwater supply. This week, an appeals court is hearing arguments over whether that development may violate treaty rights. On this week’s OPB Politics Now, politics reporter Alex Zielinski talks about the project with Central Oregon bureau chief Emily Cureton Cook. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.
The politics of the PPS strike
Portland public schools are on strike for the first time in history. It’s early days and it’s already turning political. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake, Dirk VanderHart and Natalie Pate discuss the politics surrounding the strike and whether Democratic lawmakers will wade in to the dispute. Find the show anywhere you get your podcasts.
Oregon's battle over pumping gas refuels, plus Portland City Council transition drama
The battle over who can pump gas legally in Oregon may not be fully settled. Plus, Portland City Council members continue to bicker as the transition to a new government looms. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Alex Zielinski and Dirk VanderHart discuss those issues. Find the podcast wherever you listen to podcasts.
What happens when an Oregon town's government implodes
What happens when an Oregon town's government implodesDescription: Baker City's government and political system essentially ceased to exist for weeks this year, and the pieces are just now getting put back together. On the latest episode of OPB Politics Now, editor Ryan Haas and reporter Antonio Sierra discuss the political acrimony in Baker City and much more.
How homelessness became a statewide crisis in Oregon
Homelessness may be the biggest political story in this state. And it’s complicated; intertwined so closely with other big issues like the housing shortage, a lack of mental health care options and a surging drug crisis. On this week’s episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake and Alex Zielinski take a deep dive into the history of houselessness in Oregon. They also discuss the solutions that some communities are pursuing. Find the show wherever you get your podcasts.
Great podcast on Oregon news and politics.
Important, informed reporting. Your conversations will improve when everyone dumps the lazy lingo: “Pretty much,” “you know,” “right?” Be clear, crisp, concise.
Superb reporting. Great source for local news. Thanks