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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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    • 4.7 • 148 Ratings

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.

    A tale of two legislatures, the sequel

    A tale of two legislatures, the sequel

    While Oregon is still in the dramatic throes of a legislative session, our neighbors to the north are all finished with their work. In this episode, we talk through some of the highlights of Washington’s most memorable legislative session in years. And we’ll check in on Oregon’s session, where progress has been halting.

    • 19 min
    Oregon gets a 6th congressional seat

    Oregon gets a 6th congressional seat

    The new census numbers are in. And as expected, Oregon will receive a new congressional seat for the first time in 40 years. We talk about what the addition of the sixth seat could mean for the state’s political maps.

    • 13 min
    A sexual harassment allegation and more COVID cases in the Oregon Legislature

    A sexual harassment allegation and more COVID cases in the Oregon Legislature

    It was a big week at the Oregon Legislature with some familiar themes: yet another lawmaker was accused of sexual harassment, there were more cases of the coronavirus and House floor sessions were once again delayed.

    • 11 min
    Sen. Hansell on why he chose to “stay and fight” by not walking out

    Sen. Hansell on why he chose to “stay and fight” by not walking out

    In this special episode, we bring you a conversation from OPB’s “Think Out Loud” with Oregon Republican Senator Bill Hansell who is facing heat for not walking out to deny a vote on a Democratic measure to ban firearms in state buildings. OPB host Dave Miller talk with him about why -- in his words -- he chose to “stay and fight” rather than “run and hide.”

    • 20 min
    OPB Politics Now: A deal on redistricting

    OPB Politics Now: A deal on redistricting

    On this week's episode of OPB Politics Now, reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart talk through the deal Oregon lawmakers reached this week. Democrats agreed to parity on a committee handling the redrawing of political lines in exchange for Republican willingness to stop slowing down the legislative process. It's a gamble for both parties.

    • 14 min
    14 OPB Politics Now - Portland Leaders Reach A Deal On Gun VIolence

    14 OPB Politics Now - Portland Leaders Reach A Deal On Gun VIolence

    On this week's episode of OPB Politics Now, OPB reporters Dirk VanderHart, Rebecca Ellis and Jonathan Levinson dissect the city of Portland's new deal on gun violence prevention.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
148 Ratings

148 Ratings

CamianPDX ,

Experienced local reporters

Great podcast, I always appreciate the experience and perspective of all the reporters. My favorite source for local politics. As a newer Oregonian, I love hearing the historical perspective on the various races and positions. Helps me understand Oregon better.

Mdubqb89 ,

Opb or ppb?

Good podcast but 3 stars because the focus is constantly on the “Portland and Southwest Washington” area. I would like to hear more about the REST of Oregon. Is this Oregon public broadcasting or Portland public broadcasting?

PresidioSF ,

More objectivity and respect needed

As a local, listening to the show’s coverage of current protests has been a disappointment. One reporter in particular injects his personal point of view and is openly dismissive and mocking of those who disagree with him.

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