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OPB Politics Now

Oregon Public Broadcasting

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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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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…
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Last month, Portland Public Schools, Multnomah County and a nonprofit organization running an afterschool program were sued on behalf of an elementary schooler. The allegation from a female student and her family involves sexual harassment and unwanted touching by classmates and other children. The traumatic events occurred two years ago, when the …
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Multnomah County and American Medical Response have been at an impasse for about a year over a shortage of paramedics and ambulances arriving late to the scenes of life-threatening emergencies. The county and AMR enter a second mediation session this week.De către Oregon Public Broadcasting
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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 D…
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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 p…
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In the 1930s, there weren’t many women who went on weeks-long horse packing trips. But La Grande’s Jean Birnie led a group of women who did so, calling themselves the “hen party”, in the Wallowa mountains each summer for decades in the early 20th century.De către Oregon Public Broadcasting
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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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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.…
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To some, Rene Gonzalez is the savior Portland needs to pacify a city under threat by crime and leftist policies. To others, he’s a villain, using his position as the least progressive council member (but far from conservative) to harm the city’s most vulnerable residents.De către Oregon Public Broadcasting
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Oregon coastal communities are susceptible to major natural disasters, like earthquakes and floods. A nonprofit in Manzanita wants to highlight the meals you can make with what you can find in your pantry in case of an emergency.De către Oregon Public Broadcasting
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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.…
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