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Meet Julie Parrish, The Architect Of Oregon Measure 101

Oregonians will vote on health care taxes that raise millions for the state’s neediest citizens. Rep. Julie Parrish, a state lawmaker who was once a Medicaid recipient herself, is the reason why.

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'OPB Politics Now': Understanding Measure 101

We explain what Measure 101 would do and dig into what opponents and proponents are saying ahead of the Jan. 23 vote.

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'OPB Politics Now': A Look Ahead At 2018

Who will be Oregon’s next governor? Should any Congressional representatives worry about midterm elections? Will Oregon highways get tolls?

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What We Know: Amtrak Safety Culture In Question After Crash

There are still a lot of unanswered questions about why the Amtrak 501 train hit a 30 mile per hour curve at nearly 80 miles per hour. But here’s a snapshot of what we do know.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Train Travel

We discuss the political fallout from Monday's deadly Amtrak crash near Tacoma, Washington, and how the GOP tax bill will affect Oregonians.

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More Details Emerge In Oregon's Cap-And-Trade Climate Program

Oregon Democratic lawmakers unveiled more details Wednesday for their plan to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

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How Life-Saving PTC Technology Works — And Why It Didn't Stop Amtrak Crash

Positive Train Control is a technology meant to override possible human error that can lead to train derailments. But Congress has delayed its implementation. 

News | Transportation | local | Nation

NTSB: Amtrak Train Going 80 MPH In 30 MPH Zone When It Derailed

The speed limit on the curve where an Amtrak train crashed Monday is 30 mph. The National Transportation Safety Board says a preliminary investigation shows the derailed train was going 80 mph.

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Washington Hopes Oregon Will Join I-5 Bridge Replacement Conversation

Washington state lawmakers are moving ahead with an effort to revive a plan to replace the aging Interstate 5 Bridge. They remain hopeful their counterparts in Oregon will join them.

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California Billionaire Tom Steyer Sees Oregon As Key Player In Climate Change Battle

California billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer is hoping Oregon will be the next state to fight the Trump administration’s policies on climate change.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon National Monument Faces An Uncertain Future

Will President Trump shrink the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? 

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'OPB Politics Now': OHA Audit Shows Millions Misspent

According to the audit, the agency has failed to enact rigorous financial controls and properly determine who is eligible for coverage.

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Oregon Health Authority Misspent Millions, State Audit Finds

The Oregon agency charged with managing health care for the state’s most vulnerable citizens likely misspent millions of taxpayer dollars as state audit released Wednesday found.

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Another Oregon State Senator Accuses Kruse Of Inappropriate Touching

A second lawmaker filed a formal complaint on Tuesday accusing Sen. Jeff Kruse of unwanted touching, even after she asked legislative lawyers to intervene.

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Oregon Lawmakers Call On Sen. Jeff Kruse To Resign

Lawmakers in the Oregon Capitol are calling on Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, to resign after a fellow state senator filed a formal complaint against him for sexual misconduct.

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'OPB Politics Now': Kruse And Kitzhaber Back In The Spotlight

We discuss three very different stories of Oregon politicians in the news this week.

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Oregon State Senator Calls For Public Investigation, Says 15 Other Women Inappropriately Touched By Kruse

In her first detailed account of alleged harassment at the Oregon Capitol, state Sen. Sara Gelser says a fellow legislator touched her breasts and placed his hand on her thigh under a dais.

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Stories Of Sexual Harassment In Salem Suggest Training Isn't Working

Stories of sexual misconduct in Salem have prompted a broader conversation about training and reporting policies in a building where relationships are key. 

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'OPB Politics Now': Election Wrap-Up

We break down the most important election results in Oregon and Washington.

News | Environment | Nation | Climate change | local

West Coast Democrats Behind 'Great Blue Wall' Push Progressive Climate Agenda

On Tuesday, Republicans lost their one-vote majority in the Washington state Senate, giving Democrats control of the “great blue wall” — full control of legislatures along the West Coast.

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