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Illustration of a deer standing in a forest on a south facing hill, overlooking the Oregon and California border. Dense suburbs populated the California side of the border.

Inside the fight between Oregon leaders to create a revolutionary growth management system

In the 1970s, Oregonians looked to California and didn't want the same fate for their state A new crop of young legislators in Salem saw an opportunity to advance an ambitious agenda. It took nearly a decade to put in place a system that has some of the strongest protections in the U.S. for farms, forests and other open spaces.


Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan wants voters to let him finish what he started

Ryan, 59, is vying for a full term after winning his seat in a 2020 special election following the death of Commissioner Nick Fish. Of the eight Portlanders who filed to run against him, activist and nonprofit head AJ McCreary has emerged as his leading opponent. The 36-year-old progressive is running far to Ryan’s left, pledging to abolish the practice of sweeping homeless camps and to dismantle police teams that deal with people in crisis.

'OPB Politics Now': Money, Money, Money

Host Julie Sabatier talks with OPB political reporters Chris Lehman and Jeff Mapes about Oregon’s budget picture, and how it could be affected by federal action on health care and international trade.