'OPB Politics Now': Dennis Richardson's Backstory


Oregon's secretary of state opened up about his faith, his thoughts on race and his experiences in Vietnam.

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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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St. Charles Health Makes Cuts Despite Booming Local Economy

St. Charles announces layoffs, pay cuts and buy outs despite the healthy local economy and expansion plans.

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Oregon Democrats Vote To Keep Party Primary Closed

The Oregon Democratic Party won’t allow non-affiliated voters to take part in its 2018 primary.

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Trump Backs Billy Williams To Keep US Attorney For Oregon Job

President Donald Trump nominated Interim U.S. Attorney Billy Williams to be Oregon's top federal law enforcement official in the state. He's required to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

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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 Senate GOP Elects First African American Woman To Lead Caucus

Jackie Winters, R-Salem, won a closed-door election to lead the 13-member Senate GOP delegation.

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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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Former Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Agrees To $1,000 Civil Ethics Penalty

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has agreed to pay a $1,000 civil penalty to the state of Oregon for ethics violations.

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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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