Roller Coaster Politics


Almost into the year of a dramatic about face in the White House, the national political conversation still generates surprises on a daily basis. Decisions on health care, tax reform, immigration and federal spending are proving difficult, even with one party in control of the legislative and executive branches of government.

bill_lunchMeanwhile, Oregon taxpayers will see a “kicker” tax rebate next year even though gas taxes and health care costs are likely to increase in order to plug financial holes in the two-year state budget. And while the legislature increased investments in education, unfunded PERS liabilities continue to hang over state and municipal budgets.

At the October 10 City Club of Corvallis meeting, political analyst Bill Lunch will offer his perspective on the winds that are blowing through Washington D.C. and Salem. The former chair of the Oregon State University political science department continues to provide Oregon Public Broadcasting with insight and analysis of political trends.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 11:30 at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis at 1112 NW Circle Blvd. The event will begin at noon, and a lunch from Valley Catering (house-made chicken pot pie — creamy chicken with vegetables topped with house-made biscuits, including a vegetable relish platter and green salad, cookies, coffee) will be available: $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. To reserve lunch, send email to by Friday, October 6. You can also pay for lunch online with your credit card.

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