Analysis: Political Hardball Leads To Threatened Loss Of Funding For Medford-Area Projects

Aug 9, 2017

On Tuesday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s office announced she’d veto more than $3.6 million in state funding for projects in the Medford area.

The move was clearly meant to punish Medford’s Republican state representative, Sal Esquivel , who had provided a key vote in exchange for that funding, but later backed a referendum to overturn that same bill.

JPR’s Liam Moriarty spoke with veteran political reporter Jeff Mapes from Oregon Public Broadcasting about this unusually public display of political hardball.