President Obama floated a budget proposal this week which fits the current definition of bipartisanship beautifully. Both sides found something to hate about it.

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden was among the detractors. But in a political twist, his objections didn't sit well with his own party.

Close to home, the federal government warned legislators in Olympia that the chance to get federal funds for a new bridge across the Columbia might well disappear.

And in case you forgot -- there's an election next year. Sen. Jeff Merkley is already busy raising funds against potential -- but thus far invisible -- opponents.

It's never not election season, and that's why it's good to have political guys around all the time.

Bill Lunch is OPB's Political Analyst. Jeff Mapes is the senior political reporter for The Oregonian.

Click the audio above to hear their conversation.

This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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