Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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The family of a veteran killed by Eugene Police argued for changes in policing at a press conference Thursday in front of the Lane County Courthouse. 

The Babb family is drawing attention to police tactics and violence, and is hoping to build support around Brian Babb’s shooting.

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U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is back in Oregon for the government’s July 4 recess. In an interview with KLCC, the Springfield democrat spoke on fire concerns in Oregon and his expectations for Congress' future in Washington.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden defended Oregon’s interreligious community during a forum with Eugene religious leaders Thursday morning. 

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden vows to protect women's reproductive rights in light of the upcoming Supreme Court vacancy. He spoke Monday at a Planned Parenthood news conference in Eugene.

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Rally-goers took to Eugene’s federal courthouse steps Saturday as part of nationwide families belong together rallies.

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This story was produced in partnership with the University of Oregon-UNESCO Crossings Institute.

President Donald Trump’s travel ban was upheld in the Supreme Court Tuesday on a 5-4 decision. Those at the University of Oregon are adapting to life under the ban, but universities may hold the key to helping those seeking refuge.

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Good news for Oregon’s hop growers.  The Senate version of the Farm Bill – which passed today – includes an amendment allowing the USDA to tackle several plant diseases that affects hop crops. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden helped craft the provision.

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The Springfield City Council unanimously voted Monday night to abandon its contract to rent municipal county jail beds to immigration and customs enforcement. 

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A contingent of 19 Democratic Senators lambasted the Trump Administration for its “zero tolerance” policy against immigrants today. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Rally-goers marched in downtown Eugene to stand with the activist group, “Families Belong Together” Thursday as part of a national protest.

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Six years ago Friday (6/15), President Barack Obama signed an executive order calling for deferred action for childhood arrivals. Through the program, some people who came to the U.S. illegally as children are insulated from deportation and allowed work permits. KLCC explains the state of DACA and how it impacts some Oregonians. 

 


Recorded On: June 1st, 2018

Air Date: June 4th, 2018

Score the candidates, Then an Automatic Runoff, that’s the essence of a Lane County initiative petition that would change the way we elect officials for County offices. The petitioners call it STAR voting; they are working to put the measure on the General Election ballot this year.

Rachael McDonald

There’s a vacancy on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the application process is open for an interim to fill the seat.

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Congressman Peter DeFazio says he takes seriously the challenge from Republican Art Robinson in the November election.

Rachael McDonald

Eugene voters Tuesday rejected both city auditor proposals on the primary ballot.

Election Summary
Lane County Primary Election, May 15, 2018
All Precincts, All Districts, All ScanStations, All Contests, All Boxes
Unofficial Results as of 8PM
Next results at 10PM

The deadline to vote in the primary election is tonight at 8 p.m.

University of Oregon

The Eugene City Council will not designate the iconic east grandstand at Hayward Field as an historic site. At their work session Wednesday the council voted 5 to 1 in favor of a motion not to designate.

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Eugene voters are considering two competing performance auditor proposals on the May 15th ballot. Measure 20-283 would establish an elected auditor. Measure 20-287 is for an auditor who’s appointed by the City Council. 

Backers of a public safety measure say improved law enforcement and corrections services will come to Lincoln County, if voters approve it. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Recorded On: April 27, 2018

Air Date: April 30, 2018

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Candidates for the Springfield seat on the Lane County Board of Commissioners squared off Thursday at the Springfield City Club. Among other things, they sparred over the citizen initiative process.

Recorded: April 20, 2018

Air Date: April 23, 2018

The City Club of Eugene and the League of Women Voters of Lane County hosted a forum with 4 of the 6 candidates running to represent East Lane County on the Lane County Board of Commissioners. Today we'll hear from candidates James Barber, Heather Buch, Tim Laue and Kevin Matthews. Candidates Gary Williams and Frank King were unable to attend the forum.

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A moderate Republican hopes his past work with Lane County -coupled with his strategic planning experience- will help his bid for State Representative, 11th District.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council may require 1-thousand foot buffer zones between marijuana retailers. The council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to draft an ordinance.

Recorded On: April 13, 2018

Air Date: April 16, 2018

The City Club hosted a forum on April 13th to learn more about the measures for a Eugene City Auditor. Speakers presented their arguments for each ballot measure and their significant differences. Panelists described the ballot measures and why they are important for the community. The forum was hosted by KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert.

Speaker Biographies:

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Advocates for two competing Eugene City Auditor measures on the May 15th ballot squared off at the City Club of Eugene Friday.

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Tonight, the Eugene City Council may direct the City Manager to draft an ordinance for a construction excise tax. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the aim is to fund more affordable housing across the city...which several non-profit groups strongly support.

Both the Republican and Democratic primary races are contested this year for the Oregon State House District 11 Seat. The City Club hosted all four candidates on April 6th to learn more about their positions. This was a great opportunity to hear about each of the candidates’ unique perspectives and responses to your questions. The Lane County League of Women Voters provided the format and helped selecting the written questions and keeping the time.

Moderated by Rachael McDonald of KLCC News.

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While the focus of recent U.S. immigration debate is lately Latino or Muslim countries, migrants from other places are also paying attention. KLCC's Karen Richards spoke to several people in the Eugene area from non-targeted countries and has this report.

 


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