Politics & Government

Politics & Government

State of Oregon

Following President Barack Obama's Thursday evening speech on immigration reform, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber released a statement in support of the executive action.

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The Eugene City Council Wednesday voted to extend the suspension of giving tax breaks to developers of multi-unit housing projects.

On Friday the Republican-controlled U.S. House approved a bill for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The vote was 252 in favor, 161 opposed. The pipeline has been stalled by environmental reviews, objections to its route and politics for six years. Oregon's 4th District Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke on the house floor in opposition to the pipeline. DeFazio said exporting Canadian tar sands oil through the pipeline will not reduce U.S. gas prices and raises a number of environmental concerns.

City of Springfield

Residents against Springfield's proposal to expand the Urban Growth Boundary to nearby Seavey Loop are using an old protest tactic: fasting.

The citizen's coalition known as "No Industrial Pisgah" is organizing the fast all day Friday (Nov. 14) and Saturday (Nov. 15) in front of Springfield City Hall. Charles Stewart owns an organic farm in Seavey Loop. He says the proposal isn't compatible with surrounding agriculture practices.

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Voters in Oregon have said yes to recreational marijuana. Now state officials face a challenge: how to take the pot economy that’s been operating “under their noses” and turn it into a regulated market. A key question is what will happen to the state’s medical marijuana program.

The first thing you need to know is that Measure 91 doesn’t touch Oregon’s existing medical marijuana program.

Medical pot is exempt from the measure’s system of regulation, including the $35-an-ounce tax on marijuana flowers.

Nationally, turnout for this week's election was at an all-time low -- about 42 percent. But in Oregon it was on par with previous midterm elections at just under 70 percent. Election officials attribute this to the state's vote by mail system.

Tony Green is spokesman for Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown.

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A measure to require labeling of genetically modified foods was narrowly defeated by Oregon voters. Measure 92 was rejected by nearly 51 percent of voters with 49 percent approving. Opponents called the measure's failure a decisive victory. Spending on both sides was historic for Oregon. Opponents raised nearly $20 million, according to the Oregonian. Supporters raised about $8 million.

Supporters of Measure 92 said Oregon has the right to know if their food contains genetically engineered ingredients. Opponents said the labeling would increase food costs.


Three school district funding measures have been approved by Lane County voters. They will help pay staff salaries and make school improvements without affecting the districts' current budgets. KLCC's Corinne Boyer has more.

Democrats are on track to keep control of the Oregon house and improve their margins in the state senate.

Oregon Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Nov 5, 2014
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Oregonians have voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Washington DC also voted in favor of a pot measure. Oregon’s new law goes into effect in July of next year.

Excited college students gathered on the sidewalk outside the Measure 91 victory party.

Inside medical marijuana patients mingled with lawyers, retired policemen, and pot activists.

"Yes" campaign director Anthony Johnson thanked his volunteers and the voters and called legalization a more humane approach to drug policy.