Politics & Government

2014 Election
7:14 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Rancher Eyes Oregon Governor's Race

Jon Justesen's ranch is based near the tiny town of Kent, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

Conventional wisdom in Salem is that Governor John Kitzhaber will run for re-election next year. But that’s not a given. The 66-year-old Democrat has repeatedly said he’s not made up his mind. That's left potential Republican candidates wondering what the governor’s race will look like next year. There’s one candidate who has entered the fray that you may not have heard of. He says everything he needs to know, he learned in the fields of central Oregon. He even wrote a song about it.

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General Election 2014
12:21 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Campaign To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Oregon Eyes 2014 Election

Voters across Oregon have until 8pm Tuesday evening to turn in their ballots.  Overall, it's been a rather uneventful general election, with mostly small communities voting on local measures.  

But next year, things are sure to be different.  Not only will Congressional seats be up for grabs, several high-stakes issues are making their way to the ballot.

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Homeless Issues
10:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Albany Will Hold Summit on Homelessness

Credit albanyvisitors.com

The city of Albany has been coping with more people panhandling lately-- but the number of people who are homeless there remains steady.

In 2006, Albany closed a homeless camp in one of its parks. Since then, homeless advocates have been meeting annually to discuss services for those who are in need.

Marilyn Smith is spokeswoman for the City of Albany. She says they're hoping more members of the general public will attend Wednesday's summit.

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City Club of Eugene
6:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Eugene's Multi Unit Property Tax Exemption ballot initiative debate

The Unsettled Future of Eugene’s Multiple Unit Property Tax Exemption: A Debate

The City of Eugene’s controversial multiple unit property tax exemption (MUPTE) program has been under a lot of scrutiny in recent years.

The City of Eugene has used MUPTE to enable re-development of     underutilized areas in our downtown. Now, neighborhood activist Paul Conte has produced a ballot initiative that would repeal this program.  So we ask the question: Should we retain MUPTE as a tool to enable downtown re-development, or should we eliminate it?

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Public Assistance
7:32 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

800,000 Oregonians To See Reduction in Food Assistance

Beginning Friday, more than 800,000 Oregonians receiving SNAP, or food benefits, will see a reduction in their monthly stipend.  The change is the result of an expiring federal stimulus program put in place during the recession.  

How much food can you buy with ten dollars?  A loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a bag of carrots, a couple apples, maybe some off-brand pretzels… not much more.  But it enough to provide a person a meal a day for about a week.  

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November 2013 Elections
12:25 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Elections Officials Caution About Closed Ballot Drop Boxes

Credit Jes Burns

Lane County  officials remind voters this election to only use ballot drop boxes that are open. 

Three groups of Lane County residents are casting ballots in the general election – those in the Springfield and Junction City School Districts and residents in the River Road Park and Recreation District.  Correspondingly, only drop boxes in Junction City, Springfield and at the River Road Park office are open.   

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Homelessness
4:49 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Volunteer Groups Ready To Manage Campsites For The Homeless

Credit City of Eugene

Monday night, the Eugene City Council approved two locations for homeless people to pitch their tents. Although the city has some work to do first, volunteer organizations say they are ready to go.

The council voted 6 to 2 to allow campsites on Chambers Street at Northwest Expressway and Roosevelt Boulevard near Garfield. Michael Wisth is with the City of Eugene.

Wisth: "We have no set timeline but we are trying to work quickly to roll out a template for agreements with any group that will be managing the site."

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General Election 2013
12:03 am
Tue October 29, 2013

New Police And Fire Station Before Albany Voters

Albany Police Station
Credit City of Albany

Elected officials in Albany say the city needs two new public safety facilities, but they don't have $20 million to pay for them.  Officials are hoping voters will authorize the city to borrow the money. 

Mayor Sharon Konopa says for many years, Albany officials have realized their downtown fire station needs to be replaced.  

Konopa: "And also, we have needed to expand our existing police station."

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City Club of Eugene
6:34 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

The Science of Forest Management and Conservation

Friday, October 25, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Air Date: October 28, 2013

Guest Speakers: Professor Jerry F. Franklin, University of Washington; and Professor K. Norman Johnson, Oregon State University

Roughly half of Oregon’s 61 million acres of land area is forest land. The federal government owns about 60 percent of the forests, the state owns about 3 percent, Native American tribes about 2 percent, and private citizens the remaining 35 percent.

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Public Radio's Best
3:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Governor Barbara Roberts On Up The Capitol Steps

Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts speaks on her new book, Up the Capitol Steps: A Women's March to the Governorship. She tells us the story of her rise to power, beginning as a school board member, to Secretary of State, to Oregon's first female Governor.

Her talk was recorded at the University of Oregon on October 23, 2013. It was sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

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