Politics & Government

May 2014 Primary
1:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Lane County Will Have to Conduct Recounts in Two Commissioner Races

Lane County Elections will have to conduct a recount in *two commissioner races. That's the latest from the Oregon Secretary of State who Tuesday said the East Lane County seat race was close enough to trigger an automatic recount. Now, it's been found the West Lane race also requires one.
Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis:

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May 2014 Primary
4:42 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Close East Lane County Commissioner Race Triggers Recount

Incumbent Commissioner Faye Stewart is currently leading the East Lane County Commissioner race.
Credit Lane County

The Lane County Elections Office announced Tuesday that the East Lane County Commissioner's race will require a recount.  

Incumbent Commissioner Faye Stewart faced three challengers in the May Primary.  Fifty-percent plus one vote is required to be elected.  But under Oregon law, an automatic recount is triggered if election results are too close.  

Lane County Spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis said it was initially unclear if Stewart's margin of 50-percent plus eight was enough to avoid an automatic recount.  The county sought clarification.  

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Politics & Government
3:07 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Oregon DEQ Provides Loan For Monroe's Stormwater System

Credit Robert Lawton

Monroe will begin the planning stages of a new stormwater master plan thanks to a loan from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Monroe's sewer system overflows periodically after heavy rains. Sometimes this sends untreated sewage into the Long Tom River that flows into the Willamette. A new planning loan from the Oregon DEQ allows Monroe officials to begin investigating ways to improve the system and solve the problem.

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May 2014 Primary
8:46 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Incumbents Hold Onto Their Seats On Lane County Board of Commissioners

Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart were not defeated by opponents in the May Primary. They were elected to another 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, according to final election results released Friday.

Bozievich beat Dawn Lesley by 75 votes in the West Lane race, so there won't be a run-off in November.

Stewart won the East Lane race over four opponents, avoiding a runoff against top challenger Kevin Matthews by just seven votes.

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Politics & Government
5:00 am
Wed June 4, 2014

ASUO Votes To Condemn Federal Blood Discrimination Policy

Credit Waldszenen

Members of the University of Oregon student government are hoping to push back on a federal policy from the 1980s that prevents gay men from donating blood. They will vote on a resolution Wednesday evening.

The resolution condemns US Federal policy that does not allow gay men to donate blood. The policy came about in the early years of the HIV epidemic. But U of O student Robert Morus says it violates the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy. He says the resolution would implement changes in campus blood drives so students become aware of how the regulation discriminates.

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Military & Veterans
7:17 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

DeFazio Speaks Out About VA Bureaucracy

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio [D] of Springfield, Oregon.
Credit http://defazio.house.gov/

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio spoke out Friday about the problems plaguing the Veterans Administration, including struggles in his home state.

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Oregon Politics
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden On Emissions, Future Of Logging Revenue

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden participated in a ceremony Thursday (today) in Springfield highlighting the expansion of a new EmX bus stop. The Senator also talked about the importance of increasing access to public transportation, and cutting emissions as well.

Wyden: “It’s clear to me that we need the Executive Branch playing offense on this issue and to put in motion the steps that really only Congress can work with Executive on and that is the challenge of dealing with climate change when you have to bring in India, China, and so many of the developing nations.”

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City of Eugene
8:18 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Eugene Considers Climate Recovery Plan

At the urging of the community's young people, the Eugene City Council is considering an ordinance that would make its carbon emission reduction goals mandatory instead of voluntary. The council voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing July 21st on the Climate Recovery Proposal. It would call on the community to cut fossil fuel use in half by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. City Councilor Alan Zelenka spoke in support of the ordinance.

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Generation M
6:52 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Despite Party Differences, Millennial State Lawmakers Find Common Ground

The four youngest members of the Washington legislature are two Democrats and two Republicans who find generational common ground in spite of their political differences.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington legislature is trending a bit younger these day. Nine of the 147 members are under-34 year olds. These millennials are breaking some stereotypes about their generation. At the same time they’re trying to encourage other more disengaged millennials to get involved. They’re also finding some generational common ground across party lines.

It’s not every day the four youngest members of the Washington legislature gather in one place. So, as they sat down recently for an interview, an official legislative photographer snapped photos.

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Politics & Government
12:06 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pay Recommended for Springfield City Councilors

Credit 17world.com

A commission recommends Springfield City Councilors should be paid.  KLCC’s  Claude Offenbacher reports the question may go to voters in November.

The Springfield Planning Commission, acting as the Committee for Citizen Involvement, has concluded paying stipends to City Councilors to be justified. The proposal would be to pay 500 dollars to the Mayor and 300 dollars to Councilors monthly. Some Councilors and city staff had prompted a study by the Commission, which then considered the request, taking an Oregon-wide perspective…

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