Politics & Government

November 2014 Election
11:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lane County Voters Approve School Measures

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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.

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November 2014 Election
10:34 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Democrats Likely To Hold Majorities in State Legislature

State Representative Phil Barnhart was re-elected Tuesday

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

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Marijuana Legalization
7:54 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Oregon Votes To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

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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.

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November 2014 Election
9:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

DeFazio Wins 15th Term As Oregon's 4th District Congressman

Congressman Peter DeFazio at a Democratic Party Election watch party Tuesday night in Eugene. He won a 15th term in the U.S. House, defeating Republican challenger Art Robinson for a 3rd time.
Credit Tiffany Eckert / KLCC

Oregon Democrat Peter DeFazio has won a 15th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He arrived at a Democratic watch party at Cozmic Pizza in downtown Eugene Tuesday night to a throng of supporters.

Representative DeFazio reflected on the mid-term election and his opponent, Art Robinson.

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November 2014 Election
2:38 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Election Results

UPDATE: 9:01 am

All five incumbents have won re-election including:

Won: U.S. House District 1 (D) Suzanne Bonamici

Won: U.S. House District 2 (R) Greg Walden

Won: U.S. House District 3 (D) Earl Blumenauer

Won: U.S. House District 4 (D) Peter DeFazio

Won: U.S. House District 5 (D) Kurt Schrader

Larry Rich has defeated Mike Baker for Mayor of Roseburg.

Oregon General Election Unofficial Results

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November 2014 Election
5:02 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

U of O Duck And Secretary Of State Kate Brown Encourage Students To Vote

UO Interim President Scott Coltrane with student Rachel Nance (voting) and the Duck.
Credit Karen Richards

What do Voodoo Doughnuts, the U of O duck, and  Oregon’s Secretary of State have in common? They were all on campus today (Monday) encouraging students to vote.

Dozens of students dropped their ballots in the box at U of O’s Erb Memorial Union at the event. Many stopped to talk to Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, and Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State. Brown says turnout is slightly behind where it was four years ago, but she’s confident the final numbers will at least equal that election:

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Politics & Government
9:25 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Lane County Commissioners Denounce Oregon State Bar Letter Regarding Firing of Liane Inkster

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Lane County Commissioners Sid Leiken and Jay Bozievich released a statement Friday afternoon in response to the Oregon State Bar clearing a former administrator of criminal conduct.

The commissioners say Liane Inkster, formerly Liane Richardson, violated county policy by selling more leave time than was allowed and that she lied about it. Inkster was fired last year.

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Lane County
10:29 am
Fri October 31, 2014

State Bar Clears Fired Lane County Administrator of Criminal Conduct

Liane Richardson, formerly Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator last year.
Credit Lane County

Liane Richardson, who was fired as Lane County Administrator last year, has been cleared of criminal conduct by the Oregon State Bar. The Bar's conclusions point to knowledge and approval of her actions on the part of two County commissioners.

Richardson, who now goes by Inkster, was fired from her job as Lane County Administrator after it was revealed that she had been converting leave time to take home pay in order to boost her paycheck.

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Marijuana Legalization
7:12 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Pot Legalization Measure Divides Marijuana Producers in Southwest Oregon

In 2010, when California voted on legalization, the three counties in the so-called “Emerald Triangle” where marijuana is predominantly grown in the state voted against it.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

Next week, voters in Oregon will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana. In rural southwest Oregon growers are divided by ballot Measure 91. Some see benefits to a new legal market. Others fear their way life is about to change. It’s the first story in our new series, Cannabis Country, a look inside Southwest Oregon’s pot economy.

In the hills that surround cities like Medford and Roseburg cannabis is a cottage industry. Thousands have signed up to grow the plant under the protection of the state’s medical marijuana program. In October, they cut the valuable flowers.

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November 2014 Election
6:23 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Power in Oregon Senate Could Hinge on Southern Oregon Race

Republican state Senate candidate Dave Dotterrer (L), and the incumbent Democrat, Alan Bates
Credit Liam Moriarty / JPR

Oregon’s Third Senate District – which comprises southern Jackson County including most of Medford – is one of several key districts where the outcome of the race could overturn Democratic control of the narrowly-divided state Senate. JPR's Liam Moriarty looks at the re-match between incumbent Democrat Alan Bates and Republican challenger, Dave Dotterrer.

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