Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Eugene locals gathered today in front of the Federal Court House to protest gun violence in the United States, following the fatal Texas shooting earlier this week. 

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A year after his upset presidential victory, critics of Donald Trump took to the streets of Eugene today.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the protest went primal, fast…

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As fall brings colder and wetter conditions, the City of Eugene is reminding tenants about its Rental Housing Code, established in 2005.  


Four Douglas County residents are calling on Oregon’s congressional delegation and the state attorney general to investigate how the county uses its federal timber money.

Rachael McDonald

The state approved Eugene’s new urban growth boundary this week. It’s the first major expansion in the city for 33 years. The project, called Envision Eugene, will develop 969 acres of land in the Bethel and Santa Clara areas.

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A task force just released the “Vision Zero Action Plan.” It has a goal to eliminate all deaths and life-changing injuries on Eugene’s streets by 2035.

The Eugene City Council officially adopted the Vision Zero policy in the Fall of 2015. That’s after three young children were hit and killed while trying to cross Main Street in Springfield with their mom. Transportation advocates throughout Lane County put more pressure on city governments to make streets safer.

One of the measures on the ballot for Eugene’s special election next Tuesday is an amendment to the City Charter. It has to do with what happens when a City Councilor is appointed.
Measure 20-274 amends a city charter amendment from 2005.

A contentious ballot initiative in Creswell has both sides of the issue calling foul on each other.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, one of the more prominent spats is over a fake voter guide.

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Last year, Creswell residents voted to ban sales of marijuana.  Now a new ballot initiative backed by investment group One Gro aims to lift that ban.  They say Creswell stands to become a cannabis empire, raising thousands of dollars in annual revenue.  Critics say it’ll not only hurt the character of the city, but also pave the way for a marijuana monopoly.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Recorded On: October 27, 2017

Air Date: October 30, 2017

The income gap separating the average working family from the very rich is widening in Oregon. In 2015, the top 1 percent earned more income than the bottom half of all Oregonians combined.

Data from the Oregon Department of Revenue shows that in 1980, the average income of the highest-earning one tenth of one percent was 26 times that of middle income Oregonians. In 2015, it was 126 times that of middle income Oregonians.

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A deal reached last night  has ended a week-long strike by hundreds of Lane County workers.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides seem mostly satisfied with the new three-year contract.

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As of today, about 150 Lane County workers have left the picket lines to return to their jobs.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, AFSCME leaders hope to see many of them back on strike soon.  

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Lane County officials say as of today, about 150 of nearly 700 striking workers have gone back to their jobs…enabling some services to start up again.  

Recorded On: October 20, 2017

Air Date: October 23, 2017

On November 7th, Eugene voters will decide whether or not to approve a third bond measure to fix streets and fund bicycle and pedestrian projects. At a cost of $51.2 million, this would fund rebuilding 78 streets among the 91 listed projects. Two advocates speak on this transportation measure that will appear on mail-in ballots.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 1 Wednesday to make the name “Kesey Square” official.

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A group pushing for an independent, elected city auditor for the City of Eugene say they’ve enough signatures to put it up to voters next year. 

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With Lane County workers authorized to strike next week, negotiations continue over a contract dispute between officials and unions.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, both sides say they want to avoid a strike.

Oregon Dept. of Transportation

A decades-old Oregon law is under new scrutiny and a threat of repeal. Here's a look at the state's so-called “sanctuary” law and how it's become part of a national story. 


Karen Richards

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden met Saturday with Eugene area DACA recipients and advocates of the program. He wanted stories he could bring back to Washington to convince Senators who are not yet on board with legislation to protect the DREAMers.


Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis has formed an ad hoc committee to look into renaming downtown’s Broadway Plaza. The gathering place at the corner of Broadway and Willamette Streets is commonly referred to as Kesey Square.

Jay Bozievich announced today he’ll run for a third term as Lane County Commissioner in the May 15th 2018 primary election.

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Three Oregon Indian tribes have received more than a million dollars from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s part of a larger award that’s to benefit tribes nationwide.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council Monday approved a proposal from the Human Rights Commission which would set up a 10-thousand dollar scholarship fund for local DACA recipients to renew their status. 

Recorded on: September 22, 2017

Air Date: September 25, 2017

Democratic Party of Lane County

A former Commissioner has settled two lawsuits against Lane County. Rob Handy will receive $89,000 dollars in the settlement.

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Labor unions and their supporters gathered in Eugene today to protest the lack of a contract between Lane County workers and management. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Rachael McDonald

After the Trump Administration announced Tuesday morning it’s ending the DACA program, a crowd filled Eugene’s Free Speech Plaza for a hastily organized noon protest. They rallied in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.


U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley held a town hall in Eugene Monday. In a press meeting before the event, Senator Merkley stated that the Federal Government has a responsibility to take on the costs of fighting large forest fires. He says doing so will help end “fire borrowing,” which is what happens when the forest service stops all other functions and drains its accounts in order to stop fires.

Franziska Monahan

Oregon U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley met with constituents in Eugene Monday at the first of six town halls he is holding this week.

Rachael McDonald

Based on recent data, Eugene has the highest per capita number of approved licenses for marijuana dispensaries in the state. At their work session Wednesday City Councilors were unwilling to place a 1,000-foot buffer zone between shops.