Politics & Government

Politics & Government

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

Oregon's primary election system is closed. That means only voters who have registered as members of a political party may participate in the nomination of candidates. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, elections officials want voters to check their registration status and party affiliation.

City of Kennewick

A southeast Washington city council member posted anti-Latino comments to his personal Facebook page last week. It followed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ visit to Yakima.

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Senator Bernie Sanders captured Washington State’s presidential delegates, Saturday, as Democrats caucused across the state.

Sanders had a wide lead over Hillary Clinton in the first results. At one precinct caucus in a South Seattle elementary school, Sanders had twice the number of supporters as Hillary Clinton, with four people undecided.

Thirteen months after he resigned the Oregon governorship, John Kitzhaber is going public again.

Kitzhaber said he will launch a Facebook page that he says will give him an opportunity to talk about public issues.

In his first extensive interview after his resignation, Kitzhaber told Oregon Public Broadcasting that he stayed quiet for more than a year while federal investigators probed allegations that fiance Cylvia Hayes used her position as first lady to win consulting work.

Senator Ron Wyden

A new bill introduced Thursday by Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer aims to improve access to the outdoors. The federal bill is called “Recreation Not Red Tape Act.”

Two bills approved during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session address sexual assault. One lifts the statute of limitation for first-degree sex crimes. The other puts procedures in place to process untested rape kits.

OPB

The number of registered voters statewide has increased dramatically, that’s according to new data released today  about the Oregon Motor Voter program.

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Rachael McDonald

Marijuana cultivation and distribution zoning laws aren't perfect in Benton County. Officials are in the middle of a listening tour in hopes of being able to craft changes that benefit businesses and residents. Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.

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