Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Brian Bull / KLCC

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. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

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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.  


City of Eugene

This week, (Monday), the Eugene City Council adopted a new urban growth boundary. The state-mandated UGB adds land for 3,000 jobs in the Bethel area, two community parks, and a future school.

Recorded On: 7/14/17

Air Date: 7/17/17

What was achieved during the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session?  What was kicked down the road for the next session?  Democratic Senator Floyd Prozanski and Republican Representative Cedric Hayden will share their thoughts on what went well and what could have gone better in the 2017 Oregon Legislative Session.

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Three Oregon Indian tribes are closely watching legislation as it moves through Capitol Hill.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on the Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act, which just passed the House of Representatives. 

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday added policy language that bars its employees from using public funds to enforce federal immigration laws. The vote was a 5 to 0.

The Oregon Legislature on Friday finished a more than five-month session that left most participants with mixed emotions.

Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, told his colleagues "they would be remembered for doing pretty good things in an extraordinarily difficult time when everyone is divided."

Courtney gaveled the Senate into adjournment at 11:58 a.m. on the 157th day of the session after deciding not to wait for the House to finish.

The House was still debating a series of hot-button issues and did not adjourn until 3:26 p.m.

Franziska Monahan

Wednesday morning in Eugene U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Congressman Peter DeFazio rallied with citizens against the GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. 

Rachael McDonald

U.S. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is in Oregon this week while the Senate is on break. He stopped by the KLCC studios Wednesday morning. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald asked him about a wide range of issues including President Trump’s upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Summit in Germany.

Rachael McDonald / Butterfly lot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners and Eugene City Council have agreed to a land swap.
The agreement will provide for a site for a new County Courthouse on the former City Hall Site. The New City Hall will be built on the current Butterfly parking lot at 8th and Oak downtown.

Recorded on: June 23, 2017

Air Date: June 26, 2017

Five times in U.S. history, most recently in 2000 and 2016, the winner of the popular vote has lost the presidency. Current voter frustration with the Electoral College has resulted in the formation of an organization in 2006 to promote reform legislation, known as the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC).

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Thousands of Oregonians could lose Medicaid coverage under the Senate Republican’s health care proposal. Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he is prepared to fight the latest version of Trump-Care in what he calls a “battle for the ages”.

Rachael McDonald

This week a Lincoln County Circuit judge issued a preliminary injunction that prevents enforcement of a provision of a voter passed aerial spraying measure.

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Nearly $2 billion worth of bond sales are going to construction projects across Oregon. 

Nearly $12 million are going towards building renovation at the University of Oregon.  Roughly a million and a half is for the Lane County Courthouse.

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