Politics & Government

Politics & Government
6:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lindsey, Keeney Compete for Linn County Commission

Chanz Keeney
Credit Lebanon-Express.com

Linn County Commissioner John Lindsey, who lives just south of Lebanon, faces an opponent in the  May 20th primary.  Fellow Republican and forestry   heavy-equipment operator Chanz Keeney of Sweet Home is challenging him for Commission Position One. As no Democrat has filed for the four-year term, the primary winner will be unopposed in the November general election.  KLCC’s Claude Offenbacher spoke with each candidate.  We hear first from the incumbent:

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Despite Vow, Wash. Lands Chief Takes Timber Money

A fundraiser for Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), at which Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark were scheduled to speak.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are cozying up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.

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May 2014 Primary
12:44 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Yachats Asks Voters To Pre-Approve Property Purchases For Parking

Yachats as seen from the summit of Cape Perpetua.
Credit Elizabeth Gates

Yachats city officials are trying to get ahead of the curve this primary election.  They’re asking voters to pre-approve spending up to $400,000 to secure additional parking in the town core.

On a sunny summer weekend, the coastal town of Yachats is a busy place – hotel rooms are sold out and traffic through town is non-stop.

Brean: “I’ve heard as many as 10,000 people are in town on the 4th of July weekend.”

Yachats Mayor Ron Brean says the city just doesn’t have the parking capacity to meet the need.

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May 2014 Primary
12:01 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Two Challengers Face Incumbent For Springfield Position On Lane County Board of Commissioners

Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken represents Springfield and is challenged in the May Primary by Charmaine Rehg and Sheri Moore.
Credit Angela Kellner

The race for the position representing Springfield on the Lane County Board of Commissioners has attracted two challengers for incumbent Sid Leiken. Political newcomer Charmaine Rehg and Springfield City Councilor Sheri Moore are taking on the career politician.

Charmaine Rehg is a licensed practical nurse. The St. Louis native moved to Oregon less than 2½ year ago. She serves on the Willamette Jazz Society Board and is a member of the Washburne Homeowner’s Association. Rehg has never held elected office and explains why she’s running for the Lane County Board of Commissioners.

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Douglas County
4:54 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Douglas County Commissioners Face Packed Ballot

Credit co.douglas.or.us

Voters in Douglas County have seven candidates to choose from for County Commission Position Two.

Joe Laurence is vacating his Douglas County Commissioner spot, so none of the seven candidates are incumbents. If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will face a runoff in November.

Sally McKain is president of the Umpqua Valley League of Women Voters. She says Douglas County voters have typical concerns for their commissioners:

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May 2014 Primary
6:57 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Republican Voters Weigh Candidates' Merits In Oregon's 2nd District Race

Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum (left), is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Greg Walden (right) in the May primary.
Credit David Nogueras

Republican voters in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District have more than one name to choose from in this month's primary election, for the first time in 8 years. Incumbent Greg Walden is running for his 9th term in Congress. Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum hopes to unseat him.

The latest filings from the Federal Election Commission show Walden holds a huge advantage in fundraising. He's raised more than 2 million dollars. Linthicum on the other hand has raised just over 18 thousand.

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City Club of Eugene
10:48 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Changing Attitudes About Climate Change

Recorded on : May 2, 2014

Air Date: May 5, 2014

City Club’s May 2nd speaker will not discuss whether climate change is occurring or conjecture about whether human behavior contributes to that change. Affirmative answers to both of those questions are taken as given.

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May 2014 Primary
6:49 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Benton County Commissioner Position 1 Candidates

Benton County Commissioner Candidates at an April Forum
Credit Corvallis Gazette-Times

There are four candidates vying to become Benton County's next commissioner. The position is currently held by Linda Modrell, who is retiring after 15 years. Three Democrats and one Republican are seeking their party’s nomination for the May 20 primary. In November voters will decide who will work with current Commissioners Jay Dixon and Annabelle Jaramillo.

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May 2014 Primary
11:33 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ballots In The Mail For May Primary Election

Ballots go in the mail Friday for the May 2014 Primary. Election Day is May 20th. Even though it's an off-year election-- with no presidential primary-- officials hope for a good voter turnout.
 

Only 39 percent of Oregon voters participated in the 2012 primary.  Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart expects turnout to be comparable this year-- but hopes for better.

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May 2014 Primary
7:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Candidates Rely On Ground Game in Commission Race

Dawn Lesley canvassing in Veneta on a rainy Saturday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Making an impression on voters one-at-a-time could make a big difference in the contest for West Lane County Commissioner this month. Conservative commissioner Jay Bozievich is being challenged by moderate candidate Dawn Lesley. Both are relying on the "ground-game" to reach voters.

Bozievich: "Hello. I'm Jay Bozievich. I'm your County Commissioner and I'm running for re-election. I'm coming around asking people for their support for May 20th."

Lesley: "Hi. Are you Nancy?" I'm Dawn Lesley and this is my son Clayton and I'm running for County Commissioner."

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