Politics & Government

Politics & Government


Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden praised the end of the bulk collection of Americans' information under the Patriot Act during the legislative session Sunday. The U.S. Senate failed to approve a measure which would extend the ability for the National Security Agency to collect Americans' phone records and emails. Wyden also called for the Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act to enact additional reforms.

Corinne Boyer

A delegation from Kakegawa, Japan met with Eugene representatives and Mayor Kitty Piercy to renew their sister city agreement on Thursday. The mayors exchanged gifts at a ceremony held at Harris Hall.

The sister city agreement between the two cities began in 1979. This was the first visit to Eugene for Kakegawa Mayor Saburo Matsui. During the ceremony, Mayor Piercy said, "We support the development of communication skills and promote global understanding by sharing experiences through study abroad opportunities."

Lane County

Lane County voters strongly rejected a proposed vehicle registration fee to fund road repairs. The vote was 66% against and 33% in support. The fee would have raised $11-million a year.

Lane County faces a $9-million deficit in its road fund. The measure would have raised $6 million for county roads and about 5 million for city roads. County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the outcome is disappointing, but the message is clear.

Updated 12:30am Wednesday, May 20

In the May 19 special election, Lane County voters soundly rejected a proposed $35 vehicle registration fee. It failed 66% -33%.

Lane County Commission Board Chair Jay Bozieviech issued the following statement regarding the failure of the vehicle registration fee:

Lucy Ohlsen / KLCC

Oregon's congressional delegation has sent a letter to the Postmaster General asking her to reconsider closing processing centers in Springfield and Bend. The closures are slated for October 31st.

The battle to prohibit the cultivation of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, continues in Oregon. In the upcoming special election, Benton County voters will decide if a measure to ban GMO's is right for them. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert spoke with people on both sides of the issue and filed this report.

On the face of it, Measure 2-89 seeks to protect local food sources by banning the cultivation of genetically modified crops anywhere in the county. The measure also promotes saving heritage seeds and a sort of “We the People” right to self-governance.


Jeanne Atkins has served two months as Oregon’s 25th secretary of state.  She’s completing Kate Brown’s term; Brown is now Oregon’s governor. Atkins speaks about her selection, her priorities, and why she won’t be a candidate for a full term in 2016.

Obama Talks Trade Deal at Nike

May 8, 2015
Associated Press

President Barack Obama was at Nike's campus near Beaverton Friday, pitching the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

The president said a progressive, high-standard trade agreement like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would open new markets and support high-quality jobs. He used Nike factories across the world as an example

Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken talks about “exploring” a run for governor in 2016.  The Springfield Republican discusses what will influence his decision, and why he wants the job.

Oregon Judicial Department

The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday overturned several of the cost-cutting reforms to the Public Employees Retirement System enacted by the 2013 Legislature. It will restore some benefits to retirees and workers, but is also leaves government agencies and school districts facing higher PERS contributions in the near future. It wipes out hundreds of millions of dollars in savings carved out when the Legislature cut cost of living adjustments for retirees and employees.