Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Recorded on: February 6th, 2015

Air Date: February 9th, 2015

Challenges facing the county are the focus of the new Lane County Administrator, Steve Mokrohisky. He spent his first six months on the job immersing himself in issues facing the county, building his executive team, and working with commissioners to plan for the future.

Police Chief Mark Chase is back on the job in Junction City following a six month administrative leave. It was prompted by complaints within his Department, including low morale. The Department remains unsettled.

City Administrator Melissa Bowers says the leave sought to protect an investigative process launched by the Junction City Council and based on formal police officer complaints. 

Bowers:  “At this point the investigation process is concluded, and Mark Chase has returned to work.”

Re-Election Campaign

Oregon lawmakers go back to Salem Monday for the 2015 legislative session. Democratic Representative Val Hoyle was appointed to the Oregon House in 2009. Since then, she has been elected twice to House District 14, representing West Eugene and Junction City. She serves as House Majority Leader. Democrats have a majority in both houses this session. Hoyle talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is on tour to gather input on how to license and regulate recreational marijuana in the state. Their next stop is in Eugene this week.

Measure 91, the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November, directs the OLCC to regulate pot by 2016. OLCC Chair Rob Patridge says both industry and local government panels are fairly unified about their concern for edible wrapping.

Re-Election Campaign

The Oregon legislature goes into session Monday with a Democratic majority in both houses.

House Majority leader Val Hoyle represents House District 14 which includes West Eugene and Junction City. She says she wants the state to re-invest in education and expand opportunities.

Oregon Democrats To Push “Middle Class Economics”

Jan 30, 2015
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Oregon’s state legislature begins a new session next week. Job number one is crafting the next two-year budget. In the last election, Democrats strengthened their majorities in both houses and leaders say they want to boost education and other priorities that suffered cuts in recent years.

At a recent lunchtime City Club event in Eugene, Democratic Speaker of the House Tina Kotek said lawmakers are poised to enact changes meant to give a boost to workers still recovering from the Great Recession.

Lane County

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has postponed a decision on whether to put a $35 annual vehicle registration fee on the May ballot. The fee would fund repair to roads and bridges.

The board heard from 20 people at a hearing Tuesday. Nancy Nichols of Deadwood was among those in favor of the fee. She lives near a gravel road.

Recorded on: Friday January 23, 2015

Air Date: Monday January 26, 2015

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The New Mayor and City Councilors of Toledo were sworn in earlier this month. Mayor Billie Jo Smith talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the fact that all of them are female.

Tonight,  January 20, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address starting at 6 pm.  

NPR will provide live anchored coverage of the President’s speech as well as the Republican response from Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa.

Robert Siegel will host. He'll be joined in the studio by White House Correspondent Tamara Keith, National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson and Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving. NPR’s Ailsa Chang will report live from the House chamber.

KLCC coverage of the speech and analysis will conclude at 8 pm.

  

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