Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

With less than a week to go before Election Day, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart recommends (as of Thursday) voters hand-deliver their ballots to official drop sites instead of putting them in the mail.

Rachael McDonald

Springfield voters are considering a 3-cent gas tax in the November election. The funds will be used to repair the city’s streets.

Kyra Buckley/KLCC

Creswell voters have some important decisions to make concerning public safety and marijuana. If passed, a property tax levy would provide 24-hour police services, something the city currently lacks. Voters will also have the option of reversing the City-imposed ban on marijuana businesses. KLCC’s Kyra Buckley dropped in to learn about those ballot measures and more.

When Kate Brown attended her first Labor Day picnic after becoming governor last year, she spoke for only a few minutes. But union officials who sponsored the event at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland said the governor spent nearly an hour cheerfully shaking the hands of dozens of members waiting in line to get food.

That, said Joe Baessler of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, was more important than anything the governor said from the stage.

Brian Bull

Oregon is one of only three states that vote by mail.  Now one of its senators wants to make that a national practice.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more: 

Brian Bull

South Eugene high school held its mock election today.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it lets students cast ballots similar to the general election.  

Brian Bull, National Archives, COP Paris

Election Day gripes have included, “I’m voting for the lesser of two evils” or “I’m only voting for this candidate to keep the other out of office.”  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a local ballot measure aims to fix this.  

Rachael McDonald

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy will retire from her post at the end of the year. With 12 years in office she’s the city’s 2nd longest serving mayor of Eugene.  She spoke with KLCC’s Rachael McDonald.

Rachael McDonald

Recorded on: October 21, 2016

Air Date: October 24, 2016

Eugene City Council Ward One race is the only contested race for Eugene’s eight-person City Council in the 2016 General Election.

The race for the Third Senate District in southern Oregon was triggered by the sudden death in August of Dr. Alan Bates. Bates, a Democrat, was widely respected, especially for his work on health care issues.

Now, Democrat Tonia Moro – an attorney -- and Republican Alan DeBoer -- an auto-dealer -- are each making the case that they are the best choice to succeed Bates in a race that has implications for the balance of power in Salem.

Rachael McDonald

The only contested Eugene City Council race in the November election is for Ward 1. Candidates Emily Semple and Joshua Skov faced off at a City Club forum Friday.

Chris Lehman

Oregon voters have elected a Democrat as governor eight times in a row. Republicans are getting a bonus shot at the state's top office thanks to the resignation of John Kitzhaber last year. GOP voters chose Salem doctor Bud Pierce to break their party's three-decade long losing streak.

Brian Bull

With Election Day edging closer, state and county officials are making sure Oregonians know where to drop off their ballots…and at what stage their ballots are in the tallying process. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

President Obama Endorses Kate Brown For Governor

Oct 20, 2016
Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama is coming to the political aid of Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Jeff Mapes reports that the president praises her legislative success in a new video.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face the public on Wednesday, October 19, for the final presidential debate before the Election.  KLCC is airing the debate live at 6 pm, followed by NPR analysis.

Follow along with NPR's Live Debate Fact Check below, providing live annotation with added analysis, context and fact checking during the debate.

House District 14 represents the communities of West Eugene, Bethel, and Junction City. This year’s candidates make the race for the position of state representative most unusual: neither is an incumbent, although both have local political experience.

Edward Teague / WEGroup Architects & Planners

The conversation about a new Eugene City Hall keeps getting more complicated. At a City Council work session Wednesday councilors expressed interest in revisiting the EWEB building. Moving city hall there was rejected several years ago because of cost.

Utah has been solidly Republican at the presidential level for the past 48 years. But the leaked tape of Donald Trump bragging about groping and kissing women without their consent may have been the last straw for socially conservative voters in this heavily Mormon state.

Measure 97: How We Got Here

Oct 10, 2016

Oregonians face a major reckoning this fall about the services and programs they’d like to have — and the taxes they’re willing to pay to have them.

Measure 97, on the Nov. 8 ballot, would raise some $3 billion a year in new revenue by raising taxes on large corporations’ gross receipts. That’s enough money to swell the state’s budget by roughly a third.

But the measure has also sparked one of the most expensive election fights Oregon has ever seen.

Recorded on: October 7, 2016

Air Date: October 10, 2016

On November 8, Oregon voters will elect a Representative from the 4th Congressional District in Oregon. The district includes Eugene, Springfield, Roseburg, and part of Corvallis. The 2016 three-way contest is between Peter DeFazio, a Springfield Democrat who has served in Congress from the 4th District since 1986; Art Robinson, the Cave Junction Republican challenger; Gil Guthrie, representing the Libertarian Party; and Mike Beilstein, from Corvallis, representing the Pacific Green Party.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head-to-head in the second presidential debate on Sunday, October 9.  KLCC is airing the debate live at 6 pm, followed by NPR analysis.

National and state results as of 2 p.m. May 19th, 2016
City and county results as of 3 a.m. May 18th, 2016

John Stark

Democratic Governor Kate Brown, Republican Bud Pierce and Independent Cliff Thomason debated Thursday, October 6th at Churchill High School in Eugene.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio traded jabs over funders with Republican challenger Art Robinson at a City Club of Eugene forum Friday.

Mike Pence and Tim Kaine go head-to-head in the only vice-presidential debate on Tuesday, October 4.  KLCC is airing the debate live from 6-8 pm, followed by NPR analysis.

Recorded on: September 30, 2016

Air Date: October 3, 2016

With Oregon facing a $1.4 billion revenue shortfall in the next two-year budget cycle, voters are scrutinizing Measure 97 as a possible way to increase income. Measure 97 would require C corporations doing more than $25 million of business in Oregon to start paying a 2.5% tax on those sales.

Rachael McDonald

The pros and cons of Oregon ballot Measure 97 were debated Friday at the City Club of Eugene. With a $1.4 billion projected shortfall, both sides agree the state needs more money but not about how to raise it.

Lawyers Representing Oregon Foster Children Sue DHS

Sep 28, 2016

Attorneys who represent two Oregon foster children are suing the Department of Human Services. The lawyers say DHS violates state and federal law by housing some children in hotels and offices.

Oregon Governor's Office

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has appointed a new head of the state agency that handles works to provide affordable housing.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump go head-to-head in the first presidential debate on Monday, September 26.  KLCC is airing the debate live from 6-8 pm, followed by NPR analysis.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.