Politics & Government

Oregon
6:00 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Wyden Talks Rural Funding, Paying For Wildfires

Credit Desmond O'Boyle

While in Eugene last week, Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle about funding for rural parts of the state and the rising costs of fighting wildfires.

Senator Wyden has worked to renew The Secure Rural Schools Act several times, most recently in 2013. The Act ensures funding to rural areas not collecting the timber revenue at the rate they once did. Oregon's share of the Secure Rural Schools Act is more than 2 billion dollars annually. Wyden says as far as providing financial assistance to the State, this is a very important bill.

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Privacy
2:54 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Senator Ron Wyden Discusses Privacy In The Digital Age

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden at the City Club of Eugene
Credit Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden discussed protecting privacy in the digital age at the Club of Eugene, Friday.

As a longtime member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Democrat has been critical of government programs collecting large amounts of data on U.S. Citizens. Wyden is concerned the merging of communications systems worldwide will cause innocent Americans to be swept up in searches that target overseas terrorist threats.

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November 2014 Election
6:43 am
Fri September 26, 2014

On The Campaign Trail With Wehby And Merkley

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley faces GOP challenger Monica Wehby in the November election.
Credit OPB News

One of Oregon’s two senate seats is up for grabs this election season. The frontrunners are incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley and Republican Monica Wehby.

On a recent Saturday morning in Portland, Jeff Merkley met with volunteers at one of his offices.

Retiree Carol Adler was there to show her support.

“I just think he’s terrific. I’ve been volunteering a bit here and I had a house party for him where I live,” Adler said.

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November 2014
5:44 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

ELECTION COVERAGE

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KLCC will provide results and analysis from NPR on election night, November 4, beginning at 5 p.m.  Local results will begin at 8 p.m.  Coverage will continue until 10 pm.  Regular KLCC evening programming is pre-empted.

Visit these Government sites for Election information:

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Eugene City Hall
4:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Council Approves A New Eugene City Hall Building, Again

The Eugene City Council voted 6-2 Wednesday to tear down City Hall and build a new one.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council re-affirmed Wednesday it wants to tear down the old city hall and construct a new $15-million building on the same site. The vote was 6 to 2.

The city held a ceremony a few weeks ago marking the start of demolition of the 50-year old city hall building at 8th and Pearl. But the event was marred by protestors who want to keep the old structure, and questions came up about the decision making process. Council President Chris Pryor says the council wanted to clarify its plans.

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Eugene City Hall
6:53 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Council To Decide Future Of City Hall

Credit City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council is expected to decide the fate of the shuttered, 50-year-old city hall this week. The council voted earlier this month to postpone the demolition of city hall for two weeks to have another debate about the building's future.

City spokeswoman Jan Bohman says councilors will hear from the design team  at their Monday evening meeting.

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Lane County
3:23 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

County Seeks Input For Strategic Planning

Credit www.lanecounty.org

Reduced timber revenue has been impacting Oregon's public sector for years, and the trend is not expected to change.

Lane County is developing its 2015-2017 strategic plan, focusing on how to do more with less. After a workshop in June, Commissioners identified three priorities: health and safety, infrastructure, and vibrant communities. They hope to continue to tailor the plan to residents' concerns.

County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the passing of the sheriff's levy was a helpful indicator:

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Election 2014
10:53 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Oregon Secretary of State Seeks Increase in Voter Registration

Postcards should arrive this week in nearly one million Oregon mailboxes.  They’re promoting a higher turnout in November’s election.  But they’re not being sent in support of a political party or candidate.  

Lane County spokeswoman Anne Marie Levis says the postcards will come from the Secretary of State’s office.  They’ll contain instructions on how to register to vote:

Levis:  “It’s a statewide effort to people who, through multiple different data bases, seem as if they’re not a registered voter and try to get them to register and be able to vote.”

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General Election 2014
6:00 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Ballot Measure Speed Dating

Meeting Date: September 12, 2014

Air Date: September 15, 2014

Speakers both for and against four of the seven ballot measures will try to persuade members and guests to vote pro or con. City Club has invited proponents and opponents to explain the measures and answer your questions about Alternative Driver Licenses, an Equal Rights Amendment, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms, and the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative.

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Oregon
2:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Purchasing Guidelines Designed To Make Oregon Agencies Greener

Credit greencleaningproducts.com

New guidelines in Oregon are designed to direct state agencies to purchase fewer toxic products. Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan approved the new guidelines Wednesday. Some examples are; using owls to control rats instead of poison, or buying less toxic cleaning products. The changes were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2012 as part of an effort to increase the number of people and plant friendly products state agencies use. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Mathew Shelby says what makes Oregon unique is its size.

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