Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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.

OREGON PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS:
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
oregon.gov

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.

Rachael McDonald

One of the major casualties of the loss of timber revenue for Oregon’s rural counties could be local libraries. The Douglas County Board of Commissioners says it doesn’t have enough money to pay for the county library system. That’s because the federal timber payment safety net is drying up.

Recorded on: September 23, 2016

Air Date: September 27, 2016

The two major party candidates Dennis Richardson-R, and Brad Avakian-D, plus minor party candidate Alan Zundel-Pacific Green will participate in this candidate forum.

Secretary Of State Candidates Meet, Debate in Eugene

Sep 24, 2016
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Three of the candidates for Oregon Secretary of State made their case to voters in Eugene Friday.

Democrat Brad Avakian, Republican Dennis Richardson and Alan Zundel of the Pacific Green Party spoke before the Eugene City Club.

Rachael McDonald

The great-great grandson of city founder Eugene Skinner was on hand Thursday to lay a historic marker on the southeast corner of the city of Eugene’s original land claim.

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Oregon election officials say they’re getting complaints from voters over a letter informing them of their registration status.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Lane County

Eugene might not construct its City Hall on the lot of the former building. It’s exploring other options, including on a county-owned property. The City and Lane County have teamed up to explore what could end up as a land swap.

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Users of the home sharing site Airbnb will now not only be finding a place to stay for the night, they’ll also be adding to the City of Eugene’s tax coffers.  KLCC’s Brian Bull explains.

City of Eugene

Eugene’s housing market is tight. As the city looks to future population growth, it’s trying to prepare for even more demand. Eugene seeks public input on options for Multi-family housing.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners Tuesday decided not to go forward with an ordinance that would have given them veto power over local ballot proposals.

New Senator Sworn In To Fill Seat Of The Late Alan Bates

Aug 31, 2016
Oregon Senate Democrats

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners Tuesday appointed a temporary replacement for Medford state Senator Alan Bates, who died in early August. Democrat Kevin Talbert will serve until January, when the winner of the November election will take office.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Board of Commissioners has been threatened with two different lawsuits. They have to do with citizen-backed ballot measures.

A new state-sponsored retirement plan for private-sector workers in Oregon has cleared a key federal hurdle.

The U.S. Department of Labor finalized rules Thursday that allow Oregon's plan to debut next July.

Gov. Kate Brown photo: Michael Lloyd, Associated Press. Bud Pierce photo: courtesy of budpierce.com

Gov. Kate Brown has agreed to at least five debates this fall with her Republican challenger, William "Bud" Pierce, as reported by The Oregonian.

These debates will happen in bigger cities around the state, starting in Bend.

The schedule is as follows:

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