Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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:

Lane County

Lane County Commissioners Tuesday voted three to two in favor of negotiating a long-term lease of the Forest Work Camp.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer has more.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene wants to make its downtown public spaces better. It’s launched a “place-making” initiative which seeks the community’s input.

Benton County Residents To Consider Ranked Choice Voting

Aug 9, 2016
Better Ballot Benton

This November, Benton County residents will vote on a ballot measure that would implement ranked choice voting.

KLCC's Kira Hoffelmeyer has more.

Corvallis Fire Department Suffers From Staff Shortage

Aug 8, 2016
www.corvallisadvocate.com

The Corvallis Fire Department says a staff shortage is affecting its operations.

Lane County Puts 3 Percent Pot Tax On November Ballot

Aug 4, 2016
Lode Van de Velde

Lane County residents in unincorporated areas will vote on a measure to levy a local three percent tax on recreational pot in November.

Recorded on: July 29th, 2016

Air date: August 1st, 2016

Speakers:

Don Hann, USDA Forest Service

Earlier this year, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names determined that 13 sites in Oregon’s Grant County would drop the word “squaw”.   This aligns with a 2001 state law banning the word for public areas.  Now as KLCC’s Brian Bull in Eugene reports, a county official hopes the federal government will allow two place names to be used over those proposed by local Indian tribes. 

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council Wednesday approved a 10-year property tax exemption for a developer to build apartments downtown. This is the first time the city has granted a Multi-Use Property Tax Exemption since it changed the controversial practice.

Matt Keating

Bernie Sanders supporters made their frustration known on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Even when Sanders spoke, he received boos when he pledged his support for Hillary Clinton.

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The Eugene City Council voted 5-3 Monday to give a Singapore-based semiconductor manufacturer 2 extra years of property tax exemptions. Broadcom, formerly Avago Technologies bought the former Hynix plant last year for $21 million.

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Eugene’s Matt Keating took the train across the country to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Democrats meet in Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton for President. Oregon's U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley is a superdelegate to the convention, but he will not cast his vote for the former secretary of state.

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Springfield residents will vote on two tax measures in November. One is a gas tax for street repairs. The other is a local tax on pot sales.

Oregon Senators Want Every State To Vote By Mail

Jul 18, 2016
www.merkley.senate.gov

Most states require voters to head to their nearest polling place each election, but since 1998 Oregonians have voted by mail. However, a new Senate bill wants to extend the practice to the rest of the country.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council and Lane County showed they were willing to work together on the downtown landscape at last night’s joint meeting.

Defazio Won't Attend DNC, Protesting Superdelegates

Jul 10, 2016
http://defazio.house.gov/

Later this month, Democrats will gather in Philadelphia to formally nominate their presidential candidate. Oregon congressman Peter DeFazio is a superdelegate—he’s free to support any candidate. But, DeFazio will not attend the Democratic National Convention.

The Lane County Board of Commissioners wants more authority to challenge proposed ballot measures. Under current law, governments and citizens can challenge initiatives before they go to voters on what’s called the single-subject rule.

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