Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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.

Auction.com

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.

gofundme

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

www.merkley.senate.gov

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.

Eugene Springfield Fire Merger Update

Jun 27, 2016

Recorded on: June 24th, 2016

Air Date: June 27th, 2016

Rep. DeFazio On The House Democrats’ Sit In

Jun 23, 2016
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici via Associated Press

Wednesday House Democrats spontaneously staged a sit in on the floor of Congress demanding a vote on gun control legislations. KLCC spoke with Oregon congressman and Democrat, Peter DeFazio, who joined his colleagues in protest.

Turtle Awards

Jun 20, 2016

Recorded on: June 17th, 2016

Air Date: June 20th, 2016

Every year since 1991, in a unique local tradition, the City Club of Eugene honors one or more civic leaders through the Turtle Award, for “sticking their necks out” to achieve an important goal. Turtle Award winners have demonstrated the strong beliefs, vision, and courage required to persevere in a risk-prone venture for the good of the whole community. Turtles are people who do what needs doing quietly, without fanfare or recognition.

Kitty Piercy

Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy traveled to China earlier this month to take part in a summit on climate change. She was one of 20 U.S. Mayors who were invited by the State Department.
Piercy says she was honored to take part in the summit, which included 40 Chinese mayors.

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Monday to use urban renewal funds for four downtown projects.

Corvallis City Club

The City of Corvallis now has proportionately more Democrats than the City of Eugene, recently edging out the larger city. It's been a big, although gradual change.

Senator Merkley

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visited the University of Oregon campus today (Tuesday). He spoke to constitutional law students about the Senate's refusal to hold hearings on the President's Supreme Court nominee. 


Cottage Grove To Vote On Local Pot Tax in November

May 25, 2016
istock

Voters in Cottage Grove could decide to tax marijuana sold in the city. Monday city councilors voted to place a 3-percent pot tax on the November ballot.

OSU Extension

Tuesday, Lane County voters approved a property tax levy for Oregon State University Extension by 70 percent.

Hood River County Voters Approve Water Bottling Ban

May 18, 2016

Hood River County voters have approved a ban on commercial water bottling, blocking a $50 million bottling plant Nestle wants to build in the Columbia River Gorge.

Early results showed 69 percent of county voters approving a measure that restricts the production and transportation of bottled water to less than 1,000 gallons a day from any Hood River County water source. That would effectively block Nestle’s plans to build a plant in Cascade Locks that would bottle more than 100 million gallons of water a year.

Tiffany Eckert

There were five candidates running for Eugene Mayor but it quickly came down to two. Elections results give Lucy Vinis the victory over closest competitor, Mike Clark. Early numbers showed (Tuesday) Vinis captured a majority of the votes, preventing a run-off in the general election.

Vinis celebrated with fellow Democrats at the Wild Duck in the University District in Eugene. The progressive candidate was happy with the turn-out.

Rachael McDonald

Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in the Oregon Primary Tuesday. But her supporters are confident she will be the Democratic Presidential nominee.

Rachael McDonald

As expected, presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump was the winner in Oregon's primary Tuesday.  Trump supporters gathered at a victory party in Eugene to watch returns.

Eugene Celebrates Sanders' Win In Oregon

May 17, 2016
Desmond O'Boyle

Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Oregon’s Democratic Presidential primary, Tuesday night. About 200 supporters celebrated at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene.

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