Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted 5 to 3 Wednesday not to build its new City Hall to withstand a major Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The plan is to build it to the minimum required under state law.

One of the things that makes the upcoming Oregon primary unusual is the fact that, for the first time, the state has three designated major parties on the ballot.

Let’s look at what the Independent Party of Oregon brings to this election.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The Cascadia subduction zone is likely to rupture sometime in the next 50 years causing major devastation to the northwest. Eugene leaders may decide this week whether to spend extra money to build the new City Hall to withstand an earthquake.

This has been – to put it mildly – an unusual presidential election season. And for the first time in many years, Oregon’s May 17th primary could actually make a difference in the outcome at both major party nominating conventions.

But now that the primary is suddenly relevant, a lot of people find themselves confused about how the process works.

Let’s sort it out, shall we?

Oregon is seeing a big increase in the number of Latinos applying for citizenship.  The main reason is the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Candidate Forum: Eugene City Council Ward 1

Apr 16, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Recorded on:  Friday, April 15 2016

Air Date: Monday, April 18 2016

Moderator: Angela Kellner

Candidates:
•    Chris Wig
•    Joshua Skov
•    Chad Anderson
•    Kelly Boyd
•    Emily Semple

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council voted Wednesday to sell city property to a developer that wants to put workforce housing downtown. But, the proposed 5-story project would interfere with KLCC’s air signal.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The price of Eugene’s new city hall keeps climbing. It’s almost $7 million over the original estimated budget and it hasn’t yet been built. The City Council got an update on the design at Monday’s work session.

KLCC

This is the second of eight scheduled forums intended to provide Lane County voters the opportunity to learn more about candidates running for several contested races in the May 17

Primary Election: Eugene Mayor; Eugene City Council, Ward 1; Lane County Commissioner, District 4 North Eugene; Oregon House District 14; Secretary of State; and Lane County District Attorney.

Fight Over GOP Delegates in Washington

Apr 8, 2016
Deborah Wang / KUOW

With the Republican presidential race still very much up in the air, the GOP primary in Washington state is more important than ever before. Republicans will be voting on May 24th. The results will determine how the state's 44 GOP delegates vote at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July – at least on the first ballot.

OSU Extension Services

Lane county residents can get tips on everything from canning to animal husbandry through Oregon State University Extension. That service requires funding.  A political action committee hopes to convince voters to approve a local option tax in the May Primary.

Passage of Ballot measure 20-239 would restore county funding to the Oregon State University Extension Service for the first time since 2010. Leigh Rieder is a Master Gardener who volunteers for the service. She says Extension programs benefit Lane County residents in very real ways.

City of Springfield

The Springfield City Council voted 4 to 1 Monday night to pass an ordinance that prohibits motorists from giving money or other items to panhandlers from their cars while in traffic. It does not offer exemptions for charitable organizations.

Tiffany Eckert

Candidate Forum: Lane County Commissioner, North Eugene & Lane County District Attorney

Rachael McDonald

The Bernie Sanders Presidential campaign opened its first Oregon headquarters in Eugene Saturday.

New Oregon Law Lets Recreational Users Buy Edibles

Mar 31, 2016

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that integrates Oregon’s medical and recreational marijuana programs.

The legislation allows dispensaries to sell edible marijuana products to recreational users.

Stephen Layton is the director of patient advising at Doctor Jolly’s in Bend. He’s glad the dispensary will soon be able to sell edible pot products.

"I don’t fear the overindulgence factor—people eating too much," Layton said. "We’re pretty programmed here in Oregon to give dosage warnings, things like that. It’s very much part of our culture already."

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley wants to help solve the affordable housing crisis. He was in Eugene Wednesday.

Oregon's primary election system is closed. That means only voters who have registered as members of a political party may participate in the nomination of candidates. As KLCC's Tiffany Eckert reports, elections officials want voters to check their registration status and party affiliation.

City of Kennewick

A southeast Washington city council member posted anti-Latino comments to his personal Facebook page last week. It followed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ visit to Yakima.

Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senator Bernie Sanders captured Washington State’s presidential delegates, Saturday, as Democrats caucused across the state.

Sanders had a wide lead over Hillary Clinton in the first results. At one precinct caucus in a South Seattle elementary school, Sanders had twice the number of supporters as Hillary Clinton, with four people undecided.

Thirteen months after he resigned the Oregon governorship, John Kitzhaber is going public again.

Kitzhaber said he will launch a Facebook page that he says will give him an opportunity to talk about public issues.

In his first extensive interview after his resignation, Kitzhaber told Oregon Public Broadcasting that he stayed quiet for more than a year while federal investigators probed allegations that fiance Cylvia Hayes used her position as first lady to win consulting work.

Senator Ron Wyden

A new bill introduced Thursday by Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer aims to improve access to the outdoors. The federal bill is called “Recreation Not Red Tape Act.”

Two bills approved during Oregon’s 2016 legislative session address sexual assault. One lifts the statute of limitation for first-degree sex crimes. The other puts procedures in place to process untested rape kits.

OPB

The number of registered voters statewide has increased dramatically, that’s according to new data released today  about the Oregon Motor Voter program.

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Marijuana Listening Tour Continues In Benton County

Mar 7, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Marijuana cultivation and distribution zoning laws aren't perfect in Benton County. Officials are in the middle of a listening tour in hopes of being able to craft changes that benefit businesses and residents. Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.

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The Oregon Legislature wrapped up this year's short session, Thursday, approving a last batch of bills dealing with housing, phasing out coal power, and raising the state's minimum wage.

Oregon Democrats left the short legislative session today (Thursday) with at least two policy changes to be happy about. Governor Kate Brown signed a law that will increase the state’s minimum wage over the next five years. And lawmakers were able to approve a bill that will phase out coal fired power plants by 2030. KLCC’s Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman.

Lehman: “That’s something that Democrats say will contribute to cleaner air, but Republicans say, ‘well, it will just jack up electricity rates, and coal power is going to stick around regardless of what Oregon does.’”

Should Oregon Tax Corporations?

Feb 22, 2016

Recorded on: February 19, 2016

Air Date: February 22, 2016

Rachael McDonald

Emily Semple is the latest to announce she’s running for the Eugene City Council Ward 1 seat being left vacant by George Brown. She kicked off her candidacy Tuesday in Kesey Square.

Oregon Department of Transportation

The Oregon House Monday approved a bill that would phase out coal and double renewable energy in the state.

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