elections

Politics & Government
7:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Despite Vow, Wash. Lands Chief Takes Timber Money

A fundraiser for Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), at which Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark were scheduled to speak.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

Fundraising for this November's elections is kicking into high gear. That means candidates are cozying up to people with money. Sometimes, elected officials even get friendly with the companies they regulate.

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Politics & Government
7:39 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Oregon Secretary of State Website Still Not Fully Functioning Two Weeks After Being Hacked

After being hacked more than two weeks ago, the website for the Oregon Secretary of State's Office is still not fully functional. According to the state, the computer hacking was allegedly perpetrated by foreign entities. Law enforcement is investigating. The site is undergoing emergency repairs.

Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains what's been affected.

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Civic Organizations
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

League of Women Voters Faces Dwindling Membership

Election Ballot Counting.
Credit Liam Moriarty

The League of Women Voters has been a fixture of elections for nearly a hundred years, organizing candidate forums and promoting voter participation across the country. Now, especially in rural areas, changing times mean those familiar civic programs are in danger of disappearing.

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Public Radio's Best
3:01 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Governor Barbara Roberts On Up The Capitol Steps

Former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts speaks on her new book, Up the Capitol Steps: A Women's March to the Governorship. She tells us the story of her rise to power, beginning as a school board member, to Secretary of State, to Oregon's first female Governor.

Her talk was recorded at the University of Oregon on October 23, 2013. It was sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

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November 2013 Elections
7:20 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Lincoln County Voters To Decide Whether To Keep The Partisan In Politics

Credit Lincoln County

As politics in Washington, DC have become increasingly partisan and dysfunctional, one county in Oregon could potentially move the opposite direction.   

On Election Day, November 5th, residents of Lincoln County will decide whether to change the way they elect their county commissioners.  

Currently commissioners in Lincoln County run partisan races – meaning they declare their candidacy as a Republican, Democrat or another political party.  If challenged within that party, they go through primary elections, and then move to the general ballot.

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November 2013 Election
7:59 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

River Road Park Seeks Voter Support For Operating Levy

Oregonians will be considering a relatively thin ballot in the coming weeks, dominated by local measures.

In Eugene, voters in the 4000 households in the River Road Park and Recreation District will decide whether to continue supporting their community center.  

The River Road Park and Recreation District covers about 8 square miles in north Eugene. The district's original tax base eroded over the past few decades as the City of Eugene annexed properties in the area.  

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Food
1:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Local Food Ordinance One Step Closer to Lane County Ballot

Local produce at the Lane County Farmers Market.
Credit Rachael McDonald

A group called "Support Local Food Rights" is one step closer to placing a measure on the November 2014 ballot in Lane County. Their initiative would restrict Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, from being planted in the county.

The group's original ballot measure for its "Local Food System Ordinance" was rejected by the County Clerk because it addressed more than one subject.
Kneeland: "We're very excited that we've worked in cooperation with the county to submit an initiative that has been approved for the single subject rule."

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Drivers Licences
7:34 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Controversy Continues Over Granting Driver's Licenses to Undocumented in Oregon

Members of Oregonians for Immigration Reform collect ballot signatures at a Milwaukie parking lot.
Credit Oregonians for Immigration Reform.

Next to immigration reform, Latino advocates in Oregon say the second most important issue in their community is undocumented immigrants being allowed to drive legally. Currently they can't, but a new state law—set to take effect in January—would allow it. A group that aims to stop the law from taking hold and refer the question to voters, faces a deadline this Friday.

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May 2014 Elections
7:28 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Two Lane County Incumbents Will Run Again in 2014

Eugene City Councilor George Poling
Credit City of Eugene

Filing opened earlier in September for candidates hoping to run for local office.  There was a smattering of activity, but the only incumbent to declare candidacy early on was Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart.

Now two more incumbents have made it official.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling says he will run for a fourth term.  Poling represents Ward 4 – northeast Eugene – and currently serves on the LTD–EMX Steering committee and the Travel Lane County Committee. 

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Marijuana Legalization
7:44 am
Tue September 24, 2013

One Way Or Another, Oregonians Could Vote On Pot Legalization Next Year

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon is in the running to legalize marijuana. Supporters are gathering signatures for a pair of initiatives to allow pot for recreational purposes. But here’s something that hasn’t happened in any other state: Oregon lawmakers are actually thinking seriously about taking on the issue.

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