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Politics & Government

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.

Lane County

Lane County Commissioners have dropped plans to place a public safety levy on the May 17th ballot. The proposal would have funded more sheriff patrols in the rural communities west of Eugene.

Normally, if you do a job, you expect to be properly paid for it. But many workers aren’t given the compensation they’re legally due. One study estimated more than a quarter of low-wage workers were paid less than the legal minimum wage. Another found nearly 90 percent of fast food employees weren’t paid what they were entitled to.

Now, workers’ advocates and Democratic lawmakers in Oregon are pushing to crack down on what they call wage theft.

Matt Howry / Flickr

The Oregon Legislature began its 35-day special session Monday, Feb. 1. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have different ideas about what this short session should and should not try to accomplish.

Tony McCown

Tony McCown has filed to run for Lane County Commissioner. He’ll face incumbent Pat Farr in the May 17th primary, in the race for the North Eugene board seat.

The question of whether a contractor providing services to local government is subject to Oregon public records laws went before a Lane County Circuit Judge Monday. The case has to do with a request for information about the euthanizing of dogs and cats at 1st Avenue Shelter in Eugene.

Merkley Talks Retirement Plans For Small Businesses

Jan 29, 2016
Desmond

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley stopped by the Falling Sky Delicatessen in Eugene, Friday, to discuss retirement savings plans for small businesses.

Matt Howry / Flickr

Correspondent Chris Lehman talks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about the legislative session that begins February 1st in Salem.

Rachael McDonald

Mike Clark has declared his candidacy for Mayor of Eugene. The city councilor made the announcement at a press conference Tuesday.

Kyra Buckley

Running what she calls a “people –powered” campaign, Green Party presidential candidate—Dr. Jill Stein—has been spending a lot of her time stumping. Along the campaign trail, she stopped by the KLCC studios to talk with Tiffany Eckert about her reasons for joining the race and why Americans should embrace a third-party system.
 

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