Politics & Government

Politics & Government

The federal government entered a partial shutdown at midnight Friday, raising a lot of questions.

Here's a rundown on what to expect in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Q: How much will the average person notice this shutdown?

If you’re not a federal employee — or the family member of one — it may not affect your daily life. If you get Social Security, your check should continue to arrive in the mail. Federal screeners and flight controllers will still be working at airports, so planes will be flying as usual.

Recorded On: January 19, 2018

Air Date: January 22, 2018

President Trump’s December 2017 announcement to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem rocked the holy city and the world. Today we hear from three speakers that add perspective to the issue.

Recorded On: January 19, 2018

Air Date: January 22, 2018

President Trump’s December 2017 announcement to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem rocked the holy city and the world. Today we hear from three speakers that add perspective to the issue.

Briana Friden

Thousands of people joined the 2nd annual Women’s March in Eugene Saturday. The crowd’s overwhelming mood was anti- President Trump.

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The January 23rd Special Election is next week. Lane County election officials say as of today they’ve received 69,941 ballots.

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A prominent African-American politician and analyst was in Eugene yesterday. Nina Turner discussed Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy in Trump-era America. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden is optimistic Congress will pass a spending bill by Friday, and avoid a government shutdown.

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Oregon’s U.S. Senator, Ron Wyden, is condemning President Trump’s profane description of several nations.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports (ADVISORY: The offensive word is used in this story.)

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Eugene voters may have two auditor measures to choose from on the May ballot. The Eugene City Council this week agreed to consider a proposal that would be alternative to Measure 20-283.

A group of Eugene residents has asked the City Council to consider a proposal for a city auditor. They’re hoping to place it on the May ballot as an alternative to measure 20-283.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is installing “smart” parking meters downtown where parking has been free.

Tiffany Eckert

Starting her 8th year as Springfield Mayor, Christine Lundberg wanted to do something different. So she “hit the road” to give her annual State of the City address at multiple locations. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked Mayor Lundberg to explain why.

Lane County

In the annual State of the County address, Lane County Board of Commissioners Chair Pat Farr called 2017 a year of stabilization and progress.

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Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis gave her State of the City address tonight, following her first full year in office. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a fair portion of her speech exemplified the political differences between her administration and that in Washington D.C.

Congressman Peter DeFazio

As 2017 winds down, KLCC’s Rachael McDonald checked in with Oregon’s 4th District Congressman Peter DeFazio. She started by asking him about the G-O-P tax bill which President Donald Trump signed last week. DeFazio calls the bill partisan revenge against Democratic states like Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

The Douglas County Library in Roseburg has been closed since June first. But an agreement between the city and county is expected to help restore library services in Roseburg.

Greg Walden is the only Republican member of Congress from Oregon. But he is now arguably this Democratic state’s most powerful figure in Washington. And in the tumultuous first year of the Trump presidency, he’s sticking closely to his party.

Karen Richards

Is home what our passport says, where our heart is, or something else? The title of our immigration series is “Borders, Migration and Belonging.” Here, we explore what it means to belong to a place. 

Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET

"I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," President Trump said in a controversial address from the White House on Wednesday afternoon. He also directed the State Department to "begin preparation to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem."

City of Corvallis

The City of Corvallis is seeking public input in how it should grow in the future.  Thursday (11/30) is the deadline for an online survey on land use policies.

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Representative Peter DeFazio calls the GOP tax overhaul one of the meanest-spirited bills he’s ever seen in his years in Congress. The bill passed the house last week along party lines.

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State Senator James Manning is running again.  The Eugene Democrat’s re-election campaign formally kicked off this weekend. 

Recorded On: November 17, 2017

Air Date: November 20, 2017

What is the appropriate balance between the risks to the public from firearms and the individual right to bear arms? With two of the four deadliest mass shootings in United States history occurring in the past six weeks, the gun debate has been reignited and has many people talking about where the balance of individual rights vs. public safety should lie.

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President Donald Trump nominated Interim U.S. Attorney Billy Williams on Friday to be Oregon's top federal law enforcement official in the state.

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Now into their ninth month, the group Indivisible Eugene continues with weekly protests against Donald Trump, about a year after the real estate tycoon and reality TV star won the presidency.  

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The House GOP’s tax plan would negatively affect Oregon more than any other state, according to both a financial media group and a Portland-based think tank. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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Sales of marijuana in the small Lane County city of Creswell remain banned.

A Springfield jail and police levy appears to have been approved in Tuesday’s special election, by about 68 percent. It is a levy of $1.40 per $1,000 assessed value for five years beginning in July 2018. The levy is a renewal which funds the municipal jail and city police.

Chris Lehman

By a wide margin, voters in Douglas County rejected an attempt to transform their government. As of Tuesday night, the Home Rule Charter measure was failing by 15,000 votes.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Eugene locals gathered today in front of the Federal Court House to protest gun violence in the United States, following the fatal Texas shooting earlier this week. 

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