Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Rachael McDonald

About one thousand people gathered Sunday at the Eugene Federal Building to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entry into the United States.  this impromptu rally was one of many this weekend throughout the U.S.

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Dozens of anti-Trump protesters staked out a traffic intersection near the federal courthouse in Eugene, today.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Sabrina Parsons

Many Oregonians traveled to D.C. to participate in Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.

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This morning, Republican Donald Trump officially became the 45th President of the United States. KLCC’s Brian Bull gathered local reaction. 

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Oregonians Join Worldwide Women's March

Jan 18, 2017
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The day after Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. President, people around the world will participate in the “Women’s March.” It began as a rally in Washington D.C. The goal is to elevate the visibility of women and marginalized communities. There are now marches planned in more than 50 countries, and there’s at least one march in every state. In Oregon people have pledged to rally and march in cities like Florence, Newport, Bend, and Eugene.

Colleagues of former Eugene City Councilor Andrea Ortiz are remembering her for her compassion and leadership. Ortiz died Monday at age 59.

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Even in super blue state Oregon, there are Donald Trump supporters.  

Diann Morrison-Wilson

Among those attending Donald Trump’s inauguration in Washington is the Eugene woman who was his campaign manager in Lane County.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, she has high hopes for the Trump administration.  

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2016 was a busy year for the City of Springfield. Thursday night in her 7th State of the City address, Mayor Christine Lundberg talked about housing, economic growth, and infrastructure improvements. She also recognized local artists and businesses for their contributions to the City. KLCC’s Kyra Buckley was there.

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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is preparing to close its 11 branch libraries later this year. The board says it can no longer afford to fund the system.

Tiffany Eckert

Lucy Vinis took the oath of office last night (Monday) to become Eugene's 36th mayor. Before a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Hult Center, Mayor Vinis gave her first State of the City Address as outgoing Mayor Kitty Piercy and the city council looked on.  

Rachael McDonald

Board Chair Faye Stewart praised the work done by county public works staff dealing with winter weather in his state of Lane County address Monday.

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The City of Florence’s new Public Works Operations Facility gets underway later this morning.

Rachael McDonald

James Manning was sworn in Friday as Oregon State Senator for District 7. Manning was appointed by the Lane County Board of Commissioners to fill the seat vacated by Chris Edwards.

Greg Keene / Benton County

Benton County  Commissioners this week (12/20) officially declared themselves a “sanctuary” county.

On December 19, members of the Electoral College will cast the votes that actually decide who will be President of the United States. While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump received the majority of electoral votes, making him the winner of the general election. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert has this refresher on our national system of representation and how two electors plan to vote.

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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is joining a chorus of Congressional delegates concerned over alleged Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Rachael McDonald

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In the final month of a 12-year run as Mayor of Eugene, Kitty Piercy will share her experience as mayor of one of the largest cities in Oregon.

Rachael McDonald

The location and cost of a future Eugene City Hall is still in question as Councilors heard reports on different scenarios Monday evening.

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A coalition of labor, community, and health groups are calling on Oregon lawmakers to ensure residents’ basic rights and opportunities are protected under the Trump administration.

Rachael McDonald

A Coos County Judge says he can’t rule now on a proposed land swap involving the City of Eugene and Lane County. This is the latest in the saga involving Eugene City Hall.

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Two campaigns on the ballot this year in Washington state stood out for failing despite spending lots of money. One is Hillary Clinton’s. Her campaign raised twice as much as Donald Trump’s.
The other defeat hasn’t made big headlines. KUOW investigative reporter John Ryan brings us the story of Initiative 1464, the clean-elections initiative that big money couldn’t pass.

Brian Bull

The Southern Poverty Law Center says nearly 900 hate incidents -- including those its researchers have tracked against Trump supporters -- have been reported since the election, with 33 in Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’s a high rate given the state population.  

The recent election saw California and three other states join Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Four more states voted for medical cannabis, as well.

But the burgeoning cannabis industry has relied on an Obama Administration policy of tolerating state laws that regulate a drug that’s still federally illegal. With a new administration taking over in Washington DC, what does this mean for legal pot?

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During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump alternately embraced and bashed the media.  And many Trump followers criticized reporters, pushing Trump’s narrative that reporters were allied with Hillary Clinton, Democrats, and establishment Republicans.  

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Before Election Day, we talked with a University of Oregon journalism professor on the “Electionland” project, where social media reports on voter issues were checked and verified in real time.  KLCC's Brian Bull has this follow-up. 

Brian Bull

The contest for Eugene City Council Ward 1 finally has a winner.  Emily Semple pulled a slim margin of victory over Joshua Skov, with just over 50 percent of the vote.

Brian Bull

After a long night of uncertainty, the tight race for House District 14 is over…with Democrat Julie Fahey as the winner.

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