Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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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

Recorded on: December 9, 2016

Air Date: December 12, 2016

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.

Rachael McDonald

A measure that supporters say would have saved Douglas County Libraries failed to pass in Tuesday’s election. Measure 10-145 would have created a special funding district to finance the library system.

Rachael McDonald

Hundreds of South Eugene High School students walked out of class today [Wednesday] in protest of the election of Donald Trump as President. They rallied at the University of Oregon and then marched to Kesey Square.

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Dennis Richardson has become the first Republican voted to statewide office in Oregon in 14 years. Democrats held onto the governor’s mansion, Attorney General, and State Treasurer.

But not Secretary of State. Dennis Richardson learned he won that race as he was preparing to leave the stage at the Salem Convention Center.

Brian Bull

Many local Republicans excitedly watched Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency yesterday. Nearly 80 people gathered in the Vet’s Club in Eugene, to watch FOX News' coverage of Election Night.

As of last night, the contest for House District 14 was still up in the air.  Democrat Julie Fahey held a narrow lead over Republican Kathy Lamberg, who was among those at the watch party. 

Tiffany Eckert

“Too close to call”: that was a phrase heard throughout the night at the Democratic watch party in downtown Eugene.

In their run off race, Joshua Skov and Emily Semple, both Democrats, ran neck and neck for Ward 1 Eugene City Council seat. Skov says the closeness of the race reflects how similar they are as candidates.

Skov: “I’m really hoping that Eugene can be much more of a model of unity. You know, we wanna fight for our candidate, fight for our agenda but we really need to remember that we are, at the end of the day, neighbors.”

Melanie Hyers

Congressman Peter DeFazio took to the stage at the Lane County Democratic watch party last night to assure the crowd that regardless of the outcome of the presidential election, the Democratic Party will not let them down.

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With Oregon ballot Measure 98 passing by a wide margin, supporters in Eugene celebrated Tuesday night.

As results come in tonight across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

As you scroll through the live blog, come back to the top to find new stories that have been posted since you visited the page. Get a more in-depth look at each one of these races by clicking the “View Results” link in the top right of the blog.

Brian Bull

The Secretary of State says, as of Monday, more than half of Oregonians who are eligible to vote in the Tuesday election have cast their ballots.

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Tuesday is Election Day, when many Americans will cast their vote and watch the returns. A national initiative called Electionland will be underway, watching the voters.   KLCC's Brian Bull talked with one of the project coordinators, University of Oregon journalism professor Damian Radcliffe. 

Brian Bull

Tomorrow, all the candidates’ speeches, debates, ads, and spending are put to the test.  But while the campaigns themselves are wrapped up, a major Election Day project will be shifting into high gear.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on “Electionland”.  

A bit of covert political sleight of hand has made a pair of legislative races in south central Oregon the focus of attention this election season. JPR’s Liam Moriarty sorts out who’s who in the oddest of this year’s legislative races.

Schools are on the Oregon ballot in a big way this year.

The corporate tax initiative, Measure 97, would raise billions — much of it for schools. Scan down a little further and Measure 98 would direct state funding to high school programs for dropout prevention, college readiness and career training. It would not raise taxes, but it is raising concerns among some educators.

 

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When Oregonians vote in the November election, they’re likely to find a marijuana-related measure. Many cities and counties are asking voters if they want to add a 3 percent local tax to the state tax on recreational marijuana sales. Others, including Douglas County, currently prohibit marijuana sales. They’re asking voters if they want to allow pot dispensaries.

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A federal program that aims to return land on Indian reservations to tribal control is expected to run short.  But at least one Oregon tribe says it’s unlikely to be affected.  KLCC’S Brian Bull reports.  

  

Rachael McDonald

With less than a week to go before Election Day, Lane County Clerk Cheryl Betschart recommends (as of Thursday) voters hand-deliver their ballots to official drop sites instead of putting them in the mail.

Rachael McDonald

Springfield voters are considering a 3-cent gas tax in the November election. The funds will be used to repair the city’s streets.

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