Politics & Government

Politics & Government

City of Eugene

On Monday evening, the Eugene City Council unanimously approved a ban on the sale and use of all fireworks within city limits South of 18th Avenue or East of Agate street. The ban extends through the remainder of 2021 and 2022.


Lincoln City Cultural Center

As Oregon lawmakers decide how to divy up $240 million in federal pandemic relief, one cultural institution on the coast is hoping that potential state funding doesn’t disappear twice in two years.


City of Eugene


Eugene City Councilors took a step toward a compromise with Northwest Natural Gas on their new right of way franchise agreement, Wednesday. A stalemate over carbon reduction goals led to the expiration of a previous agreement on May 11.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that could potentially allow cities and counties to more than triple their marijuana tax.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon legislative session will likely last well into next week, according to House Speaker Tina Kotek. The Portland Democrat spoke to reporters during a virtual press conference Monday afternoon.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

The 2021 legislative session is winding down and gaining momentum as lawmakers jockey for funding priorities in their districts. And this week, legislators might expel one of their own members. We get an update from KLCC's Chris Lehman.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon House voted Tuesday to delay the rollout of the state’s new paid family leave program.

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Days before he allowed right-wing demonstrators into the locked state Capitol, Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman told a gathering of citizens he would let them into the building if they texted him, a new video suggests.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon Senate Thursday voted down a bill that would have required homeowners associations to allow residents to grow gardens, raise hens, and keep bees.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

It may seem like election season never ends if you’ve caught some warring ads on local TV focused on Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio. The Democrat from Springfield said he was targeted by a GOP PAC.

City of Eugene



Eugene City Councilors will consider a ban on the use, and eventual sale of fireworks in parts of the city to mitigate wildfire risk in the South Hills.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon Employment Department says it won’t be able to roll out a new program for paid family leave in time to meet a legislative deadline.


North Lincoln Fire and Rescue District.

Voters in Lincoln County turned down tax levies to fund three fire districts in Tuesday’s election.


May 18, 2021 Special Election Results

May 18, 2021
Melorie Begay / KLCC

Here are some of the results of Tuesday's special election. Statewide voter turnout was about 25% Click here for more.

Rachael McDonald

Officials are reminding registered voters in Lane County, who have not cast their ballots yet, to submit them to official drop box sites after Wednesday. Mailed ballots sent after May 12 might not arrive in time for the May 18 Special Election.

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Eugene City Council Monday heard the results of a community engagement effort on public safety priorities.


Three Eugene City Councilors woke Monday morning to find anti-police graffiti sprayed on their homes.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a measure that would penalize attempts to mislead voters by giving out false information about election dates and ballot deadlines.


Lane Community College

Four seats will be decided in the upcoming elections on May 18th for the Lane Community College Board. 


Karen Richards

Bethel School Board in Eugene has four positions up for election on the May 18th ballot. One of which is contested.



Springfield School District

Three Springfield School Board seats are up for election on May 18th. Eight candidates are vying for two of the seats. 



Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon lawmakers could decide to continue to allow remote testimony, even after the pandemic.


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Douglas County voters have the opportunity to dissolve two districts and form a joint authority for water and sewer services this special election.  


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Senate Bill 554 requires gun owners to securely store their weapons when not in use, and will ban possession of guns in the state Capitol and Portland International Airport. It paves the way for public schools and universities to enact their own bans.

Karen Richards

Voters turned down a Lane Fire Authority levy last November. Advocates hope a smaller levy and better messaging will help them pass a property tax increase May 18th.

Brian Bull, Alek Skarlatos campaign website / KLCC

Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio could be facing a familiar challenger in next year’s election.


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The push to improve water systems and safety for Native American tribes has cleared the U.S. Senate.

Oregon Will Get A 6th Congressional Seat

Apr 26, 2021
Brian Bull

Following a decade of robust population growth, Oregon will receive a new congressional seat for the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Census Bureau announced on Monday.

Program Date: April 16, 2021

Air Date: April 19, 2021

From The City Club of Eugene:

Mayor Lucy Vinis will update the community on a few of the critical issues facing Eugene. KLCC’s News Director Rachael McDonald will lead the discussion, with a focus on four questions:

  • What is the City doing about the issue of homelessness?

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a bill that would require gun owners to keep their weapons locked up when not in use.