Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Karen Richards

Governor Brown praised Lane County’s excellence in “brews, brains and lumber” in her address to the City Club Friday afternoon. She presented goals for this year’s 35-day legislative session, which begins February 3rd.

The Governor’s two priorities for the session are addressing climate change and the threat of wildfires. To build buy-in from Republicans, who left Oregon last year to protest the cap and trade legislation, she toured the state. Brown says, “We took their concerns and made modifications in the bill. Two arenas, number one transportation, secondly manufacturing.” 

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The Eugene City Council announced Wednesday they’ll pilot new rules during public forums beginning January 27. The changes are aimed at increasing equity and accessibility, while ensuring council has time to conduct business.

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Oregon U.S. Representatives Peter DeFazio and Suzanne Bonamici visited the U.S. border with Mexico this weekend with members of the Hispanic Congressional caucus.


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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress. Each day of the trial will stream through this player as proceedings begin. At the conclusion of the trial, senators are expected to vote on whether Trump should be removed from office.

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The cities of Eugene and Springfield celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with marches that attracted hundreds of participants at both events. In Eugene, the local NAACP chapter centered their event on women’s suffrage.

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As election season approaches, minority groups may feel discouraged to go to the polls. KLCC’s Elizabeth Gabriel sat down with LaTosha Brown, the co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, to discuss the importance of community members using their right to vote.

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About 100 people crowded Eugene’s Ferry Street Bridge area Saturday afternoon. They were split between supporters of President Trump, and his critics.

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In 2017, Eugene joined the first national Women’s March in defiant protest of President Trump’s inauguration. It attracted 7,000 marchers. This year around 40 people showed up on Saturday.

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The House of Representatives is taking the formal step of voting to transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate, which will hold a trial. After the vote, the articles are physically brought to the Senate. Watch the proceedings live.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is announcing who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate trial. Watch the press conference live.

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Eyes are on Iowa as the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates gather there for the seventh debate. The Iowa caucuses take place in less than three weeks. It's the first contest of the primary.

Mike Eyster for Springfield Mayor on Facebook

A retired University or Oregon administrator has filed to run for Mayor of Springfield in the May 2020 primary.

Tiffany Eckert

Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg faced a standing room crowd last night (Monday) to present the 2020 State of the City Address. While she lauded the success of multiple city projects, departments and partners in 2019--the mayor’s message had a strong focus on the future.

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Oregon lawmakers are returning to the state capitol starting Monday, January 13, for a final round of meetings before the 2020 legislative session kicks off next month.

Karen Richards

Each of Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis’s State of the City addresses has discussed housing and homelessness. Vinis highlighted those topics again Wednesday night, noting that several plans developed in 2019 will take shape in 2020. 

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Corvallis is in good shape, but not without its challenges. That was the message Wednesday from Mayor Biff Traber during his annual State of the City address.

Rachael McDonald

After a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general last week, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio said the country is on the precipice of war with Iran. He is seeking to limit President Trump’s war powers.

Rachael McDonald

In his State of the County address Monday, Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson highlighted the ongoing challenge of homelessness. He also lauded some accomplishments from the past year.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden wrapped up a series of town halls across the state over the weekend. He stopped by KLCC to talk about world, national, and local issues.

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A new task force for Lane County’s 70 parks needs community members.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio was the only member of the state’s delegation who voted against the new trade deal with Canada and Mexico this week.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio joined his Democratic colleagues in the House this week in voting in favor of the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He says his investigation into the Trump Hotel may lead to more articles of impeachment. 


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The House of Representatives debates and votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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Hundreds of locals gathered outside the Wayne Morse Federal Courthouse Tuesday night, to voice their support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Last May, voters largely rejected a bond measure that would’ve helped fund a new Lane County Courthouse. Now as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials are pushing for public feedback ahead of a renewed effort. 

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The House Judiciary Committee votes on articles of impeachment against President Trump.

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The House Judiciary Committee is considering two articles of impeachment against President Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Watch as the panel debates and then votes on the allegations.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Councilor Betty Taylor announced Monday she won’t run again in 2020. The 94-year-old shared the news at the start of the evening work session.

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The House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing December 4th, to determine next steps regarding President Trump’s alleged abuse of power.  If articles of impeachment are drafted, a Senate trial will likely happen in early 2020.

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Recently, Eugene City Mayor Lucy Vinis and EPD Chief Chris Skinner came to KLCC to discuss a number of topics with reporter Brian Bull, including the formation of Wake Up Eugene, a group of more than a hundred business owners frustrated with vandalism, litter, and harassment committed by transients across the downtown. The conversation detailed work being done on tackling homelessness in Lane County, the distinction between "homelessness" and "lawlessness", and how progress is faring on some long-term strategies, including the TAC report.

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