Politics & Government

Politics & Government

Melorie Begay

Politicians and activists from Oregon continue their efforts to try to pressure the federal government. They want to change how Immigration and Customs Enforcement processes incoming migrants at the U.S.-Mexico Border.

City of Corvallis

Businesses and residents in Corvallis are seeing a new fee on their utility bills this month. The money will go toward hiring more firefighters and police officers.

The fee was approved by Corvallis City Council and will cost the about $17 per month per single-family home. The city expects the new fees to bring in about four-and-a-half million dollars per year.

Courtesy of Marjorie Smith

A city council proposal could change the name of Washington-Jefferson Park to honor the man who helped create it.

National Parks Service

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is critical of President Trump’s plans to turn the festivities in Washington, D.C. into a rally with tanks and aircraft flyovers. 

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After reviewing 42 applicants and interviewing three finalists for its city manager position, the City of Springfield has decided to…keep looking.

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If House Democrats prevail, six years of President Trump’s tax returns may be disclosed. A lawsuit filed today seeks to enforce subpoenas, a move that Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports. 

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A Close the Camps rally was held in downtown Eugene on Tuesday as part of a national protest of the U.S. policy of detaining migrant children.


Instead of incarcerating refugee children from countries like Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio says the U.S. should invest in those countries to reduce violence and poverty. 

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Supporters of the Leaburg Fish Hatchery are celebrating after lawmakers gave the facility a last-minute reprieve this weekend.

Eugene Family YMCA

A legislative stalemate at the state Capitol threatens to delay construction of a new facility for the Eugene Family YMCA. The walkout by Republicans in the Oregon Senate is over a carbon emissions bill.


Both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have passed emergency spending bills to aid the ongoing humanitarian crises at the U.S.-Mexico Border. Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley voted against both.

Senator Floyd Prozanski

As the walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans continues, longtime Eugene Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanski says he thinks the tactic could signal a “new norm” for Oregon politics.

Senate Republicans have left the state in protest of a bill that would regulate carbon emissions. Their absence denies the majority Democrats a quorum, meaning the Senate can’t meet to vote on bills.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio wants Congress to check President Trump’s actions in regard to Iran. He reintroduced his War Powers bill which clarifies that under the constitution, Congress must authorize military force. 

John Thielking

Last week, the Eugene City Council passed an ordinance to fund community safety services with a payroll tax. Now, volunteers are gathering signatures to get the tax referred to voters.

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Oregonians could vote next year on whether to increase taxes on cigarettes and cigars. A legislative committee advanced a measure Tuesday that would hike the tobacco tax, and create a new tax on vaping products.

Emily David / Springfield Public Library

The Springfield City Council recently decided that it won’t ask voters to help fund a new library… yet.

Bureau of Land Management

The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to withdraw membership from a timber lobbying group. A new majority on the board has reversed a past trend.

Oregon voters could decide the fate of a new business tax during a special election in January. That’s according to an amendment approved Wednesday in the Senate Rules Committee.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon has joined the growing number of states that have agreed to award their Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes nationwide. It means Oregon could potentially give its seven Electoral College votes to someone who did not win the state.

The idea behind the multi-state compact is to prevent situations where the winner of the national popular vote does not become president. That’s happened twice in the past 20 years.

Tiffany Eckert

Eugene City Council heard public comment last night about a proposed ordinance revision that would allow property owners to remove people for trespassing in the planter spaces between the curb and the sidewalk.

Rachael McDonald

Monday night, the Eugene City Council voted 6-2 to approve a new payroll tax.

Oregon lawmakers have less than three weeks to finish their work during the current legislative session. With the clock counting down, they have a long list of items still on their agenda.

Chief among the unfinished work at the capitol are budget bills for most of the state’s largest agencies, including the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Department of Corrections. In Oregon, each agency gets its own separate two-year budget. There's no overarching budget bill that covers all functions of state government.

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County clerks in Oregon would face new limits on putting their names on elections materials under a bill approved Monday in the Oregon House.  Senate Bill 670 would prohibit elections officials from putting their name on things like ballot return envelopes and instructional materials sent to voters. The restriction would only apply when those officials are themselves on the ballot.

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The 2020 Census could undercount up to 32,000 minorities in Oregon, according to the nonpartisan think tank, Urban Institute. Latino and Hispanic populations are most at risk, fueling criticisms over the addition of a citizenship question. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden says he’s calling for a “grassroots juggernaut” to protect women’s access to abortion services.


Citizens voiced their concerns about a proposed payroll tax at a Eugene City Council public hearing on Tuesday night. It would fund police and fire services, the municipal court and prosecution, and prevention and homeless resources in the city.

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President Trump is not innocent of obstructing justice, and the Special Counsel who spent two years investigating him made that clear today, according to Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Lawmakers in Salem are considering a plan to potentially make money off the official seal of the state of Oregon.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Lane County Courthouse bond failed, 58% - 41% on Tuesday.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Recent abortion bans and restrictions in states like Alabama have fired up reproductive rights advocates across the U.S.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, activists in Eugene took part in protests today.