Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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November 3rd is when Oregonians move the clock back an hour. But what’s that?  Didn’t the legislature and governor nix Daylight Saving Time this year?  As KLCC’s Brian Bull explains, yes…and no.

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The Oregon-Washington Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on the reclassification of public domain lands in Oregon. A recent environmental assessment report found no significant impact related to the transition.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 5 p.m. PT. Follow this live blog as NPR reporters are posting context and analysis in real time.


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Since 2017, the City of Springfield has proclaimed October 14 as Indigenous Peoples Day. This year, the city raised the flags of two of Oregon's nine federally recognized tribes. The flags, from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, were gifted to the city.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County Commissioners hope to try again to convince voters to support a bond to fund a new courthouse in Eugene. The first attempt was rejected last May.

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The University of Oregon’s Sustainable City Year Program (SCYP) is recognizing 10 years of offering solutions to cities and communities across Oregon. This year, SCYP will partner with the Lane Transit District to explore projects like climate responsive design, bike shares, and tourism.

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An event soliciting input on how the State of Oregon can best serve its elderly residents wrapped up today.

The Governor’s Commission on Senior Services met in downtown Eugene, to discuss issues that could affect the state’s aging population as it continues to grow.

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The Port of Newport says it can save millions of dollars by refinancing two long-term bonds.

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The National Rifle Association’s dealings with Russia have been solely for the benefit of its leaders, according to a Senate report issued by Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden

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“Expect the unexpected” in any impeachment process going forward, says U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.

Rachael McDonald

While his colleagues move ahead on impeachment proceedings against President Trump, Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio is leading a separate investigation. It has to do with the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. 


Oregon’s only Republican member of Congress, Greg Walden, says the impeachment process hasn’t begun the way it should.

FOOD for Lane County

A proposed federal rule change would result in thousands of Oregonians losing *eligibility for food stamp benefits. During a public comment period, Lane County advocates responded to the feds with disapproval of the changes.

Lebanon Fire District

The Lebanon Fire District is asking voters this November to approve a bond that would pay for a new fire station and five new fire trucks. The district says the bond would cost the average homeowner about $31 a year. The bulk of the money would go toward replacing the 44-year-old main fire station at 1050 W. Oak Street.

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Sandi Mann is among three people who have so far filed to run for the Lane County Board of Commissioners position 3 in May. 

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A political newcomer will be challenging longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio in the Democratic primary in May. Doyle Canning of Eugene launched her campaign for the 4th District Seat on the House of Representatives on Saturday.

Rachael McDonald

On Friday, people around the world plan to march and rally to call for action on climate change. There are Global Climate Strikes planned in Eugene, Corvallis, Cottage Grove and other Oregon cities. 

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A tenant rights advocate and member of two budget committees is running for Eugene City Council, Ward One.

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Another candidate has filed to run for a seat on the Lane County Board of County Commissioners. South Eugene district voters can expect to see Joel Iboa's name on their ballots in May. 

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Oregon lawmakers will return to the Capitol Monday for the first time since June. It's the first round of “Legislative Days” since the whirlwind closing days of the 2019 legislative session.

U.S. House of Representatives

Thursday was the first day that Oregon candidates could file to run in the May primary. Among the dozens of office-seekers throwing their name in the ring was longtime Congressman Peter DeFazio.

Rachael McDonald

Laurie Trieger filed Thursday to run for the district 3 seat on the Board of Lane County Commissioners. The incumbent, Pete Sorenson, has decided not to run for re-election in 2020.


Oregon data shows a declining number of registered voters who identify with either of the two major political parties.  It's a trend that the data shows steadily trickling downward since at least 2016.

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The City of Eugene is hosting its final event Thursday, September 12th seeking community input about the future of the downtown Parks Blocks.


Recorded On: September 6, 2019

Air Date: September 9, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

With the 2020 census soon approaching, state legislatures and local governments will be redrawing districts to ensure population equality.  Politics can and often does influence this process. Manipulation of political boundaries is on the minds of many people in the politically charged environment leading up to the November 2020 election.

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A citizen member of Eugene’s budget committee and former legislative aide to State Representative John Lively has officially kicked off his bid for Eugene City Council, Ward 8.

31-year-old Ryan Moore studied political science at the University of Oregon, and volunteers with the Democratic Party of Lane County.  He says if elected, he’ll tackle several problems, starting with homelessness. 

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While Eugene’s City Manager is retiring next month, Jon Ruiz says he’s not going away and plans to keep involved with local initiatives.

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The City Manager of Eugene will be stepping down after 11 years.  In a press release sent today, Jon Ruiz says it’s the “right time” to begin a new season.

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Oregon’s foster care system has more than a few issues, according to last year’s Secretary of State’s audit of the Department of Human Services. However, Looking Glass’ Regional Crisis Center in Eugene is trying to help children struggling in their home environment.

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Oregon is one of five states that allows unlimited donations to state campaigns. The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled political giving is protected by the state constitution.