Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Lane County announced Thursday that all county employees and volunteers must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by Nov. 30. Those who miss the deadline could face provisional layoffs.

Dawn Lesley

The spring of 2022 may seem far away, but Eugene resident Dawn Lesley is eyeing the May primary election. She’s filed to run for Lane County Commissioner, position one.

City Club of Eugene

Speakers: Lyllye Reynolds-Parker, Civil Rights Activist and Educator; Vera Keller, Associate Professor  of History, University of Oregon; and Joel Iboa, Oregon Just Transition Alliance

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The Roseburg Fire Department announced Thursday, they may have to intermittently close one of their fire stations due to COVID-19 related staffing shortages.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other state officials say they're determined to get students back in the classroom this year. They’re asking for the public’s help to curb COVID-19 by following recommended advisories. 

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Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio received the Wayne Morse Historical Park Corporation Integrity in Politics Award Wednesday.


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Oregon’s newest state representative took the oath of office Wednesday.

Oregon Grapevine host Barbara Dellenback and Oregon State Representative Julie Fahey talk about life as a Legislator outside of the Session. They cover constituent services, what to read to keep up to date, relationships across party lines, and touch on several issues of importance to Oregonians.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners passed a motion on Tuesday banning fireworks in unincorporated areas during fire season.

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With the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban has quickly overrun the Middle Eastern nation.

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U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis pedaled through town today to promote bikes as an alternative to motor vehicles.

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Catholic Community Services of Lane County's Refugee and Immigration program says they’re prepared to help any incoming Afghan refugees. 

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Creswell’s mayor has stepped down. In a letter, Amy Knudsen didn’t give a reason, though her resignation follows citations issued against several organizers of an unpermitted 4th of July parade, and a protest held outside her home weeks later. 

Gov. Kate Brown Defends School Mask Mandate

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown wrote a letter to school superintendents and board members throughout the state Monday, standing by her decision to require face coverings in K-12 classrooms and asking for their cooperation.

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden says he’s confident Congress will ultimately pass a pair of big-ticket spending bills, despite some curve balls thrown at the plan by a group of moderate Democrats.


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Former Douglas County Commissioner Christine Goodwin was appointed Thursday to serve the remainder of state representative Gary Leif’s term, who died of cancer last month.

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U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh came to Springfield today to highlight President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.  This followed the Senate’s passage of a sweeping infrastructure bill.

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A report from an oversight board found Eugene’s Community Safety Initiative is meeting its objective.

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A plan for bolstering local news was recently introduced by several U.S. Senators, including Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden. 

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Voters in Newport will decide this fall whether to create a sales tax on restaurant food, as well as an increase in the city’s gas tax.


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Former Oregon state Rep. Michael Nearman pleaded guilty Tuesday to official misconduct, after opening the Oregon Capitol to far-right demonstrators last year.

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The House select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection is holding its first hearing. The committee has been plagued with partisan conflict but is pushing forward to investigate the events leading up to and during the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Watch the hearing live.

Provided by the Coquille Tribe.

Note: This update clarifies the memorial service date as Saturday, September 25th.  An earlier version of this story incorrectly referenced July 25th. KLCC regrets the error.   

The chief of the Coquille Indian Tribe has died.  Don Ivy had been battling cancer for the past seven months before passing away at the age of 70 Monday night. 


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Oregon state Rep. Gary Leif, R-Roseburg, has died.


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At a Board meeting on Tuesday, July 13, commissioners discussed a potential fireworks ban that would be automatically triggered when fire season is declared. The aim is to address fire danger.



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Tribes that run child support agencies may soon get help collecting past-due child support.  KLCC has the latest on a bill sponsored by Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden and South Dakota Republican John Thune.


Changes to Eugene Police Department policies and procedures are the focus of a public forum on July 19.

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Oregon’s newest state representative took the oath of office at the Oregon Capitol Monday.

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With little fanfare, the Oregon state Capitol re-opened to the public Monday after a 16-month closure due to the pandemic.


At the end of June, the Oregon legislature adjourned after a productive session that began in January. Legislators survived more than the usual amount of drama while producing some remarkable outcomes for the people of Oregon. Choosing this year to stay and fight for their positions, two Republicans now face recall votes in their districts for contributing to the quorum that allowed contentious votes to happen.