Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio is among those blasting President Trump, for tweeting a video that makes a Muslim Congresswoman appear dismissive of the 9-11 attacks.

Recorded on: April 12, 2019

Air Date: April 15, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Lucy Vinis, Eugene’s mayor joins us once again as she enters her third year of office.  In her State of the City Address on January 3rd she outlined four major priorities:

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The state of Oregon wants to make sure all of its residents are counted during next year’s census. Gov. Kate Brown kicked off the efforts Monday at the state capitol.

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It’s been almost 150 years since the Modoc War ended in 1873. The conflict began when Indigenous leaders resisted forced removal by the federal government. If passed, a new resolution in the state legislature would commemorate Modoc casualties

City of Corvallis

Voters in Corvallis approved the city’s first ever Urban Renewal District during a special election this month. The district includes a section of the city known as South Corvallis. 

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Lane County voters will decide in May whether to fund a newcourthouse. The Elections office certified ballot title language formeasure 20-299 this week.

Recorded On: March 8, 2019

Air Date: March 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Public opinion surveys in Oregon, as well as nation-wide, have consistently shown strong bipartisan support for limiting political campaign contributions and increasing transparency requirements for big donors. Although there is a super majority of public support, Oregon’s Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that voter-passed campaign finance reforms violate Oregon’s constitution.


House Democrats  Friday introduced a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration on border security. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Springfield Democrat Peter DeFazio.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council will consider a proposed payroll tax to fund expanded public safety. The tax would be paid by employers and employees and generate an estimated $22.8 million a year.

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The head of a Latino support group in Eugene says he’s troubled by President Trump’s national emergency declaration to secure border wall funds.

Recorded On: February 8, 2019

Air Date: February 11, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Since it began in 1990, City Club of Eugene has been led by 30 presidents.  Eight of them will share their insights about the founding and early history of the club and how it has evolved over the years.  They will talk about the achievements and disappointments during their presidencies.  More importantly, they will explain what they think City Club means to Eugene and what they would like to see in the City Club of tomorrow.


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U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has introduced legislation to legalize marijuana at the federal level.

Oregon Secretary of State

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson says he is scaling back his work schedule even more as he continues cancer treatments.

Oregon Lawmakers Will Hit Road To Sell Cap-And-Trade

Feb 5, 2019

The cap-and-trade bill introduced in Salem last week could be one of the more divisive bills this Legislative session. The bill would force Oregon’s top polluters to pay for the greenhouse gases they emit, and it would gradually decrease how many emissions are allowed. 

Oregon Democrats Push Rent Control

Feb 5, 2019

Democratic legislative leaders are pushing a measure that could make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control. 


At the State of the Union Address Tuesday, Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley plans to send a message on immigration policy--specifically the practice of child separation. Merkley will bring two guests, a mother and daughter, who were separated at the southern border in spring of 2018.

Lane County

Lane County voters will likely be asked to help fund a new courthouse in the May special election. The county is considering a $158 million bond measure.

Recorded On: January 25, 2019

Air Date: January 28, 2019

Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber explores moving beyond polarization and the type of political tribalism that is undermining efforts to come together to meet shared challenges such as an adequate and fair tax revenue system in the state.  Kitzhaber, the longest serving governor in Oregon, known for his common sense approaches to systemic problems, such as delivery and cost of healthcare, speaks on Rebuilding Community – Moving Beyond “New Tribalism.”

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The White House announced a short-term deal to re-open the government by Friday evening. In Eugene, Oregon’s U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio met with scores of federal employees who have been working without pay for over a month. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

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Leaders from more than 200 cities around Oregon, including Eugene, converged on the state capitol Thursday. They were there to tell their priorities to state lawmakers during the 2019 legislative session.

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Recorded on January 22, 2019

Governor Kate Brown addressed a special meeting of the City Club of Eugene on the same day as the 2019 legislative session began. Many topics will be on the agenda for the legislature: Heath care, safety, environmental sustainability, PERS, education, budget and taxes, and gun safety legislation, just to name a few. The University of Oregon made the Ford Alumni Center, which is next to the Matt Knight Arena, available to City Club for this important special meeting.

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The Springfield Library has outgrown its space on the 2nd floor of the City Hall, a former shopping mall, where it’s been for 35 years.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown shared her legislative agenda today  at the University of Oregon.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, tackling housing concerns was among the top items.

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Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden held several town halls this weekend where the government shutdown and border security were key topics of discussion. The Democrat says he’s hearing from Oregonians who have been affected by the shutdown, from those who are missing paychecks, to those who can’t get access to federal agencies for loan processing or IRS questions.

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Oregonians who receive SNAP benefits may have noticed some extra funds on their EBT cards today. The Department of Human Services wants those folks to know, that that money is for February and to budget accordingly. 

Rachael McDonald

Taxes in Oregon: What Went Wrong? Where do we go now? 

City Club of Eugene and Springfield City club combined to present a program offered statewide by several City Clubs. Three former legislators with firsthand experience, Phil Barnhart, Vicki Berger and Dave Hunt, reflect on lessons learned about Oregon's unstable tax base. Rachael McDonald of KLCC moderates the program. 

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council is considering a ban on single-use plastics. At their work session Wednesday they had an initial discussion and learned what other cities are doing. 

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A new legislative session always features new faces at the state capitol building. This year’s crop of freshmen includes two southern Willamette Valley state representatives who are both replacing long-time lawmakers who retired.

Chris Lehman

Oregon’s new Labor Commissioner says her first order of business will be a review of a newly released investigation into sexual harassment at the state capitol. 

Rachael McDonald

Two new Lane County Commissioners were sworn in Monday at the State of the County event.