Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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More than one week after the election, the results of a Republican legislative primary in parts of Linn and Marion County is still too close to call.

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President Trump’s furor over Twitter linking fact-checking articles to his tweets over mail-in voter fraud has reached a new phase.

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In a unanimous decision, Eugene city councilors voted Tuesday night to adopt an ordinance condemning COVID-19 related bigotry aimed at people with Asian descent. Concurrently, the resolution recognizes May as Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

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The results for the Republican nomination for a state House seat in eastern Linn and Marion Counties are getting narrower.

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County government offices in Benton County will re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 26.  

UPDATE (Thursday, May 21, 7:27 a.m. PT) — With more than half a million votes counted in the race for the Democratic nominee for Oregon secretary of state, barely 2,100 votes separate the top two contenders.

According to numbers released Wednesday, state Sen. Shemia Fagan was leading Sen. Mark Hass. The Oregonian/OregonLive had called the race in Hass' favor on Election Night, but the Beaverton-area lawmaker wasn't ready to declare victory then.

“We’re just not there yet,” he told OPB. “It’s just too close to call.”

Four Eugene City Council races saw three likely winners for Wards 2, 7, and 8, based on Tuesday night's unofficial election results. Meanwhile, the race for Ward 1 appears headed to the General Election. Tight primary results means incumbent Emily Semple and challenger Eliza Kashinsky will appear on November’s ballot.

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Laurie Trieger and Joel Iboa are the two front-runners in the race to replace outgoing Lane County Commissioner Pete Sorenson. They’ll face a runoff in November for the South Eugene seat.

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On Tuesday, Lane County voters approved a Lane Community College bond measure. Now, the funds will be used to repair buildings and expand their programs.

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Christine Lundberg has won another term as mayor of Springfield. In unofficial results, she beat challenger by Mike Eyster with just over 57 percent of the vote Tuesday.

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Linn County Republicans are on track to choose a political veteran to replace an outgoing county commissioner.

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The contenders for Oregon’s 4th Congressional District were established in last night’s primary.

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Lucy Vinis is headed to a second term as Mayor of the City of Eugene.

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2020 Primary Election Results: UPDATED (May 20, 6:51am PT) 


As of Monday, a little more than 30 percent of Oregon voters had turned in their ballots for Tuesday's primary election.

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As Oregon residents gear up for the 2020 presidential election, it is a defining moment for first time voters. Since Super Tuesday in March, four young adults in Eugene have explained how recent events will impact the way they will vote in the primary.

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While parts of Oregon have now entered phase one of the coronavirus re-opening plan, it doesn’t mean local government services are back to normal.

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The 2020 Primary Election for Eugene City Council has 13 candidates running for Wards 1, 2, 7 and 8. Two of these wards are open seats, as councilors Betty Taylor and Chris Pryor have chosen not to run again. Meanwhile, Wards 1 and 7 have councilors Emily Semple and Claire Syrett looking to retain their current positions.

Incumbent Mayor Lucy Vinis is running for a second term as the Mayor for the City of Eugene.  Vinis says it's important to continue the work she's done in her first term.  However, she faces five challengers with their own ideas where the city should go.

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she’ll announce which counties have been approved for a limited re-opening during a Thursday morning press conference.

Springfield residents have a choice between two experienced candidates in the May 19th primary.  

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Springfield has two city council seats up for a vote in the upcoming primary election.

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This is KLCC news, I’m Angela Kellner. Two seats on the Lane County Board of Commissioners are in contention in the May 19th primary. Positions 3 and 4 represent South and North Eugene, respectively. 

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The deadline to vote in the primary is approaching.

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Douglas County has submitted its application to reopen to Oregon Governor Kate Brown.

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“When will Lane County re-open?” Lately, this is the most common question posed to Lane County Commissioners. Board Chair Heather Buch says they now have a “blueprint" which includes three phases.

Gov. Kate Brown detailed her plan to reopen the state last week, saying better testing and contact tracing will be key to lifting the stay-home order. While some regions may be able to start opening as early as May 15, Brown warned other parts of the state may take longer.

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Lane County leaders say they’ll put efforts to seek funding for a new courthouse on hold. The decision comes in recognition of the economic challenges brought on by COVID-19. 

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Lane County staff is drafting plans to reopen. County officials say once approved by Governor Kate Brown, reopening will likely occur in three phases over the course of several weeks.  


Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio has long fought to fix the Postal Service’s financial situation. Now, the agency is in more trouble because of COVID-19 and he says it is needed more than ever.