Politics & Government

Politics & Government

City of Springfield

At their Tuesday meeting, the Springfield City Council plans to choose an interim mayor to replace Christine Lundberg who stepped down last summer. 

Facebook-Sen. Dallas Heard

An Oregon lawmaker is getting some push back for his movement to target people who file complaints about businesses that are not following safety guidelines.

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The ground floor windows of the Oregon capitol have been covered with plywood in advance of potentially violent demonstrations over the next few days.


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Lawmakers heed the advice from Oregon State Police and FBI in delaying gathering for the 2021 session.
Oregon state lawmakers are preparing for the possibility of another armed protest at the Capitol in Salem and will delay gathering in-person on the first day of the 2021 legislative session.

Jonathan Levinson / OPB

The deployment comes as federal authorities warn of possible armed protests in every state.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is debating an article of impeachment against President Trump following the violence at the U.S. Capitol.

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The House of Representatives approved a symbolic resolution urging Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment against President Trump, after the president's No. 2 has expressed that he would not exercise that option. The move comes nearly a week after violent pro-Trump extremists breached the U.S. Capitol.

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An Oregon lawmaker who allowed far-right demonstrators into the state Capitol last month now faces formal discipline and fines. He’s also losing unfettered access to the statehouse.

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A legislative session unlike any other in Oregon history opens Monday in Salem amid a pandemic.


Rachael McDonald

Oregon U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden says President Trump has created his own American carnage and the invasion of the Capitol by Trump supporters was domestic terrorism. He spoke with reporters Saturday at a virtual press conference.

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A pro-Trump “Stand Against Socialism” rally was held in Eugene Saturday afternoon.  There was some violence early into the event.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon state Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, says the violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday was nothing short of a coup attempt. But he says he’s confident Oregon lawmakers can have a safe legislative session in Salem.


City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council welcomed two new members on Jan. 6 during the State of the City Address. The event was held virtually and carried on as usual despite insurrection at the nation’s capitol. 

Dirk Vanderhart / OPB

Authorities are investigating whether demonstrators who gained access to the Oregon State Capitol last month were allowed in purposefully by a state lawmaker.

Rep. Peter DeFazio

Oregon Democratic Representative Peter DeFazio said Donald Trump should be declared unfit for office after the president’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday.


U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon confirms misinformed and angry Trump supporters disrupted the electoral proceedings today, including a breach of the Capitol building.

Jonathan Levinson / OPB

Far-right groups fought with police and counterdemonstrators Wednesday at a rally outside the Oregon Capitol in Salem, where supporters of President Trump had gathered to protest Congress’ certification of the presidential election.

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Lawmakers are safe but angry. U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer called it “an act of domestic terrorism.”

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Three statewide officeholders took the oath of office in Oregon Monday.

Lane County

A new Lane County Commissioner was sworn in and the longest serving commissioner was bid farewell Monday in a virtual “State of the County”.


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Several hundred people gathered at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem Friday for a rally against the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions and the results of the presidential election. Some in the crowd urged other attendees to take off their masks.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Oregon Capitol staffers attempting to form a union encountered a potential roadblock on Tuesday.
Their employer says they’re not allowed.

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U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has long been the most moderate Democrat in the state’s congressional delegation. On Monday, he became an outlier among the national party.

Kaylee Domzalski / OPB

Opponents of a statewide policy aimed at steeply decreasing Oregon’s greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades faced a legal setback in November, when a Marion County judge ruled they didn’t have standing to sue.

Dirk VanderHart / OPB

Jeremy Roberts, 40, is one of several people arrested in connection with protests during a special legislative session Dec. 21.

A man accused of attacking two journalists and attempting to gain entrance to the Oregon State Capitol during a protest in Salem last week has turned himself in to the state police.

Landlords sue to invalidate Oregon eviction bans

Dec 22, 2020
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With Oregon expected to continue a statewide eviction ban for at least six more months, three landlords are asking a judge to end the policy.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Oregon’s 4th District Representative Peter DeFazio is mostly pleased with the relief package approved by Congress Monday.

Dirk Vanderhart / OPB

Oregon state lawmakers offered relief for landlords and tenants on Monday, despite a disorderly backdrop that included protesters bashing in doors to the statehouse and shoving journalists.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The COVID-19 stimulus package that appears headed for passage in Congress falls far short of what’s needed, according to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon.

Dirk Vanderhart / OPB

A special legislative session at the Oregon Capitol got off to a chaotic start on Monday with far-right protesters storming the statehouse while calling on lawmakers and the governor to reopen the state economy and end the restrictions aimed at curbing the coronavirus.