Politics & Government

Politics & Government

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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley held the Senate floor for more than 15 hours as he tried to halt the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown has officially declared today “Cesar Chavez Day”.  Immigrant rights and farm worker groups are holding marches through the weekend to honor the famed Latino activist, and to protest President Trump’s immigration policies.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Rachael McDonald

Public libraries are under threat as rural Oregon counties continue to cope with the loss of timber revenue. On Saturday, 10 Douglas County branch libraries will close their doors. Some hope to reopen as “reading rooms”. Community members are seeking long term funding to bring back their libraries.

Lane County

After nearly 13 years, Lane County Commissioner Faye Stewart is stepping down from his board seat to take a job with the City of Cottage Grove. He’ll take a new job at the end of this month.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden speaks with KLCC's Rachael McDonald about President Donald Trump's proposed budget and other issues.

Wyden is holding town hall meetings in Klamath and Lake Counties this weekend. He'll be in Hood River County next weekend.

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context.

Eugene City Councilor George Poling announced Wednesday he is retiring from his Ward 4 seat.

The Eugene City Council Monday night unanimously passed a city ordinance that protects individuals. They heard from more than 30 people speaking in favor of the move, while 2 men spoke against it. 

Rachael McDonald

Eugene City Councilors Wednesday approved a pilot ban on dogs in the downtown core. They voted against banning smoking. Both proposals are aimed at addressing public safety issues.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden wants President Donald Trump and the Secret Service to release the White House visitor logs. Wyden was joined Monday by 7 fellow Democratic senators in his request. KLCC’s Anni Katz reports.   

Speakers:

  • Jerry Cohen, AARP’s first State Director since 1996
  • Christine Lundberg, Springfield’s 37th mayor

Moderator: Brenda Wilson, Executive Director, Lane Council of Governments

Coordinator: Sandra Ericson

City of Springfield

The City of Springfield is considering building a new, larger library. Monday, the City Council chose a possible site.

City of Eugene

Recorded on: February 24, 2017

Air Date: February 27, 2017

Speaker: Lucy Vinis
Coordinator: Jon Belcher
First Questioner: Brittany Quick-Warner, Eugene Chamber of Commerce Director of Business Advocacy

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon legislature’s Ways and Means Committee heard from nearly 200 people in a packed lecture hall at Lane Community College in Eugene Saturday. People urged lawmakers to increase funding for higher education, K through 12, health care, services for people with disabilities, public safety and more.

Rachael McDonald

Senator Jeff Merkley held a rally Saturday on the Lane Community College campus in Eugene in support of the Affordable Care Act. This was part of a national day of action by democratic leaders.

Tiffany Eckert

Two Oregon members of a U.S. Congressional Delegation will join forces this Saturday to “engage and inform” the public in the political process. Lane Community College will host the three major events.

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Oregon’s timber companies are hoping the Trump Administration follows through on its pledge to revive their industry.  

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A major producer of kombucha is asking Congress to reconsider a bill aimed at revising federal excise taxes and regulations on companies that make the fermented tea drink.  

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Free press, investigative journalism, and government accountability are all at risk, says U.S. Senator Ron Wyden.  He spoke at a town hall in Eugene, Sunday.  

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Oregon Democratic Senator Ron Wyden faced a large, welcoming crowd in Eugene last night, as he continued his series of statewide town halls.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, attendance seems to have surged since President Trump took office. 

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Activists around the nation are gearing up for a general strike Friday, in opposition to the policies of the Trump Administration. Actions are planned for Eugene and Corvallis.

Rachael McDonald

Student groups held a rally Friday on the University of Oregon campus to show support and solidarity for Muslim Students. The action is in response to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.

Oregon Department of Justice

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has signed a court brief in support of Washington state’s effort to block President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Todd Dalotto

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden spoke with an overflow crowd at a town hall meeting in Albany Saturday. The audience expressed fear and concern about the Trump Administration.

Rachael McDonald

From professors to college students to families with small children—the impacts of President Trump’s immigration ban continue to reverberate. The suspension of immigrants and refugees from 7 Muslim majority countries affects some people living in Eugene.

Senator Merkley Vows To Filibuster SCOTUS Nominee

Jan 31, 2017
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Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley says he’ll filibuster President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee — no matter who it is.
 

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene may declare itself a sanctuary city as soon as next month. A task force has begun meeting to draft an ordinance and the City Council is expected to consider it in February. In the wake of President Trump’s executive order last week threatening to withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions, KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis.

AG Rosenblum Threatens Legal Action In Response To Executive Order

Jan 30, 2017
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Political leaders in Oregon are reacting defiantly to President Donald Trump’s executive order strictly limiting who can enter the United States.

Rachael McDonald

About one thousand people gathered Sunday at the Eugene Federal Building to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning refugees from entry into the United States.  this impromptu rally was one of many this weekend throughout the U.S.

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Dozens of anti-Trump protesters staked out a traffic intersection near the federal courthouse in Eugene, today.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

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