Local Politics

Politics Oregon Equal Rights Amendment: Necessary or merely symbolic? Oregon Equal Rights Amendment: Necessary or merely symbolic?
Though there is no organized opposition to Measure 89, the ACLU of Oregon contends the amendment is unnecessary because the state Constitution says: "No law shall be passed granting to any citizen or class of citizens privileges, or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens."
Politics Kitzhaber 'hurt' by fiancee's sham marriage Kitzhaber 'hurt' by fiancee's sham marriage
Gov. John Kitzhaber says he was hurt and taken aback to learn this week that his fiancee accepted money to enter a fraudulent marriage with an immigrant seeking to remain in the country.
Politics Oregon voting begins as ballots hit mailboxes Oregon voting begins as ballots hit mailboxes
State election officials begin dropping more than 2 million ballots in the mail on Wednesday, and tens of thousands of Oregonians will vote each day between now and Nov. 4.
Politics Kitzhaber takes heat over fiancee's contracts Kitzhaber takes heat over fiancee's contracts
A story in Willamette Week on Wednesday said that Cylvia Hayes has used her title as first lady and her role in advising the governor to advance her private consulting business.
Politics Woman with cancer plans to take her life in Oregon Woman with cancer plans to take her life in Oregon
If the brain cancer from which she suffers does not kill her in October, Brittany Maynard plans to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and end her own life on the first of November — a few days after her husband's 30th birthday.
Politics Will council chamber outlive City Hall? Will council chamber outlive City Hall? (Video)
As the Eugene City Council continues to fine tune plans for a new $15 million City Hall, still up in the air is whether the old council chambers will be saved and used as part of the new buidling.
Politics Oregon voters get 2nd shot at 'top-two' primaries Oregon voters get 2nd shot at 'top-two' primaries
For the half-million Oregon voters who reject party labels, the May election ballot can be pretty boring.

Shut out of the Republican and Democratic primaries, this growing bloc of voters is left with a handful of nonpartisan local races and a perplexing question: Is it necessary to vote for all these judges running unopposed?