National Politics

Politics 5 things to know about the State of the Union 5 things to know about the State of the Union
State of the Union night is coming up on Tuesday. Time to set the record straight on a few things: Yup, Bill Clinton really was the most long-winded. Nope, it doesn't have to be a speech. And, in truth, this "annual" event doesn't happen every year.
Politics Obama vowing to flex presidential powers in speech Obama vowing to flex presidential powers in speech
Frustrated by years of partisan gridlock, President Barack Obama is moving to flex his presidential powers during his sixth year in office. He's starting by using Tuesday night's State of the Union address to announce executive actions to raise the minimum wage for new federal contracts, help the long-term unemployed find work and expand job-training programs.
Politics 'The State of the Union is ...' What's in a word? 'The State of the Union is ...' What's in a word? (Photo Gallery)
Presidents of both parties have long felt compelled to sum up the state of the union with a descriptive word or two in their State of the Union addresses. Mostly the same word. For many years now, "strong" has been the go-to adjective.
Politics Farm bill deal would cut food stamps by 1 percent
Farm-state lawmakers are pushing for final passage of the massive, five-year farm bill as it heads to the House floor Wednesday — member by member, vote by vote.
Politics Fossil fuels and City of Eugene money: Formally bar investment? Fossil fuels and City of Eugene money: Formally bar investment?
Should the City of Eugene prevent public monies from being invested in fossil fuel companies?

Mayor Kitty Piercy took up the challenge from 350.org and the Mayor's Innovation Project.

"I said yes, because I thought it was perfectly in lines with the goals of our city," Piercy said.

The issue might prove to be a slam dunk.

"To my understanding, we have no direct investments in fossil fuels," Piercy said.