Bernie Sanders supporters cheer on stage prior to Sanders's arrival. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders holds a rally at Island Park in Springfield on April 28, 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Bernie Sanders supporters show up to rally in droves despite candidate’s recent slump

When presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced he would be coming to the Eugene area for the first time in his 2016 campaign, it was difficult to predict what his tone or the reaction of his supporters would be. Sure, he is comfortably favored to win the Oregon presidential primary according …

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Bernie Sanders visits Glenwood Restaurant on 13th and Alder for breakfast before his rally in Springfield (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Reactions: Bernie Sanders visits campus, Glenwood while campaigning in Eugene area

Bernie Sanders ordered an egg scramble and potatoes with a side of University of Oregon student hysteria for breakfast at Glenwood this morning. Supporters cheered and took pictures, pushing and shoving to get close and shake his hand. Police cars and Sanders’ bus blocked off East 13th Avenue and Alder …

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Sanders began his March speech in Portland by criticizing his two main opponents: Clinton and projected Republican nominee Donald Trump. But he quickly transitioned to discussing his main goals, which include wealth redistribution, free public higher education and increased environmental protection. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Bernie Sanders to hold rally in Springfield tomorrow

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally tomorrow morning in Springfield, his campaign announced today. The senator from Vermont’s event will begin at 10 a.m. in Island Park. Admission is free and open to the public, and bags will not be allowed at the event. His campaign said Sanders will …

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Local union urges lawmakers to change smoking laws

Last month, the Oregon division of the Service Employees International Union urged Oregon legislators to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco from 18 to 21. California may raise the minimum age soon depending on Gov. Jerry Brown’s approval. Heather Conroy, executive director of SEIU Local 503, said that Oregon should follow …

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Bernie quickly greets fans at a Portland rally before heading to Seattle for another rally that night at the Safeco Field, where more than 15,000 people attended. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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UO feels the Bern as Sanders opens first Oregon campaign office in Eugene

On your walk to morning classes, you may have seen the Bernie Sanders booth across from the Duck Store or noticed the clipboard-clad volunteers making sure that Sanders supporters are registered as Democrats in time for the primary. As the presidential spotlight makes its way toward Oregon’s May 17 primaries, …

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Oregon may see liquor sales in grocery stores next year

A previous version of this article used part of a quote from Christie Scott that did not fully explain hers or OLCC’s position. The current version more accurately explains the legislative process should the liquor measure pass. This November, Oregonians will vote on whether grocers that are licensed to sell …

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Gutierrez was one of 10 students arrested in Salem on May 14 during a protest against the "kicker." A kicker is an excess amount of tax rebate money that the legislature has the power to allocate. (Scott Greenstone/Emerald)
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OSPIRG turns its renewable energy campaign’s attention from state to local politics

University of Oregon’s Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group lobbied at Oregon’s capitol for cleaner energy sources in early February. Their campaign urges electric companies in the state to stop using coal-fired resources in their electric supply by 2040 with House Bill 4036, according to Renewables Coordinator Caitlin Feely. “You walk around at …

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Meet the people suing the federal government in Eugene’s historic climate change lawsuit

Last week a landmark climate case kicked off at the Federal Courthouse here in Eugene. For those that missed it, read about it here. Now, meet the people who are actually bringing this law suit into being. While the twenty-one young plaintiffs in the federal climate case Juliana et al v United …

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Sanders began his March speech in Portland by criticizing his two main opponents: Clinton and projected Republican nominee Donald Trump. But he quickly transitioned to discussing his main goals, which include wealth redistribution, free public higher education and increased environmental protection. (Hannah Steinkopf-Frank/Emerald).
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Photos: 11,000+ fans turn out for Bernie Sanders rally in Portland

Even though Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is trailing behind Hilary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primaries, one word could be used to describe his rally in Portland on March 25: optimistic. Sanders fans of all ages arrived at the Moda Center as early as four in the morning to …

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Historic federal climate case kicks off in Eugene

Climate activists gathered in front of the Federal District Courthouse in Eugene on March 9 to attend and support the hearing of a landmark environmental law suit. Twenty one young plaintiffs are suing the United States government and the Obama Administration for not fully acting to stop pollution from carbon …

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Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally in early March. Clinton won the most delegates on Super Tuesday. (Creative Commons)
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Super Tuesday Breakdown

Super Tuesday was last week, which aside from sounding like a day for buying discounted mattresses is actually a huge night for presidential hopefuls. Super Tuesday is the night when 11 states (and American Samoa for Democrats) vote for their party nominations. “Super Tuesday is always important because more states …

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New state law will bring Eugene’s minimum wage up to $13.50 by 2022

Governor Kate Brown signed into law this afternoon the largest state minimum wage increase in the country. SB 1532 will raise the minimum wage in Oregon steadily over the next six years, starting this July with a 50-cent increase to $9.75 per hour. This minimum wage increase will have a …

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SEIU responds to statewide minimum wage increase

Minimum wage has been a hot-button topic for a while now. Bernie Sanders brings it up weekly on the presidential trail and the discussion has labored on in statehouses around the country, even here in Oregon. Currently, there are four statewide initiatives to raise the minimum wage, not including a …

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Stefan Strek , who works for UO Housing at Carson Dining, is running for mayor. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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Stefan Strek: Carson Dining employee and mayoral candidate

Stefan Strek has a friendly face outlined by trimmed sideburns. While listening in conversation, he nods and gives his typical response of, “Yeah, totally,” spoken in the voice one might imagine for a surfer dude. When asked a question, he answers in a deliberate cadence, trailing off periodically to gather …

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Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler praises state’s college saving plan

As college affordability rises as a primary issue for students, Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler says that Oregon’s 529 program is allowing “more families than ever” to save money for college. “Higher education and advanced job training are critical in today’s economy, and the Oregon 529 program is putting more options in …

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Wayne Morse Center prepares discussion panels to follow 2016 elections

The University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics hosted a watch party for the New Hampshire Primary in Gerlinger Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 9.  A panel of scholars from the center led discussions during the broadcast about the primaries’ function in the democratic process as well as …

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Sen. Ron Wyden talks wood products at campus roundtable

University of Oregon President Michael Schill hosted a discussion on Tuesday about the future of wood products in Oregon. The Tuesday roundtable included Sen. Ron Wyden D-OR, Springfield city leaders, faculty from UO and Oregon State, research associates and students, according to Around the O. The conversation was framed around …

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Faculty and students gathered on Feb. 16, 2016 in front of Johnson Hall at the University of Oregon to protest the UO Foundation's investment in fossil fuel companies. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Dozens march to protest UO Foundation’s connection to fossil fuel companies

Dozens of people attended a protest on the University of Oregon campus this afternoon that was organized by Divest UO — a joint student and faculty campaign opposed to the UO Foundation’s investment in fossil fuel companies —  to bring attention to its cause. Beginning at roughly 12 p.m., the …

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New Hampshire Primary watch party in Gerlinger Lounge Tuesday

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics are hosting a watch party in the Gerlinger Lounge on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The event will begin at 4, once the vote totaling begins in New Hampshire. A discussion led by four Morse Scholars, Andrew Dunn, Jacob Gram, Morgan Murphy, and Celine …

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Senator Wyden secures major provision of introduced college affordability bill

In an attempt to make higher education more affordable for students and families, Senator Ron Wyden D-Ore. in early December announced a bipartisan deal on a major bill he had previously introduced. The bill would help by providing tax relief and implementing economic certainty for students who want to pursue a …

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New year, new state laws

With the new year came new laws that went into effect. Here is a break down: Oregon is the 4th state to require paid sick leave: Behind California, Massachusetts and Connecticut, Senate Bill 454 requires companies with 10 or more workers to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave every …

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We’re live-tweeting the UO Democrats’ watch party

The first Democratic presidential debate is tonight, and University of Oregon College Democrats are hosting a Democratic debate watch party. It’s in Straub Hall 245 at 5:30 p.m., and the Emerald is going to be live-tweeting the event and covering it on Snapchat. Follow @smgreenstone on Twitter or below and …

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Have you registered to vote?

The League of Women Voters of Lane County reminds students that Oct. 13, is the last day to register to vote or update registration information before the Nov. 3 election. Students can register online or in person at the Lane County elections located at 275 W. 10th  from 9 a.m. till …

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Merkley and Wyden visit UO to talk about college affordability

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden came to the University of Oregon campus to discuss legislation on college affordability this Monday, Oct. 12. Merkley and Wyden, who are both sponsoring the legislation, talked to students and faculty about the high cost of a college education, student debt and steps to …

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Members of the Native-American Student Union inform people about the issue of calling Indigenous Solidarity Day "Columbus Day" at the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater. (Olivia Decklar/Emerald)
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Scratch Columbus Day: NASU celebrates Indigenous Solidarity Day

The calendar read Columbus Day, but the Native-American Student Union chose to mark the date in a different way — holding “Indigenous Solidarity Day” in the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater to honor indigenous people of Oregon. Indigenous Solidarity Day has been celebrated on campus for several years, and NASU co-director …

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UO for Bernie Sanders 2016 president, Xander Berenstein, announces plans for the group to take part in the nationwide #MillionStudentMarch for free tuition. (Andrew Field/ Emerald)
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UO for Bernie Sanders 2016 eager to “Bring the Bern.”

Although the 2016 presidential primary elections in Oregon don’t take place until May 17 of next year, and campus remains empty in the midst of summer,  the “UO for Bernie Sanders 2016” group — an organization of volunteers consisting of students, faculty and anyone with a University of Oregon affiliation — attracted …

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UO professor plays major role in Supreme Court gay marriage ruling

Three hours and roughly 3,000 miles separated the University of Oregon from the moment and place that Obergefell v. Hodges case was decided. But as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion, he was also citing the research and information gathered a group of historians — one of them …

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Gutierrez was one of 10 students arrested in Salem on May 14 during a protest against the "kicker." A kicker is an excess amount of tax rebate money that the legislature has the power to allocate. (Scott Greenstone/Emerald)
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Baseball cards, protests and arrests: Students fight to stop kicker from kicking

In Salem on May 14, ASUO President Beatriz Gutierrez and ten students were arrested during a protest against the “kicker”. The Oregon Student Association hopes the excess amount of tax rebate money called the “kicker” can be allocated to help freeze tuition.






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