Jeff Merkley addressed the Senate's refusal to vote on the Supreme Court vacancy nominations. (Max Thornberry)
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Senator Jeff Merkley discusses Supreme Court nominations with UO professors

A team of legal experts, including Oregon Senator Jeff Merkely and several UO faculty members, took on a discussion about the actions–or lack thereof–of the United States Senate at a panel meeting on Tuesday, May 31. Senator Merkely, along with James Mohr, a member of the University of Oregon History department, and …

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UO Professor Geri Richmond receives the National Medal of Science  at the White House. May 19. 2016. (Photo Courtesy of Geri Richmond)
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UO Professor Geri Richmond honored at White House

It was mid-afternoon on May 19 in the White House when President Barack Obama addressed the East Room room full of what he called an “astonishing amount of brainpower.” Gathered with their families were some of the greatest scientific minds in the country, among them the University of Oregon’s Geri …

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Oregon’s shifting political landscape

This election year the possibility of a Trump presidency and a Sanders candidacy aren’t the only indicators of a national shift away from party lines and toward populist candidates. This May marks the first time that the Independent Party of Oregon will have candidates on the primary ballot, and the …

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Democratic voters gather at the Wild Duck Cafe to cheer on their candidates. (Wes Franco/ The Daily Emerald)
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Democratic Party of Lane County holds watch party at Wild Duck with winner of mayoral race, Lucy Vinis

The Democratic Party of Lane County held an election watch party tonight at Wild Duck Café in Eugene. The restaurant was packed as voters waited in anticipation to hear the results of the elections that would determine Oregon’s new governor, Eugene’s new mayor, and Oregon’s democratic primary. Mayoral candidate Lucy …

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks to the audience at the rally. Donald Trump holds a rally at the Lane Events Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Podcast: Trump’s Eugene visit

Emerald political columnists Zach Moss and Alec Cowan share their thoughts on Donald J. Drumpf’s recent rally in Eugene.

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Controversial journalist and activist Milo Yiannopoulos speaking on campus Tuesday

The “most fabulous super-villain on the internet” is coming to the University of Oregon. Young Americans for Liberty, the university’s wing of the Libertarian party, is making waves by bringing Milo Yiannopoulos, the controversial tech editor of Breitbart, to speak on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in Columbia 150. YAL …

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A protester and a Trump supporter argue through the fence. Donald Trump holds a rally at the Lane Events Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump rallies energize and polarize Lane County

Troy Shinn, Tran Nguyen, Max Thornberry, Noah McGraw and Raquel Ortega also contributed to this report. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders certainly have a few well-documented differences — including the reactions each of them provoked upon arrival in Lane County. Thousands of Oregon residents flocked …

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump thanks his supporters before taking the podium. Donald Trump holds a rally at the Lane Events Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Video: Donald Trump presidential rally recap

Donald Trump visited Eugene on Friday at the Lane County Events Center. Here is a video recap of the protests and rally.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump speaks to the audience at the rally. Donald Trump holds a rally at the Lane Events Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Donald Trump rally draws supporters and protesters from all over Oregon

Max Thornberry and Troy Shinn also contributed to this report. Claudia Pelayo and her daughter stood in their Mexican traditional dress in front of the Lane Events Center — site of Donald Trump’s rally today — with a sign that read, “This is our home.” Trump became the presumptive Republican …

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Anti-Trump protesteros hold signs outside of the gate to the events center parking lot. Donald Trump holds a rally at the Lane Events Convention Center in Eugene, Oregon on May 6, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Donald Trump’s rally and protests in Eugene, as told by social media

Donald Trump’s visit to Eugene attracted thousands — fans and opponents alike — to the Lane Events Center in West Eugene on May 5. [View the story “Reactions: Trump’s stop in Lane County ” on Storify]

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Donald Trump, widely considered the presumptive GOP nominee for president, will visit Eugene Friday night at 7 p.m. (Creative Commons).
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Update: Campaign staffer confirms Donald Trump visit to Eugene Friday night,

Lauren Garetto and Taylor Perse also contributed to this report. Update: The Register-Guard reported on Wednesday that the rally will take place at the Lane Events Center. Original: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Eugene at 7 p.m. Friday, said Chris Gergen, Oregon political director for the Trump campaign. While the …

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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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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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