Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition

We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Earl Blumenauer Vs. George Will On The House Floor

[youtube 0_0RKWfO37s] As reported here yesterday, George Will mocked Portland in a column this week for Newsweek as a place that "liberals hope is a harbinger of America's future. Portland's ambassador for all things sustainable, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, then responded via Twitter, as noted on Blue Oregon, to the affront by inviting Will to come to Portland for a throwdown debate. And now the ...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 HANK STERN

Follow-Up To The Flap Over Oregon's Federal Judicial Selection Process

Earlier this week, WW published a story about the selection process for two open federal judgeships in Oregon. The selection committee, which was appointed by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, chose five straight white males as finalists for the highly coveted $174,000-a-year positions. Wyden chief of staff Josh Kardon, who oversaw the process for Oregon's senior senator, took strong exception ...   More
Friday, July 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Earl Blumenauer On End of Life Care

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Al Gore, John Kitzhaber and Not-So-Ancient History

Yesterday, I wrote how former Vice President Al Gore will do a fund-raiser in Oregon for Bill Bradbury, who's running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary next year along with ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber and former Hewlett-Packard exec Steve Shields. The Bradbury-Gore connection makes sense because Bradbury has been one of the folks who's traveled around to highlight Gore's warnings about global ...   More
Friday, November 6, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Sec'y of State To Fine DeFazio Opponent

In the recent annals of Oregon political foul-ups, there have been few stories as amusing (although ultimately inconsequential) as the saga of Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken. Leiken, a Republican, has set out to challenge U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (photographed above) a Lane County Democrat who is expected to seek re-election though he continues to muse about running for governor. Meantime, Leiken ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bruce McCain Pulls Out of Sheriff's Race

As first reported this morning at Blue Oregon, Bruce McCain has withdrawn from the Multnomah County Sheriff's race. Below is part of McCain's explanation — taken from his comment to Blue Oregon's post, in which McCain certainly seems to believe interim Sheriff Dan Staton is now in the driver's seat to win a full term in the job. Congrats on your nightowl scoop. Yes, I have decided to ...   More
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley v. Bunning: The Latest

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) has made himself into quite the political punching bag lately by blocking the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor, and then reportedly telling Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) "Tough shit" when Merkley called him on it. Here on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) gets in his shots at Bunning and some of the Kentucky senator's Republican ...   More
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 HANK STERN

Margaret Carter Drops Out of Multnomah County Chair Race (UPDATED)

Former state Sen. Margaret Carter has droppedmay be dropping out of the race for Multnomah County chair one day after she entered the contest. The, Reports of her withdrawal from the race emerged earlier today at OregonPolitico.Com and Blue Oregon. We've got a call in to Carter, a Portland Democrat who left the Legislature last year for a job at the state Department of Human Services. But ...   More
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Guess Who Kitzhaber Wants to Face in the General Election?

Political junkies know that the political blog Blue Oregon can at times be a mouthpiece for clients of its co-founder Kari Chisholm. Chisholm's company, Mandate Media, creates websites for many Democratic politicians, including ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is seeking the nomination for his old office (and yes, Chisholm discloses his affiliations when he posts on Blue Oregon). And since Blue ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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