U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley and Gov. John Kitzhaber Still Hold Big Leads

KATU poll shows little has changed so far in Oregon's big races

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A new poll commissioned by WW news partner KATU finds the two statewide Democratic incumbents facing re-election this year are holding steady with their sizable leads.U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley had as 19-point edge in the survey of 564 voters over his Republican opponent, pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby. Merkley's lead, which the poll by SurveyUSA put at 52 percent to 33 percent, was essentially ...   More
 
Thursday, August 7, 2014 WW Staff

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith Re-Ups With Broadcasters

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Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) will be working the halls of power for at least another four years. Smith, who ran his family's Pendleton frozen food business before entering politics, represented Oregon in Washington for two terms until losing his seat to Democrat Jeff Merkley in 2008. No Republican has won state-wide office in Oregon since. Today Smith's current employer, the National Association ...   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Voters Like Merkley, Marijuana and GMO Labeling

Six months from elections, KATU/SurveyUSA Poll asks voters to weigh in on how they plan to vote on key issues

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Labeling for GMOs, Jeff Merkley and marijuana are all looking strong for the November ballot.A poll released today by KATU and SurveyUSA found a narrow majority of likely voters—51 percent— would back the legalization of recreational marijuana use. The poll found 41 percent were opposed. The support was especially strong among younger voters and Democrats. Seniors ...   More
 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Monica Wehby Wins GOP U.S. Senate Nomination

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Republican Monica Wehby is headed to a faceoff with U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley in the November election—but hurt by personal revelations in the final days of the primary. Wehby, a Portland neurosurgeon, handily beat her chief opponent in the GOP primary, state Rep. Jason Conger Tuesday night.Early results show Wehby with 53 percent of the vote to 34 percent for Conger. The remaining three candidates ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 WW Staff

Two U.S. Senators to Raise Money in Portland This Weekend

They include an anti-abortion Oklahoma senator campaiging for Monica Wehby, a pro-choice GOP candidate for U.S. Senate

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Two U.S. senators will pass through Portland this weekend on a fundraising sweep.  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will stop at the Paragon restaurant in the Pearl District for brunch Sunday as part of a Northwest fundraising tour for her re-election campaign. It's unclear what brings her so far from her home state, and her campaign hasn't responded to questions. But the second visitor is more controversial.Sen. ...   More
 
Thursday, March 13, 2014 KATE WILLSON

New Yorker Files to Run Against Merkley In May Primary

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It's common for unheralded candidates to challenge incumbents such as U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). For instance, Pavel Goberman, a Washington County fitness instructor and perennial candidate for a variety of offices is seeking to unseat Merkley in May. What's highly unusual for Oregon is that Merkley is also getting a challenge from a resident of Brooklyn—the one in New York, not the neighborhood ...   More
 
Thursday, March 6, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

EPA Suspends $125,500 Fine on Portland Harbor Companies

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Companies expected to pay for a Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor have $125,500 less to worry about.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off from fining those companies for dragging their feet on reporting the risk people face by eating contaminated Willamette River fish.The EPA on Monday told the companies it is suspending the fines it began issuing last summer—on the condition ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

New Map Predicts Oregon's 2014 Races

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Gov. John Kitzhaber hasn't yet said if he'll run for an unprecedented fourth term, but a new map from Congressional Quarterly says he's got the job if he wants it.The map offers the first nationwide predictions for house, senate and governor races, offering a prediction of whether the seat is safe.Kitzhaber isn't a sure candidate, and so far only two Republicans, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Merkley Helps Derail Obama's Choice for Fed Chief

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For a rookie U.S. Senator embarking on his first re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), is doing a great job of getting his name in the paper. His doing so by sticking his thumb in the eye of President Barack Obama and the many powerful interests on Wall Street and elsewhere who wanted to see Larry Summers succeed current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The Federal Reserve ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Merkley "Taking His Cues" from Portland City Hall on Covering Reservoirs

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If the activists trying to save Mount Tabor reservoirs are looking for a hero, they can scratch U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's name off the list.In the month since Portland City Hall announced it would cover or drain the city's open-air reservoirs, a coalition of activists have turned to the Oregon congressional delegation, asking its members to step in and get a deferral from federal rules. But staff for ...   More
 
Friday, July 5, 2013 AARON MESH

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