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


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

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


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


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

Politico: Andrew Miller Told Police Monica Wehby Was "Stalking" Him


Washington D.C. website Politico has dropped another surprise in the Republican primary for an Oregon U.S. Senate seat. The site released a 2013 police report detailing the disintegration of a relationship between candidate Monica Wehby and her biggest financial backer, timber baron Andrew Miller.The Portland Police report shows Miller accused Wehby—then his girlfriend—of "stalking" and "harassing" ...   More
Friday, May 16, 2014 AARON MESH

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Wehby for Senate


 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Dr. Monica Wehby for Senate, giving her a boost in her primary campaign against fellow Republican Jason Conger, The Hill blog reported on Saturday. "Dr. Monica Wehby is exactly the kind of leader that small businesses across Oregon need in the US Senate,” Chamber Political Director Rob Engstrom said in a statement, The Hill reports. “Dr. Wehby is ...   More
Monday, May 12, 2014 by Kate Willson

Two Major Oregon GOP Funders Form Federal PAC, Attack Jason Conger in the Republicans' US Senate Primary


The machinations in Oregon's hotly-contested GOP U.S. Senate primary are getting more and more interesting. On his blog, Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain, a former top Multnomah County sheriff's official, tracks down a new federal political action committee formed to oppose state Rep. Jason Conger (R-Bend), who is running against Portland pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Monica Wehby. The two candidates are running ...   More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Planned Parenthood Blasts Monica Wehby's Anti-Abortion Guest


Dr. Monica Wehby, a moderate Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, is catching ire for inviting an anti-abortion Senator to speak at her Oregon fundraising events.Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon demanded today that Wehby "sever ties" with U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), who has said "abortionists" should be sentenced to death. "Monica Wehby should sever ties with Senator Coburn immediately ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 AARON MESH

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


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


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