At TechFestNW, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden Calls For Greater Privacy Protections


U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Friday called for a reform of U.S. privacy protections during a presentation at TechFestNW. "Laws should never be written for the convenience of the government," Wyden said. "Securing innovation and privacy in the 21st century will require major reform."Wyden, who has served on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee for 13 years, said that privacy rights need ...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 SAMANTHA MATSUMOTO

Wyden's Wife's Store Supposedly Sprinkled Sidewalk Sleepers


The Strand, the famous Manhattan bookstore owned by Nancy Bass Wyden, the wife of U.S. Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is taking some heat for allegedly sprinkling the sidewalk areas under its awning in order to deter homeless New Yorkers from sleeping there. The blog DNAinfo New York reported the allegations today. Signs reading, “Warning: Sprinkler System Will Run Periodically From 10:30 PM-9:00 AM” ...   More
Thursday, November 14, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

EPA Suspends $125,500 Fine on Portland Harbor Companies


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

Hotseat: Zeke Johnson

The Amnesty International activist applauds Ron Wyden—but says the Oregon senator needs to do more.

Q & A
Who watches the watchers? Lately, it’s been Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).  Who watches Wyden? Zeke Johnson. Johnson is the director of Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Former Top Wyden Aide Will Lobby for Exxon Mobil


Environment & Energy Daily, a trade publication that tracks Congress, reported today that Josh Kardon, the former chief of staff for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a new client—the oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. Kardon, worked for Wyden for 18 years, many of them stationed in Portland. When Kardon left Wyden's office in 2011, the senator was glowing in his praise. “Josh is the most gifted political ...   More
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ron Wyden Continues to Fight Spy Bills

Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is waging a fight against two legislative priorities of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a disagreement over the reach of government when it comes to intelligence and surveillance.In fact, reports Roll Call, Wyden has put a hold on "every major bill coming out of her [Senate] Intelligence Committee in the past two years."The Capitol Hill newspaper has the latest about his ...   More
Saturday, December 1, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Ron Wyden, Endangered Species

Ron Wyden

The choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate has been an uncomfortable development for Oregon's senior U.S. Sen., Ron Wyden. In 2011, Wyden co-authored a Medicare reform proposal with Ryan that was criticized at the time because it introduced competition and choice as part of Medicare reform that some thought was an attempt to gut the system. The brickbats tossed Wyden's way multiplied ...   More
Monday, August 27, 2012

Jim Huffman Considering a Challenge to Merkley

Jim Huffman

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley does not face his first re-election race until 2014, but there's already a lot of speculation about who Republicans will field to challenge him. Merkley, who narrowly defeated GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith in 2008, has made a lot of powerful enemies in Washington, ripping Wall Street and big oil, among other well-heeled interest groups. Some Republicans had hoped ...   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Boil Orders and Obama Facsimiles

Cheaper and funnier than the real Obama.

Having failed to secure a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama during his quasi-flyover, in-and-out visit to Portland on July 24, WW is very pleased to have landed an interview instead with    More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Spying the Friendly Skies

Drone aircraft used for recon in Afghanistan are now in Portland.

News Stories
Military surveillance drones of the kind used to spy on Taliban targets for U.S. forces in Afghanistan are now based in Portland, but U.S. government officials are unclear how or when they might   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 COREY PEIN


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