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

Portland Harbor Companies Ask EPA to Drop $125,500 Superfund Fine

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Companies expected to pay for a Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor met this morning in Portland with an all-star summit—four members of Oregon's U.S. Congressional delegation, Mayor Charlie Hales and staff from the Environmental Protection Agency—to hammer out a deal for cleaning Willamette River sediment.But those companies are bridling at a $125,500 fine the EPA issued last month over their ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 AARON MESH

The Onion Declares Merkley "Weirdo Senator"

Parody worries about the senator's increasingly violent tendencies

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Describing Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., as a "loner" and a "weirdo," America's favorite parody site, The Onion, posted a "news brief" Sunday featuring Oregon's junior senator as someone his colleagues are worried about.The story recounts the Democrat as a guy who hangs around listening to his headphones by himself near the Capitol building, and has "become increasingly violent and disturbing in recent ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Jim Huffman Considering a Challenge to Merkley

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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

Where Eagles Won’t Dare

Some Eagle Scouts protest the Boy Scouts’ gay ban by returning their badges. Not these Oregon leaders.


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A Boy Scout must be trustworthy, loyal, helpful and the like. But to obtain the highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must also prove his service has had an impact on his community. Th   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 SAM STITES

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