New Map Predicts Oregon's 2014 Races


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


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

Merkely Gets Noticed For Main Street Bailout Plan

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is getting some buzz for a plan he announced yesterday intended to help homeowners refinance their "underwater" mortgages—that is, situations where the homeowner owes more to the bank than the resale value of their property. Merkley's plan would create an agency called the Rebuilding American Homeownership Trust, which will buy up those mortgages with money ...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 SAM STITES

Oregon Senators Back Bill Aimed At Citizens United


Speaking of money in politics… U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) is among those speaking on the Senate floor today in favor of a legislative effort to roll back the unlimited corporate donations permitted by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision."The Supreme Court, with #CitizensUnited, attacked the heart of our Constitution," Merkley Tweeted this morning.You can watch the speechifying live over ...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 by Corey Pein

Senator Jeff Merkley: China Hawk

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley came by our office last week for a chat. The first-term junior Senator is not up for reelection for two more years (The political blog Roll Call has suggested that he may be vulnerable) and, refreshingly, he seemed more interested in talking issues than touting his own accomplishments. Merkley has a style that is more languid than dynamic, but he got, for him, quite animated ...   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012


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