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

Jeff Merkley

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

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

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

Jeff Merkley

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

Merkley Voices "Serious Concerns" with U.S. Involvement in Libya

Jeff Merkley

Put U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on the lengthening list of Democratic lawmakers to express frustration with President Obama's decision to launch U.S. forces in a military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  In a written statement, the Oregon Democrat's office told WW he "has serious concerns about America's involvement in a third conflict in the Middle East." While Merkley spokesman ...   More
Friday, March 25, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Wyden Prevails on Secret Holds, Merkley Doesn't On Filibusters

Ron Wyden

We've written a bit about efforts by Oregon's two Democratic senators to make major procedural reforms in the U.S. Senate.Today, both Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley learned the fate of their efforts. Wyden prevailed in his effort to ban secret holds, the practice that allowed any senator to hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination without any disclosure of who that senator is. Merkley, ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 HANK STERN

Jeff Merkley's Advice for President Obama

Jeff Merkley

 In advance of President Obama's State of the Union speech tonight, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) is weighing in with what he wants Obama to mention.Merkley tells Marketplace the president should focus on foreclosures because "housing got us into this recession, and as long as housing is a mess, we're going to be in a recession for a very long time."And if you're looking for a worthy piece on foreclosures ...   More
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 HENRY STERN


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