Local Salon Owner Blasts "Tanning Tax" Proposal

One of the more curious twists of Byzantine health care reform negotiations in Washington is the recent addition of a "tanning tax" as part of the funding mechanism. Back home in Oregon, where the sun does not shine much in the winter, tanning is a serious business. Here's one outraged response sent to media about the proposed tax from one local tanning outfit, SunBlaze Tanning at SE 148th and ...   More
Thursday, December 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Earl Blumenauer Catches Some "Friendly Fire" On Health Care Vote

Now that it's nut-cracking time (yet again) in the health care debate marathon, it's U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer's turn to take a little rhetorical fire for his views on the upcoming vote. The criticism in this case is "friendly fire" coming from the left after the Oregon Democrat wrote yesterday on Twitter in support of a yes vote, "Health care homestretch. People need to use their "inner wonk," ...   More
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 HANK STERN

From The Archives: Dennis Kucinich

The spotlight today on U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich for switching to a yes vote on health care made us recall when the Ohio Democrat was stumping here for presidential votes in Oregon. WW did an entertaining cover story on Kucinich, which includes this relevant quote to today's news: "Democrats cannot win the White House unless we demonstrate the ability to have the broadest appeal to the voters," ...   More
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 HANK STERN

One Bet I Am Glad To Lose

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Monday, March 22, 2010 HANK STERN

What John Kroger Will and Won't Do on Health Care

The announcement today by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, a Democrat, that he won't be among the state attorneys general suing to overturn federal health care legislation isn't surprising. But Kroger's statement that his Justice Department "is exploring the possibility of filing" a legal brief in support of the health care law — while not a "big f---ing deal" — is a bit of a ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 HANK STERN

Kroger and Kulongoski Say Oregon Going to Court To Defend Federal Health Care Bill

Last week, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said he would explore the possibility of filing a legal brief on behalf of the state in support of the new federal health care bill. Today, Kroger and Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced that the State of Oregon will in fact take legal action in court to defend the constitutionality of the new federal health bill. That's in direct contrast to more than ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 HANK STERN


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