Senate Reform: Wyden Takes up Merkley's Fight, Targets Secret Holds


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has put forth a resolution in the newly convened Congress seeking to help reform one of the most stagnant and counterproductive institutions in U.S. politics—Wyden's very own U.S. Senate. Wyden is targeting secret holds—a rule whereby a single senator, acting in secret, can hold up virtually any bill, resolution or nomination. Critics maintain that secret ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The New “Odd” Object of Ron Wyden’s Political Affection


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 The Washington Post has a worthwhile read on Oregon’s senior senator,Ron Wyden, in which the paper is calling the Democrat’s political pairing with Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown an “odd duo.”The cause of the senators’ wonkish bromance is their bill that would let states opt out of health care reform three years sooner than 2017, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 Hank Stern, Mark Zusman

How Ron Wyden’s Colleagues Showed They Cared (UPDATED with surgery results)


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 The New York Times had a piece over the weekend reporting how members of the U.S. Senate demonstrated their respect for an Oregoncolleague.Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) was on the Senate floor Saturday a couple days before his surgery today for early-stage prostate cancer.The Times quotes Wyden saying, “Senators, let me thank all of you for your many kindnesses ...   More
 
Monday, December 20, 2010 HANK STERN

Wyden Announces He Has Early-Stage Prostate Cancer


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 U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced this afternoon that he will have surgery next week for early stage prostate cancer.The 61-year-old senator, who won re-election last month to another six-year term, said he got the diagnosis after a physical in late November and that he expects a “full and speedy recovery” after his surgery Dec. 20.Wyden expects to return to work when ...   More
 
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Democrats File Election Complaint Against GOP's Huffman

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The Democratic Party of Oregon today filed a federal elections complaint [PDF] against Jim Huffman, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. Earlier this week, The Oregonian noted that loans Huffman recently disclosed to his campaign appeared to exceed the value of assets Huffman disclosed [PDF] as part of his candidacy. Huffman—running against U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)—declined to answer ...   More
 
Friday, October 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Adams' Admission Reaction: Senators Snub Mayor At Stimulus Roll-Out


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On Jan 13, six days before he admitted lying about having had sex with a teen named Beau Breedlove, Mayor Sam Adams announced a $500 million stimulus package for the City of Portland. Tomorrow, Oregon's two U.S. Senators, Ron Wyden (D-Portland) and Jeff Merkley (D-Portland) are holding a press conference to introduce the local roll-out of the $787 billion federal stimulus package Congress ...   More
 
Sunday, February 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

HAA, HAA: Ron Wyden's Health Care Plan Gets Some Love


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's plan to revamp America's ailing health care system (the Healthy Americans Act a.k.a. HAA) is the subject of an adoring piece today in The New Republic. Writer William Galston notes that the plan advanced by Oregon's senior Democratic senator and Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has support from Republicans and Democrats. Beyond HAA's bipartisan support, Galston also finds much ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 HANK STERN

A Healthcare Game Even Ron Wyden Can Play


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OK, it was a stellar three-day weekend, and nobody's ready to be back at work. Here's an online time-killer that can help waste three minutes of your afternoon and get you pissed off again about the state of American healthcare. The time peg? As Jeff Mapes reports, a town-hall meeting Sunday with U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in Forest Grove got interrupted by surgical mask-wearing protesters ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Look Who's Talking About Taxing Health Benefits Now


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As WW reported this week, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is taking some unaccustomed heat from the left — as in from unions that are typically allied with Wyden — for his health care proposal. And that makes this column today in The American Prospect by former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich a very interesting addition to the debate. Reich's liberal bona fides from his time in ...   More
 
Thursday, May 28, 2009 HANK STERN

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