Aging Pipes And Sewers Vs. Tax on Soda and Soap

Here's a question: Would you pay a tax on soda, soap and toilet paper if you knew the money would go toward fixing "corroded pipes and overburdened sewer systems" nationwide? We ask because U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is co-sponsoring a bill that would create an infrastructure fund to tackle those repairs. And the funding mechanism that Blumenauer and other sponsors want to tap in what ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Earl Blumenauer v. Sarah Palin

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer may not be attending town hall meetings on health care to defend his reasonable proposal on end-of-life discussions between docs and their patients. But the Oregon Democrat is plenty ticked off at former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for calling his proposal "inherently evil" and lying about what it would do as a means of scaring people. Maybe he should challenge her to a ...   More
Thursday, August 13, 2009 HANK STERN

Is This 1997? More Bill Clinton News

Former President Clinton certainly had a lot to say last night in his appearance at Netroots Nation. First, Clinton got into it with a blogger over his record on gay rights when he was president. And, according to The New York Times, the ex-president stood up for the healthcare provision backed by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) that would require Medicare reimbursement for voluntary end-of-life ...   More
Friday, August 14, 2009 HANK STERN

Earl Blumenauer Changes Tune on Federal Recognition of Gay Marriage (UPDATED)

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies gays and lesbians federal legal recognition of marriage. Blumenauer's decision to join with 68 other federal lawmakers to sign onto a bill — the Respect For Marriage Act —that would repeal DOMA may not seem surprising since his east Portland district is very liberal. But it's actually a reversal ...   More
Tuesday, September 15, 2009 Amanda Ingram

The New York Times Looks For Frustrated Liberals, Finds Earl Blumenauer

The New York Times featured a piece over the weekend on progressives forced to re-tool their policy hopes nearly one year into the Obama Administration. And the man chosen by the newspaper to talk through all that angst over Obama's actions on global warming, Afghanistan and health care? U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.). Blumenauer, who endorsed Obama early over Hillary Clinton in 2008, came ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Blumenauer, Bikes and Getting Outside The Bike Bubble

Sometimes it's worth remembering we live in a bit of a bubble here in Bike City, where an estimated 6.4 percent of commuting is done by bike. There's this reminder of Portland's unique status as a bike-centric place in this piece that ran over the weekend in Arizona. The piece in the Arizona Daily Star reports how a new federal bike subsidy sponsored by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) hasn't ...   More
Monday, October 12, 2009 HANK STERN

A Different Pro-Israel Nonprofit To Launch A Local Chapter in Portland

This Thursday, a pro-peace nonprofit called J Street will kick off its national grassroots campaign by launching local chapters in Portland and dozens of other locations nationwide. J Street differs from longer-established pro-Israel organizations such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee because it supports a two-state, peaceful solution in the Middle East, and because it's willing ...   More
Tuesday, February 2, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

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

Earl Blumenauer On CRC, Bikes and Saving Social Security

U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) stopped by WW yesterday for his biennial endorsement interview. The seven-term incumbent explained why unlike previous years, he did not include a request for funding for the Columbia River Crossing bridge project in his list of congressional earmarks; why he thinks critics of the city's plan to spend $600 million or more on bicycle infrastructure over the next ...   More
Friday, April 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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