Sen. Smith: For The Hot Dog Ad Before He Was Against It


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Last night, at the Medford debate between U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley, Smith said he was sorry the National Republican Senatorial Committee ran the now-infamous hot dog ad. (Posted below.) But before Smith was against the ad, he was for it, according to this KXL radio interview from Sept. 18. "I think what Jeff Merkley forgot is what his mother I'm ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Gordon Smith and Jeff Merkley Go Head-to-Head in Medford


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The second and last U.S Senate debate between Republican Sen. Gordon Smith and Democratic challenger Jeff Merkley in Medford is online here now. If the last debate in Portland Thursday was a toss-up (or a close win for Merkley on his home turf), Monday night's debate may have gone the other way. Point 1: Smith, flush with cash to spend on his own ads, said he would work with Merkley to ensure ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

Merkley Scoops Up Top Enviro For His Staff


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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Portland), recently assigned to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has hired Environment Oregon program director Jeremiah Baumann to be his advisor on energy and environmental issues. The hire is a coup for Merkley. The freshman senator snags a skilled lobbyist who was heavily involved in passing Oregon's renewable energy standard—the 2007 bill ...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

One Senator Just Says No to Smoking Candy


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Do not be alarmed, Portland, this is only a test. Along with Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, we are a test market for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco's latest attempt to cash in on the smokeless tobacco sales boom, as WW reported last week. This isn't tobacco you chew and spit though. No, no no, the Camel Orb's are candy. And according to U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), every design element was nefariously ...   More
 
Friday, May 22, 2009 Megan Brescini

OLCV Hires Jon Isaacs As Its New Executive Director


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WW reported last week that Jonathan Poisner would be leaving the Oregon League of Conservation Voters after 12 years as its executive director. Today, we learn that Poisner's replacement will be Jon Isaacs, who's well-connected in Democratic circles. Isaacs' background includes stints as executive director of FuturePAC, the political committee for Oregon's House Democrats; and as both campaign ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley And Extending Employment Protections to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity


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U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) today was among a group of four senators to introduce the latest version of a bill that would ban employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The freshman Democrat announced today he is a sponsor — along with Sens. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both R-Maine) — of the Employment Non-Discrimination ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 HANK STERN

Follow-Up To The Flap Over Oregon's Federal Judicial Selection Process


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Earlier this week, WW published a story about the selection process for two open federal judgeships in Oregon. The selection committee, which was appointed by U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, chose five straight white males as finalists for the highly coveted $174,000-a-year positions. Wyden chief of staff Josh Kardon, who oversaw the process for Oregon's senior senator, took strong exception ...   More
 
Friday, July 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

U.S. Attorney, U.S. Marshal Candidates Named: Updated


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Sen. Ron Wyden's office has released the names of those whom a selection committee jointly named by Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley will interview for open U.S. Attorney and U.S. Marshal positions. After two currently open federal judgeships, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon and U.S. Marshal positions are among the prime federal political appointments for which locals are eligible. It's worth ...   More
 
Saturday, September 26, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read This Before You Get That "Free" Checking Account


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Putting your money under your mattress may seem more attractive after reading a report OSPIRG released last week on all the ways Oregon banks nickel and dime consumers. Here are two alarming facts the consumer protection group discovered in a survey of 10 banks and eight credit unions offering "low cost" checking accounts in Portland, Eugene and Ashland: An overdraft of $20 paid back in two ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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