Merkley Makes an Appearance in Leaked Cables


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 A story in last week’s WW, “Cablegate,” mentions Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) as the only member of Oregon’s congressional delegation mentioned up to that point in the cables leaked to Wikileaks.So far Wikileaks has published only about 2,000 out of a total of 250,000 cables in its possession. But the latest batch has another Oregon connection.If ...   More
 
Monday, December 20, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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  We’ve written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn’t get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley’s “Animal Crush Videos” Bill Signed into Law


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  Here’s something to take your mind off the political infighting in Washington DC for a second. Something actually was achieved today in the nation’s capital. President Obama signed into law the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Richard Burr (R-NC). Merkley joined the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 by Kendra Clune

Now This is a Filibuster


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  We’ve written this week about Democratic opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. And we’ve written about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster—including a proposed requirement that senators seeking to delay legislation by filibustering be required to stay on the Senate floor. Today, the news threads meet in the ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley Joins Democratic Opposition to Obama Tax Deal


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  All four House Democrats from Oregon have already voiced opposition to President Obama’s tax deal with Republicans. Now U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has joined their chorus with his own concerns. Merkley said the tax package, which the Senate is expected to approve this week, would add to the national debt and do little for middle-class families. In a statement, Merkley supported components ...   More
 
Monday, December 13, 2010 by Kendra Clune

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

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

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

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