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

What Jeff Merkley Thinks About Time's Person of The Year


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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may be Time magazine's Person of the Year. But U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley doesn't seem too impressed with the man Time credited with preventing an "economic catastrophe." The Oregon Democrat announced this morning he would vote on Dec. 17 against Bernanke's nomination to a second term as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Merkley, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 HANK STERN

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


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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

Merkley v. Bunning: The Latest


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U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) has made himself into quite the political punching bag lately by blocking the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor, and then reportedly telling Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) "Tough shit" when Merkley called him on it. Here on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) gets in his shots at Bunning and some of the Kentucky senator's Republican ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 HANK STERN

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