Look Who's Talking About Taxing Health Benefits Now

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

Sen. Ron Wyden's Office Names Candidates For Federal Judgeship

One of the tasks for U.S. senators is making recommendations for highly-sought-after federal judgeships. Currently, Oregon's senior senator, Democrat Ron Wyden, has a committee working on recommending the next federal judge to President Obama for his consideration. Today, Wyden's office named the candidates for that position, which comes with a lifetime appointment. Here is the list: · ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

NW Oregon Labor Council Backs Single-Payer Health Plan

More bad news for U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon's embattled health care plan: The largest central labor council in Oregon has endorsed House Resolution 676, the single-payer health care bill introduced by Michigan Congressman John Conyers. Here's the council's explanation of why single-payer is the best plan. For Wyden's views on a so-called public option and how it fits with his Healthy ...   More
Monday, July 13, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

What Ron Wyden Thinks About What President Obama Thinks About Wyden's Health Care Proposal

There were a couple of "money quotes" in today's story in The Oregonian about President Obama's response to the Healthy Americans Act proposed by U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Obama was quoted in the roundtable with The O's Charles Pope and other reporters as saying he agreed with "90 percent" of Wyden's thinking on the topic but that parts of the plan were too "radical" for the country. Guess ...   More
Thursday, July 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Protesters Demand Wyden Include A Public Health Care Option

Dozens of protesters chanted outside Sen. Ron Wyden's office (1220 SW 3rd Avenue) this afternoon for 30 minutes to demand the Oregon Democrat consider a public health care option. Wyden has worked for a long time on a health care system overhaul, as he explained in this WW interview, in hopes of providing individuals with more and cheaper health care options. But he has taken a good deal of ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2009 Katie Litvin

Ron Wyden Targeted in New TV Ad on Health Care

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzXhPtbk9eo&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fhealthcareforamericanow%2Eorg%2Fsite%2Fcontent%2Fwhat%5Fif%5Fads&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] A coalition called Health Care For America Now announced today that it is spending $1.1 million to broadcast a health care ad campaign in 10 states over the next 10 days, with the version on our airwaves tailored to ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2009 HANK STERN

Wyden Recommends Five for Federal Judgeships

As reported earlier, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) took the lead on filling recommending candidates for two judicial vacancies in U.S. District Court in Portland (U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is also involved in the process but as Oregon's senior senator, Wyden is in the driver's seat on these appointments made by the president). Appointments to the federal bench are for life and the job pays about ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wyden, Other 'Centrists' Seek to Slow Health Reform

The Huffington Post is reporting that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and five other senators have sent a letter to Democratic and Republican leaders urging them to slow down Congress's efforts to bring universal health care. Wyden and Co. are already taking a beating on liberal blogs, with the Huffington Post story dubbing them a "gang of six." "The organized effort to slow down the process ...   More
Friday, July 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

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

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

Tuesday Morning TV: Ron Wyden Says To Watch Him Grill Nominee About Helicopter Tours Over Crater Lakes

Talk that Crater Lake might be opened up to helicopter tours has U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) promising a fight. And what better way for a lawmaker to land a blow than a full-blown congressional hearing in which the Obama administration's nominee to head the National Park Service comes up for confirmation. That's what happening Tuesday, July 28 when Wyden promises to ask that nominee, Jonathan ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 HANK STERN


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