Portland Sit-In Planned for Real Health Care Reform

While the Senate Finance Committee passed a health care bill out of committee today in Washington DC (with the support of Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden) some Portlanders are planning a sit-in this Thursday at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield to demand an end to insurance abuse and promote a single-payer health care plan. The local protest by Mobilization for Health Care and Healthcare-NOW! will be ...   More
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Wyden Asks for Review of Ugandan Trade Status in Light of Anti-Gay Bill

Students at Southridge High School in Beaverton aren't the only ones taking action against Uganda's barbarous Anti-Homosexuality Bill. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) recently sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stating, “I strongly urge you to communicate immediately to the Ugandan government, and President Yoweri Museveni directly, that Uganda's beneficiary status under ...   More
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 Ari Phillips

Wyden's Chief of Staff Joins Forces With Tonkon Torp (Updated Feb. 9)

A couple of weeks ago, Josh Kardon, who has served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) since 1994, announced he was taking a leave to run his boss's re-election campaign. But now it looks as though Kardon's departure might be permanent. Today, the Tonkon Torp law firm, which has an active lobbying practice, announced Kardon will be joining joining forces with the firm, although ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Blog Names Potential GOP Opponent for Wyden: Updated With Response

There's been word among the chattering classes for a couple of days that U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Portland), who is up for re-election this year, might draw something more than the token fringe opponents who are often the only ones willing to challenge a well-entrenched incumbent. Today the NW Republican blog produced a name for that mythical potential opponent: Lewis & Clark Law School ...   More
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ron Wyden Hires Campaign Manager

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has hired Jake Weigler to run his 2010 re-election campaign. Weigler ran Steve Novick's unsuccessful 2008 run in the Democratic primary for Oregon's other U.S. Senate seat. The Wyden campaign looks a lot easier than the 2008 task for Weigler, who has subsequently served as a spokesman at the Oregon Departments of Justice and Education (His last day at ODE is Feb. ...   More
Friday, January 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Poll in Oregon Senate Race

Now that Lewis & Clark law prof Jim Huffman is in the discussion as a potential Republican contender for the seat of U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), there's a survey out testing how Huffman would do in a race against Wyden — if Huffman were to run in the May GOP primary and advance to the general election in November. The Rasmussen Reports telephone poll Feb. 16 of 500 likely Oregon ...   More
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 HANK STERN

Insta-Update II on An Oregon Senator In The News

We reported a few weeks back on U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) leaning on the State Department to let Uganda know that passage of horrific anti-gay legislation (which would incarcerate or possibly sentence to death citizens for being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) would carry consequences for trade with the United States. Wyden's office today released this response (PDF) from the State ...   More
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Huffman Enters U.S. Senate Race: Dems Already Have Welcome Prepared

Lewis & Clark Law Professor Jim Huffman will enter the U.S. Senate Race tonight at a kickoff event at Halton Tractor Company on Columbia Boulevard at 5 pm. Huffman, a Republican hopes to challenge incumbent Democrat Ron Wyden, Oregon's senior senator. Huffman's interest in the race has been in the news for a couple of weeks — which gave the Democratic Party of Oregon plenty of time ...   More
Thursday, March 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

County Candidate Gets Big Lift from Ron Wyden (Updated with New Numbers)

In a rare move for Portland politics, a sitting U.S. senator has put his weight behind a candidate for local office. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has plowed $5,000 from his federal PAC into Loretta Smith's campaign for Multnomah County commissioner. Smith has been an aide to Wyden for 20 years. Josh Kardon, Wyden's former chief of staff, has also given $1,000 to Smith's campaign. Those contributions ...   More
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Caught on Tape! All of WW's Endorsement Interviews!

Unsatisfied with reading our endorsements? Dying to be a fly on the wall during our interviews? You're in luck! All of our endorsement interviews are posted online here. Part Charlie Rose, part Gong Show, the videos promise hours and hours of pure, unadulterated political wonkery. Here are a few highlights: U.S. Senate Republican hopeful Jim Huffman, recalling with a smile what it was ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC


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