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Jeff Merkley

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  • The new law that would outlaw LGBT discrimination everywhere

    WASHINGTON For 20 years, LGBT advocates have tried, unsuccessfully, to block companies in the U.S. from firing workers for being gay. The federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, was introduced in 1994 by Massachusetts Democrats Ted Kennedy in the Senate and Gerry Studds in the House. It was reintroduced in almost every congressional session and finally made it through the House in 2007, but wasn't debated in the Senate that year because of disagreement among Democrats over whether to include transgender as well as gay employees. In 2013 a version passed the Senate, which was Democratic-controlled, only to die in the Republican-controlled House.
  • Editorials from around Oregon

    The (Albany) Democrat Herald, June 17, on genetically modified organisms ban While we wait to see what the next front will be in the statewide battle over genetically modified organisms (it might be in neighboring Benton County, where proponents of a ban...

    Smaller carry-on bag proposal draws ire from lawmakers

    Smaller carry-on bag proposal draws ire from lawmakers
    A proposal by an airline trade group to create a smaller standard size for carry-on bags has drawn the ire of lawmakers who say the move is meant to squeeze more money out of air travelers. "Consumers are tired of being squeezed -- physically and...

    VA nomination on hold in Senate over Agent Orange dispute

    Three Democratic senators are holding up a confirmation vote on President Barack Obama's nominee for Veterans Affairs' top health post, citing the department's delay in extending disability benefits to Air Force reservists possibly exposed to Agent...

    How not to win friends and influence people

    Sitting across the table in my radio studio, California Congressman John Garamendi grabbed his head in disbelief when I asked him about the Trans-Pacific Partnership: "What's the president doing?" It's the same reaction I've received from many...