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Jeff Merkley

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  • New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change

    New breed of Senate Democrats drove filibuster change
    WASHINGTON — After pushing through one of the most significant rule changes in Senate history, Majority Leader Harry Reid struck a solemn tone: "This is not a time for celebration." But behind closed doors in a room off the Senate floor, some of...
  • Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today

     Why Woodrow Wilson hated the filibuster -- and why it still makes no sense today
    Senators have long considered any change to filibuster rules to be "the nuclear option." But the recent action by Democrats to limit the use of filibusters in blocking most presidential nominations didn't go nearly far enough. Now is the time to get rid...
  • Letters: 'Nuclear option' -- it's about time

    Re "New breed in the Senate," Nov. 23 It's about time the Democrats showed some backbone. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) statement to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) years ago that "we've got to change the culture" was sadly prescient....
  • Oregon governor opens bid for 4th term despite rocky Obamacare rollout

    Oregon governor opens bid for 4th term despite rocky Obamacare rollout
    When Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his bid for a fourth term Monday, it was no surprise that he did so at an elementary school – a long way from the headquarters of Cover Oregon where software engineers are still trying to fix problems with...
  • After filibuster rule change, more delay tactics bog down Senate

    After filibuster rule change, more delay tactics bog down Senate
    WASHINGTON — Republican resentment over the Democrats' decision to change Senate rules and eliminate filibusters on nominations has led to a form of trench warfare in the already deliberative body, producing long hours and hard feelings as the...
  • California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016

    California ballot measure on pot legalization delayed until 2016
    SEATTLE — A coalition of investors and strategists, which played a key role in passing most of the legislation to reform drug laws nationwide since 1996, has decided not to put a pot initiative on the ballot in California this year but will wait...
  • Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight

    Obama's class of 2008 in Senate faces reelection fight
    When Barack Obama won a historic victory in 2008, eight Democratic candidates captured Senate seats that had been in Republican hands. Those same Democrats are now facing their first reelection campaigns in a less friendly political climate, and...
  • Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now

    Democratic senators who won with Obama's help may not want it now
    NASHUA, N.H. — For better or worse, they are the class of Obama. Eight Democratic senators swept into office partly on Barack Obama's 2008 coattails are facing their first reelection bid without the benefit of having the president on the ballot...
  • Drought plan unveiled by Senate Democrats

    After vowing to block a GOP plan to help farmers deal with the California drought, congressional Democrats have now unveiled their own drought proposal – a more modest proposal that would not suspend any state or federal environmental laws. The...
  • Horse breeders saddled with tax scrutiny

    Horse breeders saddled with tax scrutiny
    The battle over the federal budget has been playing out slowly in Congress for weeks, but it came galloping toward Maryland's thoroughbred farms recently in the form of a proposed tax increase. After threatening to trim the nation's ballooning budget...
  • Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support

    Changes in chemical safety law getting bipartisan support
    The first signs of bipartisan support for overhauling the nation's chemical safety law emerged Monday, as three Republicans joined 23 other senators calling for tough restrictions on toxic flame retardants. Citing the Tribune's Tribune's "Playing With...