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Jeff Merkley

Jeffrey Alan Jeff Merkley (born October 24, 1956) is the junior United States Senator from Oregon. A member of the Democratic Party, Merkley was a five-term member of the Oregon Legislative Assembly representing House District 47, located in eastern Multnomah County within the Portland city limits.

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Oregon's governor is bi 😎😎 First LGBT governor. And Jeff Merkley was the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders in the primary!
There are very few congressmen I trust or like:Jeff Merkley''s at the very top.
Keep It In the Ground: Happening Now - Climate Updates from Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley . Climate Updates from...
Remember when 60% of Americans were in the Middle Class before Jeff Merkley & Obam…
I have met Jeff Merkley. He is seriously brilliant and sincere.
Now is the time to get behind Sen. Jeff Merkley 4 President in 2020. Right man @ the right time. He can bring us together.
Sen Jeff Merkley says:. Until every American has a secure, family-wage job, not one penny more in tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
Courtesy of Vanessa Warheit:. "Thank you Senator Jeff Merkley for showing Bill Wehrum to be what he is - a...
Jeff Merkley. Remember? I call on Donald Trump to explain to the American people why he is breaking this promise. Th…
For our subscribers: Sen. Jeff Merkley visited Pacific Seafood in Bay City and Hampton Lumber Co. in Tillamook...
More people need to listen to Jeff Merkley and what he has to say...he deserves a lot of support
Duh..Jeff Merkley and other Democrat senators are followers NOT d…
Jeff Merkley tells it like it is. we need more Senators like him!
Sen. Jeff Merkley One-on-One on Trump’s comment to widow, Healthcare. via
. Another candidate for a horse . whipping. Senator Jeff Merkley said ( CNN ) You are a little boy trapped in a man's body.
"He's trapped in a childhood emotional state". ~Sen Jeff Merkley describing Trump just now on CNN
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2020 is a long way off. If we want 2 win, a good idea is 2 get behind Sen. Jeff Merkley 4 President. He's the right man @ the right time.
but those people who helped him and when needed endorsed him are of like mind. In m…
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., reacts to President Trump's Afghanistan remarks, says 'long past time' to wind down
Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley was in Portland to express his support for transgender rights.
Only Senate Democrats to publicly endorse single-payer are Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, and Elizabeth Warren
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley wrapped up a tour of 36 town hall events in ftont of about 200 people at NHS last week. https:…
Don't forget Jeff merkley or Ron Wyden or Bonamici and Kate brown the moonshine drinking problem d…
What a joke 16k in medical bills vs 16k for a car or a truck or a Jeep Wrangler. Come on Jeff merkl…
America needs Jeff Merkley. Let's all get behind him for 2020. His youth & his progressive ideas are what we need. MERKLEY in 2020!
I like Jeff Merkley for the most part
My Senators rock! Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden. But Congressman Greg Walden is the rat trying to get int…
Jeff Merkley plans to jam up the Republicans' repeal process by proposing more than 100 amendments.
I am proud to say Jeff Merkley is my senator.
This is what Sen. Wyden is doing. Our other senator, Jeff Merkley, is doing better
Joseph Kennedy III, and Jeff Merkley are two of my favorites.
Jeff Merkley just savaged *** Mulvaney like a dog with a squirrel
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley is a pig with lipstick.
Town halls in Oregon's red counties used to boo & heckle Jeff Merkley. Now they give him standing ovations there
NO WAY! Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley has been screaming from the roof tops on how Trump is gutting thes…
Jeff Merkley says he will stand to replace as leader of the Conservative Party
Jeff Merkley asked him about this at the confirmation hearing. If he could do the maths.
Thank you, Senator Jeff Merkley, for speaking up for many Americans, NO to
Thank You Senator Jeff Merkley for Speaking for The American People and Their Families. Is it True Trump took Healthcare
Let Sen Jeff Merkley speak, uninterrupted! Can you do even 1 interview w/out slobbering, stuttering or rudely over-talking?
Sen.Jeff Merkley his constituents was ready to tear his heart out in 2009 bc of ACA. Now they're angry at repubs trumpcare
Sen. Jeff Merkley on MSNBC "A budget is a statement of values." Indeed. The rich aka America 1st vs. the middle class & poor last.
is tax-payers first, but only if you're a billionaire. . -Sen. jeff Merkley (D) Oregon on MSNBC right now.
Listen Senator Jeff Merkley. You lie to your nation and state when you spit out this nonsense
Interesting. I would thought of Jeff Merkley over Ron Wyden. More charisma, seemingly more liberal.
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wow you're weird. Jeff Merkley graduated from David Douglas. My daughter went to school with his daughter Brynn
OR Senator Jeff Merkley proposes senate bill to shift US to 100% energy by 2050:
An interesting and informative piece about one of Bernie's few close allies on the Hill, and what the ACA did for...
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I really like Jeff Merkley, us senator from Oregon. I don't think War…
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who attended a White House meeting on North Korea Wednesday, all-but-verified that the...
Personally I hope Senator Jeff Merkley runs for the presidency in 2020
WATCH: Sen. Jeff Merkley is still on the floor speaking in protest of President Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch
Sen. Jeff Merkley can as long as he likes. GOP will use Nuclear Option and thus, Surpreme Court Justice Ne…
Sen. Jeff Merkley, for all the good it will do. Trump us a despot who will get his way anyway, but and
Jeff Merkley holds Senate floor to block Neil Gorsuch vote (live video)
Sen. Jeff Merkley just announced he'll hold 3 Central Oregon town halls Saturday, in Madras, Prineville and Redmond
Merkley says he will oppose Tillerson. Sen. Jeff Merkley announced Thursday that he will vote against Rex Tiller
Chris Murphy, Jeff Merkley, Elizabath Warren, Cory Booker and Al Franken are my heroes RN.
Jeff Merkley reads Coretta Scott King's letter about Jeff Sessions on Senate floor
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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said he will filibuster any pick that is not Merrick Garland
"the maturity of a 5 year old wrapped in a massive ego" with his finger in nuclear trigger. Jeff Merkley on Trump, while Chris Hayes smirks.
Mnuchin will make America work for Wall Street, Sen. Jeff Merkley says
Sen. Jeff Merkley: empty Supreme Court seat "is being stolen from the Obama administration"
It's actually LONG overdue. Come on Senator Ron Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Peter DeFazio. Get on this many of...
8 years ago, Jeff Merkley spoke at the Denver DNC as a state rep. down big to a 2-term Senate incumbent. Now...
"Jeff Merkley". The Bernie Sanders for 2020 or 2024! When the revolution continues!
Additional DNCC speakers announced, including Raul Grijalva, Keith Ellison and Jeff Merkley, all of whom endorsed Sanders…
Sen. Jeff Merkley speaks AGAINST the DARK Act EXTREME 7-7-16 First time-...
Jeff Merkley of OR, the only sitting US Senator who supported Bernie, is now endorsing Hillary.
NYT: Sen. Jeff Merkley, only senator to endorse is now backing He's also a superdelega…
Sen. Jeff Merkley, the only sitting US senator 2 endorse BS, announced that he is flipping his support to Hillary. Buhbye Burnie!
Jeff Merkley, only Senator to endorse Bernie Sanders, now says he supports Hillary Clinton.
Today, Senate Democrats led by Chuck Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tom Udall, and Jeff Merkley are unveiling their...
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Jeff Merkley on MSNBC basically suggesting that Sanders should/will end his campaign after California
Thank you, Senator Jeff Merkley, for joining your colleagues to push U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to...
Over and over again, I hear from Oregonians that we need real health care r...
Jeff Merkley, Sanders's sole Senate endorser, not on board with the "flip the nomination with superdelegates" idea.
Too many Americans who are uninsured or under-insured do not receive regula...
"SANE"Act, co-sponsored by Sen Bernie Sanders & Sen Jeff Merkley. with there would be hope for
There are two ways of looking at the talking filibuster. My way is as a for...
Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) today applauded the announcement that...
We can no longer continue with a status quo energy policy. We must create s...
ASL Interpreter Help Needed for deaf in Portland Tomorrow for US Rep Tulsi Gabbard and Sen Jeff Merkley rally even…
National Nurses United, Senator Jeff Merkley and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Bernie love at Portland rally. https…
Rally w/ Sen Jeff Merkley & Rep Tulsi Gabbard at the Bern Center starting; "Why I feel the Bern"
And didn't that one senator, Jeff Merkley, recently say he knows it's over for Sanders?
Senator Jeff Merkley speaking in detail about why he has endorsed Bernie Sanders.
Senator Jeff Merkley: Why we need to in nine words: Islands lost to rising seas as climate change…
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Sen. Jeff Merkley-young, endorsed Bernie but not a Bernie Bro
"We need urgency. We need big ideas. We need to rethink the status quo." . -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR).
I agree with Senator Jeff Merkley. It's time for the people not the 1%. We are the government!
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, colleagues urge federal regulators to do more to cut air pollution around ports, railyards
Oregon’s Sen. Jeff Merkley joins call to cut air pollution at ports, railyards
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Sharing: Jeff Merkley of Oregon called it "Tremendous News." Oregon's up next...
Se. Jeff Merkley (OR) taking about bills he sponsored to help small business at conf.
As a native Oregonian and small business owner Jeff Merkley lost my vote.
Only one Democrat in the whole Senate endorses Bernie: Jeff Merkley. That says a lot.
Sanders thanks Sen. Jeff Merkley for his endorsement. Watch live:
Sanders thanks OR Sen. Jeff Merkley: "There are a hundred people in the US senate, Jeff is the only member to support our campaign"
"I want to thank your Senator, Jeff Merkley. He's the only senator to support our campaign and I want to thank him."
Listening to US Senator for Oregon, Jeff Merkley at the Small Business Majority Summit.
Sen. Jeff Merkley: "It's an uphill battle" for Sanders to secure superdelegates
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the safest choice is probably Jeff Merkley, he's the non-Jewish West Coast Sanders. And he's younger.
If any senator was going to endorse Bernie Sanders, it was Jeff Merkley - Washington Post
"It takes courage to be Tulsi Gabbard and Jeff Merkley." -Larry Cohen speaking in Eugene, OR
Robert Reich wonders if you'll join Sen. Jeff Merkley in Supporting Bernie Sanders?.
Jeff Merkley, senator from Oregon, explains why he's endorsing colleague in an op-ed for the NYT:
Thank you for your advocacy Senators Debbie Stabenow, Jeff Merkley, Jon Tester, Barbara Boxer and Pat Leahy
The Great Recession is over! Some home owners are still struggling and facing foreclosure. Jeff Merkley is...
Senators Brian Schatz, Jeff Merkley, Al Franken, and Jeanne Shaheen are a few.
Oregon lawmakers split on $1.15 trillion omnibus spending bill: Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Rep. Kurt…
Merkley Supports Dredging of Oregon’s Small Ports: Senator Jeff Merkley has announced that the omnibus spendin...
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley want to expose schools that hope to discriminate against transgender people
Oregon Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden vote no - for differing reasons - as Congress OKs big year-end spending bill
Sen. Jeff Merkley's 3 takeaways from the Paris climate talks
. Cool! I'll be voting for those NOT bribed by corporate fascists. . Several, like Jeff Merkley, r Dems
ICYMI: rightly congratulated Sen. Jeff Merkley for his efforts this week to protect kids --
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Thank you Senator Jeff Merkley for fighting to keep the DARK Act out of the year-end omnibus spending bill!
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley upset by reports end-of-year budget deal includes deal to lift ban on oil exports
"If we don't make things in Oregon we don't have a middle class in Oregon" - Senator Jeff Merkley at the Oregon...
Starting my day with Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley at the Oregon Leadership Summit, OR Con Center
If we can bring back Feingold, he'll be just as bold a progressive champ as Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken, Jeff Merkley, and others—pushing
Merkley, back from Paris, hails climate change deal: Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., released the following stateme...
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, back from Paris, hails "breakthrough" climate change agreement of nearly 200 nations
Count me in! I join my fellow Americans to stand up against the hate-filled speech of Donald Trump! Jeff Merkley
Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley has emerged as the chief roadblock to a GMO labeling preemption bill.
Senator's Family Affected By Southern Oregon Shooting: Sen. Jeff Merkley had a relative who died in the Umpqua…
Marijuana news: Jeff Merkley first U.S. senator to support legalizing pot
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) becomes the 31st U.S. senator to support the Iran deal. Pres. Obama needs 3 more to seal the deal.
I am not sure what one thinks will be left to legislate in September when Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron...
Oregon Race Is A Fight for the Soul of the Senate
It is time for Shell to abandon its irresponsible arctic drilling plans >> h…
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League of Conservation Voters. Sen Merkley calls on Shell to abandon plans to drill in Arctic:
Take action to stop Arctic drilling. Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon has introduced legislation that would prevent...
Get in front of this Senators Wyden and Merkley !! Columbia River water belongs to all of us not Nestle !!
Imbler FFA being AGvocates by asking questions of Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon. Way to represent FFA.
Super Kudos to Senator Cory Booker for joining Senators Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley taking a lead on this...
Wyden, Merkley block VA nominee over Agent Orange exposure: Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and S...
Let's hear it for Jeff Merkley and Senator Ron Wyden! Way to support our elders! Let's hear it, America, for all...
Jeff Merkley, too, who's awesome. :) And Gov. Kate Brown! Big, welcome change from TX.
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Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley paper over differences on trade pacts as they unite for campaign via
Will Harry Reid's retirement provide an opening for Jeff Merkley or Patty Murray? (audio): Democratic Sens. Jeff…
Senator Jeff Merkley has been warned this disabled veteran will start a recall June 1, 2015. He's been told how to prevent it.
Had a very good visit with Senator Jeff Merkley this morning.
Jeff Merkley was Mark Hatfield's intern in 1976. Took his seat 32 years later
Jeff Merkley. Just days after being sworn in, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged that "there will be...
Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, Elizabeth Warren, and Jack Reed vote against Iran sanctions for first time
Federal lawmakers believe the time has come to put an end to the Reefer Madness that led to the criminalization of American hemp production nearly 80 years ago. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, along with Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky recently filed a piece of legislation on Capitol Hi…
Happy Holidays Dear Senator to You and Yours!! Cheers to a HAPPY 2015! ! ! :D Fight the Jeff Merkley !
Turning on the TV this evening I couldn't help notice the deluge of really nasty, mean-spirited (and misleading) attack ads—against Sen. Jeff Merkley, Gov.John Kitzhaber, and even (you guessed it) Barack Obama!. Don't be fooled, folks. Those ads aren't trying to get you to vote for Republicans. They're trying to get you NOT TO VOTE! Research clearly shows that the nastier the ads, the more they tend to make people feel like not bothering to vote. PLEASE DON'T let the big money folks behind those ads get by with this voter-suppression tactic. VOTE!!!
Email from Elizabeth Warren. Excerpt: "The Senate Republicans have made it clear whose side they stand on. They'd rather protect the special tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires, while our government makes literally billions of dollars in profit off of the backs of our students. That is deeply wrong – and it's up to us to fight back." The Republicans filibustered our student loans bill earlier this year, voting to keep interest rates high on student loans so that they could protect tax loopholes for billionaires. Now it is election time, and it's time for a little accountability. And it is happening in states like New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, and Kentucky. Alison Lundergan Grimes, Jeff Merkley, Kay Hagan, and Jeanne Shaheen all have campaign ads focusing on our student loans fight: Jeff's ad says that every kid deserves the chance to go to college and build a future without being crushed by debt. Jeanne's ad talks about how it isn't right that people can refinance their mortgages bu ...
Jeff Merkley: do you want to live in an America where Karl Rove writes health care laws? Mitt Romney, tax laws? Crowd yells: NO
Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Oregon in support of Jeff Merkley! WHEN: Wednesday, October 8, .
Jeff Merkley. Today Senate Republicans once again filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act Monica Wehby agrees with them htt…
The Republicans wants to make dramatic, irresponsible cuts to appease the Tea Party wing of their party, and senior citizens are asked to pay the price. Remember the Republican's radical "Cut, Cap and Balance" plan? It would have required deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare. And of course, the plan made those cuts while protecting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. It's wrong, and Jeff Merkley held the line by voting no. But Monica Wehby says she would have voted for it, balancing the budget on the backs of seniors and asking nothing from the wealthiest Americans.
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BREAKING NEWS: The Koch Brother's $3.6 million ad campaign against Jeff will begin in just 8 days! It's real,The attack machine is here. Please take a minute and watch this short video of Senator Merkley on why it's so important for us to stand together against the Koch Brothers: Your $3 donation is critical to our efforts at fighting back. We're just $14,125 away from smashing our $100k goal for July. Chip in today and help Jeff stand up to the Koch Brothers! Thanks for everything. Tim Leahy Team Merkley Paid for by Jeff Merkley for Oregon. Jeff Merkley for Oregon PO Box 14172, Portland, OR 97293.
So you will know who the traitors are in office So much bold faced twisted sick crap. Absolute power corrupts absolutely! They are willing to let us die and be slaves for them to gain power and money. These are the Democratic Senators who want to repeal our right to speak by changing the 1st Amendment And the list of the 46 Senators who tried to give our rights away to the UN This is the list of Senate co-sponsors of S.J. Res. 19, we are providing the list below, courtesy of the Library of Congress (alpha order by last name): Tammy Baldwin (WI) Mark Begich (AK) Michael Bennet (CO) Richard Blumenthal (CT) Cory Booker (NJ) Barbara Boxer (CA) Sherrod Brown (OH) Benjamin Cardin (MD) Thomas Carper (DE) Christopher *** (DE) Richard Durbin (IL) Dianne Feinstein (CA) Al Franken (MN) Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) Kay Hagen (NC) Tom Harkin (IA) Martin Heinrich (NM) Mazie Hirono (HI) Tim Johnson (SD) Angus King, Jr. (ME) Amy Klobuchar (MN) Edward Markey (MA) Robert Menendez (NJ) Jeff Merkley (OR) Barbara Mikulski (MD) C . ...
Governor Kitzhaber: Oregon Should Take Immediate Legal Action to Hold Oracle Accountable Oracle's failure is unacceptable to Oregonians who need and deserve quality health care (Salem, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber today asked Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to immediately initiate legal action to recover payments and other damages from Oracle, the state’s chief technology vendor for Cover Oregon. Citing Oracle's failure to deliver to the state a fully functional website for health insurance enrollment, the Governor next made a request to Daniel Levinson, the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to evaluate the work performed by Oracle and consider the full range of legal options. He also wrote Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley requesting they use their oversight authority to help investigate and recoup taxpayer dollars paid to Oracle. The Governor described these actions while presenting to the Oregon State Legislature Joint Committee on Legislative Audits, Info ...
Wyden, Merkley Feinstein, Boxer Introduce Klamath Basin Legislation Governor Kitzhaber Calls Legislation “the Culmination of a Decade-Long Effort” Washington, D.C. – Moving quickly to build on the work done by local ranchers, tribes, and federal and state officials, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation today that will put into law the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement that was signed last month. The Upper Klamath Basin Agreement was hammered out by a task force appointed last year by Wyden, along with Merkley, Congressman Greg Walden and Governor John Kitzhaber. It was signed on April 18 during a ceremony on the banks of Spring Creek in Klamath County. The Senate bill gives Congressional approval to the Upper Basin Agreement, authorizing the Department of the Interior to act and achieve the agreement’s benefits: increased stream flows into Upper Klamath Lake, more water certainty to irrigators, impro ...
Thank you to all those that helped and supported my campaign for the United States Senate. Earlier today, 5/21/14, I called and spoke with Monica Wehby, personally, to congratulate her on her win in the Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate here in Oregon. Throughout the campaign of the past several months, Monica and I have had a very positive rapport on the campaign trail, as fellow candidates in the same race. I realized last night, that now is not the time to be depressed, or think back on how my team and I could have done things differently. Now is the time to take our country back, and defeat Jeff Merkley this coming November. Defeating Jeff Merkley is something I have been committed to doing from the beginning, in order to get our country back on the right track to Freedom. Although Monica and I may disagree on some of the issues, I am willing do what I can to help Monica restore our country to the constitutional republic it was founded to be, by helping her to defeat Jeff Merkley this coming No . ...
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Monica Wehby, congratulations on winning the Republican ticket for Oregon's primary so you can now run against Jeff Merkley (good luck with that) in November. Perhaps now that you are on the ticket, you can stop accusing Democrats of dropping the info about stalking your ex... that was NOT the Democratic party or any Democratic politician in Oregon (because, well, why? they/he aren't/isn't running against you yet)... it was actually the "news" organization called POLITICO. An East Coast, not Oregon, publication. And, if you want to stand up there and talk about the right way to do politics, you might want to do a little more due diligence on your biggest contributor, Nevada's Mr. Parks, who has a history of running the very kinds of attack ads that you say you abhor.
Monica Wehby is a change from Politics as usual. Join at and beat Jeff Merkley!
Political newcomer Monica Wehby defeated state Rep. Jason Conger in the Oregon GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate, according to early returns Tuesday. They were competing for the right to run against Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., in the fall.
FOX 12 political analyst Tim Hibbitts says Sen. Jeff Merkley is the favorite in November, but not an "absolute, certain winner" against Monica Wehby.
Dear Dr. Gregory, The results of last night’s primary elections are in and the match-ups are set in the following key races: KENTUCKY: Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) vs. Senator Mitch McConnell (R)Last night, Mitch McConnell beat back a Tea Party challenger, but make no mistake: he’s deeply unpopular in Kentucky. His opponent won 35% of the vote, and many of those who voted against McConnell are ready to cross party lines to vote for Grimes. And a conservative Super PAC has bought over half a million dollars in attack ads against Grimes – set to start airing today. If you’re ready to ‘Ditch Mitch,’ now’s the time. Contribute $20 to Alison Lundergan Grimes and help get rid of Mitch McConnell.OREGON: Senator Jeff Merkley (D) vs. Monica Wehby (R)Progressive champion Jeff Merkley will face off against Monica Wehby. Wehby is a first-time candidate whose short political career has already been tainted by scandals. She won a narrow majority in a crowded GOP primary. Republicans think that she’s the ...
Super Tuesday's primary elections results CHARLES BABINGTON /AP The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, fended off a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday to set up an expensive November contest against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes and McConnell won their parties' nominations as Kentucky and five other states held primary contests ahead of November's mid-term elections. Also picking Senate nominees Tuesday were voters in Oregon, Georgia and Arkansas. Oregon Republicans were choosing a challenger to first-term Sen. Jeff Merkley, who only recently emerged as a GOP target. Georgia had a crowded GOP race that is headed to a July runoff. GOP SHOWDOWN: KENTUCKY Tea Party conservatives would love to have knocked off McConnell, who they view as too ready to compromise with Democrats. They once held high hopes for Matt Bevin, a businessman making his first run for office. But Bevin struggled with everything from his official biography to an appearance at a cockfighting rally, for which he ...
Other results: Dr. Monica Wehby will face off against incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley in November, and Dennis Richardson will challenge John Kitzhaber for governor. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Walden scored a sound victory over Dennis Linthicum for that GOP nomination. In neighboring House District 58, Greg Barreto emerged victorious over John Turner in what was a heated race. In our own House District, incumbent Cliff Bentz was unchallenged. Look for full results in Friday's issue!
Election Day in Oregon: Congratulations to Monica Wehby for a decisive win in the Republican Primary. Looking forward to her taking on the inept incumbent Jeff Merkley.
Republican Monica Wehby appears headed to a faceoff with U.S. Jeff Merkley in the November election, with Wehby, a Portland neurosurgeon, handily leading her chief opponent in the GOP primary, state R
Statement from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran (R-KS) on Monica Wehby's victory tonight in Oregon: "Congratulations to Dr. Monica Wehby on her impressive victory tonight in Oregon. It's not a coincidence that shortly after a poll showed Dr. Wehby leading Jeff Merkley, the Democratic machine went into overdrive, viciously attacking her personal life in the ugliest way. Dr. Wehby's victory tonight sends a message that the ugly politics of personal destruction will not be tolerated in Oregon. "Dr. Wehby is an exciting candidate, a mom, and a pediatric neurosurgeon who has dedicated her life to healing children and has firsthand knowledge when it comes to Oregonians' health care needs. Democrats are now on defense in Oregon."
Monica Wehby heading to a hot November battle against Jeff Merkley. A good day for moderates, bad day for the far-right.
Fannie, Freddie replacement stalled in Senate by Ryan Smith | May 12, 2014 A plan to wind down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac appears to be stalled in the Senate. The bill, written by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) would dismantle the mortgage finance giants and replace them with a new federal mortgage insurer while moving more risk onto private capital. The bill has enough votes to pass the Senate Banking Committee. Last week, however, six key Democrats – Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Charles Shumer (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) – withdrew their support from the legislation. Warren and her allies said the bill needed major revision, according to Bloomberg. They felt the structure of the new federal reinsurer was problematic and that the bill didn’t contain sufficient support for affordable housing goals. But without more Democratic support, Senate Majority Leader H ...
GREAT NEWS: The so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" has been removed from a Senate spending bill to the delight of those opposed to the controversial provision. The provision would have stayed on the books under a continuing resolution passed by the House of Representatives last week, but U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., led a successful charge to have the language removed from the Senate version of the bill.
This year is our chance to get rid of Pelosi and Feinstein. I know that they MUST shame even the democrats. Come on, people, kick'em to the curb! Here are 18 Democrat running for election in 2014 who knew you’d lose your health insurance because of Obama-care, but promised you could keep it anyway. These are the LIARS who STOLE your healthcare. 1) Nancy Pelosi ( California ) 2) Dianne Feinstein ( California ) 3) Mark Begich (Alaska) 4) D_l_C_K Durbin (Illinois) 5) Al Franken (Minnesota) 6) Kay Hagan (North Carolina) 7) Tom Harkin (Iowa) 8) Tim Johnson (South Dakota) 9) Mary Landrieu (Louisiana) 10) Carl Levin (Michigan) 11)Jeff Merkley (Oregon) 12) Mark Pryor (Arkansas) 13) Jack Reed (Rhode Island) 14) Jay Rockefeller (West Virginia) 15) Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire) 16) Mark Udall (Colorado) 17) Tom Udall (New Mexico) 18) Mark Warner (Virginia) We the People ... will remember these 18 criminals in 2014 Help re post this thanks!
Here is a list, Vice President Joe Biden, Tammy Baldwin, Joe Kennedy,Wendy Davis,Al Franken,Patrick Murphy,Tulsi Gabbard,Jeff Merkley, Heather Mazeu8r,Chuck Schumer, Jim Dean, Jeanne Shaheen Sherman Bellows ,Tierney,Matt Jones, Debbie WassermanAlison for Kentuky, John Walsh, Burns , Angel Taveras, Gwen Graham, Mark Prior, Jack Reed, Aguilar for congress, Kristen Guillibrand,Patrick Maloney,Cory Booker,Bill Eiyart,Allison ,Pete Gallego, Grimes, Duckworth,Nikki Thongas ( Veteran),Annie Kuster,Brad Schneither, Stacy Appel,Julia Brownley,Appel of Iowa,Cheri Bustos Illinois,Tim Oyen, And others .Please check the Democrats in your state and help them it is up to you what you can donate ,If you have and want to donate. Remember you are million people and a little here and there every month from today, till election will help . If you can not donate at the beginning or in the middle of the month you have till the last day of the month. Maybe you want to hold and keep adding till the day of the last month to dona ...
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There are 21 US Senate seats up for re-election in 2014 that are currently held by Democrats, with more than half of those being vulnerable. These seats were won during the 2008 sweep year when President Barack Obama brought millions of new first time voters to the polls, and helping many of the down-ticket candidates along the way. While the Republicans are defending 14 seats in mostly conservative states, Democrats are defending a mixture of liberal, moderate, and conservative seats. The GOP would need to swing 6 seats to take control of the US Senate. Safe Democratic Seats There are nine seats that will probably stay safely in Democratic hands: Delaware - Chris *** Illinois - Richard Durbin; Massachusetts 2013 Special Election - Open; Hawaii - Special Election; New Jersey - Frank Lautenberg (Retiring); New Mexico - Tom Udall; Oregon - Jeff Merkley; Rhode Island - Jack Reed; Virginia - Mark Warner. There could be changes to this list. John Kerry's seat was initially in this section, but after he le .. ...
Social Security: is promoting an increase a political slam dunk for Jeff Merkley and fellow Democrats?
Dear Environment Oregon member, Last night, something big happened in Washington, D.C. -- something we'd never seen before. In protest of decades of global warming denial, 30 senators held an all-night session to demand climate action. Climate champions including Elizabeth Warren and Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley went to the floor simply refused to yield -- demanding that the media and their colleagues finally pay attention. It was an incredible moment, and it creates a real chance to get some momentum going in Washington. But the truth is, the only way last night's all-night session will make a difference is if we follow up with a major grassroots organizing effort. That's where we come in. With 29 state affiliates, more than 1 million members, and allies organizing on more than 100 college campuses, Environment Oregon is one of the few groups capable of running that kind of campaign. And to jump-start this effort, we're aiming to raise $15,000 in the next 24 hours. Can you make a donation t ...
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley you guys get my vote thank you
These 28 Senators are the strength of the Senate, and sad to say, they are all Democrats. Yesterday and last night they conducted a continuous series of speeches about our need to address the threat posed by climate change. They deserve our praise. As for the Republicans, they deserve our censure. Failure to have a plan regarding climate change is as irresponsible as going into battle without a plan. The full list of participating senators includes: Harry Reid of Nevada, *** Durbin of Illinois, Charles Schumer of New York, Patty Murray of Washington, Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Barbara Boxer of California, Dianne Feinstein of California, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Bill Nelson of Florida, Maria Cantwell of Washington, Benjamin Cardin of Maryland, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Mark Udall of Colorado, Tom Udall of New Mexico, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Al Franken of Minnesota, Richard Blumentha .. ...
Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, you two tool bags need to go!
Monica Wehby: Sen. Jeff Merkley should demand federal probe of Cover Oregon
Cathy Rodgers, I was so glad to hear your speech after the SOTU address. You said we need to create jobs and make Government smaller. Let's get busy. On Feb. 14, 2013, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced S. 359, the Senate companion bill to H.R. 525 , along with original co-sponsors Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Bipartisan.so, what is the problem?? BUT, Congress has this issue locked up in the Farm Bill. How convenient. Then, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are going to fight the SNAP reduction. 2 Billion could be cut right now by refusing to pay for soda on food stamps. You are in Congress.Get it done. Gas subsidies and Corn syrup subsidies...GONE!! And we could save a lot by removing lifetime salaries for our Congress. Remove health coverage for smokers, alcoholics and Type II diabetics. It is just a start but think about it. Oh, and remove Federal Housing for people who have affluent family members that could house these peopl ...
Shared post from a friend... John Woods OKay I am going to be stoned and probably verbally beaten here I would like to take the time to Thank Ginny Burdick, Floyd Prozanski, Jeff Merkley . Ron Wyden , CeaseFire Oregon.Moms Demand Action and other assorted Portland liberal groups. We couldn't have done it without you. Everytime you push your agenda down peoples throats our groups grow and become stronger. Evidence well three years ago there were no or maybe one group of Oath Keepers in Oregon. Now there are at least 5 or 6 groups with three in the Portland area. We are the fire ants of politics. the more you poke at the nest the more join the fight. The more you push against us the more we are awakened and ready for a fight. So please keep pretending in your warped world view that you are going to control us, it's way too late for that, the pied piper in DC has no more songs to play, His words have been proven lies, and he has become irrelevant. There is a seismic shift happening in the country, if you hav ...
Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes WASHINGTON January 30, 2014 (AP) Hundreds of thousands of homeowners in coastal and flood-prone areas would win protection from sharply higher federal flood insurance premiums under legislation muscled through the Senate on Thursday after angry constituents inundated Capitol Hill with complaints. The 67-32 vote reflects widespread alarm about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program's finances. In many cases the changes produced unexpected, sky-high insurance rates that are unaffordable for many homeowners in flood-prone areas whose insurance has historically been subsidized by the government and other policyholders. "Something is just terribly wrong when homeowners are more worried about raging flood premiums than they are about raging floods," said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. The bill would delay for up to four years huge premium increases that are supposed to phase in next year and beyond under new and updated government flood maps. It also w ...
Jeff Merkley wrote: "Speaker John Boehner just told the Equality Caucus that there was "no way" that ENDA will come up for a vote. Let's stand up and make it clear: The time for political games is over. It's time to stop discrimination. No one should be fired because of who they love."
Jeff Merkley talked with Rachel Maddow on the need to renew unemployment insurance.
To cut this down to size. Pay special attention to this excerpt from the Gun Owners of America (2nd Amend. Extremists) latest email to their members: "Among the other anti-gun senators who could be driven from office are (in rough order of vulnerability): Mark Pryor (Arkansas), Mark Begich (Alaska), Mary Landrieu (Louisiana), Kay Hagan (North Carolina), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Mark Udall (Colorado), Al Franken (Minnesota), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Mark Warner (Virginia), Tom Udall (New Mexico), and two open seats in Iowa and Michigan." Obviously, if the progunners want to defeat these people, we NEED to keep them ion office. Something to think about as you get those emaikl requests for $3 or $5 to support various campaigns. If you can support the senators above -- at any level -- please do so. Even $3 (less than one cup of fancy coffee) from every person who wanted a safer America would render the NRA's blood money irrelevant. Think about it.
Is anybody going to this to ask Merkley questions? Time to help take down Merkley. There are some town halls Friday, Saturday, Sunday, January 3rd, 4th, and 5th, that we need to get people to go to ask pointed and direct questions to Jeff Merkley, and why he is destroying our country, and our freedom, with his votes. Bring a video camera. His staff will no doubt be using a variant of the Delphi Technique to control the crowd's questions, and have his plants in the audience to make him look good, so be prepared. I will be at some of them. Locations are: January 3, 2014 @ 1:00 PM Clackamas County Town Hall 380 A Ave Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Robert, Not that long ago, Republicans, the corporate media, and centrist Democrats were locked together in an unholy alliance that was pushing the Wall Street agenda on the entire country. It seemed like we only heard one thing from Washington: that we needed to reduce the deficit, and that hardworking Americans would have to pay the price. My how things have changed. Now the United States Senate is talking about the need for real banking reform and the need to expand Social Security. And it didn't happen by accident -- progressives made it happen. We elected Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and Chris Murphy to the United States Senate. And we reelected Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown. Now it's time to start building our next electoral victories. Today, we are uniting to support three terrific candidates up in 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes, Al Franken, and Jeff Merkley. Our goal is to raise 1,000 grassroots contributions before their campaigns' reporting deadlines, and we're already 80% of the way the ...
The story isn’t new: we stand up for middle-class families, and Republicans fight us at every turn. We’ve fought this fight so often that sometimes it’s easy to forget we have friends on our side. But we do, and Jeff Merkley is one of them. Senator Merkley led the charge to stop Republican abuse of the filibuster. He’s a powerhouse for protecting the environment. And from his first day in the Senate, he hasn’t wavered in his commitment to holding Wall Street accountable and standing up for the middle class. Let’s show Jeff that we’ve got his back. Make a $3 donation today. When Jeff came to the Senate, Senator Ted Kennedy asked him to take up the struggle for ENDA, our ongoing fight to ensure that no one is fired because of who they love. I watched Jeff Merkley invest his time, energy, and heart to pass ENDA. Let me assure you, it would not have happened without his personal commitment. He badgered our leadership, partnered with the advocates, cajoled skeptical Republicans, and got it d ...
Progressives made this change happen. Remember just a few years ago, when the Democratic side of the Senate looked very different? Joe Lieberman weakened the final health care reform law by reversing himself to oppose expanding Medicare, and corporate Democratic Senators watered down the financial reform bill (Dodd-Frank). Now instead of Lieberman, we have strong progressive Chris Murphy. Instead of another corporate crony, we have Elizabeth Warren. Jeff Merkley has been a bold leader for filibuster reform; Sherrod Brown is a national populist leader fighting for working people; and Tammy Baldwin is a historic leader from my home state. Do you recognize a pattern? These great, progressive legislators were all at one time progressive candidates that we, as Progressives United, supported. With the next elections coming up, it's time to start supporting our next progressive champions. That's why right now, progressives across the country are uniting to support Al Franken from Minnesota, Jeff Merkley from Ore ...
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) told HuffPost that he sees the finalization of regulation that banned Wall Street speculation with taxpayer money, known as the Volcker Rule, as one of his top achievements in Congress, and plans to tout the reform on the campaign trail in 2014. Merkley's com...
Merton, Wall Street Dems know populists like Elizabeth Warren are gaining influence with the Democratic base. Horrified, they have launched an attack throughout corporate media that threatens electoral doom for the Democratic Party if it dares stand up to Wall Street. Sign the petition and let them know where you stand: I come from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party. So far this week we've seen: A Third Way op-ed in the Wall Street Journal warning Democrats of the "danger" of Elizabeth Warren and Bill DeBlasio style economic populism. Fox News "Democrats" Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell back in Politico for another stab at that whole "radical center" nonsense. The DLC's Al From is back in the news with a new book. All of this, all at once? It's a coordinated counterattack by Wall Street Democrats spooked by the party's embrace of politicians like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin and Jeff Merkley. They should be spooked. The future of the Democratic Party is a populist one, and all ...
PUPAC name their progressives as Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Sherrod Brown & Jeff Merkley. Replacing them will be good 4 the country!
via Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Tom Udall of Colorado have made reforming the filibuster…
Once more, we need to target democrats in the house and senate as much if not more so than Obama. Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mark Udall, Chris *** Brian Schatz, Tom Harkin , *** Durbin, Mary Landrieu, Ed Markey, Carl Levin, Al Franken, Max Baucus, Kay Hagan, Jeanne Shaheen, Tom Udall, Jeff Merkley, Jack Reed, Tim Johnson, Mark Warner and Jay Rockefeller all Senate Democrats that need to be hammered relentlessly about every vote they make, every family member they give cushy jobs to, every crooked deal they make. remember these names and spread them.
Ever since they arrived in the Senate, Jeff Merkley and Tom Udall have had one huge, seemingly insurmountable goal: To change Senate rules on the filibuster. On Thursday, they won. “This is a terrific vote for the U.S. Senate,” said Merkley, hosting a solo press conference in front of th...
By the way Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are also cosponsors of this bill.
This voter also. Let's start with Kurt Schrader, Jeff Merkley, and Ron Wyden.
Hey you want to make a real difference, let these Democratic turds in office know that they are going to be punished . Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Democratic state reps. Time to hold some feet to the fire. They are scared and rightly so.
i do not support the vast military industiral lobbying branch of global dominance known as the united states government. United Nations Human Rights; Human Rights Watch; Amnesty International USA; The White House; to my senators who took the blood money from Honeywell Aerospace; Senator Jeff Merkley; Senator Ron Wyden
What do you think? Six Senate Democrats back Landrieu bill to let people keep insurance BY AARON BLAKE November 13 Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has signed on to Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) bill that seeks to allow people whose insurance plans have been canceled to keep them, becoming the sixth Democratic senator to back the effort. Merkley has signed on as a co-sponsor, joining Landrieu and Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). All but Feinstein and Manchin face reelection in 2014. Merkley isn't considered a top GOP target, but he recently drew a challenge from Dr. Monica Wehby, who Republicans hope can put a blue state in play if Obamacare's problems continue into the election year. Former president Bill Clinton this week also expressed support for letting people keep their insurance, saying the Obama Administration should find a way to keep its promise. There is also an effort led by House Republicans to allow people to keep their insurance ...
Senators represent at the parade. MT Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden
Senators Urge Olympic Committee to Reconsider its 'Satisfaction' Over Russia's Anti *** Laws U.S. Senators including Barbara Boxer, Chris Murphy, Jeff Merkley, *** Durbin, Lisa Murkowski, Jeanne Shaheen, Sheldon Whitehouse, Claire McCaskill, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Chris *** and Mark Udall have written to IOC President Thomas Bach asking the IOC to reconsider its position with the Russian government with regard to anti *** laws and the upcoming Sochi Games. Write the Senators: ...we write to express our deep concern about the IOC’s recent declaration that “as long as the Olympic Charter is upheld, we are fully satisfied.” We disagree with this position, and strongly urge you to reconsider given that the Russian law banning “homosexual propaganda” is clearly inconsistent with the Olympic Charter. They also demand more details on enforcement of the laws and what Russia has told the IOC: 1. Have you received official confirmation from the Russian Federation regarding how the law will be e ...
I need your help today, and it’s because of this incredible fact: It’s 2013, yet 29 states have no law that protects a *** *** or bisexual person from being fired -- simply for whom they love! This is shameful. That’s why I’m standing with Senators Tammy Baldwin, Barbara Boxer, *** Durbin, Kirstin Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, and others -- to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and finally provide critical workplace protections for all Americans, no matter who they love. But we need you to help demonstrate a groundswell of public support for the bill as ENDA heads to the Senate floor this week. Will you stand with us, and urge Congress to pass this commonsense legislation, once and for all? Join my colleagues and me: Tell Congress to end workplace discrimination today. Allowing anyone to discriminate against qualified individuals based on characteristics unrelated to the job violates the core American values of fairness and equality. More than 17 years ago, ENDA failed to pass i ...
"Meanwhile, tempers flared among Obama’s Democratic allies over the disastrous rollout of the president’s signature initiative. “I’m extraordinarily frustrated,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) ­after top Obama-administration officials gave Senate Democrats a private briefing on the state of the Web-site repairs. He said they were losing confidence the site could be quickly fixed. “I don’t think there’s confidence by anyone in the room. This is more of a show-me moment,” said Merkley." This is because the process is what is broken, not the logic that is attempted to duplicate the process through code that the web site must operate. Process definition is key when delineating the logic that will be necessary to duplicate the process with code. If the process definition is not correct, the code has no hope of duplicating the real process that was not defined correctly. If you have enough of those scenarios in a complex system, you have no hope of ever fixing the core because layers of f .. ...
A big OHIO thank you to Senators Barbara Mikulski of Md. and Jeff Merkley of Ore. who fought the good fight against the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" and successfully yanked the ridiculous provision out of the HR 933 continuing resolution! Great news to start the week :)
OBAMA ON THE ROPES Groundswell Is Growing For Glass-Steagall Passage by Nancy Spannaus Sept. 17—Nine months into his second term, President Barack Obama is ripe for impeachment, and he and his closest coterie know it. He is being besieged by bipartisan opposition to his violations of the Constitution on surveillance, and to his threat of going to war in Syria in violation of international and Constitutional law. He faces a huge revolt in Congress over his coverup of the truth about the Benghazi 9/11 murders, and near-universal disgust over his economic policies—from plummeting living standards to Obamacare—in the population at large. This is the context for Obama's latest retreat—his decision to back off from nominating Wall Street toady Larry Summers as the successor to Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve. Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley had already informed the White House that at least five Democrats on the Senate Banking Committee would oppose Summers, according to a report in the HuffPos ...
"from lawmakers like Jeff Merkley to influential activists like Mike Konczal of the Roosevelt Institute"
I've heard a lot of outrage from people across Oregon about the doubling of federal student loan rates earlier this month. I'm with you: It's shameful that a few extreme voices in Congress stopped us from taking action to prevent the rate hike. I'm working with colleagues like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley to fix this. We'll keep fighting until we get it right - because students shouldn't be denied opportunities to learn, grow, and follow their dreams.
I just signed a petition to Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR-2): Covering Portland's reservoirs and treating Bull Run water, as demanded by the EPA, is unnecessary and unhealthy. Senator Merkley, you are a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees the EPA. Please host a town hall in…
NSA Surveillance Prompts Several Bills But Little Action In Congress ... In the three weeks since Edward Snowden revealed the National Security Agency's widespread surveillance programs, the legislative response to his revelations on Capitol Hill has slowed to a glacial pace and public obsession has noticeably shifted from a debate on national security versus privacy to Snowden's latest whereabouts. Civil liberties advocates in Congress introduced a slew of bills in response to reports that the NSA has been collecting phone records from millions of Americans and mining electronic communications from nine major Internet companies: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) proposed legislation would require the federal government to have a warrant based on probable cause in order to seize phone records from Americans; Sens. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who long warned of the government's surveillance methods, are seeking to limit the government's authority to collect data; Unusual bedfellows Sens. Jeff Merkley ...
jim - For me, it's simple: My job is to fight for our fundamental American values of opportunity for all and investing in our shared future, and to stand up to the extremists who want to take our country in the wrong direction. At midnight on Sunday night, we'll hit our next major fundraising deadline. Your support helps me keep up the fight, no matter what nefarious scheme Karl Rove and his SuperPACs cook up next. Please donate $17 to my campaign today. You know what I'm all about. Fighting global climate change? You bet. The naysayers and deniers are dead wrong. It's real, and we have to act boldly. Taking on the legion of lobbyists who brought us secret, special-interest giveaways like the Monsanto Protection Act? Every day of the week. Backdoor deals are terrible for our democracy. Standing up for middle-class jobs and a strong economy? Absolutely. A strong middle class, with good-paying jobs, means a strong America. Fixing the filibuster and reducing big money in politics? Of course. We have to make ...
Boardman, Oregon workers are excited for this week! Senate must pass Senator Ron Wyden & Jeff Merkley we...
A provison that protects the biotech giant from litigation passed Congress without many members knowing about it
There appears to be only three things standing in the way of Texas passing a package of sweeping new restrictions on abortions that would effectively close most abortion clinics in the state: Wendy Davis and her pink shoes. The Democratic state senator is currently waging what is shaping up to...
On Thursday, an amendment which would require labeling of genetically engineered salmon passed through the Senate Appropriations Committee by a narrow margin of 15-14 votes. Co-sponsored by Sen. Begich (D-AK) and Sen. Murkowski (R-AK), this important amendment is part of a bill that could be voted…
ROGUE SNOWMOBILERS – PLEASE READ AND USE THE LINK BELOW TO RESPOND SHARE THIS WITH AS MANY OTHERS AS YOU CAN – PASS IT ON! Action Alert: Put Oregon's Rural Communities First The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, is scheduled to vote Tuesday, June 18 to approve legislation (S. 353) sponsored by Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley to designate new Wilderness areas and other land set-asides in Oregon. The proposal includes the "Wild Rogue" Wilderness designation for 50,000 acres of BLM lands in Southwest Oregon. Both Senators need to hear that Congress should restore the health of rural communities and federal forests before designating additional wilderness lands. Rural Oregon is suffering with double digit unemployment, staggering poverty rates, and watching county governments cut essential services like law enforcement due to the severe reduction in federal timber management. Our forests are also overstocked and face growing threats from fires, insects .. ...
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JEFF MERKLEY (D-Ore.) at student loans Banking Hearing, says he's "deeply disturbed" by SCOTUS voting rights decision.
Sen. Jeff Merkley using Senate Banking hearing on student loans as opportunity to rail against SCOTUS VRA decision as "disturbing."
In September 2011, we submitted a petition to the FDA calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically-engineered (GE) foods. By March 2012, in just 180 days, we achieved our goal of 1 million comments! However, after an underwhelming response from the FDA, we cannot stop there; please help us bu...
Earl Bluemenauer and Jeff Merkley are right on!
Senate immigration deal is a farce. It doesn't do what it claims to do. It gives Janet Napolitano total discretion on border fence enforcement. The GOP suck!
I'm a little late posting this (hey, I was busy busy busy at Netroots Nation):
Sen. Jeff Merkley talks about the broken Senate and how to fix it
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley The recent revelations that the National Security Agency is engaging in massive, secret bulk data collection of Americans' phone records finally bring out in the open a program that is incredibly disturbing. The government is sweeping up detailed information about all of our phone calls into an enormous database without our knowledge or permission. I think this kind of dragnet is a breach of Americans' privacy and contrary to our founding values. Equally disturbing, though, is that the legal interpretations governing this vast program are made in secret and kept from the public. This secrecy seriously limits public debate around our surveillance programs. The language of the law can be quite different from the court's interpretation. For instance, the standard in the law for record collections is that the records must be "relevant to an authorized investigation" – quite different from the court's apparent interpretation of all phone records, all the time, all across the U. ...
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) ready to punish Christian business owners, if they refuse cross-dressing men access to the ladies bathroom
Senator Elizabeth Warren addresses a crowd of 3000+ attendees at Netroots Nation 2013 in San Jose, CA and introduces Jeff Merkley.
To achieve democratic change, we must push back against corporate and billionaire-funded efforts to suppress voter participation, stop the influence of corporate money in our political system and end the obstruction and abuse of the rules in the U.S. Senate.
Scientists recently disclosed that carbon dioxide has reached a level of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere, “a level we have not reached in three million years,” in the words of Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon. The International Energy Agency has warned of global temperature increases on the order of 6 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet, House Speaker John Boehner has argued that “the idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical.”
If nothing else, we now know this for certain about Edward Snowden: the kid is screamingly naive. Self-announced possessor of significant inside information about US intelligence-gathering runs to hide in...China? He gets lucky, as China has bigger fish to fry with the US, and they let him go. So what does he do? He goes to visit Vladimir Putin, who has no such compunctions, about that or anything else. And then, Snowden disappears. If anything proves the ridiculousness of this kid's judgment, it is his travel plans. He's lucky if he doesn't have electrodes strapped to his body at this very moment.
The Monsanto Protection Act is awful and now a United States Senator is expected to try and repeal that law after mounting pressure.
Netroots Nation: Starring Jeff Merkley, with an assist from Elizabeth Warren
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Talked w/ about my efforts to end secret law & increase transparency at the FISA court.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) gave one *** of an introduction at Netroots Nation 2013: Last night, at the Netroots Nation conference, Senator Elizabeth Warren ...
Sen Jeff Merkley on panel tells stories of predatory mortgages & how damaging it was to families; tries to ban in
There is a revolution afoot—one that is being carried out by the government against the fundamental law of the land.
Senator Jeff Merkley's stance on Edward Snowden is "leave it up to the Justice Dept"
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) was pushing the Senate to vote on amendment to the farm bill that would repeal the Monsanto protection provision
Remember this for next year. Merkley's peer group.
Hanging at a party at Gordon Biersch in San Jose. Free food, free beer, great conversation. Got quotes to run on the show from Sen. Jeff Merkley, NJ Sen. Barbara Buono, and Congressman Keith Ellison. Next week's show is gonna be like freaking MSNBC. hehe..
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I love you, senator Sen. Jeff Merkley! If I was from Oregon, you would have my vote regardless of your stance any other political issues. Sincerely yours, Samy C.
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Dear William,   Thank you for contacting me to express your views on legislation to reduce gun violence.  As Oregonians, we have experienced more than enough gun violence and this issue hits close to home for many of us.  And yet many Oregonians cherish their guns and want to ensure that they continue to have the right to use them safely.  I appreciate knowing the thoughts of Oregonians on all sides of this complex issue.    As you probably know, the Senate recently debated the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act (S.649), a bill that I have supported as a strong effort to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and reduce gun violence without impinging on the Second Amendment.  The bill's main thrust is to close loopholes in the background check system, including the gun-show loophole. Oregon closed the gun-show loophole years ago, so this is consistent with choices we have made.  I believe strongly that the most basic protection we can provide is to do a better job keeping guns out of the hands of ...
Senator Jeff Merkley says change most important issue of our time. Let's act as if our lives depend on Planet Earth!
This week was an important one for Wilderness. With Senator Wyden at the helm of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate took a major step toward the passage of public lands bills, sending a total of 14 measures to the House. With unanimous consent, the Senate passed bills to design...
.did you REALLY send this message from your iphone while backstage at ? Really?
Laptop insurance - because accidents happen!
Rember the tax cuts and the austerity are Obama policies. The Republicans could not do it alone.
Sen Jeff Merkley just said that it's proof of climate change that "Oregon now produces the best Pinot Noir on the planet"
It is an honor to have campaigned, and voted, for Sen Jeff Merkley.
Elizabeth Warren introduces Jeff Merkley via video because she's in MA turning out the vote for Ed Markey.
Sen. Jeff Merkley in keynote: "You all carried Elizabeth Warren on your shoulders ... isn't it great to have [her] in the Senate?"
At says Jeff Merkley -- is one of strongest progressive leaders in the Senate.
Watch Netroots Nation 13 live. Senator Jeff Merkley about to give a Keynote speech. thanks for streaming this.
Jeff Merkley (& call on Obama to declassify & release FISA court opinions approving bulk surveillance http:…
Barney Frank speaking now. Sen Jeff Merkley up soon. Yay!!!
Couldn't make it Netroots Nation 2013? No worries! Tune in to in 10 minutes at 10pm ET for the opening keynote featuring Senator Jeff Merkley. Watch on Dish Network ch. 9415 DIRECTV ch. 348 - online at FreeSpeech.org - ROKU.
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The Opening Keynote is streaming live from San Jose, California!
Watch live: Sen. Jeff Merkley addresses Netroots: Netroots Nation 2013 kicked off on Thursday evening with a s...
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that, if enacted into law, could halt any efforts to resume slaughtering horses for human consumption on U.S. soil. The amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, which was offered by Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsa...
This guys are naturally born stupid. WHO HAS TIME TO WORRY ABOUT A 16 TRILLION DOLLAR DEBT? HARRY REID IS LAZER FOCUSED ON 'Genderless bathrooms' and FORCING businesses to hire *** workers... To give you an idea how crazy this bill is, Bawney Fwank once called it “too radical.” In the midst of so many crises, it’s comforting to know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is focused on what matters: genderless bathrooms. Unfortunately, that’s just one effect of a sweeping proposal that could destroy personal freedom in the American workplace. On Flag Day, Reid saluted the rainbow flag instead of Old Glory, becoming the 50th cosponsor of the Senate’s latest Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), one of the most anti-business policies this Congress will consider. [...] Although some people defend it as an innocent piece of anti-prejudice legislation, ENDA creates special employment protections solely on the basis of a person’s sexual preferences. Businesses would be forced to comply ( ...
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The Drug Enforcement Administration has kicked its lobbying against legalizing industrial hemp into high gear, hoping to block an amendment in the House that would decriminalize the crop for research purposes.
Still jetlagged but thrilled to start my first Netroots experience. Social justice! Reproductive rights! Gender issues! On My!
Ethical Electric shared the following link and had this to say about it: Our friends at CREDO are running a great campaign to support efforts to repeal a law which allows Monsanto to sell GMO seeds, even when courts have ordered them to stop! Jeff Merkley is working to overturn the Monsanto Protection...
Netroots Nation 13 activities kicked off today with an AMAZING Fire Ops 101 at the SJFD training facility, presented in large part by IAFF. I participated along with 16 others in some grueling fire and rescue simulations with full SCBA and protective clothing (heavy!). The 4 "engine teams" of participants rotated among an EMS cardiac arrest rescue, knocking down a fire with water hoses inside a simulated house (in the dark), locating an unconscious victim in a totally dark basement with (theatrical) smoke all around, and extricating a car accident victim with high power rescue tools by cutting apart the car and with pressurized hose at the ready. Each took about an hour. We also climbed their new aerial ladder. I have a new appreciation of the dedicated professionals who do this day in and day out. I could never do what they do for a living. (I hope some photos make it into the permanent record of NN.) Did you know that 80% of firefighters are not in the Social Security system and depend heavily upon t .. ...
Why can't ever state senator be one like Jeff Merkley against Monsanto
Small business owner Justin Krauss explains how the National Internet Sales Tax Mandate burdens small businesses: Each of this country’s 10,000 different taxing jurisdictions has its own laws for applying sales tax to all sorts of goods — including food, prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, s...
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today announced that he has signed on as the 51st co-sponsor of ENDA. With the bill’s original sponsor Jeff Merkley (D-OR), that leaves just four Democrats in the senate who have yet to embrace one of the most crucial pieces of legislation aimed at protecting the country’...
I am off to Netroots Nation in San Jose tomorrow. It is a 4 day conference of online political activists and politicians that want to meet and greet. Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Merkley Oregon Senator, Al Franken Senator from Minnesota and others interested in recruiting and keeping better Democrats in will be there. In 2008 I met all the Democratic Presidential candidates It is always interesting and fun to meet and talk with the people you know online. I am leaving my cat Paco with a catsitter and hoping for the best
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Did anyone else from Oregon see on the news (channel 8) the coverage on the thousands of dead and dying bees in Wilsonville? They showed a parking lot full of dead bees. This is not an isolated incident. It is happening everywhere, enough to the point some scientist are very concerned. Less bees means less food for not only people, but animals too. We seriously need to figure out what we are doing that are killing off the bees.
71. That's how many cases of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact happen on average every single day in America's military. That's over 26,000 each year. These numbers are shameful. Absolutely unacceptable. But, as a husband and a father, I know that numbers don't capture the problem adequately. Every single one represents a human being who has been betrayed. I'm teaming up with several of my fellow Senators to do something about it. Sign our petition: Join me in demanding the Senate vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act. It's outrageous that every day 71 women who have sacrificed to serve our country are victimized. It's even worse that so few get justice from the military whose uniform they wear. Victims of sexual misconduct deserve to have their case heard before independently trained military prosecutors - not officers in their chain of command. We need to act. Now. Sign our petition: Demand a full Senate vote on the Military Justice Improvement Act. Thanks, Senator Jeff Merkley Jeff Mer . ...
GMO UPDATE - they're still trying to push legislation in favor of GMOs - read up! GMO Legislative Update from Washington, DC - "...The acronym GMO usually refers to Genetically Modified Organizations. In this case, there is a direct connection with Monsanto, Dupont, and other large biotech companies that produce genetically engineered seeds, which grow into GMO crops, and find their way into an estimated 70 percent of processed foods sold in American grocery stores. Monsanto is trying to manipulate Congress to pass a final Farm Bill reauthorization with provisions that will wipe out citizens' rights to State laws intended to protect their health and safety when it applies to the labeling of GMO products. It is important to note that 24 States have considered legislation that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOS). On June 10th, the Senate voted 66 to 27 to approve its farm bill, S.954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013. During debate prior to thi ...
Just an opinion: The legislative bodies, in this great nation, are going just a little too far for my comfort. That's all I'm going to say.
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Post via Susan Bender Phelps - It seems like everytime the US intervens both sides end of hating us. Our presence seems to make the situitation worse.
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OMG via Nan Dillinger: Part 1, posted by the lady mentioned at the end: I am SO upset right now I can hardly believe it! My father, who is 73 and has his phd in agri-business, loves gardening. His little patio garden at my folks condo is his pride and joy. He looks forward to planting all his amazing heirloom seeds each year, and reaping an unbelievably fabulous bounty from the tiny plot. (he knows agriculture/horticulture like no one else... he's like "the garden whisperer") ...well... the other day a dude with a clipboard came by their condo... he was a representative of the city council there in Centerville, UT. He asked my dad about his garden, and my dad proudly told him about what he does for it, and about all his fantastic heirloom seeds that he has preserved since the 70's and before. He is especially proud of his corn, that he has specially selected, and fine tuned each year... he has saved seeds from the sweetest and juiciest ears and dried them with care, until they grow absolute corn-perfectio ...
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