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Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.
A majority of climate scientists agree – the planet is warming. We decided to focus on the impact of climate change on one small town – the town of Denmark, Oregon.
Oregon's mostly-Democratic congressional delegation is waiting to see what develops in the on-going debt ceiling negotiation.
The Oregon National Guard says it’s working to resolve an issue that’s kept at least 17 Oregon National Guard members from receiving bonus payments promised to them at the time of enlistment. Now members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation are calling for an investigation.
David Wu came to the U.S. as a six-year-old and attended the country's most prestigious universities. But his career has been marred along the way by various scandals.
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With Karl Rove targeting Congressman Kurt Schrader, and David Wu's very public mental health troubles, at least two of the region's congressional districts are in the national spotlight. How are these races shaping up in advance of the 2012 primary season?
Voters in Oregon's First Congressional District will cast ballots in a special election on November 8th since Congressman David Wu left his seat before the end of his term. There are several candidates vying for the position. On Monday, we heard from three of the Democrats. In this show, we'll hear from two Republicans competing for their party's nomination.
Rob Cornilles and Jim Greenfield each have a business background. They've also both competed against Wu in past elections. Greenfield garnered 34 percent of the vote as the Republican nominee in 2002, but lost to the incumbant Wu by 29 points. Republicans nominated Cornilles to compete against Wu in last year's election, where he won 41 percent of the vote but lost to Wu by 13 points. Neither Cornilles nor Greenfield has ever held elected office. Cornilles runs his own sports marketing company called Game Face in Tualatin and Greenfield is a real estate investor based in Tigard. In the past, he's also been a political talk radio host with several area stations, but the Jim Greenfield Show hasn't been on the air for a few years.
Two polls show Cornilles in the lead and he has far out-paced his opponent in terms of fundraising. That hasn't stopped Greenfield from criticizing Cornilles for not being conservative enough. Greenfield frequently points out that Cornilles hasn't signed the "no new taxes" pledge many Republican members of Congress have signed. Cornilles argues that the pledge paints with too broad a brush and would not allow him to advocate for eliminating certain tax breaks he finds unnecessary.
The 68th annual National Congress of American Indians is in Portland for the first time in over 30 years. We'll be live on location talking to the policy experts and local leaders to discuss some of the most important issues for American Indians in the Northwest and across the country.
David Wu triggered a special election when he vacated his First Congressional District seat in August. Now several candidates are vying for the position. We'll talk with Democrats and Republicans ahead of the November 8th primary election. We begin, in this show, with the Democrats. Brad Witt, Suzanne Bonamici and Brad Avakian are all competing for the Democratic nomination. All three have experience in state government: Witt and Bonamici in the legislature and Avakian as labor commissioner. Bonamici also has a background as a lawyer, first with the Federal Trade Commission and then in private practice. Witt has strong roots in organized labor, as a union rep for United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 and former secretary-treasurer for the AFL-CIO. Before Avakian was labor commissioner, he formed a good relationship with organized labor as a state senator. (Witt and Avakian's labor connections probably explain why the big unions in the state have declined to endorse anyone in the Democratic primary.) The race has been pretty civil thus far, leaving lots of room to focus on issues like jobs, trade and money in politics. The toughest thing about this race may be the candidates' apparent agreement on almost everything. All three have voiced support for the Occupy movement. They've all expressed frustration with the federal government's policy on marijuana. And all of them have called for American troops to come home sooner rather than later. One key difference among the three is their fundraising prowess, where Bonamici leads with Avakian not too far behind.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" — a combination of tax increases and spending cuts. Sixteen Democrats voted against the measure, three of whom were from Oregon: Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio, and Kurt Schrader. In a statement, DeFazio said the deal "pushes the spending cuts back just two months, creating yet another fiscal cliff crisis that coincides with the debt ceiling limit." The package does not include a reduction in Social Security payroll tax. So, most Americans will still end up paying more in taxes this year.
Oregonians in the First Congressional District will vote in a special election Jan. 31 to replace David Wu, who stepped down last August. Voters will choose between Democrat Suzanne Bonamici and Republican Rob Cornilles, who have both been campaigning hard in the short election cycle. Cornilles is a businessman with his own Tualitan-based sports marketing firm called Game Face. Bonamici, who has a background as a lawyer with the Federal Trade Commission, gave up her seat in the Oregon State Senate to run for Congress.
1/31/12 8:50PM UPDATE: Suzanne Bonamici has won the race and will become the representative for Oregon’s First Congressional District. On Tuesday, voters in Oregon's First Congressional District decide who will fill David Wu's vacant seat. Suzanne Bonamici and Rob Cornilles have each raised over $1 million in this short special election cycle. Political action committees and the candidates' respective parties have injected additional money into the race, with the Democratic National Campaign Committee alone throwing at least $1.3 million into the election. The race is the first Congressional election of 2012 and national pundits are paying attention to what the results may mean for November's elections.