In Oregon, the 2020 election season is officially underway
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In Oregon, the 2020 election season is officially underway.
Thursday marked the first day for major party or nonpartisan candidates to file declarations of candidacy with...
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Numerous U.S. House members from the Pacific Northwest have signed a letter in support of the delisting of gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act in the Lower 48...
BEND, Ore. (AP) — World War II veteran Bob Maxwell, the nation's oldest Medal of Honor recipient, has died in Oregon more than seven decades after grabbing a blanket and throwing himself on a...
Walden talks border issues, tax cuts at town hall
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Greg Walden, the only Republican in Oregon's congressional delegation, held his first town hall in Bend in nearly two years to discuss national and local issues facing his 2nd Congressional District.
Incumbent OR House members re-elected
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's five congressional representatives have all been re-elected.
Democrats Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader won Tuesday night.
GOP congressman attacks foe’s family ties in Oregon district
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Republican incumbent of a conservative U.S. House district in Oregon, whose forefathers trekked to what was then a territory over 170 years ago, is attacking the pioneer credentials of his Democratic opponent.
Rep. Walden agrees to debate McLeod-Skinner in Bend
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden has agreed to a televised debate against his challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner.
The East Oregonian reports the two could face off at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 on Bend television station KTVZ. But first they need to agree to terms.
McLeod-Skinner, a democrat from Terrebonne, first challenged the 10-term Republican incumbent to a debate two months ago.
Democrat logs 35K miles in long-shot bid in Trump territory
REDMOND, Ore. (AP) — One of the largest U.S. congressional districts voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in 2016, yet an Oregon Democrat campaigning against a Republican incumbent doesn't see it as hostile territory.
Buoyed by electoral wins by a couple of Democrats elsewhere in Trump territory, candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner is undaunted, traveling a district that's as big as North Dakota in her Jeep and tiny trailer that she sometimes sleeps in.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said wherever travels across the country farmers want to know the latest about trade uncertainty, labor and the status of the 2018 Farm Bill.
This week's stop among the rolling wheat fields of Eastern Oregon was no different.
Perdue arrived at Martin Farms in Rufus as part of his "Back to our Roots" tour featuring stops around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
Walden seeks pardon for 2 Oregon ranchers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, has asked President Trump to pardon two ranchers whose prison sentences triggered the armed takeover of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill helping people with deadly diseases try experimental treatments sailed through Congress on Tuesday, a victory for President Donald Trump and foes of regulation and a defeat for patients' groups and Democrats who argued the measure was dangerous and dangled false hope.
After an emotional debate, the House gave the legislation final congressional approval by a largely party-line vote of 250-169, nine months after it passed the Senate.
Mark Zuckerberg on hot seat again for day two of congressional testimony
Mark Zuckerberg began a second day of congressional testimony on Wednesday, with lawmakers immediately warning the Facebook CEO that his massive social networking company could soon face regulation for failure to protect private data.
Rep. Greg Walden, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee holding the hearing, began by declaring that "while Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it has not matured."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a House oversight panel on April 11 amid a privacy scandal that has roiled the social media giant, a congressional panel announced Wednesday.
The Associated Press reported that U.S. Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing will focus on the Facebook’s “use and protection of user data.”
Facebook on Tuesday admitted personal data from up to 87 million users of the embattled social media platform was improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica.
"In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people -- mostly in the US -- may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica," the firm's chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer wrote on a company blog.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify next week before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the panel announced Wednesday.
Chairman Greg Walden and ranking member Frank Pallone said Mr. Zuckerberg will appear on April 11 at 10 a.m.
"This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online," the leaders said in a joint press release.
County asks Oregon congressman to support Medford base
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Commissioners in Jackson County are asking U.S. Rep. Greg Walden to help keep the Medford air tanker base open.
Giant air tankers and other aircraft fly out of the base to dump retardant on summer wildfires.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of a key House committee declared Thursday that Facebook officials failed to answers questions about a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining company, and they want CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before the panel.
Reps. Greg Walden of Oregon and Frank Pallone of New Jersey said in a brief statement that the "latest revelations regarding Facebook's use and security of user data raise many serious consumer protection concerns."
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With the state’s 2018 legislative session barely concluded, Oregon politicos have turned their attention to this year’s elections.
Even though 25 new candidates across the state threw their hats in the ring before Tuesday’s 5 p.m. filing deadline, none caused any major surprises or shocks.
Still, while there’s no U.S. Senate race this year, Oregon has seen a slight uptick in the number of people running for governor and the U.S. Congress compared with the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.
Washington and other states should wait for federal action on net neutrality, advocate says
Washington and Oregon should hold off on passing net neutrality laws for their states and wait for Congress to act on national legislation, an open internet advocate says.
Rick Boucher, a former Virginia congressman who now co-chairs the Washington, D.C.-based Internet Innovation Alliance, predicts the passage of federal legislation within two years. A bipartisan effort, including leadership from U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, is already underway, he said.
Congressional panel wants better cooperation in opioid investigation
HUNTINGTON — Congressional representatives in Washington, D.C., this week called for better cooperation from government agencies as they prepare for Feb. 26 congressional hearings on the role of prescription drug distribution in the opioid epidemic.
The congressional Energy and Commerce Committee is continuing its investigation into the opioid epidemic.
Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon is asking the right questions about the massive shipments of pain pills to West Virginia.
Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon is asking the right questions about the massive shipments of pain pills to West Virginia.
Walden: Lawmakers Ran Out to Help Crash Victims
Congressman Walden secretly settled disabled vet’s complaint
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Records show Oregon Congressman Greg Walden paid $7,000 in a secret settlement with a staff member to resolve the man's complaints that Walden unfairly cut his hours because of health-related problems.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that Walden of Hood River settled with Cody Standiford in 2013.
Oregon politicians and wood products executives on Friday applauded the U.S. International Trade Commission’s decision to impose tariffs on the imports of Chinese hardwood plywood.
In a 4-0 vote, the ITC confirmed that the U.S. hardwood plywood industry is being harmed by unfairly subsidized Chinese imports.
The ITC vote will activate tariffs on Chinese hardwood plywood imports by the Department of Commerce of 183.6 percent for antidumping and countervailing duties up to 194.9 percent.
Oregon politicians divided on issue of net neutrality
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Two of Oregon's most powerful politicians have spoken out in favor and against recent federal action to begin repealing online net neutrality regulations established during the Obama administration.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, hailed new tariffs announced by the U.S. Commerce Department Thursday on softwood lumber.
DeFazio has long championed tariffs for cheap Canadian softwood lumber imports, and had urged the Commerce Department to impose them.
Struggling county spends safety net cash on pro-timber video
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The six-minute video opens to ominous music and burning trees. After the flames are out, a narrator says, forests suffer from devastating neglect, turning into a "vast sea of dead, charred trees" that aren't reforested because of a maze of confusing, contradictory environmental regulations.
Net neutrality billboard targets Walden
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Billboards supporting net neutrality call out three Republican U.S. Congress members, including Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, in their home districts.
House Speaker Paul Ryan visits Intel, talks tax reform
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan discussed tax reform during a visit to Intel's offices outside Portland, Oregon.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/2vZPKz1) that Ryan was joined Wednesday by U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a fellow Republican, at the event in Hillsboro.
Ryan says he'd like to see Congress pass legislation to slash tax rates for businesses and individuals this year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday backed legislation designed to allow automakers to increase the testing of self-driving cars on U.S. roads.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A House panel on Wednesday approved a bill to revive the mothballed nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain, while also moving forward with a separate plan for a temporary storage site in New Mexico or Texas.
Supporters said the bill represents a comprehensive package to solve a nuclear-waste management problem that has festered for more than three decades. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill, 49-4, sending it to the full House.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — After receiving criticism, the U.S. Forest Service now plans to reopen Cultus Lake Campground for at least part of summer.
The Forest Service recently announced the popular recreation spot in Central Oregon would be closed for the entire summer because scores of dead and diseased trees pose a safety hazard for campers. It said a large-scale removal operation couldn't occur until after the Northern spotted owl's breeding season.
4 challengers emerge against Rep. Greg Walden
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Four Oregon Democrats are eyeing Rep. Greg Walden's seat in Congress.
A retired executive, a doctor, a stonemason and a dog sled musher are challenging Walden, Oregon's only Republican representative, when he is up for reelection in 2018, The Bulletin reported (http://bit.ly/2pTHzmg) Friday.
Walden has represented central and eastern Oregon since 1998.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A legally blind woman who has competed in four of Alaska's Iditarod sled-dog races has announced she will be running for congress.
KTVZ-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2pGRJXi ) 32-year-old Democrat Rachael Scdoris-Salerno filed paperwork Monday to run for Oregon's Second Congressional District seat.
Scdoris-Salerno plans to unseat incumbent Rep. Greg Walden. She says she is frustrated with politicians representing special interests.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden defended his vote to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, telling constituents at a series of town hall meetings that he saw last week's action as a way to fix a failing system.
Credit U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, with holding a town hall meeting, and for not hot-footing in and out. The three hours he spent there must have been an endurance challenge; most town halls I have attended over the years have been substantially shorter, usually half as long.
HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — In the auditorium of his old middle school just blocks from where he still lives, the congressman who is a lead author of the stalled House Republican health care bill was treated like the villain in a class play.
BEND, Ore. (AP) — A House committee chairman who's a leading author of the mired Republican health care bill said Thursday he's skeptical about proposals the Trump administration and conservative GOP lawmakers have discussed in hopes of breathing life into the legislation.
Conservative group’s health ads slam top GOP lawmakers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative Club for Growth is targeting powerful committee chairmen and other top Republicans, part of an aggressive ad campaign to rally support for the GOP's struggling health care overhaul effort.
Walden visiting Bend for town hall meeting
BEND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden plans to visit Bend next week for a town hall meeting.
Bend is the largest city in Walden's district, and The Bulletin newspaper reports (https://is.gd/7KEW67 ) the Republican has been criticized for not holding a town hall meeting there since 2013.
The critics say Walden has been avoiding Bend because it does not give him the unquestioned support he receives elsewhere in his largely rural district.
Lawmakers not ready for a discussion on job losses from automation
When the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a Valentine’s Day hearing on the introduction of self-driving cars, it was all love for the wondrous new innovation soon to hit roadways and the automation revolution just over the horizon.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (all times local):
House Democrats are walking around the Capitol in search of the Republican health care bill.
Reps. Frank Pallone of New Jersey and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois came up empty at Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office and then headed to Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden's office where they were also turned away.
Central Oregon residents call for congressional town hall
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Residents of central Oregon are calling on U.S. Rep. Greg Walden to hold a public town hall in Bend.
The Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/HoSzVt ) that for the past three weeks protesters have gathered outside the Hood River Republican's Bend office calling for a public event in the largest city in his district. Walden's last public event in Bend was in January 2013.
Oregon congressman trying to soften law used in Hammond case
BEND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is sponsoring a bill that would soften the federal statute used to convict the Harney County ranchers whose imprisonment was central to last year's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge standoff.
The bill would exempt from prosecution people who violate the law under circumstances similar to Dwight and Steven Hammond.
Editorials from around Oregon
Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers:
The Oregonian, Feb. 4, on Oregon and President Trump:
Few people in the progressive Oregon that voted for Hillary Clinton misread the conservative campaign priorities of candidate Donald Trump: He'd shouted them out. But few Oregonians, like many across the country, could foresee the daily carnival attending the implementation of executive orders and directives from President Donald Trump.
Walden chosen to chair House Energy and Commerce Committee
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon has been elected to serve as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in Washington, D.C.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://goo.gl/1CJNCi ) the appointment will give Walden oversight of federal departments in charge of consumer protections, food and drug safety, public health, environmental quality and energy policy, among others.
Some 15 armed services veterans met with Congressman Greg Walden on the Oregon Institute of Technology campus Tuesday and nearly every one of them had a frustrating story to tell when it comes to working with the Veterans Association and health care.
Walden, R-Ore., is touring his district collecting stories in hopes of improving the VA. Of some of the issues he’s heard, he remarked, “You can’t make this stuff up.”