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Oregon Democrat Divide Deepens

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

National Democrats hoping for unity in their long-shot bid to defeat Sen. Gordon Smith suffered a major setback when former Gov. John Kitzhaber endorsed insurgent Steve Novick.  Novick, you may recall, entered the race only after Democrats failed to recruit a top-tier challenger to Smith.  The left-wing blogosphere rejoiced when Novick entered the race, but […]

Smith Enjoys Double Digit Lead

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Sen. Gordon Smith, who is third on the list of incumbents currently being targeted by Democrats, continues to enjoy wide leads against both of his possible opponents.  Steve Novick, who entered the race last April and was generally viewed as too weak by the Democrat establishment, hence their failed search for a top-tier candidate, trails Smith by […]

Merkley to Skirt Rules, Thinks Gov’t is for Lobbyists

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Apparently confusing Oregon for New Jersey, Democrat House Speaker Jeff Merkley has decided that the rules don’t apply to him.  Oregon House members are prohibited from soliciting and accepting contributions during legislative sessions, including the one held in February.  Merkley, though, has decided that it would just be too difficult for him to obey the rules […]

OR Democrats Divided

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Former Congressman Les AuCoin of Ashland announced today that he is endorsing Steve Novick’s bid for the Democratic nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., in 2008.
This is a major setback for the campaign of Democrat House Speaker Jeff Merkley, who had hoped to dispense with Novick without much fanfare.  Now, though, it appears […]

Gordon Smith Catches a Break

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

It’s been a very tough summer for us, but finally we have some good news.  Former NEA Director John Frohnmayer announced that he will run for the seat as an independent.  In a poll taken last month, Frohnmayer took seven percent, suggesting that his candidacy could cause major problems for Democrat Jeff Merkley’s campaign.  An […]

OR Dems Finally Find Challenger

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

After several swings and misses, Oregon Democrats have finally found a challenger to Sen. Gordon Smith.  Speaker of the Oregon House of Representatives Jeff Merkley declared his candidacy yesterday.  Merkley was well down on the Democrats’ wish list and was only recruited after a former Governor and the every Democrat Congressman passed on the race.
Although Merkley […]

Stop the Fratricide

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Last week, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced that he plans to run for Senate regardless of whether Sen. Chuck Hagel runs for reelection.  Oregon tax activist Bill Sizemore is mulling a primary challenge of his own against Oregon Sen. Gordon Smith.  Now, retired Lt. Col. Joe Repya is publicly considering a primary challenge to […]

Two More Oregon Dems Say No

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Rep. David Wu and former Rep. Les AuCoin both announced that they will not challenge Sen. Gordon Smith.  Secretary of State Bill Bradbury is also out of the picture.  Sen. Smith had been a top target for Democrats this cycle, but Democrats are nearing the point where they should be happy to win 40% of the […]

Game, Set, Match Smith

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

Rep. Earl Blumenauer announced today that he will not challenge Sen. Gordon Smith.  He was the third and final chance for Democrats to recruit a viable challenger to Sen. Smith, who can now be put on the safe list.  Former Gov. Kitzhaber and Rep. Peter DeFazio would have been stronger candidates, but both had already […]

Circular Firing Squad?

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

A third state has been added to the growing list of states that could feature Republican incumbents facing contested primaries.  According to one report, rumors abound that Sen. Jon Cornyn could be faced with a primary challenger.  If true, Texas would be added to Nebraska and Oregon as a place where Republicans will be fighting […]