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Posted on 01/14/2010 7:34:13 PM PST by MestaMachine
OREGON ELECTION CENTRAL
We need names, positions, platforms, news articles, statements, pictures. We need to separate the RINOS from the Conservatives, and most of all, we need to get the liberals of either party OUT!
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I’m setting up a House Party at my place in Bethany for John Kuzmanich for 1st District against David Wu.
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Ron Wyden of Oregon
(Barack Obama won Oregon with 57%)
what’s Wyden about?
I don't think he is sure himself, which is typical for Democrats. Oregon has some real goofballs, and not all of them are exclusive to the aforementioned party.
Ron Wyden of Oregon
Main article: United States Senate election in Oregon, 2010
Two-term incumbent Sen. Ron Wyden (D) was reelected with 64% of the vote in 2004. He will be 61 years old in 2010.
Fitness instructor, machinist and perennial candidate Pavel Goberman has announced his candidacy as a Democrat.
Retired Utilityman Dennis Hall has announced his candidacy as a Republican.
Barack Obama won Oregon with 57% of the vote in 2008.
Issues and voting record
Wyden characterizes himself as an "independent voice for Oregonians and the nation" and emphasizes his positions on health care reform, national security, consumer protection, and political transparency. On the Issues characterizes him as a "Hard-Core Liberal."
Defense and foreign policy
Wyden voted against authorization of the military force in Iraq, but voted for use of military force in Kosovo. He has also voted in favor of expanding NATO into Eastern European former Soviet Bloc countries. Wyden wrote the Stop Arming Iran Act to ban the Defense Department from selling surplus F-14 parts and prohibit buyers who have already acquired surplus Tomcat part from exporting them. Iran is the only nation other than the U.S. to fly the F-14.
Wyden has stated personal opposition to physician assisted suicide, but has also stated a commitment to defending the Oregon Death with Dignity Act, which was twice passed by voter referendum. Wyden successfully blocked Senate attempts to pass legislation interfering with the Act by threatening a filibuster. Wyden has also consistently voted against limitations on the use of the death penalty.
In 2009 Wyden sponsored the Healthy Americans Act, an act that would institute a national system of universal health care through market based private insurance. Despite a voting record in favor of public health care, Wyden was attacked by union interests for advocating replacement of the employer tax exclusion with a tax deduction that would apply to all Americans (not just those who enjoy the good employer benefits provided to many union members). Wyden has shown support for increasing Medicare funding, enrolling more of the uninsured in federal programs (although his Healthy Americans Act would eliminate many of these programs including Medicaid and SCHIP and replace them with private insurance), importing lower priced perscriptions from Canada, and negotiating bulk drug purchases for Medicare in order to lower costs.
In 2003 Wyden joined with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trent Lott (R-MS) to put the Bush Administration's Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act over the top. Afterwards it was revealed that the Bush Administration had forced officials to hide its true cost, which later turned out to be triple its original claim. The bill has been widely criticized as favoring pharmaceutical companies, since it prohibits the Federal Government from negotiating for better drug prices.
Not long after Tom Daschle's withdrawal as President Barack Obama's nominee as United States Secretary of Health and Human Services due to a scandal over his failure to pay taxes, The Oregonian reported that Senator Wyden was being touted by many healthcare experts as a likely candidate to succeed Daschle as secretary-designate. Although Wyden was ultimately passed over in favor of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, he took advantage of the interim to reintroduce his Healthy Americans Act, with additional co-sponsorship from Republican senators led by Tennessee's Lamar Alexander and Utah's Bob Bennett as well as from fellow Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.
Trade and business
Wyden mostly supports free trade. While still in the House, he voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has subsequently supported many trade deals in the Senate being one of the very few Democrats to vote in favor of the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). He has however voted against free trade agreements with Chile, Singapore, and Oman. He was also one of the few Democrats to vote in favor of the Bush-Administration-proposed prescription drug plan passed in 2003. In 1996, he voted against the majority of his party to phase out many farm subsidy programs and also to implement welfare reform policies.
The senator has recently voted against restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba and also to end anti-Castro broadcasting to the country. However, in 1998, he supported a proposal that would uphold the status quo of American-Cuban relations.
Wyden has opposed most limits on abortion. He has voted against proposals to ban partial birth abortion, prevent abortions from occurring on military bases, and prohibit minors from crossing state lines to obtain abortions. He has been rated 100% by the pro-choice NARAL. Wyden has been an advocate of gun control. He voted against limiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers and has voted in favor of increasing background checks.
Wyden has consistently opposed a constitutional amendment to ban flag desecration. He has also publicly announced support for same-sex marriage and was one of 14 Senators to vote against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. He also voted against the 2006 proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage, and he has cast votes in favor of legislation designed to prevent job descrimination and hate crimes against homosexuals.
In June 2007, Wyden was among the minority of Democrats to vote in favor of declaring English the official language of the United States.
Civil liberty and law
On November 10, 2005, Wyden was one of five Senate Democrats who joined 44 Republicans in voting "yes" on Amendment no. 2516, brought to the floor by Republican senator Lindsey Graham, which ruled that enemy combatants did not have the right to Habeas Corpus.
Wyden spoke in favor of John Roberts during his confirmation hearing as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and voted with the Republican majority to confirm him. Wyden has been a passive opponent of the Patriot Act. On March 2, 2006, he was one of 10 senators to vote against renewing the bill. citing concerns about privacy protections.
Wyden voted against the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, a Republican effort to restrict the number of class actions suits against businesses and the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, a bipartisan change in bankruptcy law designed to make it more difficult to file for bankruptcy and to make those in bankruptcy pay more of their debts. However, he voted for the previous Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2001 (S-420, substituted by amendment into H.R. 433)  which contained many of the same provisions.
Wyden is critical of the estate tax, which he feels is inefficient, and has voted repeatedly to abolish it. He co-authored the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, which bans internet taxes in the United States. He has also voted with Republicans to lower the capital gains tax, to encourage the study of the flat tax, and to require a 3/5 majority to raise taxes. However, Wyden voted against the Bush tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003. He has also voted against the balanced-budget amendment.
During the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, Wyden voted against the financial bailouts backed by the Bush administration. He did not vote on the automobile industry bailout, though he said he would have voted for cloture if he had been present. Wyden added, "While I continue to have concerns about ensuring that taxpayers are protected if this loan is to occur, I believe that if the President can unwisely provide $750 billion of taxpayer money for the investment banks who took horribly unacceptable risks and helped trigger an economic collapse, we certainly have a duty to attempt to preserve a cornerstone domestic industry and the jobs of hundreds of thousands of working people whose personal actions are in no way responsible for the current economic crisis."
Wyden was among several moderate Democratic senators who in early January 2009 criticized President-elect Barack Obama's stimulus plan, calling for a greater emphasis on "tangible infrastructure investments" and warning that an effort had to be made to differentiate it from the Bush bailouts Wyden had opposed. However, Wyden ultimately voted for the bill and voted mostly with his party on various amendments to the bill.
Wyden is a supporter of environmental protection measures, and was among the minority of senators to vote against confirming the appointment of Gale Norton as Secretary of the Interior. In May 2007, Wyden also opposed the appointment of Lyle Laverty as assistant interior secretary for fish, wildlife and parks (this time on ethical grounds).
He is a clone of Defazio - will pretend to be a friend of the people, but when his vote is needed he will deliver to advance the progressive/socialist cause.
I’ve been watching Kuzmanich (Oregon 1st District) for a while and think he’s a good candidate.
He’s been holding small meetings around the district, including one at Beaver Creek Armory, and another in St. Helens. I’ve heard strongly positive reviews from people who attended both events.
Kuzmanich’s web site: http://www.kuzforcongress.com/
Kuzmanich at Portland Tax Day Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_WqzIOPpDw
Kuzmanich at Washington DC 9/12 Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MurQsGNtjRs
He’s an ultra liberal, metrosexual wussy.
Then he should move to Cali
Oh no Defazio’s please
Do polls show Wyden ahead? What’s his opposition look like?
Both of our US Senators are alike...we are truly blessed. >:-}
Is anyone running against Wyden?
I don’t know if this his election year.
Been too busy battling to get the tax increases; 66 & 67 repealed; in this months special election.
I got a chance to talk with him privately at St Helens and liked what I heard.