The No. 2 person at the sprawling U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. threw a shockwave through the Northwest last week when he issued a memo tightly controlling the personnel and legal functions of the Bonneville Power Administration. But Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman gets to do that, especially in light of DOE’s findings this year that BPA had gone out of its way to contravene federal law and discriminate against military veterans in hiring - and then, perhaps worse, retaliate against those who dared to report it.
Leaks from Washington suggest the White House is considering an end to eavesdropping on friendly foreign leaders.
A kick in the pants to Greg Walden, Eastern Oregon’s representative in the U.S. House, for his vote against the debt deal.
Wasco County doesn’t have much in the way of traffic gridlock.
The back rooms of government may no longer be smoke-filled, but they are becoming even more exclusive than in the past.
Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, a dominant figure in the congressional politics of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, died this week from complications of a stroke suffered last December. While a staunch Democrat during a Democrat-dominated era, Foley, like so many politicians of his era, was able to work across the aisle as needed without fear of being tarred and feathered by his own party. His death at such a pivotal time in recent politics — a day after the end of the partial government shutdown — offered a teachable moment in the world of politics.
Ready or not, we’re in the home stretch of the Nov. 5, 2013, general election. Ballots will be going out this weekend and voters are considering their choices.
Take a look at the photo at right — a bunch of happy, energetic kids enjoying an afternoon at the pool. This photo was taken a few years ago by a Chronicle intern, but it’s a scene that has played out throughout the summer year after year since 1938, when the Natatorium was built.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee took a predictable turn in awarding its Peace Prize this past week, selecting a watchdog group working to destroy Syria’s stockpiles of nerve gas and other poisonous agents.
The prominent public figure who loses his way has become a staple of the last decade. Perhaps it is because we know more about our public figures. Perhaps it’s because their careers are running longer. Perhaps it’s because temptation looms larger these days. Dave Frohnmayer is the latest Oregon politician to surprise us. Willamette Week reported last week that Oregon’s former attorney general was compensated by tobacco companies to be their witness in their case arguing they should pay less to the state of Oregon. To anyone familiar with Frohnmayer’s history over the past three decades, this news prompted a double-take and a response of “Huh?”
Campaign finance law is back under the U.S. Supreme Court microscope this week as wealthy Alabama Republican Shaun McCutcheon hopes to persuade the court to do away with overall limits on what contributors may give in a two-year federal election cycle.
Majority rule can be a difficult proposition. In the ideal scenario, elected leaders negotiate, debate and craft legislation that provides a balanced and well-reasoned final product.
Generating, accessing and protecting public/private records can accurately be described as some of the most potent issues of our age. It is a topic loaded with such significance that smart educators will begin training students about it as early as grade school — it is that essential to successful life.
As if a Congress-caused federal government shut-down doesn’t rankle enough on it’s own, one of the most unreasonable aspects of the situation is that U.S. senators and representatives continue to get paid.
Editorial cartoons for Sept. 29, 2013.
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