Latest Jeff Merkley News

After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

Nov. 14, 2018 5:56 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina. On Friday, former Massachusetts...

Merkley eyes White House, visits early primary states

Oct. 30, 2018 3:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — He's a Democrat, a liberal senator who wants to make Medicare available for all Americans, has pushed bills to stem climate change and is a sharp critic of President Donald Trump. And he's seriously considering a run for the White House. It's not Vermont's Bernie Sanders. It's Jeff...

House Democrats promise action on LGBTQ rights bill

Oct. 29, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just days ahead of a midterm election they hope will deliver them a majority, House Democrats are promising to prioritize anti-discrimination legislation that would for the first time establish widespread equal rights protections for LGBTQ individuals. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...

South Carolina swarmed by potential Democratic candidates

Oct. 13, 2018 1:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

Democratic presidential prospects swarm South Carolina

Oct. 12, 2018 8:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Even by South Carolina standards, this is a lot. There's no set date for the state's pivotal 2020 presidential primary. But that's not stopping a half dozen potential Democratic contenders from swarming the state over the next week, connecting with voters and political operatives. The...

The Latest: Kagan, Sotomayor raise concerns about politics

Oct. 5, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 7 p.m. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor are raising concerns about partisanship on the high court. Kagan and Sotomayor spoke Friday at an event at Princeton University. Without mentioning...

The Latest: Ford's lawyers criticize scope of FBI probe

Oct. 3, 2018 11:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and sexual misconduct allegations against him (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Lawyers for the California college professor accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teens are criticizing the scope of...

The Latest: Kavanaugh fending off 3rd accusation

Sep. 26, 2018 9:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is fending off a third accusation of sexual misconduct as he prepares for a public Senate hearing that could determine whether Republicans can salvage his nomination....