Interview with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D) sits down with Newswatch 12’s Lora Painter to discuss a variety of topics. During our interview, he spoke about cyber security, healthcare, small businesses, tax reform, and conservation efforts, among other things.  Senator Wyden is hosting a series of three town hall meetings in Southern Oregon this weekend. Senator Wyden’s town … Continue reading »

Wyden Tours Brammo Motorcycle Building

TALENT, Ore. — Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said he wants lawmakers to show support for alternative energy and electric vehicles, and is using a local company as an example of why. Wyden toured the Brammo headquarters in Talent on Wednesday. The electric motorcycle manufacturer expanded into the former Walmart building late last year. Wyden got … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Talks Student Debt

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden joined NewsWatch12 in the studio to talk about recent controversies surrounding immigration, as well as the ongoing issue of student debt.

Governor Signs Basin Agreement

NEAR CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Governor John Kitzhaber and other Oregon and California leaders are gathering this morning for the official signing of the historic Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement. Members include Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Undersecretary of the Department of Commerce Kathryn Sullivan, California Resources Secretary John Laird, Klamath … Continue reading »

Merkley and Wyden Discuss Minimum Wage

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden visited a Portland grocery store Friday to talk about low wages among Americans. They say it is part of an effort to get congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which would raise the national minimum wages to $10.10 an hour. It would also … Continue reading »

Local Group Against Forest Proposal

MEDFORD, Ore. — An Oregon senator’s plan to log on O&C lands is being met with controversy. Senator Ron Wyden’s proposal to log on O&C lands has several goals: offer a permanent revenue source for counties, protect wildlife, old-growth, and create jobs. He’s included specific policies to protect old-growth and set-aside land to not allow … Continue reading »

Klamath Water Issues Discussed

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A task force formed by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden met at Oregon Institute of Technology on Tuesday to finalize a plan for resolving water issues in the Klamath Basin. The task force has been working for the past year to find common ground after this summer’s drought led to a cutoff … Continue reading »

Sales Tax May Be Added to Online Sales

ASHLAND, Ore. — United States senators voted to move forward with a bill that could require sales tax to be added to purchases made online. Currently, there is no sales tax in Oregon, so any purchase made online anywhere in the country from businesses like Ashland-based Funagain Games includes simply the cost for the product … Continue reading »

Senator Wyden Pushing for More Aircrafts

By Sharon Ko MEDFORD, Ore. — Summer is nearly here and that means wildfire season is set to become a top priority among fire crews. Resources are already spread thin and fire officials say it’s a concern, but state officials are hoping to help. Senator Wyden stopped by the Medford Air Tanker Base on Tuesday. … Continue reading »