Legendary CBS News Anchor Bob Schieffer to Keynote CUNA GAC

Schieffer has more than 58 years of experience as a reporter, 46 of them with CBS News, and has interviewed every U.S. president since Richard Nixon.

Oregon’s Federal Delegation to Hold News Conference Spotlighting Marijuana Banking Issues

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, are jointly calling on Congress to pass legislation ensuring legal marijuana businesses can access banking services.

National News Bullets

Inspector general investigates NCUA exam breach, NCUA sues Wells Fargo—from CUNA’s News Now.

Who Do You Love? STCU Members Respond in Droves to Contest Benefiting Nonprofits

STCU asked community members to help decide which nonprofits should receive donations in a unique online promotion called “Who do you love?” The results were overwhelming.

ABC News Reporter Elizabeth Leamy to Share ‘Secret Sauce’ of Marketing at NWCUA Conference

How did Summit Credit Union in Sun Prairie, Wis., get national news coverage on ABC News last week? There is a “secret sauce,” according to the reporter who did the story, and she will share it at the NWCUA Marketers’ Conference in SeaTac next month.

Northwest Credit Unions Cheer News of No Stabilization Fund Assessment

Northwest credit unions cheered the news this week that there will be no Corporate Stabilization Fund assessment in 2014, saying the decision by the National Credit Union Administration “demonstrates the resiliency of the credit union system.”

Digital Campaign Connects Main Street to Congress with ‘Don’t Tax’ Message

A digital campaign spread over 100 websites will connect Main Street consumers to Congress through a simple message: “Don’t Tax my Credit Union.” The NWCUA launched the month-long campaign this week.

In Oregon, Cheap to Finance and Drive

Oregon credit unions offer among the least expensive auto loans in the country. And as a bonus, it’s the least expensive state in which to own and drive a vehicle according to two bank monitoring sites releasing studies this week. Take a ride on the savings highway.

A National Consumer Watchdog Shares Perspective on the Cordray Confirmation

This week’s Senate confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB should guarantee credit unions and banks a level playing field with previously unregulated financial services providers. That is the perspective of a national consumer advocate interviewed by Anthem this week.

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Breaking News: Credit Unions are a “Tax Reform Option” According to Senate Finance Committee

In breaking news from the Senate Finance Committee, credit unions were listed as a “tax reform option.” The release of the report naming credit unions specifically as a source of revenue sounds a high-priority advocacy alarm.

Quarter of NW Banks Problematic, say Rating Agencies

Bauer Financial and Thomson Reuters Bank Insight found that 16 percent of Oregon and Washington-based banks are considered problematic or troubled.

Consumer News Content Available for Credit Unions’ Member-Facing Web Products

Well before Bank Transfer Day took root, personal finance reporter Stacy Johnson was telling consumers how to ditch their banks and vote with their feet. Now Johnson is offering his content free of charge for credit unions’ member-facing websites.

The Next Auto Repossession Cycle

Strategic Link business partner Repo Remarketing discusses why lenders are likely to see a rise in auto repossessions in the next year and how their easy-to-use web-based service platform can help credit unions simplify the repossession process.

NCUA Adopts New Rule on TDRs

The NCUA has adopted a new final rule that clarifies reporting, requires new policies and requires data collection on modified loans, allowing credit unions to modify loans without having to characterize them as delinquent.

Making the Best of Negative News: Do’s and Don’ts for Crisis Coverage

With the positive spotlight shining on credit unions—as well deserved as it is—it’s hard to imagine a time when the publicity could be unfavorable. It happens, however, and your credit union should be prepared.

Put Me On TV! Marketers’ Conference Attendees Share Solutions to Land Positive Publicity

Credit unions are not top of mind for most television reporters covering consumer and financial news. But given our knowledge and resources, we should be. Building the right relationships could land your credit union in a positive spotlight.

Marketing without Money: The Secrets to Getting Positive Press

It’s easy for credit unions to find free publicity and exposure—if they know the right steps to take, according to award-winning journalist and author Jeff Crilley.

Credit Unions Make History on Bank Transfer Day

Saturday, Nov. 5—also known as Bank Transfer Day—saw record influxes of new members for many Northwest credit unions. It also signifies the continued growth of the movement and a pivotal day in a historic time for credit unions.