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Hotseat: Richard Carlbom

The veteran of Minnesota’s successful fight for the freedom to marry says Oregon paved the path to victory.

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Richard Carlbom led the campaign that legalized same-sex marriage in Minnesota last year. Now he’s in charge of the coordinated 33-state campaign for the advocacy group Freedom to Marry.   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 WW Staff

Hotseat: Don Gavitte

A fed-up Portland teacher campaigns to take Salem to school.

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Don Gavitte’s classroom walls are covered in college pennants: Stanford, Marquette, Hunter, Barnard, Oregon. All sent by grateful former students. They are banners of Gavitte’s success. Gavi   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 RACHEL GRAHAM CODY

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

The mayor defends his first year in office.

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Mayor Charlie Hales drove himself to WW’s offices this week in a city-owned Prius. He admitted he was still a bit woozy from jet lag: He’d just returned from a weeklong trip to China. But Ha   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Phil Stanford

The Portland muckraker’s new book traces Watergate to a D.C. call girl.

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Phil Stanford isn’t paranoid if John Dean really is out to get him. Portland’s most notorious muckraker has always seen conspiracy where others have not as he’s plumbed Rose City corruptio   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Tom Fahey

The Siltronic VP aims to lower his company’s water rates and unseat Nick Fish.

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Tom Fahey is so steamed about his company’s water bill, he’s fomenting revolution. Fahey is vice president of human resources for Siltronic, a German semiconductor manufacturer that is the c   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: David Tyler

A UO Chemistry professor answers the age-old Question, “paper or plastic?” Don’t even ask about cotton.

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A chemist walks into a bar and tells the hipsters drinking there that their locally brewed organic ale is bad for the environment. There’s no punch line: Beer is just one of the many beloved t   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 CATALINA GAITAN

Hotseat: Jessie Sponberg

The Occupy activist is ready for a confrontation on Mount Tabor.

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Jessie Sponberg is planning for a long camp-out. The leader of Camp Cascadia—the live-in protest of draining Mount Tabor’s reservoirs—is heading up the mountain July 12. Sponberg says he��   More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Doug Fine

The author documents a strange truce in America’s war on drugs.

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Doug Fine is known for his work as a sustainability reporter. He prefers to be called a “comedic investigative journalist.” He’s written about his “Hypocrisy Reduction Project”—moving hi   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 KATIE GILBERT

Hotseat: Constantin Severe

Portland’s new police watchdog on how to keep cops accountable.

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As a first-generation Haitian-American growing up in Brooklyn and Miami, Constantin Severe hated cops. Then he learned to like them during his time as a defense attorney with Metropolitan Public    More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Zeke Johnson

The Amnesty International activist applauds Ron Wyden—but says the Oregon senator needs to do more.

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Who watches the watchers? Lately, it’s been Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).  Who watches Wyden? Zeke Johnson. Johnson is the director of Amnesty International USA’s Security with Human Rights    More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH
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