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Hotseat: Michael Kazin

The editor of Dissent—and former Portland journalist—talks about the future, and naiveté, of the left.

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In 1970, Michael Kazin wanted to get to Portland so badly, he hitchhiked his way across the USA. It took Kazin, then in his early 20s, a week to thumb it from New York to Portland, where he wrot   More
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Vanessa Timmons

She’s pressing Salem to open state pocketbooks for abused women.

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Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence director Vanessa Timmons is fighting in Salem to get state leaders to combat domestic violence. And she wants them to do it with more money.    More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Daryl Turner

The Portland Police union boss talks about the new order in City Hall.

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Portland Police Association president Daryl Turner has a framed cartoon drawing in his office of him pulling the pants off a surprised Sam Adams.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Baruti Artharee

The city’s new cops czar talks about making the police safer for his grandkids.

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A lot of people in City Hall have interacted with police, but Baruti Artharee may be the only one who can say he’s had the business end of a cop’s gun pressed against his head. That was a lo   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Gary Johnson

The Libertarian candidate for president says he’s all about momentum.

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Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president, isn’t going to win in November. But were...   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

Hotseat: Leal Sundet

The union behind the slowdown at the port breaks its silence.

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Leal Sundet says it’s bad enough that the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union is getting a raw deal at the Port of Portland. He thinks also it’s getting a bum rap. For more than a   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Rep. Peter Defazio

The Oregon Democrat talks about his disappointment with Obama and the cost of the CRC.

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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has held his Oregon seat in Congress for more than 25 years. The 4th District Democrat has been...   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 WW Staff

Hotseat: F.W. de Klerk

The Nobel Laureate and last white president of South Africa talks cultural identity and Obama’s prize.

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In South Africa, F.W. de Klerk was an unlikely reformer. He had risen in that country’s white-minority power politics...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 PATRICIA SAUTHOFF

Hotseat: Mikey Kampmann

Portland drops at the South Pole.

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In late October, Mikey Kampmann left Southeast Portland’s Clinton Street neighborhood for a summer vacation of sorts. Kampmann, a 25-year-old comic and occasional Portlandia cast member, is sp   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 PATRICIA SAUTHOFF

Hotseat: Jarrett Walker

A Portland transit expert says we shouldn’t fall in love with trains when buses will do.

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Jarrett Walker says he first fell in love with mass transit when he started riding buses around Portland at age 10. By age 14, he was calling TriMet to ask questions and offer suggestions for im   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 EMILY GREEN
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