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Feb. 28, 1978: Bill Walton asks his coach for a seat on the bench…

40th Anniversary
In February 1978, the Portland Trail Blazers appeared on their way to repeating as NBA champions. Future Hall of Famer Bill Walton starred at center for the Blazers as they dominated the league    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 HANK STERN

One More Reason to Yell at Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Here's an update to the analysis that Casey Jarman wrote in today's WW of potential Portland Trail Blazers playoff opponents in the first round: the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant may be a ...   More
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 by HANK STERN

Glenn Beck's "Titillating Monstrosity"

Glenn Beck book

After reading some of the commentary on the upcoming end of Glenn Beck's TV hootenanny on Fox, I uncovered a copy of Common Nonsense on my desk to re-read parts of Alexander Zaitchik's entertaining 2010 takedown of Beck and his shtick.There are many worthwhile summaries of Beck at different stages o...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 by HANK STERN

Exposed: The "Agenda" by Gays and Lesbians for Marriage Rights


If you're a believer in the existence of a conspiracy that is using marriage rights for same-sex couples to advance an "insidious" agenda, you'd better spend the next 90 seconds watching this new video from Freedom to Marry. The video from an organization devoted to marriage rights...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 by HANK STERN

Former Portland Wrestler to Run For Vice President?

Jesse Ventura

Former Portland Wrestling icon Jesse Ventura resurfaced a couple years back with a TV show focused on conspiracies as his next move after a post-grappling career as Minnes...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by HANK STERN

Ex-Blazer Makes Hall of Fame

Arvydas Sabonis

 Former Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis will be enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame this summer.The announcement today of Sabonis' entry into the Hall of Fame as part of a class that includes Dennis Rodman, Chris Mullin and Artis Gilmore make...   More
Monday, April 4, 2011 by HANK STERN

Update on the Campaign for Same-Sex Marriage Rights in Oregon

Jeana Frazzini

The latest step in Basic Rights Oregon's effort to bring marriage rights to same-sex couples in Oregon will become visible next week with a statewide TV ad campaign and a direct mailing to households in the Portland metro area.BRO executive director Jeana Frazzini told WW in an interview earlier this week tha...   More
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 by HANK STERN

Why Peter DeFazio is Criticizing President Obama

Peter DeFazio

 Add U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to the list of liberal Democrats raising serious questions about President Obama's decision to have U.S. forces be part of an international offensive against th...   More
Monday, March 21, 2011 by HANK STERN

More Favorable National Poll Trends for Same-Sex Marriage


 Next weekend there will be a "Politics of Love"  celebration in Portland to mark the seventh anniversary of when same-sex marriages enjoyed a brief window of legal approval in Multnomah County.And people attending the March 25-27 events presented by the First Unitarian Church will have some f...   More
Friday, March 18, 2011 by HANK STERN

What One Big Public Campaign Finance Supporter Thinks About Bringing Back the Idea in 2012

publicly financed elections

Here's a mini-update to a piece in this week's WW about the prospects of public campaign finance returning to the 2012 ballot for Portland voters to consider.
One of the biggest supporters of the effort last fall to retain public financing as an option in city races was New Seasons co-founder Brian Rohter.   More
Thursday, March 17, 2011 by HANK STERN
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