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John Gray, the Quiet Lion, Dies at 93


The pantheon of noble Oregonians made room for another entrant last week with the passing of John Gray. You can be excused for not recognizing the name: Gray, who died at 93, had faded in recent years from the news, and his death was initially treated in a way that understated his enormous contributions in shaping the modern identity of this state and in guiding and supporting many of ...   More
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Stanley Kubrick on Fluoride


Don't read any further if you think this item will include any useful information on the fluoridation debate. 
But with the apparent successful effort by a number of Portlanders to put the issue of fluoridating our water on the ballot, we thought it might b...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

WW Endorsement Video: If Pot is Legal, Will More Kids Smoke?

Proponents of Measure 80, the Marijuana Legalization Measure, were in our office last week for their editorial endorsement interview. (The opponents were represented by Umatilla County Sheriff John Trumbo, who was on speakerphone). For those in favor of Measure 80, one of the dicier issues is kids—will passage of this measure encourage more children to use marijuana? 
In this cli...   More
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Gary Johnson's Record Doesn't Quite Match His Rhetoric


For the last two weeks, we've been running clips from our interview with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson. He's spoken with eloquence about taxes, health care...   More
Monday, August 20, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

On Taxes, Paul Ryan is No Gary Johnson


The weekend political chat has been all about Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Congressman chosen by Mitt Romney as his running mate. The early punditry claims that the addition of the tea partyish Ryan to the GOP ticket will energize "the base," but also scare Democrats enough to activate them as well.
Paul Ryan's specialty is taxes—he is the chair of the House Budget Committee. While...   More
Monday, August 13, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Hotseat: Gary Johnson

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

Q & A
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

DeFazio, Oil, Wall Street, Water

Rep. Peter Defazio

Peter DeFazio is a passionate guy.  The fourth district Congressman has strong feelings about a wide range of subjects, but nothing fires him up quite like the subject of Wall Street. DeFazio's rhetoric and votes have have annoyed finance types for some time, but he really struck a nerve with his (so far unsuccessful) effort during the past couple of years to impose a tax on certain sto...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Mayor Adams Posts Oregonian Interview

Mayor Sam Adams

On Sunday, The Oregonian published a story by Beth Slovic (who used to work at WW), suggesting that the conditions of roads in Portland have deteriorated under Mayor Adams, while he has funded other priorities.  The article extends the reporting done in this paper back in May of 201...   More
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Insufferable Portland?


In January, The Washington Post declared that Portland had jumped the shark and that Pittsburgh was now the "hottest" city in America.
Not so fast. 
Here are two pieces of evidence that Portland hasn't lost its mojo. First, the news reported last week that Portland will be featu...   More
Sunday, February 26, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

VIDEO: Cornilles and Bonamici Clash on Campaign Finance


Republican Rob Cornilles and Democrat Suzanne Bonamici are running against each other in the Jan. 31 special election to replace Congressman David Wu, who resigned last year. Both candidates were in our office this week.We thought this section of the interview, about the chase for money and what it does to elected officials, was especially interesting—and candid.
Check out Cornilles' and Bon...   More
Friday, January 6, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN
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