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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.
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Friday, January 6, 2012 by MARK ZUSMAN

Berdahl Chosen To Lead U of O


The worst kept secret in Oregon education circles is now fact: Dr. Robert Berdahl, 74, has been appointed to be the interim president of the University of Oregon by the state Board of Higher Ed, a group that Berdahl    More
Friday, December 9, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

Lariviere's Replacement: Soon to be Announced?


A number of sources say the top choice for the position of interim president of the University of Oregon is Robert Berdahl, an administrator at the University, who taught history in Eugene for two decades before leaving to take a variety of posts elsewhere, including the chancellor's job at the University of California at Berkeley, and the top job at the  Association of American Universities....   More
Thursday, December 8, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

DeFazio's Financial Transaction Tax Gains Steam


For years, Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio has been the primary sponsor of a bill that would impose a tax on certain stock transactions in excess of $100,000 a year as a way of balancing the budget and targeting speculators.  The current version of the bill, HR 3313, or "The Wall Stree...   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

The Protests Pile Up Against the Lariviere Ouster


Over this sleepy Thanksgiving weekend, dissenting views continue to surface over the decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the State Board of Higher Education to oust Richard Lariviere as president of the University of Oregon. As WW reported earlier in the week, Lariviere was i...   More
Friday, November 25, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

Congressional Democratic Candidates on Cutting the Budget

"What's the federal government doing that it shouldn't be?"


A question WW always asks Republican candidates for Congress is whether there are any tax loopholes they would like to close, or any taxes they would consider raising. It's a way of getting them to show how they think (or if they think) or if they are simply reflexive anti-government candidates.
Similarly, we always ask Democratic candidates for Congress what cuts they would consider making in ...   More
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

The Defender

A Guantanamo lawyer says conservatives have given the state powers they always feared.

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No Portlander is more involved with the aftermath of 9/11 on a national—or global—scale, than Steven Wax. As the federal public defender for Oregon since 1983, leading the office that provides    More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

The Enduring Book of Mark

The death of former U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield reminds Oregon why he still matters.

The timing was fitting: One week after the far right wing of the Republican Party held the economy hostage...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Mark Hatfield, 89, Dies. Lion of Oregon Politics

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 Mark Hatfield, former U.S. Senator, Governor, Secretary of State and the class act of Oregon politics for more than 40 years, died today after a long illness. He was 89 and had returned to Oregon after several months of hospitalization at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

The dean of moderate Republicans, Hatfield fused deep Baptist beliefs with a knack for reta...   More
Sunday, August 7, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN

Media Mogul Puts Montana Ranch Up For Sale


Oregon's biggest media magnate is not Robert Pamplin Jr., the scion of the Pamplin fortune and the owner of the Portland Tribune and several suburban newspapers, including the Lake Oswego Review. It is the lesser-known Larry Wilson, who once ran Citadel Broadcasting, which owned more than 200 radio stations when Wilson...   More
Friday, July 8, 2011 by MARK ZUSMAN
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