Rotten Tomatoes: Political Hopefuls Belt Tunes, Trade Barbs at Candidates Gone Wild


Tuesday night's Candidates Gone Wild featured mayhem and embarrassment: political hopefuls belted show tunes, answered questions on Portland history, and built a mini-Columbia River Crossing for a dog. But with the three mayoral candidates locked in a tight race, the show was more tense and barbed than in past years.Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales both took pointed jabs at a "$4 tomato"—a not-especially-veiled ...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 AARON MESH

Get Your Candidates Gone Wild 2012 Tickets While They're Hot!


Think we'd allow a city-shifting election to go by without a mortifying talent show? Think again! The snidest candidates forum in the West is back, complete with yoga balls, game shows and the secret skills of public office-seekers.Presented by WW and the Bus Project, Candidates Gone Wild features the wordplay of host Courtenay Hameister and the music of Radiation City. Expect surprise ...   More
Friday, April 6, 2012 WW Staff

Murmurs: Avakian is the Word

Zombie lawsuits, burnin’ up the quarter mile.

Two years ago, the Tonkon Torp law firm scored a coup when it snagged Josh Kardon, the longtime chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, to bolster its federal government-relations practice. Kardon,   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Make Your Vote Count in May

Historically, Oregon's primary hasn't mattered much. This year's unusually tight Democratic race, however, means that our 65 delegates from the May 20 primary could determine who will get the nomination. And there are only 52 days left to register to vote (April 29 is the deadline). Registration is not as easy as it should be—you can't do it online—but it's not too hard. You must ...   More
Friday, March 7, 2008 Jeremy Gillick

Your Semi-Regular Voting Reminder

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Barney Frank Hearts Mary Jane, Nick: Mass. Rep heading out to Oregon for Fish benefit

On the March 21 edition of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) said he was about to introduce legislation in Congress to make it okey-dokey to carry around small amounts of marijuana. Said Frank to Maher when pushed on how he would get it through Congress: "The notion that you lock people up for smoking marijuana is pretty silly. I'm going to call it the 'Make Room for ...   More
Tuesday, March 25, 2008 Byron Beck

UPDATED: Adams, Branam and Middaugh Now in the Lead

Democracy lives. Since writing the post below, the numbers have changed, as reflected in the new headline above. Portlanders' ability to choose which candidates they want on stage during Candidates Gone Wild (the political event of the season, in case you didn't know!) is proving to be almost as much of a diversion as March Madness. Go to, make your picks and you ...   More
Tuesday, March 18, 2008 MARK ZUSMAN

Voting Now Open For Candidates Gone Wild

Who says democracy is dead? Voting is now open on-line for the City Hall candidates you want on stage April 28 at America's most awesome-iest political event, Candidates Gone Wild." That's right: You can decide which mayoral candidate will be on stage at the Roseland to answer questions you won't hear in any other political forum. You can decide which City Council candidates will get to display ...   More
Monday, March 17, 2008


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