An Evening Concerning the Future of Alberta’s Popular "Last Thursday" Arts Festival

Mayor Sam Adams and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the city Office of Neighborhood Involvement, held a meeting last night that Adams hoped would air out “the positive, negative, and everything in-between” of Alberta's Last Thursday. Adams began the evening at the jam-packed Acadia Ballroom by informing people not to jeer, comment or clap at the testifiers. Asked instead ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 Ari Phillips

Oregon Republican Beats The Crap Out of Somebody Over The Weekend

Chael Sonnen, who's running for the Republican nomination in a suburban Portland district, got a big win on Saturday that had nothing to do with politics. The GOP hopeful in House District 37 (taking in parts of Washington and Clackamas counties) crushed his opponent in UFC 109 to get a shot at the middleweight title. And Sonnen also got a lot of attention to comments he made about mixed ...   More
Monday, February 8, 2010 HANK STERN

Ten Things We Learned about Successful Dating at Planned Parenthood's "It's Not Me, It's You" Show

We came. We listened. And we laughed empathetically as locals learned far too much information about their co-workers, elected representatives, newspaper writers, radio jockeys and Portland nonprofit heads last night at the Bagdad. That's where eight brave, heartsick souls —including Multnomah County Commish Jeff Cogen, Live Wire's Courtenay Hameister and WW's own Aaron Mesh— shared ...   More
Friday, February 5, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

One Angry Oregon Democrat

Apparently, state Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley) is unhappy with the "process" and a bunch of other things as the Oregon Legislature starts its abbreviated legislative session this month. "I'm tired of talking," Schaufler says in the video (h/t to Oregon Politico) of this House Committee on Business and Labor hearing. "I've been processed to death for eight years in this building." Schaufler, ...   More
Thursday, February 4, 2010 HANK STERN

Can Chris Dudley Defend Oregon Against Chicago?

An inquiring reader who's on Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Dudley's email list had a question after reading Dudley's promise yesterday to defend Oregon against Chicago Mayor Richard Daley's pledge to recruit Oregon businesses ticked about the passage last week of Measures 66 and 67. The question: Does Dudley, an ex-Trail Blazer who played for multiple NBA teams in a 16-year career, ...   More
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 HANK STERN

The Final Countdown: Measures 66/67 Ballots Are Due At 8 PM

Let this be your last reminder. If you're among the 1 million or so Oregonians who haven't yet voted on Measures 66 and 67, we're sorry to do this. But you've proven impervious to our pleadings so far to drop off your ballot at one of these sites in Multnomah County or one of these sites statewide. We're so out of ideas that we're resorting to annoying songs from the 80s. Please turn in your ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley v. Bunning: The Latest

U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) has made himself into quite the political punching bag lately by blocking the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor, and then reportedly telling Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) "Tough shit" when Merkley called him on it. Here on MSNBC's "The Ed Show," Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) gets in his shots at Bunning and some of the Kentucky senator's Republican ...   More
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 HANK STERN

What Do Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt And Sarah Palin Have in Common?

House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) is playing in rarefied territory now. He joins such national figures as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and rapper Kanye West as targets of satire who have been spoofed using a 2004 German movie "The Downfall." In earlier versions posted on YouTube, German actor Bruno Ganz, playing Adolf Hitler, "reacts to Palin's resignation and to West's insult of Taylor ...   More
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Olympics End. Marketing Begins.

Now that the Winter Olympics have concluded, let the capitalism begin. Here's one enterprising effort by a Portland-based business to capitalize on a couple Olympic stars — Chinese gold medal figure skaters Zhao Hongbo and Shen Xue. The social networking site English Baby (and content director Jason Simms, a former WW freelancer) filmed this video in Vancouver with the two Olympians as part ...   More
Monday, March 1, 2010 HANK STERN


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