Sarah Palin: Gone but not Forgotten

For those of you who already miss Sarah Palin, wait no longer. The failed vice-presidential candidate turns out to be a gift that keeps on giving to journalists, with new revelations including: • Palin didn't know Africa was a continent. • She asked to make her own concession speech on election night. • She leaned on staffers to put thousands of dollars of additional ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

UPDATE: PUPPIES ARE AWAKE! Electing the First Puppy (PLUS Addictive Puppy-Cam)

[Scroll to the bottom for live puppy-cam action!] Amid the host of historic statements made during President-elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech last night, one sentence rang out above the rest: "I love you both more than you can imagine," Obama told his daughters, Sasha and Malia. "You have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the White House." Which, of ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 KELLY CLARKE

Yee-hah! Jessica Simpson Counts Calories Rather Than Votes at Portland Steakhouse on Election Night.

While the rest of Portland was hooping and hollering on the streets of Portland, the latest queen of country music (and the former pop star wife of Nick Lachey) Jessica Simpson sashayed her way into to downtown Portland on election night. First off, the on-off girlfriend of Dallas Cowboy Quarterback Tony Romo made a quick stop at KUPL where she talked about how much she hated tabloid-frenzied ...   More
Thursday, November 6, 2008 Byron Beck

Hide Your Children: Phil Busse is Back in Portland

Hot news from the Minnesota desk... Minneapolis City Pages reporter (and former WW contributor) Bradley Campbell has been doggedly following the unfolding saga of Phil Busse, Yard Sign Thief, ever since the Huffington Post revelations that dragged Busse unwillingly back into the public eye and cost him a visiting professorship at St. Olaf College. Campbell's post-election report contains some ...   More
Thursday, November 13, 2008 AARON MESH

The Oregon Convention Center: Democrats at Ground Zero

The lad in the photo is Roshellio Sanders, age 6, of Northeast Portland. He's pretty excited. But there were plenty more pumped-up folks among the 9,000-plus crowd at the Oregon Convention Center, where the Democratic Party of Oregon held what turned out to be a massive victory party. After eight years, we'd mostly forgotten what it was like to see Democrats unbent by angst. There was U.S. ...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

McCain Campaign Manager Jokes of Oregon Visit on Election Day: "Go Ducks, Baby."

Over at Politico, Jonathan Martin has a post on a back-of-the-jet conversation with McCain campaign manager Rick Davis about his candidate's dwindling chances of victory. It closes with an Oregon punchline: Pressed for details on McCain's election day travel – he's slated to leave Arizona and hit Colorado and New Mexico while the polls are open – Davis joked:“We may not ...   More
Monday, November 3, 2008 Ian Gillingham

Smith and Obama: Illegal Workers and an 'Illegal Aunt'

The weekend's AP report about Barack Obama's "illegal aunt" brought to mind this WW series about Sen. Gordon Smith's company in Eastern Oregon hiring undocumented immigrants. There are some key differences. The timing of the report on Obama, just 72 hours before Election Day, raised suspicions it's a Republican stink bomb. While Smith called our cover story a "slimeball," it certainly did not ...   More
Monday, November 3, 2008 JAMES PITKIN

Fake Volunteering for McCain in "Real" Virginia

Angela Valdez, former staff writer for Willamette Week, "volunteered" for Sen. John McCain's campaign in October and has an insider's look at the final push for voters in Virginia over at She writes: Regardless of your politics, a call from me is an intrusion. We've become accustomed to filtering all incoming communication. The plastic trinket in the kitchen is a reminder of the days ...   More
Monday, November 3, 2008 BETH SLOVIC

You Can Vote However You Like

There's something strangely hypnotic about this video of the children from Atlanta's Ron Clark Academy performing on CNN. It's almost like a lava lamp. They aren't really dancing in unison, and yet...they are. I can't quit watching it. Plus, it's got a positive message, and we love those, especially when they're delivered by cute kiddies. [youtube UxlwYP0HNdc] By the way, you can vote however ...   More
Monday, November 3, 2008 Matt Graham


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