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


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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


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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


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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."


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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'


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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


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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 Salon.com. 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


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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

You Stay Classy, Phil Busse: Portland Editor Stealing McCain Yard Signs in Minnesota


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You can take the sleazy dude out of the Left Coast, but you can't take the Left Coast out of the sleazy dude. Phil Busse, the erstwhile Mercury editor, mayoral candidate, clairvoyant restaurant reviewer, prison boxing habitué and hilariously overpaid political campaign manager, has taken leave of Portland for a visiting professorship at St. Olaf College in Minnesota—a job that apparently ...   More
 
Monday, November 3, 2008 AARON MESH

Updated: VOTE! Or This Baby Will Be Very Unhappy


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See this adorable and civically engaged baby ? She's totally in the tank for Obama. And she's annoyed that, of 436,489 registered voters in Multnomah County, only 283,111 of you had turned in your ballots by 8 am this morning. That 64% , guys. You can do better! As soon as turnout tops 80%, this awesome baby, who belongs to a Willamette Week employee and is very concerned about the future of ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2008 BEN WATERHOUSE

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