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Nydia Velázquez

A congresswoman’s first trip to Portland is the latest in her long line of more important firsts.


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U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez was born 54 years ago in Puerto Rico, the daughter of a sugar-cane cutter. Today, Velázquez is a senior member of Congress after becoming the first Puerto Rican ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 HENRY STERN

Carol Cushman

The president of the League of Women Voters of Portland defends “voter-owned elections.”


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With potential 2008 City Council candidates already hinting they’ll ask Portland taxpayers to fund their campaigns, one of the original backers of the city’s “voter-owned elections&r ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2007 JAMES PITKIN

Barbara Ehrenreich

The Nickel and Dimed author wrote the book on lousy jobs.


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Barbara Ehrenreich is a social activist who earns a living penning missives that debunk our assumptions about the world’s working poor. A graduate of Reed College in 1963, Ehrenreich is most fam ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 BETH SLOVIC

Rep. Brian Baird

A Democratic congressman who opposed the Iraq War now supports the surge and thinks discussing withdrawal is stupid and irresponsible. What the...?


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U.S. Rep. Brian Baird just got back from the Triangle of Death, south of Baghdad. Baird, a Democrat who represents Vancouver and southwest Washington, appears to enjoy being in uncomfortable spots. I ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Elaine Calder

New Oregon Symphony president sounds off on classical vs. gospel and fundraising.


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Elaine Calder, the Oregon Symphony’s newly named president, has her work cut out for her. Portland’s beloved Oregon Symphony is in real trouble. The 112-year-old organization is hemorrhagi ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Alan Espasandin and Darrin Taylor

Double shot: Two longtime OLCC officers are now consultants to bar owners.


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Last month, two inspectors with the dreaded Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Alan Espasandin and Darrin Taylor, went into business for themselves. Their new company, Statewide Compliance Training, he ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 COREY PEIN

Paul Swangard

Despite dogfighting, steroids and suspect refs, a UO sports marketing expert says the games will go on.


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Recent headlines for the country's three top professional sports leagues have been dismal. Allegations of steroid use taint Barry Bonds' ongoing quest to break Hank Aaron's career home-run record; At ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 NIGEL JAQUISS

Connie Van Brunt

The new executive director of the Portland Schools Foundation talks about her race—to help kids.


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It's noon on a recent Thursday, and Connie Van Brunt pulls her glasses down her nose to reveal the tired eyes hidden behind them. That morning, while much of Portland was still asleep, Van Brunt had ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 BETH SLOVIC

Matthew Rothschild

One man's peace and impeachment recipe for progressivism.


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Matthew Rothschild has appeared on such national TV programs as The O'Reilly Factor and Nightline as well as on C-SPAN and National Public Radio. Yet Rothschild—who visits Portland this week&mda ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 Nicholas Deshais

Hala Gores

A Palestinian activist in Portland takes on media bias and the pro-Israel lobby.


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As the world watched the first democratically elected Palestinian government implode in a three-day civil war last month, Hala Gores felt a personal stake in the outcome. A Palestinian, Gores says sh ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 JAMES PITKIN
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