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All Talk, All the Time

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Christmas came early last week for Lars Larson, Victoria Taft and the other Portland talk jocks who delight in taking verbal potshots at local pols. As the Nose sees it, Portland Mayor Vera Katz, ...   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2003 The Nose


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The Nose is not a violent man, but he does fantasize. Lately, he has been dreaming about finding one "Brett Abraham" and slicing three inches off his schwang. He's had visions of tracking down "Ch ...   More
Wednesday, October 29, 2003 The Nose

Measuring democracy by the hour.

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The Nose made the mistake of betting on the Cubs and the BoSox the week before his property-tax bill arrived. He needed some extra scratch. And he needed it fast.Flipping through the daily paper's ...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2003 The Nose

California Schemin'

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Showing uncharacteristic restraint, the Nose waited until last weekend before calling his relatives in California. "So," he snorted, "did you go to your new governor's victory party?""My God!" came ...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2003 The Nose

Arnold's "Packwood" Problem

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Who would have thought Arnie had so much in common with Bob Packwood? Or that politics would, once again, prompt the question "What's wrong with an occasional grope between friends?"At the time th ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2003 The Nose

Bush's premature Iraq elation

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Is anybody else out there getting the feeling that our president is in so far over his head on Iraq that he's getting the bends? The latest evidence? His speech to the United Nations last week, whic ...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2003 The Nose

Drunk on Keystone Lite

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A year after John Ashcroft held a press conference to announce he'd uncovered a "suspected terrorist cell" right here in Stumptown, the Nose isn't sure whether to chuckle, or tremble, at what we'v ...   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2003 The Nose

The Blind Boys of Salem

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As the Nose walked up the steps of the state Capitol building last week, he detected the familiar odor of hypocrisy. It wasn't from inside the rotunda, however. Instead it came from the other side ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 The Nose

Kroeker's misfires

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Politics has never been Mark Kroeker's strong suit. Sure, the Ichabod Crane lookalike is a decent guy who speaks well and has good manners, but when it comes to political adeptness, Portland's top ...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2003 The Nose

Cutting the Legislature Some Slack

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Shortly after the Nose slouched into his comfy MAX window seat last Friday afternoon, his daydreams about the coming weekend were interrupted by a passenger who boarded at PGE Park. The man struck ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 The Nose
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