Press Talk: Why was Madore MIA?

By Lou Brancaccio April 12, 2014 6 a.m.

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

Press Talk: Who else got a 7 percent raise?

By Lou Brancaccio April 5, 2014 6 a.m.

So, I was minding my own business the other day (yeah, right) when the boss comes up to me and says “Hey, how would you like a 7 percent raise?”

Press Talk: Benton needs to walk the litter walk

By Lou Brancaccio March 30, 2014 6 a.m.

Oh, there are probably more than a few readers who consider my column no more than litter.

Press Talk: It's time to move forward

By Lou Brancaccio March 29, 2014 6 a.m.

It's time. Time for our community to come together.

Press Talk: Is the table set for Pridemore?

By Lou Brancaccio March 26, 2014 6 a.m.

The end game is Pridemore. He has the best chance in November. But can the Democrats get there? Here's the scenario that gets them there:

Clock is ticking on east county bridge

By Lou Brancaccio March 24, 2014 11:25 a.m.

While interviewing County Commissioner David Madore back in January he broke some big news. Not only would there be an East County Bridge crossing the mighty Columbia River, we'd all be driving on it in five years! Certainly there are skeptics; there always are skeptics of those who have new visions.

Press Talk: The M&M boys and 'The Godfather'

By Lou Brancaccio March 22, 2014 6 a.m.

'It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business."

Press Talk: That open commission seat. Hmmmm

By Lou Brancaccio March 15, 2014 6 a.m.

Whoever plays the game better, wins.

Press Talk: My buddy Benton is at it again  

By Lou Brancaccio March 1, 2014 6 a.m.

Benton must go.

Behind-the-scenes video of Green Eggs & Ham  

By Lou Brancaccio February 27, 2014 1:40 p.m.

The big Green Eggs & Ham to do has been going is in its 19th year now and the man behind all this hen laying is Beaches owner Mark Matthias.

Stupid mugs and banging away

By Lou Brancaccio February 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Anybody do anything stupid yet today?

Press Talk: Get off the dime and move it!

By Lou Brancaccio February 15, 2014 6 a.m.

There are a whole bunch of politicians who will tell you it's important — really, really, important — to be deliberate, cautious, circumspect, calculated before making a decision.

Get your Don't Do Stupid Stuff mug while you can

By Lou Brancaccio February 11, 2014 1:31 p.m.

We've had a great deal of fun with these Don't Do Stupid Stuff mugs and we think readers have as well. They've sold out the first four times we have ordered them so we're not sure how long they're last.

Press Talk: Who's to blame for all this stupid stuff?

By Lou Brancaccio February 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Look, I'm the first to admit I need a Don't Do Stupid Stuff mug. Maybe two.

Fundraiser aids blind athletes

By Lou Brancaccio February 1, 2014 8:04 p.m.

Supporters of the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes gathered in downtown Vancouver on Saturday to help the organization achieve its mission.

Press Talk: Madore, Leavitt. Can they get along?

By Lou Brancaccio February 1, 2014 6 a.m.

In a wide-ranging interview with mortal combatants Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner David Madore sitting together …

Press Talk: Is Steve Stuart out forever?

By Lou Brancaccio January 25, 2014 6 a.m.

Well, OK, I didn't see that coming.

Press Talk: Our biggest problem is …

By Lou Brancaccio January 18, 2014 6 a.m.

"We have met the enemy and he is us."

Press Talk: Just who is the bad company?

By Lou Brancaccio January 11, 2014 6 a.m.

'Wow, wow, wow."That was the message I received just after a friend read my last column. I wrote it was time for Don Benton to go.

Press Talk: Bad company till the day we die?

By Lou Brancaccio January 8, 2014 6 a.m.

Don Benton must go.

Press Talk: How the heck will 2014 go?

By Lou Brancaccio January 4, 2014 6 a.m.

With such a crazy year now in our rearview mirror, I wonder what the heck will happen in 2014. I put on my thinking cap to try to figure it out. Not much luck. Frankly I found it easier to see what won't happen. Then again … (smiley face). You decide.

Press Talk: Dear Santa, I'm wishing for …

By Lou Brancaccio December 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Merry Christmas, Santa!

Press Talk: What they were thinkin'. Really!

By Lou Brancaccio December 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Hey, I just realized I have this strange power.

Press Talk: It's cold, but 'Stupid Stuff' mugs are hot!

By Lou Brancaccio December 7, 2013 6 a.m.

When I headed to Florida a few days ago, my significant other had to come with me.

Press Talk: Vancouver man builds sand castles in the sky

By Lou Brancaccio November 30, 2013 6 a.m.

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. — Let's be honest. All of us — one way or the other — are building sand castles in the sky.

Press Talk: Deliberate Stewart is out

By Lou Brancaccio November 23, 2013 6 a.m.

A few years ago we had a 6-foot-8-inch reporter whom everyone assumed would be a stellar hoops player in our pickup games. He was an excellent writer but I had my doubts about his basketball prowess. He was slow and plodding when he moved about the newsroom.

Press Talk: 'I am Ed Barnes!'

By Lou Brancaccio November 19, 2013 6 a.m.

The Donald is at it again. No, not the East Coast bully with power. Our very own West Coast bully with power.

Press Talk: 'Stupid Stuff' mugs are coming back!

By Lou Brancaccio November 16, 2013 6 a.m.

So, I'm hanging out at the county commission meeting this week, and they're endlessly arguing about some sort of integrity resolution Commissioner David Madore dreamed up.

Caption contest: What the ...

By Lou Brancaccio November 11, 2013 9:36 a.m.

Take a crack at writing a caption for this photo of Tim Leavitt.

Press Talk: Of influence & predictions

By Lou Brancaccio November 10, 2013 6 a.m.

As the election results sink in and we begin to move toward governing, it's good to take a peek back and ask: Why do candidates win elections?

Press Talk: Stupid Stuff coffee mug is on sale!

By Lou Brancaccio November 9, 2013 2:28 p.m.

I first used the phrase a few years ago when I found myself caught in a staff meeting. We were trying to hash out a set of guidelines — a laundry list — on how reporters should deal with social media.

Press Talk: Who's the big loser? That's right

By Lou Brancaccio November 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Was this the needed knockout punch to settle an epic battle between two forces of great determination?

Press Talk: Dancing around the politics

By Lou Brancaccio November 2, 2013 6 a.m.

Some final election observations as the big day approaches

Press Talk: A larger issue in the mayor's race?

By Lou Brancaccio October 26, 2013 6 a.m.

It has almost everything.

Press Talk: Of Branton & freeholders

By Lou Brancaccio October 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Let it be known that former Columbian cops reporter John Branton was not just a very good reporter.

WSUV recognizes commitment to education

By Lou Brancaccio October 16, 2013 9:29 p.m.

A crowd of 250 attended Washington State University Vancouver's Scholarship & Service Recognition Dinner on Wednesday night.

Press Talk: Could Mayor Leavitt get whupped?

By Lou Brancaccio October 12, 2013 6 a.m.

I was rummaging around Portland the other day, looking for a haberdashery haven.

Press Talk: Of Madore, C-Tran & the Feds

By Lou Brancaccio October 5, 2013 6 a.m.

“I hardly know what to say. This is about the most stupid thing I’ve ever seen in my life. Big decisions of this magnitude, this is not the way you make them.”

Santa will live forever through our own Rob Figley

By Lou Brancaccio September 28, 2013 6 a.m.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Rob Figley.

Press Talk: What stinks up in here?

By Lou Brancaccio September 21, 2013 6 a.m.

Who's stinkin' up the joint again? Must be yet another governmental bigwig.

Press Talk: Heads exploding everywhere

By Lou Brancaccio September 14, 2013 6 a.m.

Nine months ago, I wrote a column questioning the fast-paced Oregon Ducks offense. Here was the lead:

Press Talk: Class on no skill set in session

By Lou Brancaccio September 7, 2013 6 a.m.

Good morning, class. I'm Professor Brancaccio. I want to first say thank you for signing up for this quite unusual class:

Press Talk: Time to -30- the Prelude

By Lou Brancaccio August 17, 2013 6 a.m.

Eight years ago my 1986 Honda Prelude — already beaten and battered — was stolen out of my Salmon Creek driveway.

Press Talk: Changes at The Columbian

By Lou Brancaccio August 3, 2013 6 a.m.

When Editorial Page Editor John Laird strolled out The Columbian's door Friday, it did — indeed — bring to mind the obvious.

Press Talk: Of high heels, being obnoxious & tweets

By Lou Brancaccio July 27, 2013 6 a.m.

I was sitting in my office mostly minding my own business when a reporter pops in.

Press Talk: The M&M boys … again

By Lou Brancaccio July 20, 2013 6 a.m.

I had another column planned.

Press Talk: Tony Soprano was a made man

By Lou Brancaccio June 29, 2013 6 a.m.

When I first moved out of Chicago and went to a deli counter to order some lunch meat, I didn't think twice about it.

Press Talk: Of the elderly, awards and speaking

By Lou Brancaccio June 8, 2013 6 a.m.

I sneaked into a World Elder Abuse Awareness Dance this week to — well — to try to get someone to dance with me.