Press Talk: Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Tick Tock

By Lou Brancaccio January 24, 2015 6 a.m.

The clock is ticking. Will County Councilor David Madore make it?

Press Talk: Why we're here doing what we do

By Lou Brancaccio January 17, 2015 6 a.m.

So, the circus was in full bloom earlier this week over at the C-Tran board meeting.

Press Talk: All we are saying is ...

By Lou Brancaccio January 10, 2015 6 a.m.

Let there be peace.

Press Talk: Godspeed, Mario Cuomo  

By Lou Brancaccio January 3, 2015 6 a.m.

It was an event.

Press Talk: My Top 10 DDSS list, leaving one spot open

By Lou Brancaccio December 27, 2014 6 a.m.

OK, I admit it. I love all those crazy Top 10 lists. Frankly, I can't get enough of them.

Santa's helpers deliver new stock of mugs

By Lou Brancaccio December 23, 2014 9:12 a.m.

For all you late Christmas shoppers, more of the Don't Do Stupid Stuff mugs have arrived!

Press Talk: Stewart makes right decision

By Lou Brancaccio December 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Saturday's Press Talk column set the backdrop for the commissioners' decision on a proposed ordinance to weaken the newly passed charter. This is the second part — and conclusion — of Saturday's column.

Press Talk: The M&M boys and Stewart

By Lou Brancaccio December 20, 2014 6 a.m.

It had all the makings of great political theater. A no-holds-barred WWF cage match.

Sorry .... we're out!

By Lou Brancaccio December 17, 2014 1:21 p.m.

Our "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" mugs have sold out out again, but a new batch should be available next week.

Press Talk: Stewart’s first big decision coming

By Lou Brancaccio December 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Commissioner Stewart gets her first shot at not doing stupid stuff.

Press Talk: Of those DDSS mugs and ********  

By Lou Brancaccio December 13, 2014 6 a.m.

DDSS mugs still hot!

Press Talk: Of Rivers, Benton and Stewart

By Lou Brancaccio December 7, 2014 6 a.m.

I was minding my own business, watching the Hallmark Channel, when I predicted the guy who you thought was going to be the world's loneliest man ends up with the gal of his dreams. On Christmas Day, no less!

Press Talk: The Christmas colon gift. Really!

By Lou Brancaccio December 6, 2014 6 a.m.

All I want for Christmas is my … colonoscopy?

Press Talk: Look, I could be wrong but ...

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

I sometimes like to think of myself as sort of an amateur swami.

Press Talk: Let's all be more thankful

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

We all have so much more to be thankful for than our Thanksgiving feast, right?

Press Talk: DDSS class is now in session

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

Good morning, class. My name is Professor Brancaccio, and welcome to DDSS 101.

Press Talk: We'll keep at it with the M&M boys

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

"I am a good, moderate Republican but please Lou, find something else to write about!"

Press Talk: There's still a ways to go for us  

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

"Are we out of the woods yet?

Press Talk: Why did the charter win?

By Lou Brancaccio November 4, 2014 9:28 p.m.

In the last few days before the election, County Commissioner David Madore – desperate for the defeat of the proposed county charter that would greatly reduce his command – looked to a higher power for help.

Press Talk: It's show time! So vote

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

The Columbian really doesn't have a dog in this upcoming election fight unless you consider the community worth fighting for.

Press Talk: These guys are comedy gold!  

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

We know the stupid stuff the M&M boys have inflicted on us here locally, but we may not appreciate the collateral damage these characters cause.

Press Talk: Let there be (good) soup

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

Uovo goccia marinara zuppa.

Soup's On! Share event a big hit

By Lou Brancaccio October 11, 2014 10:20 p.m.

Chef Troy Lucio came out on top Saturday in a six-chef soupmaking competition, but those who benefit from the efforts of Share were the real winners.

Press Talk: The proposed charter and its chances

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

In the end, the proposed county charter on November's ballot could come down to this simple question: "Do you like the way county government is running?" If your answer is "no," you'll vote for it. If you like it the way it is, you'll vote against it.

Press Talk: It's Stewart & Pridemore … & Madore

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

The biggest elephant in the room in this upcoming election?

Columbian's Weekend magazine gets an update

By Lou Brancaccio October 3, 2014 6 a.m.

If you pick up the print edition of today's Columbian, you’ll see from the four-page promotional wrap announcing our debut of a new Weekend section. It has been many years since the section has been redesigned and we hope that our new format and content will be a much better fit with our readers’ Internet-era needs.

Press Talk: That pesky east county bridge, again

By Lou Brancaccio September 27, 2014 6 a.m.

The wild and crazy east county bridge idea is still around and it's coming to a ballot near you.

Press Talk: When in Chi Town, remember The Goat

By Lou Brancaccio September 20, 2014 6 a.m.

I found myself back in Chicago this week at a news media conference and — during a break — headed to one of my favorite haunts: A journalists' hangout known as the Billy Goat Tavern.

Press Talk: Of dancing and those goof-ups

By Lou Brancaccio September 13, 2014 6 a.m.

Me? I had a, ah, bad hair day.

Press Talk: Yes ... it's showtime, baby!!!  

By Lou Brancaccio September 6, 2014 6 a.m.

Tango Bravo Foxtrot.

Press Talk: Of railroads and ...  

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

"Hey, I like that idea. Let me double-check with the boss man right after this meeting, but I think we could get started pulling tracks up in a couple of days!"

Press Talk: The east county bridge mystery

By Lou Brancaccio August 23, 2014 6 a.m.

I likes me some bridges.

Press Talk: More fireworks? Not so much

By Lou Brancaccio August 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Safe and sane.

Press Talk: Poker, bocce and reading!

By Lou Brancaccio August 9, 2014 6 a.m.

So what the heck do I do — I'm often asked — when I'm not editing the paper and dropping literary bombs on politicians who do stupid stuff?

Press Talk: 'Bridge-Maker' Ann Rivers?

By Lou Brancaccio August 3, 2014 8:26 a.m.

As Clark County Commissioner David Madore continues to push his no-toll east county bridge proposal, there's another player we all should be keeping an eye on.

Press Talk: Manipulating us through advisory votes

By Lou Brancaccio August 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Have you heard about it? Sure you have. It's the proposed east county bridge and yet another advisory vote to see if we like it.

Press Talk: A politician's best friend is …

By Lou Brancaccio July 19, 2014 6 a.m.

This too shall pass.

Press Talk: M&M and other stupid stuff  

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

In a way, it was kind of bemusing watching the M&M boys and Boss Hog Benton admit just how wrong they were.

Press Talk: A look at situational ethics

By Lou Brancaccio June 28, 2014 6 a.m.

Are you ready? Ready for the rocket's red glare? Ready for the bombs bursting in air?

Press Talk: How does a $30,000 raise sound?

By Lou Brancaccio June 21, 2014 6 a.m.

Baby, it's tough out there. Very tough.

Press Talk: The guv's big decision on ...  

By Lou Brancaccio June 14, 2014 6 a.m.

I'm marking Gov. Jay Inslee down as a "no."

Press Talk: The M&M boys and Leavitt

By Lou Brancaccio June 7, 2014 6 a.m.

It's gonna cost us ... again,

Press Talk: What a mess we're all in

By Lou Brancaccio May 31, 2014 6 a.m.

In the latest fumbling adventure by the M&M boys, is it possible they broke the law?

Press Talk: Getting into someone else's pile

By Lou Brancaccio May 24, 2014 6 a.m.

There's an adage about piles, and it goes something like this: “You stay out of my pile, and I’ll stay out of yours.”

Press Talk: The M&M boys and Benton. Oh my!

By Lou Brancaccio May 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Get ready to dig deeper into your pockets. Those doggone liberal Democrats must be … Oh, wait. … What the?

Press Talk: Oil should not define who we are

By Lou Brancaccio May 10, 2014 6 a.m.

If the world ran on olive oil — extra virgin — we'd be having a completely different community conversation.

Press Talk: Professor Brancaccio hits City Hall

By Lou Brancaccio May 3, 2014 6 a.m.

Welcome, class, to Professor Brancaccio's lecture on what not to do if you ever get into politics. Let's get started.

Press Talk: Godspeed, godfather. Godspeed

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

CHICAGO — Most of us know the term "Godfather" from the famous 1972 movie based on the novel by Mario Puzo.

Press Talk: What can bring us a smile?  

By Lou Brancaccio April 19, 2014 6 a.m.

What makes you happy?