Press Talk: Something's happening here

By Lou Brancaccio May 23, 2015 6 a.m.

What's in a name?

Press Talk: Private offices for part-time councilors?  

By Lou Brancaccio May 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Here's the thing about stupid stuff: It's gonna happen! But can you learn from it?

Press Talk: The D's risk a lot on this gamble  

By Lou Brancaccio May 9, 2015 6 a.m.

Local Democrats are involved in a high-stakes poker game, hoping the cards they play will be the winning hand.

Press Talk: There's Martians & Elvis & polls

By Lou Brancaccio May 2, 2015 6 a.m.

I like me some conspiracy theories. No really. I do!

Press Talk: Never means never, right?

By Lou Brancaccio April 26, 2015 6 a.m.

There's a well-worn idiom — first introduced by Charles Dickens in 1837 — that political types almost always follow.

Press Talk: Count Leavitt out next time

By Lou Brancaccio April 25, 2015 6 a.m.

The Vancouver mayoral election is still two years away, but you can count one person out of the race.

Press Talk: Let's get ready to rumble!

By Lou Brancaccio April 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Looks like the M&M boys will be turning into the M vs. M boys.

Press Talk: Welcome to Madore's World

By Lou Brancaccio April 4, 2015 6 a.m.

Then-hopeful political candidate David Madore was standing outside in The Columbian's parking lot.

Press Talk: My take (sort of) on State of the City

By Lou Brancaccio March 28, 2015 6 a.m.

A few hours before Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt was going to deliver his State of the City address, I was drifting around the neighborhood. I like to do this to take my own assessment of the place we live before I hear it from the mayor.

Press Talk: The winner of lunch with me is …

By Lou Brancaccio March 21, 2015 6 a.m.

I got a million of 'em.

Press Talk: Politicians behaving badly

By Lou Brancaccio March 14, 2015 6 a.m.

Remember the movie "Escape From New York?"

Press Talk: Clark County’s funny money

By Lou Brancaccio March 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Funny money.

Press Talk: Rivers out in run for county chair

By Lou Brancaccio March 2, 2015 11:29 a.m.

Our very own state Sen. Ann Rivers is out in her bid to run for Clark County council chair.

Press Talk: Hey councilors, what about this for your wall?  

By Lou Brancaccio February 28, 2015 6 a.m.

Wait! Don't call the carpenters just yet.

Press Talk: Don Benton's magic trick

By Lou Brancaccio February 21, 2015 6 a.m.

When we last left Republican state Sen. Don Benton he was hard at work up in Olympia doing the people's work.

Win a Lunch with Lou

By Lou Brancaccio February 15, 2015 6 a.m.

Well, it looks like the county councilors are still in the market for some great words of wisdom to put on their meeting room wall.

Press Talk: Oh My! Mielke misses again

By Lou Brancaccio February 14, 2015 6 a.m.

It's not quite "Waterworld" or "Wayne's World," but it is quite a hoot.

Press Talk: Of bad calls, speeches and good books

By Lou Brancaccio February 7, 2015 6 a.m.

I know, I know, the seemingly endless droning over Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll's pass call that cost them the Super Bowl is wearing thin.

Press Talk: TV folks blowin' in the wind

By Lou Brancaccio January 31, 2015 6 a.m.

Look, weather is a big, big deal.

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!"