Press Talk: Lists … in all the wrong places

By Lou Brancaccio June 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Hey, I made it onto a list once.

Press Talk: Ask a kid about honesty

By Lou Brancaccio May 25, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Honesty, for so many of us, is an elusive thing.

Press Talk: Little support for the M&M boys?

By Lou Brancaccio May 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Nada. OK, that's the answer, but I should let you know the question for those not following the magical mayhem tour the M&M boys are on over at the county building.

Press Talk: A chat with Sen. Ann Rivers

By Lou Brancaccio May 11, 2013 6 a.m.

On Monday, the special legislative session will be in session and — wait!

Press Talk: Crazy times in the Couv!

By Lou Brancaccio May 8, 2013 6:53 p.m.

With apologies to Quiet Riot:

Press Talk: What's the buzz? It's Madore!

By Lou Brancaccio May 4, 2013 6 a.m.

Five months ago — before County Commissioner David Madore took his newly won seat — I wrote a column suggesting the smooth sailing was over:

Press Talk: Of Watergate, awards & stress

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

Discovery TV is running a documentary, "All the President's Men," which -- as most of us know -- is that Watergate thing.

Columbian to release CRC poll data Tuesday

By Lou Brancaccio April 22, 2013 1:12 p.m.

On Tuesday we will be releasing all the information related to the scientific poll The Columbian had commissioned on the controversial Columbia River Crossing.

Press Talk: Bring on the rainmakers

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

The founder of USA Today, Al Neuharth, was a rainmaker.

Press Talk: Deposits are on empty

By Lou Brancaccio April 13, 2013 6 a.m.

How did government get in the mess it's in? I was trying to figure it out when I thought of Stephen Covey and his view of the emotional bank account.

Press Talk: Where do we go from here?

By Lou Brancaccio April 6, 2013 6:01 a.m.

The signs — if you look close enough — are everywhere.

Press Talk: 'What's up with that' class

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

Good morning, class. I'm Professor Brancaccio, and we're trying something a little new this semester. It's a course titled: "What's up with that?"

Press Talk: A good soul and light rail

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

We lost a good friend and former Columbian colleague last week when Kathie Durbin died after a long battle with cancer. She was 68.

Press Talk: Leavitt strikes the pose

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

When Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt walks into a room, you know he's there. He's a handsome young chap with an easy smile and a structure fit from hours in the gym.

VIDEO: State Rep. Jim Moeller talks about legislative session

By Lou Brancaccio March 11, 2013 8 a.m.

In a wide ranging interview, State Rep. Jim Moeller discusses how he feels the Washington State Legislative session will turn out.

Press Talk: It's an ugly baby, but it's ours

By Lou Brancaccio March 9, 2013 6 a.m.

When the baby was first born, it — well, let's see how to say this — didn't quite fit the definition of beautiful.

VIDEO: Rep. Jim Moeller feels the extra cost of prevailing wage is good for all of us

By Lou Brancaccio March 8, 2013 8 a.m.

In a wide ranging interview with State Rep. Jim Moeller, he discusses prevailing wage. Prevailing wage essentially requires paying for governmental projects with prevailing wages.

VIDEO: Rep. Jim Moeller discusses binding arbitration

By Lou Brancaccio March 7, 2013 8 a.m.

In a wide ranging interview with State Rep. Jim Moeller, he discusses binding arbitration.

VIDEO: Rep. Jim Moeller addresses the CRC

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

In a wide ranging interview with State Rep. Jim Moeller, he discusses Clark County's favorite topic, the CRC or Columbia River Crossing.

VIDEO: Rep. Moeller discusses voting against popular opinion  

By Lou Brancaccio March 5, 2013 8 a.m.

In a wide-ranging interview with State Rep. Jim Moeller, he discusses how elected officials sometimes have to vote one way, even if they believe a majority of residents might have a different view. In part, this is because elected officials have to lead as well as represent, he said.

Press Talk: Son of Fiscal Cliff is here!

By Lou Brancaccio March 2, 2013 6:02 a.m.

I was hanging in the newsroom (what, you thought I should be sipping a cup of joe at Latte Da?) when we started yacking about this sequester thing.

Press Talk: A curious column, for sure!

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

I was one of the worst offenders.

MADORE VIDEO: The personal assistant

By Lou Brancaccio February 20, 2013 7:59 a.m.

In part six, the last part of a wide ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he speaks his decision to bring a personal assistant in to help him. He is paying the assistant out of his own pocket but it created an initial stir because it had not been done before.

MADORE VIDEO: Ways to save money

By Lou Brancaccio February 19, 2013 7:59 a.m.

Clark County Commissioner David Madore speaks about ways the county can save money.

MADORE VIDEO: A look at the county's Public Information Officer program

By Lou Brancaccio February 18, 2013 7:59 a.m.

In part four of a wide ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he speaks about the number of public information officers the county employs.

Press Talk: Two guys who speak out

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

I've got two caffè compagni out there who couldn't be more different.

VIDEO: Madore on C-Tran, public compensation compared to private sector

By Lou Brancaccio February 15, 2013 7:59 a.m.

In part three of a wide ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he speaks on how public employees are compensated relative to private employees. He speaks about the C-Tran contract.

VIDEO: Madore on his first 40 days in office

By Lou Brancaccio February 14, 2013 7:59 a.m.

In part two of a wide-ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he grades himself out on how he has done in the first month or so in office.

Madore on Leavitt's expected re-election announcement

By Lou Brancaccio February 13, 2013 4:49 p.m.

In a wide ranging video interview with newly elected Clark County Commissioner David Madore, he speaks about Thursday's expected announcement by Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt's to run for re-election.

Press Talk: Diversion class in session

By Lou Brancaccio February 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Good morning, class. Professor Brancaccio is back again. Thanks so much for signing up for "How to Answer the Difficult Questions if You're a Politician."

Press Talk: More dirty laundry exposed

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

Far be it from me to air my political friends' dirty laundry, but … come on, man.

Press Talk: Fairness class now in session

By Lou Brancaccio January 26, 2013 6:01 a.m.

Welcome to the Fairness 101 class, students. My name is Professor Brancaccio.

Press Talk: What's up with all the lying?

By Lou Brancaccio January 19, 2013 6:05 a.m.

Hey, I've got something to add to death and taxes.

Press Talk: Of Madore, Wulle & the press

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

Received this email from a reader a few days ago:

Press Talk: Will he, or won't he? The mayor

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

Let's get right to it. Will he, or won't he?

Press Talk: Hey, Nike: Drop by for a look!

By Lou Brancaccio December 29, 2012 6 a.m.

Dear Phil, Happy New Year, Mr. Knight! Hope all is well on your side of the river.

Press Talk: Buckle up. It's Madore time

By Lou Brancaccio December 22, 2012 6 a.m.

"Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night." — Bette Davis, "All About Eve"

Press Talk: A fun blog and conspiracies

By Lou Brancaccio December 15, 2012 6 a.m.

There are good blogs and bad blogs. And then there is The Vancouver Side.

Press Talk: News from the inside

By Lou Brancaccio December 8, 2012 6 a.m.

News from around the newsroom:

Press Talk: Is the Ducks' O a gimmick?

By Lou Brancaccio December 1, 2012 6 a.m.

Come on guys, let's be honest. It's a gimmick.

Press Talk: Interesting giving season

By Lou Brancaccio November 24, 2012 6 a.m.

Hey, you all have a great Thanksgiving? Hope so. So, what are we thankful for?

Blue skies over Salmon Creek

By Lou Brancaccio November 21, 2012 8:32 a.m.

Rain during the fall and winter months in Vancouver is the norm. Such was the case when it rained early Wednesday morning. But what isn't normal in these parts is for the sky to break blue after the rain. Like it did. What's going on? Is it a sign of something?

Press Talk: Of good people and listening more

By Lou Brancaccio November 17, 2012 6 a.m.

Good people. Period. That's what you'll always find at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation's Authors & Illustrators Dinner and Silent Auction.

Press Talk: Another look at the elections

By Lou Brancaccio November 10, 2012 6 a.m.

A few post-election observations:

Columbian election planning (video)

By Lou Brancaccio November 6, 2012 9:04 a.m.

Here's a short, behind the scenes look at a Columbian election planning meeting that we held a few days ago.

Press Talk: I love the 49th District!!!

By Lou Brancaccio October 27, 2012 6 a.m.

Places often fascinate me. I was thinking about this when I was looking at the 49th Legislative District in Vancouver.

Press Talk: City revenue class in session

By Lou Brancaccio October 20, 2012 6 a.m.

Good morning, class. I'm Professor Brancaccio. Welcome to City Revenue 101.

How was the beginning of your morning?

By Lou Brancaccio October 18, 2012 8:16 a.m.

Sunrise broke beautiful over the Salmon Creek neighborhood Thursday. How was your morning?

Press Talk: Don't bite the hand that feeds ya

By Lou Brancaccio October 13, 2012 6 a.m.

Yo, all you Electoral College supporters: Huh?

Press Talk: Of voting and an outcome

By Lou Brancaccio October 6, 2012 6 a.m.

You know all that stuff you hear about how your vote counts? It's a lie.