Mark Ellis

A former contributor to Oregon's late and lamented conservative magazine Brainstorm Northwest, journalist and writer Mark Ellis has published essays, interviews, features and op-eds at the websites Daily Caller, Renew America, the Good Men Project Magazine, and in his hometown paper, the Oregonian. He is currently a contributing reporter and writer for the traditional values Portland monthly, the Northwest Connection, and is the author of the memoir, Ladder Memory, Stories from the Painting Trade.

Harsh Environment

Harsh Environment

Originally published in the August edition of the Northwest Connection – Lake Oswego’s “Sensitive Lands” Program Under Fire — It spreads out over the map of the city, designating some lands sensitive, and some lands not. The problem for a growing number of Lake Oswegans is that there seems to be little rhyme or reason […]

Saving Damascus

Saving Damascus

Originally published in the June issue of the Northwest Connection – City Manager Greg Baker Has Left the Building –   In the summer of 2012, newly-hired Damascus City Manager Greg Baker came to town with an impressive resume and mandate to improve what most agreed had been a history of problematic city manager hires. […]

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Originally published in the May issue of Northwest Connection — Light Rail Returns to Clackamas County Ballot – Another in a series of culminating moments will take place on May 21, when Clackamas County voters will again weigh the fate of Portland Milwaukie Light Rail. But even if the vote on Measure 3-424 is numerically […]

Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth

Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth

Jonathan Winters, November 11, 1925-April 11, 2013 –  I was only nine years old in 1960 when my father brought home the first comedy album from an innovative new comic. Once Jonathan Winters, Down to Earth hit our turntable, the grooves in the vinyl were very much in danger of being worn down by repeated […]

NOTES FROM INSIDE THE BUBBLE

NOTES FROM INSIDE THE BUBBLE

Too late for one more post-election analysis? Bear with me; I was so shocked and appalled by Mitt Romney’s defeat that, but for this I was rendered speechless. It has taken this long for me to process the election from the standpoint of my primary news source. One of the potentially interesting things I anticipated […]

West Linn’s Big Dig

West Linn’s Big Dig

Originally published in Northwest Connection, March, 2013 Vulcan First Officer Spock of the Starship Enterprise had a great repertoire of pronouncements, but none more famous than the words he uttered with his dying breath in The Wrath of Kahn: “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” That’s exactly the Star Trek spin […]

Duly Sworn

Duly Sworn

Originally published in February edition of The Northwest Connection – Fiscal Conservatives Take Office Across Clackamas County – Election 2012 was considered a disaster by Americans hoping to reverse the trend of unprecedented deficits, unaccountable spending, and runaway debt. But if you’d been living in a bunker since the 2010 midterm and stumbled into the […]

Random Thoughts and Circular Firing Squads

Random Thoughts and Circular Firing Squads

As Washington Post columnist Charles Lane wrote in his post-election piece “The 2012 Catch 22”: “There are two Americas, with conflicting value systems and deep contempt for each other.” AKA Hunter S. Thompson’s fear and loathing. Notwithstanding the partisan divide, some say a demographic Rubicon has been passed. Pat Buchanan has been warning about it […]

She’s Had It With Bronco Bama

She’s Had It With Bronco Bama

Originally published at The Good Men Project, November 1, 2012 – Mark Ellis may be a political animal, but he can relate to the little girl in this video who’s tired of “Bronco Bama” and Mitt Romney. Really must say I feel just like this little girl today. One can only hope she has been […]

The Speech We Might Have Heard

The Speech We Might Have Heard

Originally published at RenewAmerica.com, October 13, 2012 — There’s a saying in politics, “the cover-up is always worse than the crime.” It’s not always true, but it was true with Nixon and Watergate, and it was true with Clinton and Monica. With the situation in Libya and the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, no cover-up […]

Lehan v. Ludlow: Competing Visions for Clackamas County

Lehan v. Ludlow: Competing Visions for Clackamas County

Originally published in Northwest Connection, October, 2012 – A STUDY IN CONTRAST Lehan-Ludlow Showdown Has Battleground County Divided By Mark Ellis And so, it comes down to this. As President Obama and Governor Romney square off with two opposing visions in what has been called the election of a lifetime, we’ve got our own perfectly […]

Mitt Romney and the Lower 47

Mitt Romney and the Lower 47

Originally published at The Good Men Project – September 21, 2012 — When the Good Feed editors asked me to offer a perspective on the secret video of Mitt Romney talking about the 47% of the electorate who will not vote for him, I was heavily obligated, and could not immediately respond. Now, a few […]

Lessons from The Scotsman

Lessons from The Scotsman

How I Learned about Political Correctness — From a Scotsman – By Mark Ellis – The civil rights, women’s rights, and gay rights struggles were definitely gathering steam in the mid 1970s, but in some peripheral universe far removed from my family’s upper middle class existence nestled in the Cascade foothills outside Silverton, Oregon. The […]

Can Voters Slow Creeping Light Rail?

Can Voters Slow Creeping Light Rail?

Originally published in Northwest Connection — Sometimes you have to vote in order to secure the right to vote. That’s exactly what will happen when Clackamas County voters go to the polls for a special election on September 18. A Yes on Measure 3-401 is a vote to require countywide electoral approval for any expenditure […]

MOLALLA BUSTEROO

MOLALLA BUSTEROO

$2.5 Million Debt for Systems Development Fees has City on Ropes — From the Northwest Connection – By Mark Ellis Imagine waking up one morning to find out that the city you live in has secretly amassed a debt of $2.5 million. Such a wake-up call was delivered to the Molalla City Council in April […]

A Voter’s Advice for Mitt

A Voter’s Advice for Mitt

Originally published at Renew America — June 5, 2012 – Dear Mitt:   By Mark Ellis   Where do I get off offering advice to you, Mitt Romney? I represent just one vote, but at the risk of seeming presumptive I’m going to respectfully exercise my right to free speech in an attempt to clarify […]

Tea and Discontent

Tea and Discontent

Clackamas County Electoral Challenges Mirror Dynamic of National Election — From the May Northwest Connection   There was a time, back before the Great Recession, when adherents of a green, “sustainable,” and quasi-Socialist environmental agenda made significant inroads into Clackamas County. Small groups of conservative watchdogs, like the members of Americans for Prosperity Clackamas and […]

The Women of Fox

The Women of Fox

FOX CENTRAL The Most Powerful Dames in News Confronted by national media saturation with buzz-killing progressive women like Rachel Maddow, Tamara Holder, Anita Dunn, Diana Sawyer, et al., where do conservative guys turn to find the best and brightest women in television journalism? Since 1996 the answer has been Fox News Channel. The network had […]

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