Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Capitol Currents: Looking Back

As this blog undergoes a time of transition, I thought it would be fun to take a quick look back at a few of the highlights of the past three years of Capitol Currents.

The post with the most views:  Ironically, considering the subject of last week's Special Session, my blog post with the highest number of views was about Oregon sportswear giant Nike. The Oregon Ethics Commission had made a ruling that permitted Oregon public officials to shop at a "friends and family" store located on the campus of Nike world headquarters in Beaverton. It seems the phrase "Nike Employee Store" is the subject of a considerable number of Google searches.

The post(s) with the fewest views:  Two posts from November 2009 tied for the least number of views. One was about then-State Senator Frank Morse deciding not to run for governor, and the other was about a list of hypothetical cuts released by the legislature in the weeks leading up to the Measures 66 and 67 election.

Here are some of my personal favorites:
For a broadcast journalist like myself, the great thing about a blog is the chance to write about things that wouldn't merit an on-air story. Such as:

A long-shot candidate for governor writes an entertaining account of an obscure candidates' forum on the Oregon coast.

For the first time in my career, my voice was used in a political campaign ad.

I had a rare chance to wander around a recently-closed prison, resulting in this irreverent photo essay.

Just one out of 60 state representatives in the 2011 regular session was not "in charge" of anything.

Senate President Peter Courtney throws a "minor temper tantrum."  It was not a partisan blow-up; he was "mad at the whole House."

It's always dangerous to poke fun at other people's typos, because I'm certainly capable of unleashing some of my own, but I thought this one was especially amusing.

And pair of posts from this September easily resulted in the most feedback I've ever received: A post about a giant cheeseburger for sale by the state of Oregon, and a follow-up that revealed the jaw-dropping origin of that burger.