About Mark Ellis

Portland journalist and writer Mark Ellis is the author of  Ladder Memory: Stories from the Painting Trade

Johnny Winter and the 1960’s Blues Resurgence

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A tribute to Johnny Winter by Mark Ellis.

Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Here Are Your Next Two Inductees


KISS finally got the nod. Who should be next? Mark Ellis has a couple of suggestions.

Aloha, Camelot: Remembering the Day JFK Died


Mark Ellis, en route to Hawaii for a new life with his family, remembers the day the country grieved — and the day it began to heal.


Ladder Tales

An excerpt from Ladder Memory: Stories from the Painting Trade by Mark Ellis.

Jeff Hanneman 1964-2013

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Mark Ellis remembers the groundbreaking singer songwriter of thrash-death-speed metal band Slayer, who passed away earlier this month.

The Earliest Model


Sometimes the scary story turns out to be about compassion.

Video – She’s Had It With Bronco Bama!

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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.

A Painting Refresher


Brush up on the methods for completely covering old paint—and all the safety bases—with veteran housepainter Mark Ellis.

Why She Bought a Gun


After domestic violence ends in a murder-suicide on the police station steps, some women begin to protect themselves and their loved ones with deadly force.

Mitt Romney and The Lower 47

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Politically conservative writer Mark Ellis weighs in on Mitt Romney’s “47%” speech, and explains why he thinks the candidate should own that statement instead of trying to make it go away.

How I Learned About Political Correctness — From a Scotsman


Mark Ellis had the icon of a Scotsman appear and disappear in his childhood, and years later wonders if political correctness can obfuscate vital truths.

Conventionally Speaking

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Mark Ellis looks back on elections of the past, taking note of the convention that changed him from a Democrat to a Republican.

Fox Central – The Most Powerful Dames in News

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Are you a conservative guy looking for the best and brightest women in TV news? Mark Ellis has a quick-referenc guide to the most powerful dames in conservative news.

Top Ten ‘Male Anthem’ Nominees

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Mark Ellis ponders what it takes to make a song a true Male Anthem, and lists the 10 he thinks fit the bill.

Death Penalty Now

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Mark Ellis believes that in the case of those who sexually abuse or murder children, there should be no mercy for “good behavior,” no cover-ups, and no reassignments.

Fast and Furious – Sympathy for the POTUS?

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The timing of the Fast and Furious investigation may be cause for GOP concern.