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Abrams and Pasero

  • Sunday 8:00am-10:00am

Abrams and Pasero is something different, a talk show that believes you can disagree without being disagreeable, a show that believes ideas matter. A&P (the show, not the defunct supermarket chain) is also different because Jim and I know the lay of the land. We’ve run for office, managed campaigns, worked on legislation, been accountable to voters. Democracy isn’t just an abstract concept on Abrams and Pasero. Linda Ellerbee once said “politics is serious, baseball is important.” Well, I don’t know about the baseball part, but Jim and I believe that politics is serious, and worthwhile, but also entertaining and fun. We hope you’ll join us on KXL every weekend.

Marc Abrams is Assistant Attorney in Charge of the Civil Litigation Section of the Oregon Department of Justice. He has been a practicing attorney for 37 years. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan with an M.A. in Journalism and a J.D, Marc has taught at the University of Oregon, Temple University and the Northwestern Law School of Lewis and Clark College. Marc has briefed the U.S. Supreme Court twice on the issue of student press freedom.

Marc is active in his community. He has served as Chair of the Multnomah Education Service District Board, Vice Chair of the Portland School Board, and Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon. He has been a delegate to three national Democratic conventions, and was a member of the 1996 Electoral College. An active and proud union member, he has been president of AFSCME Local 1085 for over a decade, representing the attorneys at the Oregon Department of Justice, and also has served as Treasurer of AFSCME Council 75, and still serves on its political action committee.

Marc has been co-host of “Pasero and Abrams” and its prior versions since 2002.
He lives in Northwest Portland with his son Lawrence, one very smart cat, and one not so smart one.

Jim Pasero is a principal at the public affairs company, Third Century Solutions.

He is also a co-host of KXL’s (FM 101.1) top rated weekend political commentary show, “Kremer, Abrams and Pasero.”

From 1997-2009, Pasero served as publisher and part owner of BrainstormNW. From 2006-2008, Pasero was also the Northwest correspondent for Travel and Leisure Golf magazine, an American Express publication.

In the mid 1980s, Pasero served as a professional staff member on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee. In 1989-1990, Pasero worked as speechwriter for U.S. Sen Dave Durenberger. During that time, Pasero also staffed the Pepper Commission, a blue ribbon congressional commission on health care policy. In 1992, Pasero became director of speechwriting for the Republican National Committee during that year’s presidential campaign.

From 2008-2010, Pasero also appeared as a regular panelist on Comcast’s NBA Portland Trailblazer post-game show, “Talking Ball.”

Pasero graduated from the University of Oregon and holds a graduate degree in International Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.