Smith Files Mayoral Candidacy; Tran Wants His House Seat


There has been growing speculation about the intentions of State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who is an announced candidate for mayor and who also holds a safe legislative seat. But according to state and city filings, Smith is not currently registered to run for either position. Yesterday, an optometrist named Dr. Thuy Tran, a political newcomer, filed to run in the Democratic primary ...   More
Thursday, January 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Reversal of Fortune

In the fight for the Oregon House, Dems usually raise more money than Republicans—but not this year.

Maybe money can’t buy you love—legally, anyway—but it helps when trying to sway voters. For much of the past decade, Oregon House Democrats have out-raised   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Democrats: Hunt Holds on to Power, How Much is Unclear

The Oregon House Democrats had their usual post-election meeting last night in Salem to vote for leadership positions. Speculation in the past week centered on whether House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) would retain his power after Democrats' 36 to 24 super-majority melted away into a 30-30 tie with Republicans. And Democrats took the unusual step of having an outside mediator come in to ...   More
Thursday, November 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Republicans Fielding More Legislative Candidates, But Lag in Fundraising

The Oregon Republican Party rebounded strongly in candidate recruitment this year after a dismal 2008. Two years ago, the GOP failed to field a candidate in 23 of 75 legislative races. This year, only two of 76 legislative races lack a Republican candidate. But filings with the state show one thing has not changed much—the Democratic legislative caucuses are still attracting the lion's ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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