Dr. Know: Blue, Blue Oregon

If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year?


Dr. Know
Oregon is a die-hard blue state—and anyway, since the conventions, Obama’s been running away with the election. So, as a Portlander, why should I bother voting? —Derpa the Sherpa We’re no   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Hales and Smith on the CRC: Not So Different

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The two mayoral candidates, State Rep. Jefferson Smith and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, turned in their responses to the Portland Business Alliance's candidate questionnaire recently. Their entire answers are worth reading but of particular note are their responses to the PBA's question about the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is a top priority for the business ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Enviro Group Accuses Hales Campaign of Breaking Law by Secretly Recording a Meeting

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The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today blasted the campaign of mayoral candidate Charlie Hales for what the environmental group says is "unethical and possibly illegal use of endorsement interviews."At issue is a story WW posted last week quoting Hales' opponent State Rep. Jefferson Smith. In his OLCV interview, Smith suggested that as mayor, he could round up 2,000 volunteers and pave the ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Value Shopping

Sam Adams tried to keep Walmart from expanding here. He failed.


News Stories
The company moving into an 8,500-square-foot office above Rock Bottom Brewing in downtown Portland on Sept. 7 is the sort of tech-sector success...    More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 AARON MESH

Wall Street Journal Hails Streetcar Revival

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Wednesday's Wall Street Journal highlighted Portland's streetcar in an article about several other cities hoping to emulate our system: Cincinnati; Kansas City; Atlanta; Ft. Lauderdale and Salt Lake City. The article contains at least one quote sure to please mayoral candidate Charlie Hales. He's not mentioned in the story but oversaw the development of the streetcar when he served as city commissioner ...   More
 
Thursday, August 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

D&D, Hackathons and Building Portland's Software Industry

Hales and Smith debate their geek credentials

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Mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith faced off in a tech-focused debate at the downtown office of local online video start-up Elemental Technologies today. Portland's tech industry was previously considered to be backing Eileen Brady, and now the remaining candidates are looking to establish their credentials in the city's so-called "software cluster."Although the talk was often ...   More
 
Monday, August 13, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Jefferson Smith Wants You to Help Pick His Staff

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How will Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) pick a mayoral staff? He'll ask if you know anybody good.The mayoral candidate announced at yesterday's software-startup debate at Elemental Technologies that, if elected, he'll ask for public input on who should staff his office. "The job of recruitment can't be left to a single person, but takes some version of a village," Smith said. "And I hope this ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Your Money’s No Good Here

Under the grandstands, here’s how the mayoral campaign contribution limits compare.


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It’s getting to where donating money in the Portland mayoral race requires photo ID, an advanced math degree and a healthy sense of irony. Last week, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portl   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

SEIU 503 Endorses Charlie Hales

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The Service Employees International Union Local 503 has announced it's endorsing Charlie Hales for mayor. This follows the announcement last month that SEIU 49—the state's second largest labor union—would endorse Hales. Hales announced the endorsement Tuesday on Twitter.Hales and his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), continue to split the the labor endorsements.Smith has won endorsements ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 KATY SWORD

Jefferson Smith Caps Donations, But Differently

Says he'll cap spending at $500k—or what Charlie Hales spends

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The campaign spending one-upmanship continues. It's Rep. Jefferson Smith's turn. More than a month after mayoral candidate Charlie Hales unilaterally announced a campaign contribution limit of $500 $600 and no out-of-state donors, Smith has responded with his own—entirely different—spending cap.Smith's cap limits individual contributions to $1,000 and has no out-of-state rule. But Smith promises ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

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