Murmurs: Elephant Calf Confusion at Oregon Zoo

Can we use an electric prod on zoo officials?


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Oregon Zoo officials are trying to explain away their misleading and false statements after the embarrassing news the zoo’s new baby elephant actually belongs to a California traveling elephant    More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Election Shows Portland Still Divided

Cutting the cords at food-cart pods.


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What can you say about a once-promising politician who lost? That he showed, even in a crushing defeat, Portland’s east-west divide still persists. State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) say   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

The Unraveling of Jefferson Smith's Campaign


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Tim Hibbitts, one of Oregon's premier pollsters, was in our office last week sharing his thoughts about the election. Last Friday, we ran a clip in which he discussed gay marriage in Oregon and his thoughts about the decision not to push forward with an initiative in 2012.  Today, we run a clip of the interview in which he walks through the mayoral campaign of Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland). ...   More
 
Monday, November 12, 2012 MARK ZUSMAN

Hales, With a Crushing Vote, Is Portland's Next Mayor

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A race for Portland mayor that once looked like it could be a closely fought competition turned out to be a blowout.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales successfully completed his political comeback Tuesday by winning the job of mayor, crushing his fall opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).In early returns, Hales leads Smith 62 percent to 30 percent. And 8 percent cast write-in votes.Hales ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 AARON MESH

Oregon Election Results Good for CRC Backers

Critics of $3.5 Billion Highway Projects Lose; Champion Likely House Speaker

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Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project suffered a defeat in Washington last night when Clark County voters rejected a ballot measure that would help pay for operations of the light-rail component of the project. The latest numbers show the measure, which would provide $2.5 million annually for operations of the proposed Portland-to-Vancouver MAX expansion, failing 56 percent ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Smith Wants to be "Somewhere I'm Useful" After Mayoral Defeat

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The bouncy castle, photo booth and puppy petting area at Jefferson Smith's mayoral campaign party added a veneer of happiness to what most supporters knew going in: Tonight wouldn't involve a victory speech.The Melody Ballroom in inner Southeast never reached capacity—the party capped out at about 200 people. Smith, as well as most of his supporters, acknowledged that polls and other signals leading ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Precinct Zero

Residents of Madison South, once divided over the mayor’s race, say the candidates haven’t offered them much.


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Janet Wojcik grew up in the shadow of Rocky Butte, the Northeast Portland bluff once known for its jail but that now features a park with a commanding view of the city. This year...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 LAURA FRAZIER

Jefferson Smith Campaign Stops Mentioning Jefferson Smith

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The latest rule of Jefferson Smith's mayoral campaign is you do not talk about Jefferson Smith.In the wake of two polls showing Smith down 20 points to Charlie Hales, the Smith campaign this morning held what it called "an unusual kind of morning visibility—not about the candidate but about facts facing East Portland for downtown morning commuters."Volunteers on SW 4th Avenue stood in the rain this ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 AARON MESH

UPDATED: Two Polls Show Charlie Hales With a Big Lead in Mayor's Race Over Jefferson Smith

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Charlie Hales has a commanding lead in the mayor's race, according to new polls released by The Oregonian and Fox 12 and Oregon Public Broadcasting.The Oregonian's poll of 408 likely Portland voters shows 43 percent say they have voted for Hales or intend to do so, compared to 23 percent who say they support Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland).The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.The ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 AARON MESH

Hales Breaks Campaign Limit Promise, Takes Two Big Union Contributions

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Well, that didn't take long. On Oct. 15, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales wrote to Jefferson Smith, his rival in the Nov. 6 mayoral race, to say he wanted to break his pledge not to accept contributions above the $600 limit he'd unilaterally set in June.That was a major flip-flop for the frontrunner, although he's tried to describe the move (including in last night's KGW/Oregonian mayoral debate) ...   More
 
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Nigel Jaquiss

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