The Anti-Fritz Candidate

Rep. Mary Nolan is running for City Council but hasn’t yet connected with voters.

Mary Nolan looks uncomfortable. About 25 people have gathered for a candidates’ forum at the June Key Delta Community Center in North Portland.   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Fritz’s Labor Pains

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says she is the champion of labor unions. So why have they abandoned her?

A union strike, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz says, defined her commitment to public service long before she ran for office. She recalls...   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Running Out the Meter

Who among the city hall hopefuls has best avoided the parking patrol?

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Public records offer clues about what politicians are really like. Do they pay their bills, vote or license their dogs? And what about parking tickets? All the major City Hall candidates have them an   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sharon Meieran Jumps Into House District 36 Race

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Dr. Sharon Meieran, a Southwest Portland emergency room physician, is the first candidate to form a political action committee and start raising money in House District 36, which includes much of Southwest Portland.Meieran, who earned her medical degree from the University of California-San Francisco in 2002,  is one of a handful of people who had expressed interest in the seat being vacated by ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dave Hunt 'Doing a Lot of Listening'


Former House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) has a big decision to make. Hunt's seat—which he has held since 2002—is safe if he wants to keep it next year. But the 2009 speaker of the Oregon House lost his gavel last year to Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), and last month got pushed out of his Democratic majority leader's position by Rep. Tina Kotek (D-North Portland). So Hunt, 43, who works for ...   More
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: It's Official—Nolan to Challenge Fritz


Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Southwest Portland) told WW this morning she will enter the 2012 City Council race, challenging incumbent Position One Commissioner Amanda Fritz."I have been talking to folks for a few months but just made the final decision in the past few days," Nolan says. "City Hall is where I think I can be most effective."Nolan, 56, brings a wealth of experience to the race. From the mid-70s ...   More
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Mary Nolan Raising Money Fast—City Hall Next?

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Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Southwest Portland) is running for something—and it's probably not the legislative seat she has held for six sessions.While the Legislature is in session, members refrain from raising money. But lawmakers finished their 2011 business yesterday at 2:50 pm and today state filings show Nolan reported 12 contributions totaling $6,950. That's a pretty nice haul, especially considering ...   More
Friday, July 1, 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

Bend Bulletin Reports On Legislative Leaders Settling Scores After Tax Measure Win

The Bend Bulletin has an intriguing account of score-settling, Oregon-style in today's paper. Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick (formerly of WW) details the efforts of House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and House Majority Leader Mary Nolan (D-Portland) to turn the heat up on lobbyists who worked unsucessfully to defeat Measures 66 and 67. Among those lobbyists are "No" campaign manager Mark ...   More
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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