Another Union Backs Smith, Citing his "Progressive" Views

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Rep. Jefferson Smith landed another union endorsement in his race for mayor—the Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers, which represents many city workers. So far, Smith and his opponent, former city commissioner Charlie Hales, have split union endorsements. Smith is backed by the Portland Association of Teachers and the city’s firefighters and police union. Hales has won the support ...   More
 
Monday, July 30, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Portland's 2nd Annual "Big Float" Boasts a Big Turnout

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More than 1,400 people took to the Willamette River's east bank near the Hawthorne Bridge Sunday afternoon, clad with floaties, inner-tubes and kayaks to participate in the second annual Big Float to promote recreational use of the city's main body of water. The event—organized by Will Levenson of Popina Swimwear—included a performance from local artist Violet Isle and an attempt to break ...   More
 
Monday, July 30, 2012 SAM STITES

Portland Afoot's Kickstarter Video is 'We Are the World' With Transit Nerds

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 Consistently excellent public transit magazine Portland Afoot celebrated its second anniversary last night, and publisher Michael Andersen debuted his plan for the future: a mobile app.Today, Portland Afoot launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign for a mobile magazine with an inspirational video that's a who's who of transit geeks. The magazine is a sometimes uncomfortable blend of solid reporting ...   More
 
Friday, July 27, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Bob Stacey Endorses Jefferson Smith

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 Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) still has plenty of liberal friends. Today, one is vouching for him.Bob Stacey, a newly-elected Metro Councilor and a former director of environmental group 1000 Friends of Oregon, endorsed Smith this morning. "Jefferson is a very exciting leader," Stacey tells WW. The longtime conservation activist, who led ballot-measure battles to preserve ...   More
 
Thursday, July 26, 2012 AARON MESH

Mr. Smith Runs From Salem

Jefferson Smith wants to be a “progressive” mayor. His legislative record isn’t helping.


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Gunshots were fired at least 11 times in the last two months in the outer-eastside neighborhoods currently represented by state...   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

More Hales Backers Gave Big Just Before Pledge To Cap Contributions

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Last week, WW reported that mayoral candidate Charlie Hales kept taking big checks from influential supporters in the days before he announced that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take any out of state money in his bid for the Nov. 6 general election.The timing wasn't immediately obvious because, at this stage in their campaigns, candidates have 30 days to report contributions. Hales ...   More
 
Monday, July 23, 2012 COREY PEIN

Hales Pocketed Big Checks Just Before Limiting Contributions

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Back on June 21, mayoral candidate Charlie Hales announced he'd limit contributions for the Nov. 6 general election to $600 and would not take any out of state money. Turns out he was grabbing as many big checks as he could—right up until the time he promised he wouldn't.Currently, candidates are in a 30-day reporting window, which means under elections law they don't have to report contributions ...   More
 
Friday, July 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

UPDATED: Smith and Hales Will Attend Cameron Whitten's Hunger Rally

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If City Hall protester Cameron Whitten survives another five days of his hunger strike, mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and  Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Oregon) will be there.Whitten has announced an "Epic Rally for Housing Justice" this Friday to mark the 50th day of his hunger strike. He's been camped along Southwest 4th Avenue in front of City Hall to demand the city do more for the homeless. Hales ...   More
 
Monday, July 16, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

SEIU Backs Hales for Mayor

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The Service Employees International Union Local 49 has endorsed Charlie Hales for mayor, a source near Hales' campaign has told WW.The candidates have largely split the labor endorsements. Hales landed backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Joint Council of Teamsters. his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), has been endorsed by the Portland ...   More
 
Friday, July 13, 2012 AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Wants to "Go Further" Than City Coal Ban

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The coal wars continue in the mayor's race.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales responded today to a pledge by opponent Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) to seek a city resolution banning coal exports. Hales' statement implies that Smith is scoring cheap political points with an empty gesture. Hales says the city should instead pressure the Oregon congressional delegation to slow a prospective coal ...   More
 
Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

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