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Appeal to the Baseline

The retail politics of the Hales budget creates winners and losers.


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Politicians don’t usually gain support by making budget cuts.But the startling thing about Mayor Charlie Hales’ first budget, released April 30, is how the mayor’s cutting of $21.5 million has b   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 AARON MESH

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

Chief Looks Like A Lady

Commissioner Leonard takes a fire ax to the glass ceiling in choosing a chief for a troubled fire bureau.


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Twenty years ago, Portland Fire & Rescue employed only four female firefighters.  Last week, City Commissioner Randy Leonard stunned...   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Clean and Safe Battle

A move to replace private patrols with park rangers tests the clout of the Portland Business Alliance.


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The City of Portland is moving to break the longtime hold a business group has on providing security patrols in downtown parks, setting up a potential struggle over public safety and big-money m   More
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 HANNAH HOFFMAN

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

Hotseat: Jefferson Smith

The state rep. and Bus Project founder tells why he wants to be mayor.


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Jefferson Smith wants to loom large in the mayor’s race, and not just because he’s the tallest candidate so far (6 feet 4 inches), but because he sees himself as an alternative to former City C   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Eileen Brady

She’s running for mayor based on her business experience.


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Four years ago, Eileen Brady considered at launching her political career by challenging a two-term U.S. senator, Gordon Smith. At the time, some—including this newspaper—suggested she run for m   More
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 COREY PEIN

Why Sam Adams Drifted Away

By dropping his re-election bid, the mayor admits his political weakness and reveals some realities of power in Portland.


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Many tough things have been said about Sam Adams over the years   More
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011 COREY PEIN

Randy’s To-Do List

Five tasks for Portland’s toughest commissioner before he retires from City Hall.


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Love him or hate him, Portland will be a more boring place without City Commissioner Randy Leonard. Leonard’s face would turn scarlet at the comparison, but in his nine-plus years on the City Cou   More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Hotseat: Charlie Hales

After 10 years, the former commissioner eyes a return to City Hall.


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Too early for 2012 election coverage, you say? Well, the people campaigning to unseat Portland Mayor Sam Adams are already busy raising money and sending out junk mail. It’s widely assumed Adams   More
 
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 COREY PEIN
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