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WW Endorsement Interview: After He Quit the City Council Midterm, Should Voters Give Charlie Hales the Mayor's Job?

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In 2002, then-City Commissioner Charlie Hales quit his job on the City Council midterm to go to work for streetcar marketer HDR Inc. He came under a lot of criticism then for the move. Now that he's running for mayor, his critics have wondered whether Hales has the staying power for the job, given that he quit one elected position before.In our endorsement interview, we asked Hales why he m...   More
 
Monday, October 15, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

WW Endorsement Video: Who Else Besides Schools Would Get Money from the

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Portland voters on Nov. 6 will decide whether the city can levy a $35-per-person annual arts tax to raise $12 million a year to help restore an art or music instruction in every elementary school in the city. About half the money would go to schools, while the rest would go to arts non-profits for their operating budgets and other arts education—from small performing and visual arts group...   More
 
Saturday, October 13, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

WW Endorsement Video: Would a New Casino Really Create 2,000 Jobs?

Watch the video as two sides debate the question

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Measures 82 and 83 on the Nov. 6 ballot would authorize a 3,500-slot machine private casino at the former Multnomah Kennel Club site in Wood Village.

The measures' backers claim the casino would create 2,000 permanent, family wage jobs. Is that true?

Proponents and opponents debated this job prediction during our endorsement interview.

The participants are, lef...   More
 
Thursday, October 11, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Various Views On Jamison


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The level of unprofessionalism and what is clearly an unhappy-no-matter-what attitude completely discredit this entire article [“Square Peg,” WW, Oct. 3, 2012]. Even if there was a valid reaso   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: A PAC of Dogs

We rate PolitiFact’s sense of humor “Half-True.”


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Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales was awash in money from developers during the May primary race—almost one-quarter of his cash came from development- and real estate-related donors. After he won, H   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Firefighters Under Scrutiny


Letters to the Editor
I feel the article was unbalanced, since I didn’t hear any of the numerous positives that the fire department does, which are many [“Burning Money,” WW, Sept. 26, 2012]. I’ve always se   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: A Columbia River... Tunnel?

Taking the CRC debate underground.


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Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith has released a 1994 settlement agreement that got him off the hook for a misdemeanor assault charge. Smith, then a University of Oregon student, injured a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

The Portland Index: Search Me

How closely does Portland follow web trends?


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Look around—those 17 other people next to you in the coffee shop hunched over their laptops might be hunting the Web for kitty videos or Kate Middleton’s tanning habits. You, of course, are Go   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Apartments, Cars and Parking


Letters to the Editor
The article states the problem [“Block Busters,” WW, Sept. 19, 2012]. You spoke to 10 residents who have 11 cars among them. It doesn’t matter if they don’t drive them very often, they sti   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Media Throwdown in Washington County

When realtors fib and foodies slice the truth.


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It’s election season, so you can expect campaigns to be making stuff up. But the Measure 79 campaign is the worst in a long time. The measure would amend the state constitution to ban real-estate    More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff
 

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