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Risky Business

There’s a time for playing it safe... and our 2012 Endorsement Issue says this is one of them.

Cover Story
Portland, you have a gambling problem. We’re telling you this as a friend. For too many years, the voters of this city have rolled the dice on engaging but tro   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

WW Endorsement Video: Are You Willing to Anger Your Biggest Supporters?


Running for office means asking for support from a lot of influence groups and powerful players. But what happens when it's your time to govern?

We asked the candidates for mayor, Rep. Jefferson Smith and Charlie Hales, this question: What's the one big decision they will make in their first year in office that will disappoint their biggest political supporters?

Listen ...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

WW Endorsement Video: In the Mayor's Race, Talk About Extending the Portland Streetcar


Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales was the most prominent advocate of the Portland streetcar and claims it as one of his biggest success stories.

The eastside streetcar "loop" has recently opened, with sparse ridership and a lack of money to operate it as planned.

What does Hales think about extending more streetcar lines through the city, now that he's running for...   More
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

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


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


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


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

Letters to the Editor
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.”

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.

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

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