Two More Elected Officials Withdraw Jefferson Smith Endorsements

Komp, McKeel say they can no longer support him

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 Two more political supporters withdrew their endorsements of Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) this afternoon, saying they could no longer back his mayoral candidacy after learning of his 1993 misdemeanor assault charge for punching an 18-year-old female student. The two elected officials follow Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie) and the Portland police and fire unions, which dropped Smith ...   More
 
Friday, October 12, 2012 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

What's a Multnomah County Commission Seat Worth? Updated

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Now that campaign season is upon us, candidates are getting their books cleaned up for next year's elections. Two of the more eye-popping transactions filed recently come from Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel. On Sept. 15, McKeel wrote off $240,000 in personal loans and un-reimbursed personal expenditures made for the benefit of her 2008 campaign. (In that race, she narrowly defeated ...   More
 
Monday, September 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.


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In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters


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At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. "It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job," Cogen said ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Donate! Multnomah County Food and Clothing Drive


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Here's an easy way to help folks get through the winter cold. Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and Commissioners Loretta Smith, Diane McKeel and Judy Shiprack announced a winter food and warm clothing drive today, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank and Children's Community Clinic. To donate through Feb. 4, bring non-perishable food and warm clothing to the 10 drop-off locations around Portland, ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters


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At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. “It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job,” ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Commissioners Approve Plans for East County Courthouse


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After years of delays and missteps, Multnomah County commissioners this morning unanimously approved the design for a new East County Courthouse in Rockwood. "I know this is a building. But it represents more than the stones, bricks and glass we see on paper," said Commissioner Diane McKeel, who represents East County on the five-member board. "It represents commitment to an area left behind ...   More
 
Thursday, April 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Budget Wrangling: McKeel Offers to Save the DA's Misdemeanor Budget


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Like clockwork each year, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk rides into battle against the county chair's office to fend off budget cuts in the DA's office. After 29 years in office and 10 straight years of shrinking county budgets, Schrunk is regarded as a quiet master at such fights. This year he's found allies in traditionally law-and-order-oriented East County with county Commissioner ...   More
 
Friday, June 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Budget Battles: DA Gets Flexibility on Misdemeanors


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The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners this morning unanimously approved a $392 million general-fund budget that gives District Attorney Mike Schrunk greater flexibility in setting priorities for his office. The dust-up over Schrunk's budget has been the big county story in a year when the county had to cut $5.4 million from its general-fund budget, the 10th straight year of cuts. County ...   More
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Amanda Fritz Chooses Sides in the Multnomah County Commission Race


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Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has thrown her weight behind Loretta Smith in the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. On her personal blog, Fritz (photo by Darryl James) says it was a tough choice between Smith and her opponent in the race, Karol Collymore. "It is truly exciting and satisfying that there are two dynamic, ...   More
 
Friday, October 8, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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