Bus Boy

Jefferson Smith built a political machine. Now he’s trying to drive it to City Hall.


Cover Story
On a recent Saturday morning, a sleepy-eyed retired auto-parts worker named Gavin Griffin opened the door of his Sabin-neighborhood home to find a blond giant on his doorstep.  The strang   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Campaign Confidential

WW gets city hall candidates to make public questionnaires used to win special-interest-group support.


Elections
If a candidate for mayor knocks on your door and asks for your vote, you probably won’t try to pin him or her down...   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

You Really, Really Like Me!

Brady’s and Smith’s social-media campaigns are friending voters. And @Hales? #Zzzzz.


Elections
Jefferson Smith, Eileen Brady and Charlie Hales hope you’ll “like” them. Brady also wants you to see pictures of her family and eavesdrop as she says “I love you” to her son. Smith weigh   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

The Mayoral Candidates on Poverty in Portland: What Can City Hall Do?

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News
“What new focus and coordination will your administration bring to serve low-income residents, particularly the children and seniors living at or below or near the poverty line?” The leading mayoral candidates—Charlie Hales, Eileen Brady and Jefferson Smith—got this question at a Feb. 16 forum sponsored by the Northwest Examiner at the Northwest Neighborhood Cultural Center. The question was ...   More
 
Monday, February 20, 2012 WW Staff

Big Checks and Balances

Charlie Hales leans on big donors, and a Portland developer plays two sides.


Elections
Political candidates like to say every vote counts. When it comes to campaign contributions, some people clearly have a louder voice than others. Last week, WW gave you an analysis of special-in   More
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

City Hall Bucks

Contributions in the mayor’s campaign have topped $1 million, and it’s becoming clear who’s paying for this race.


Elections
From speeches in swanky bars to parties with aerial dancers, Portland’s three leading mayoral candidates...   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 HEIDI GROOVER

Murmurs: Salem Spam, Animal Psych, and Smith’s Slip.


Murmurs
Thousands of people have been getting emails from state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) recently and haven’t been sure why. Turns out Richardson, co-chairman of the budget-writing Ways    More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One City Union, No Longer Holding Back On Mayoral Endorsement, Says It Supports Eileen Brady

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News
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 48, which represents about 100 city of Portland workers, was one of four union locals that last month made a show of not endorsing any candidate for mayor.At the time, IBEW 48 business agent Joe Esmonde cited the Columbia River Crossing as a top issue for his union and others that would work on the controversial construction project. Today, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012 COREY PEIN

Smith Files Mayoral Candidacy; Tran Wants His House Seat

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News
There has been growing speculation about the intentions of State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), who is an announced candidate for mayor and who also holds a safe legislative seat. But according to state and city filings, Smith is not currently registered to run for either position. Yesterday, an optometrist named Dr. Thuy Tran, a political newcomer, filed to run in the Democratic primary ...   More
 
Thursday, January 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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