Mayoral Candidates Tax Returns Show Big Differences


All three of the leading mayoral candidates released their income tax returns to WW this week. Their decision to do so was a gesture of  transparency because, unlike property taxes, income tax information is private and candidates in city races have not typically made such information available. (The candidates released their returns to other media only after WW put in its requests.)The returns ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Randy Leonard Endorses Jefferson Smith


City Commissioner Randy Leonard today became the first current member of the city council to weigh in on the mayor's race. Leonard, the former fire union boss who joined the council in 2002 is endorsing State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland). Although Smith attended Harvard Law School after college and Leonard joined the Marines before enrolling at Portland State University, the two actually ...   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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.

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.

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?


“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.

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.

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.

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


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