Playing the Wired Card

Jefferson Smith starts the marathon mayor’s race half-blind and stumbling. Here’s why he could still catch up.

State Rep. Jefferson Smith’s campaign for mayor isn’t off to an awe-inspiring start.   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 COREY PEIN

Jefferson Smith Is Running For Mayor


Bus Project founder and State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) announced today that he will run for mayor. The current field of candidates to replace Mayor Sam Adams includes former City Commissioner Charlie Hales and New Seasons Market co-founder Eileen Brady.WW previously reported that Smith was considering entering the race. Today, Smith says, he received treatment for a corneal abrasion, ...   More
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 COREY PEIN

Murmurs: Maybe Mayors, Man Booker and the City Dole

No anniversaries here.

Two prominent lawmakers are close to major career moves: Two-term state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) spent the weekend at the coast with his wife to arrive at a decision whether to enter t   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Jefferson Smith Ponders Entering Mayor's Race


Two powerful unions paid for a poll last week to find out how strong Mayor Sam Adams is in his bid for re-election next year. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 75 and Service Employees International Local 49 paid for the poll. While it's unclear what the results showed, it's probably no accident that a high-profile lawmaker is now at least considering entering the ...   More
Friday, July 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Green Machine

New green-energy tax breaks make critics see red.

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Newly proposed green-energy tax credits in Oregon are prompting watchdog groups to warn that the measure is a warmed-up version of a discredited idea. And the tax watchdogs blasting the proposal f   More
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Learn More About A Publicly Owned State Bank Proposed for Oregon

Oregon State Bank

The Oregonians for a State Bank group is holding a forum Tuesday, Feb. 1 on a proposal circulating in the state Legislature to establish a publicly owned bank in Oregon.The state bank proposal—which opponents have said is barred by the state Constitution and deals with a subject the state lacks expertise in—aims to benefit Oregon's small businesses, family farmers and local communities by funding ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Speculation Mounts About Kitzhaber Chief of Staff Pick

Perhaps the most important personnel decision Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber will make between now and inauguration day in January is whom to pick as chief of staff. The man who served that key role for most of Kitzhaber's previous two terms as governor, from 1995 to 2003, was Bill Wyatt—now the director of the Port of Portland, a job too good to leave. Kitzhaber has said he'll bring in new ...   More
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why The Bus Project is Partying

The Bus Project last night won two Pollie Awards, which — while not quite as well-known as an Academy Award — is a big deal for anyone involved in political campaigns. The awards from the American Association of Political Consultants honored the Bus Project for mobilizing thousands of young voters with its Trick or Vote campaign on Halloween to get people to vote. That program ...   More
Monday, March 30, 2009 Megan Brescini

Rep. Jefferson Smith's Email Faux Pas

First-term Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) is up for re-election next year. And like most lawmakers, he's in the process of raising money. Earlier this week Smith, who founded the Oregon Bus Project, sent scores of lobbyists invitations to a $500-a-head fundraiser on Oct. 29. (Smith notes there is no charge for entry to the event "Some will give more [than $500], some will give less, some ...   More
Friday, October 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Obama Minus 10: Program of President's Appearance For Kitzhaber Includes Some Interesting Names

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's spokeswoman Jillian Schoene says the crowd on hand for President Obama at the Oregon Convention Center has already exceeded 7,000, with a line still snaking down Martin Luther King Boulevard outside. The program for Obama's scheduled 6 pm speech includes some interesting names beyond Kitzhaber, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee: Oregon Bus Project founder Rep. ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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