Hales Breaks Big Promise, Flipflopping on His Pledge to Limit Campaign Contributions

Mayoral candidate's $600 limit boxed him—so now he's abandoning it

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Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales is breaking one of the biggest campaign promises he’s made to the city since finishing first in the May primary race. In June, Hales said he would voluntarily limit the campaign contributions he accepted for the fall election, and he urged his opponent in the runoff, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), to do the same. "From now on, this campaign ...   More
 
Thursday, October 18, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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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 made the ...   More
 
Monday, October 15, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Dr. Know: Voting None Of The Above

Who can I write in for mayor that has the best chance of winning?


Dr. Know
I can’t vote for Jefferson Smith for mayor because he is a total fuckup. I can’t vote for Charlie Hales because he’s a lying son of a bitch. At this point, any alternative sounds good. Who c   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Murmurs: A PAC of Dogs

We rate PolitiFact’s sense of humor “Half-True.”


Murmurs
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

One Question: Would You Vote to Permit Construction of the CRC in its Current Form?


Elections
The City of Portland has been a minor player in the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing—with its wide freeway bridges and light rail to Vancouver, Wash. But the mega-project will pro   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

One Question: A Sustainability Center Or HQ Hotel—What Gets The Money?


Elections
Last month, the Portland Development Commission resumed negotiations on two long-debated projects requiring millions in public subsidies: an office tower in Southwest Portland without a carbon f   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 AARON MESH

One Question: Should the City End the 48-Hour Waiting Period for Police Involved in Shootings?


Elections
The city’s labor contract with police allows officers involved in a shooting or in-custody death to decline to talk to bureau investigators for 48 hours while they confer with union lawyers. O   More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

One Question: Should Portland Have OK’d Fluoridation Without a Vote of the People?


Elections
The Portland City Council voted unanimously Sept. 12 to fluoridate Portland’s water by mid-2014. Foes, seeking to refer the question...   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 AARON MESH

Failure To Comply

The feds have used independent monitors to reform police agencies elsewhere. But Portland leaders don’t want one here.


News Stories
The U.S. Department of Justice last week released a damning report about the Portland Police Bureau’s use of force. The details may...   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

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