Atlanta Looks To Portland Before Streetcar Vote, Finds... Streetcar Commuters?

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Next Tuesday, people living in and around Atlanta, Georgia will vote on a tax increase to fund a $602 million transportation package that includes a streetcar line. The Atlanta project is closely linked to Portland. As a vice president at the engineering firm HDR, Inc. after leaving Portland's City Council in 2002, current Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales had a hand in shaping the Atlanta ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 COREY PEIN

More Hales Backers Gave Big Just Before Pledge To Cap Contributions


Last week, WW reported that mayoral candidate Charlie Hales kept taking big checks from influential supporters in the days before he announced that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take any out of state money in his bid for the Nov. 6 general election.The timing wasn't immediately obvious because, at this stage in their campaigns, candidates have 30 days to report contributions. Hales ...   More
Monday, July 23, 2012 COREY PEIN

Hales Pocketed Big Checks Just Before Limiting Contributions


Back on June 21, mayoral candidate Charlie Hales announced he'd limit contributions for the Nov. 6 general election to $600 and would not take any out of state money. Turns out he was grabbing as many big checks as he could—right up until the time he promised he wouldn't.Currently, candidates are in a 30-day reporting window, which means under elections law they don't have to report contributions ...   More
Friday, July 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Charlie’s Fee Fall

Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales once proposed a huge giveaway to developers. Why has he suddenly changed his mind?

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Early in his campaign for Portland mayor, Charlie Hales had a big money problem. His chief foe, Eileen Brady...   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON MESH

SEIU Backs Hales for Mayor


The Service Employees International Union Local 49 has endorsed Charlie Hales for mayor, a source near Hales' campaign has told WW.The candidates have largely split the labor endorsements. Hales landed backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Joint Council of Teamsters. his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), has been endorsed by the Portland ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 AARON MESH

Charlie Hales Wants to "Go Further" Than City Coal Ban


The coal wars continue in the mayor's race.Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales responded today to a pledge by opponent Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) to seek a city resolution banning coal exports. Hales' statement implies that Smith is scoring cheap political points with an empty gesture. Hales says the city should instead pressure the Oregon congressional delegation to slow a prospective coal ...   More
Thursday, July 12, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

City Slackers

Voters who will decide the mayor’s race in November didn’t cast a ballot in May. That’s good news for Jefferson Smith.

Numbers may not lie, but they don’t always tell the whole story, either. When former City Commissioner Charlie Hales finished...   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 COREY PEIN

Jefferson Smith Raising Money Above Hales' Limits


There has not been much campaign finance activity in the mayor's race since one candidate, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, announced on June 21 that he'd limit contributions to $600 and would not take out-of-state checks.His opponent in the November general election, State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), often spoke during the primary about the need to limit contributions."Elections should ...   More
Monday, July 2, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Max Brumm Really Hates Jefferson Smith

Endorses Hales; Calls Smith a "Sociopath"


Max Brumm was among the more visible of the alternative mayoral candidates in the primary election. The 19-year-old finished eighth among the 23 candidates on the ballot, with 790 votes. Apparently, he also gained a seething distaste for Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland). Brumm released his runoff endorsement Thursday, and it's less noteworthy for whom it endorses—Charlie Hales—than for the intensity ...   More
Friday, June 29, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Hales Tells Tribune that The Oregonian Smeared Him

Hales to O: "My reputation was torn apart on the front page"


Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales tells The Portland Tribune that The Oregonian has falsely accused him of lying about going on a neighborhood tour of St. Johns. Hales admits a campaign volunteer lifted lines from an April 21 Oregonian story about a community policing in St. Johns, in order to write a letter to the editor of the St. Johns Review. Hales gave The Tribune what he says is the volunteer's ...   More
Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Aaron Mesh


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