Hales Breaks Campaign Limit Promise, Takes Two Big Union Contributions


Well, that didn't take long. On Oct. 15, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales wrote to Jefferson Smith, his rival in the Nov. 6 mayoral race, to say he wanted to break his pledge not to accept contributions above the $600 limit he'd unilaterally set in June.That was a major flip-flop for the frontrunner, although he's tried to describe the move (including in last night's KGW/Oregonian mayoral debate) ...   More
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by Nigel Jaquiss

Murmurs: Hitting the Spending Limits

Education reformers are absent at school.

Self-imposed campaign spending limits are often little more than a publicity stunt for candidates, but they can turn out to be a headache. City Commissioner Amanda Fritz raised her contribution    More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

One Question: Do You Support the “Arts Tax” to Fund Schools and Cultural Organizations?

Portland voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to impose an annual $35-per-adult tax on city residents (with exemptions for those living in poverty) to help fund more arts teachers in Portland Publi   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 BRENT WALTH

Policing the Police

The mayoral candidates talk about community policing—but not how the city can pay for it.

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Charlie Hales says he’s crossed paths with the Portland police during his campaign for mayor—and he hasn’t always liked what he’s seen. He talks of a recent weapons stop he witnessed a   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Jefferson Smith Campaign Will Stump for School Bond

Smith amends filings with state, gives money to PPS campaign


Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) took an unusual step on Monday—he amended his campaign committee filings with the Secretary of State's elections division to reflect that his staff will now shift some of their time and energy to helping support the campaign for Portland Public Schools $482 million capital bond measure. Smith is also giving $5,000 of his scarce campaign cash to ...   More
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Full Mayoral Election Results Mapped and Interactive (Updated)


Remember two weeks ago when I said we'd have an interactive map of the full mayoral election results up in "the next day or two?" Here's that map now. If you're interested: Hales' strongest wins were precints 3605 up in the Southewest Hills and 4103 in Eastmoreland. Smith's strongest was precinct 4707 in Hazelwood. Technically, Brady's strongest was precinct 4902 in Wilkes, though only 11 people ...   More
Monday, June 18, 2012 RUTH BROWN

How Did Your Neighborhood Vote? Portland's Mayoral Election Results Mapped


The final election results by precinct are out, so we've compiled them into a handy map. This is a pretty rough version—we'll have an interactive one with all the candidates and other fancy features in the next day or two—but this one shows which of the top three candidates won which precincts.Things to note: Charlie Hales won all of west Portland as well as the battle for the Kremlin—the ...   More
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Student Journalists at Catlin Gabel Call Smith Winner of Mayoral Debate


Most of the Portland media didn't pay special attention to the Oct. 19 mayoral debate at Catlin Gabel School between Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales. But the student journalists at the school newspaper, CatlinSpeak, the debate's host, have done an impressive job in their coverage of the debate, now available on the paper's web site. The 20-person ...   More
Monday, October 22, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

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


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.

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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


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