Charlie Hales' Bookshelf Gloomier Than He Lets On

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One thing colleagues of Portland mayoral candidate and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales find noteworthy about him, as WW reported in its recent profile, is that his core political beliefs are hard to pin down.Once a registered Republican, then a non-affiliated voter, and a Democrat since 1998, Hales maintains that he's more pragmatic than ideological. Adversaries have described him as opportunistic.But ...   More
 
Thursday, May 3, 2012 COREY PEIN

It's a Dead Heat in the Portland Mayor's Race

New Poll: Smith Surging, Hales Improving, Brady Stalled

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The race for Portland mayor is a dead heat, with a new poll showing that state Rep. Jefferson Smith is gaining late momentum, and that businesswoman Eileen Brady is making no progress with voters despite spending nearly $1 million on her campaign.The poll was conducted by DHM Research for Oregon Public Broadcasting and Fox-12. The survey asked 400 likely Portland voters whom they would ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Hales Abandons TV Ad That Makes Bogus Claims About His Help for Public Schools (Updated)

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Mayoral candidate Charlie Hales has taken down a TV ad that The Oregonian’s PolitiFact today busts as "false" for Hales' claims he helped keep Portland schools open during a budget crisis while he served on the Portland City Council. As the O's PolitiFact shows, Hales claimed to have helped rescue schools—except that the time period he was talking about took place ...   More
 
Monday, April 30, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Election is Coming

For the City Hall throne and other races, we reveal our picks for the 2012 primary.


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Candidate Photography by Kenton Waltz This local election season has had all the intrigue of Game of Thrones, with scheming, betrayals...   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Mayoral Money: Brady Passes Million-Dollar Mark

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Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady has now officially eclipsed the $1 million mark in fundraising for the May primary, state filings show. That's a big number for any city race and particularly impressive considering Brady is a first-time candidate. Her opponents, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales and State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) have raised $569,000 and $451,000 respectively, since the ...   More
 
Thursday, April 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Smith Tax 2008 Tax Return In Line With Other Years

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A couple of weeks ago, the three principal mayoral candidates turned over their personal income tax returns. At the time, Eileen Brady turned over returns from 2008, 2009 and 2010 as did Charlie Hales. But State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), only provided returns for 2009 and 2010. The missing 2008 return piqued our curiosity—did Smith win the lottery that year or did Smith, who has a history ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 24, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jefferson Smith Wins Police, Fire Union Endorsements

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The unions representing Portland police and firefighters have endorsed State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) for mayor. The public safety unions last year announced they'd be withholding their endorsement in the race for the time being.Smith is perceived to be the most liberal of the three leading candidates. He's running against businesswoman Eileen Brady, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales ...   More
 
Monday, April 23, 2012 COREY PEIN

Video: Mayoral Debate Club

Watch it again, or see what you missed

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We're sending the leading mayoral candidates back to school—David Douglas High School, to be precise—at 7 pm this Sunday for Mayoral Debate Club. There'll be no chewing gum, no running in the halls, and definitely no dodging the questions as WW and KATU team up to give Eilleen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith a pop quiz.Update: The debate is now over. You can relive the magic below, then ...   More
 
Saturday, April 21, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Tre Arrow Shouted Down At Enviro Candidate Forum

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An environmentally themed Portland mayoral debate on Wednesday night saw two foiled gatecrashing attempts by lesser-known candidates on the ballot. The most surprising incident of the night came when moderator April Baer called the candidates onto the Benson High School auditorium stage, where a podium each was set aside for the three leading candidates: Eileen Brady, Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith. ...   More
 
Friday, April 20, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Hales Faces Elections Complaint: Updated

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An elections-law complaint against former City Commissioner Charlie Hales threatens his campaign for mayor. Portlander Seth Woolley, a Green Party activist, filed complaints late Tuesday with the city auditor, Multnomah County and the state Elections Division based on facts reported by WW over the past year. The complaint alleges Hales wasn’t a legal voter in Oregon when he filed to run for mayor—a ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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