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

Murmurs: Capping the Campaigns

Charlie and the Contribution Factory.

Former City Commissioner Charlie Hales shook up the Portland mayor’s race against Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) by announcing June 21 he would limit contributors to $600 and not accept out-o   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

UPDATED: Hales Pledges To Cap Campaign Contributions


Portland mayoral candidate Charlie Hales today announced he would limit donations to his campaign, and challenged his rival, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland), to do the same."From now on," Hales said in a campaign press release, "this campaign will only accept contributions up to $600 and all from within the state of Oregon. And I call on Jefferson Smith to join me."The limits are somewhat ...   More
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Corey Pein

Cato Institute Implicates Hales in "Great Streetcar Conspiracy"

Libertarian group accuses mayoral candidate of exaggerating light rail benefits


Charlie Hales is part of a nationwide "conspiracy" to con city planners into building streetcar lines—or at least that's what a libertarian think tank claims.A new Cato Institute report, "The Great Streetcar Conspiracy," accuses light-rail proponents of exaggerating the economic benefits of streetcars to ensure government funding.Randal O'Toole, the Cato fellow who wrote the report, singles out Portland ...   More
Thursday, June 14, 2012 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

Mayoral Candidates' Fundraising Goes Dormant

hales and smith

Coming off the most expensive mayoral primary in Portland history—the top three candidates spent $2.6 million—the money trail has gone dark.In the three weeks, since coming in first in the May 14 mayoral primary, former City Commissioner Charlie Hales has reported raising less than $500. Hales' opponent in the Nov. 6 general election, State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) has reported 18 contributions ...   More
Friday, June 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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