Dr. Know: Blue, Blue Oregon

If Oregon is so solidly blue, why should a Portlander bother voting this year?

Dr. Know
Oregon is a die-hard blue state—and anyway, since the conventions, Obama’s been running away with the election. So, as a Portlander, why should I bother voting? —Derpa the Sherpa We’re no   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Hales and Smith on the CRC: Not So Different


The two mayoral candidates, State Rep. Jefferson Smith and former City Commissioner Charlie Hales, turned in their responses to the Portland Business Alliance's candidate questionnaire recently. Their entire answers are worth reading but of particular note are their responses to the PBA's question about the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which is a top priority for the business ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Enviro Group Accuses Hales Campaign of Breaking Law by Secretly Recording a Meeting


The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today blasted the campaign of mayoral candidate Charlie Hales for what the environmental group says is "unethical and possibly illegal use of endorsement interviews."At issue is a story WW posted last week quoting Hales' opponent State Rep. Jefferson Smith. In his OLCV interview, Smith suggested that as mayor, he could round up 2,000 volunteers and pave the ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Walmart Building Portland's Largest Ecoroof, But Still Has Enemies in City Hall


 A story in this week's WW shows Portland officials—including Mayor Sam Adams and both mayoral candidates—scaling back the city's anti-Walmart stance as the shopping giant's mobile-software division, WalmartLabs, moves into a downtown office.But Walmart is also making concessions to Portland culture. As reported in the Daily Journal of Commerce on Monday, the new Walmart breaking ground ...   More
Thursday, August 30, 2012 AARON MESH

Value Shopping

Sam Adams tried to keep Walmart from expanding here. He failed.

News Stories
The company moving into an 8,500-square-foot office above Rock Bottom Brewing in downtown Portland on Sept. 7 is the sort of tech-sector success...    More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 AARON MESH

Jefferson Smith Gets OLCV Nod But Crosses City Union


Yesterday the Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorsed State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) in the mayor's race. That's a coup for Smith, who already earned endorsements from other enviro groups including the Sierra Club and Bike Walk Vote. “Jefferson Smith is the environmental candidate for Mayor," OLCV executive director Doug Moore said in a statement. "Jefferson is always out front ...   More
Thursday, August 30, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cracked Rearview

Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith’s legislative accomplishments aren’t as large as he makes them appear.

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State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) says the change he drives is more important than how he drives his car. As...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wall Street Journal Hails Streetcar Revival

streetcar hales

Wednesday's Wall Street Journal highlighted Portland's streetcar in an article about several other cities hoping to emulate our system: Cincinnati; Kansas City; Atlanta; Ft. Lauderdale and Salt Lake City. The article contains at least one quote sure to please mayoral candidate Charlie Hales. He's not mentioned in the story but oversaw the development of the streetcar when he served as city commissioner ...   More
Thursday, August 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

D&D, Hackathons and Building Portland's Software Industry

Hales and Smith debate their geek credentials


Mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and Jefferson Smith faced off in a tech-focused debate at the downtown office of local online video start-up Elemental Technologies today. Portland's tech industry was previously considered to be backing Eileen Brady, and now the remaining candidates are looking to establish their credentials in the city's so-called "software cluster."Although the talk was often ...   More
Monday, August 13, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Murmurs: The O Won't Endorse a Candidate for President

Maybe lacking an opinion is a good idea.

For the first time in recent memory, The Oregonian is taking a pass on the presidential race. The daily told readers Aug. 14 it won’t endorse a candidate for president. Insiders say Publisher N. Chr   More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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