Jefferson Smith Wants You to Help Pick His Staff


How will Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) pick a mayoral staff? He'll ask if you know anybody good.The mayoral candidate announced at yesterday's software-startup debate at Elemental Technologies that, if elected, he'll ask for public input on who should staff his office. "The job of recruitment can't be left to a single person, but takes some version of a village," Smith said. "And I hope this ...   More
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Your Money’s No Good Here

Under the grandstands, here’s how the mayoral campaign contribution limits compare.

It’s getting to where donating money in the Portland mayoral race requires photo ID, an advanced math degree and a healthy sense of irony. Last week, state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portl   More
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 AARON MESH

Jefferson Smith Caps Donations, But Differently

Says he'll cap spending at $500k—or what Charlie Hales spends


The campaign spending one-upmanship continues. It's Rep. Jefferson Smith's turn. More than a month after mayoral candidate Charlie Hales unilaterally announced a campaign contribution limit of $500 $600 and no out-of-state donors, Smith has responded with his own—entirely different—spending cap.Smith's cap limits individual contributions to $1,000 and has no out-of-state rule. But Smith promises ...   More
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Another Union Backs Smith, Citing his "Progressive" Views


Rep. Jefferson Smith landed another union endorsement in his race for mayor—the Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers, which represents many city workers. So far, Smith and his opponent, former city commissioner Charlie Hales, have split union endorsements. Smith is backed by the Portland Association of Teachers and the city’s firefighters and police union. Hales has won the support ...   More
Monday, July 30, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Portland's 2nd Annual "Big Float" Boasts a Big Turnout


More than 1,400 people took to the Willamette River's east bank near the Hawthorne Bridge Sunday afternoon, clad with floaties, inner-tubes and kayaks to participate in the second annual Big Float to promote recreational use of the city's main body of water. The event—organized by Will Levenson of Popina Swimwear—included a performance from local artist Violet Isle and an attempt to break ...   More
Monday, July 30, 2012 SAM STITES

Portland Afoot's Kickstarter Video is 'We Are the World' With Transit Nerds

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 Consistently excellent public transit magazine Portland Afoot celebrated its second anniversary last night, and publisher Michael Andersen debuted his plan for the future: a mobile app.Today, Portland Afoot launched a $5,000 Kickstarter campaign for a mobile magazine with an inspirational video that's a who's who of transit geeks. The magazine is a sometimes uncomfortable blend of solid reporting ...   More
Friday, July 27, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Bob Stacey Endorses Jefferson Smith


 Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) still has plenty of liberal friends. Today, one is vouching for him.Bob Stacey, a newly-elected Metro Councilor and a former director of environmental group 1000 Friends of Oregon, endorsed Smith this morning. "Jefferson is a very exciting leader," Stacey tells WW. The longtime conservation activist, who led ballot-measure battles to preserve ...   More
Thursday, July 26, 2012 AARON MESH

Mr. Smith Runs From Salem

Jefferson Smith wants to be a “progressive” mayor. His legislative record isn’t helping.

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Gunshots were fired at least 11 times in the last two months in the outer-eastside neighborhoods currently represented by state...   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

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


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