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

Murmurs: Financing on the Fritz

The slippery slope of campaign contributions.

 Did City Commissioner Amanda Fritz violate her campaign-contribution limits? Fritz has based her political career on her independence from undue influence. In her re-election campaign, she   More
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Steve Novick Won't Support Portland Coal Ban


Mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) joined the liberal wave of opposition to Oregon coal exports last week when he called for a largely symbolic anti-coal resolution by the City of Portland. But if he enters City Hall, Smith can expect some largely symbolic opposition. Steve Novick, who was elected to City Council in the primary, writes in the comments of a WW blog post that he won't ...   More
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Jefferson Smith Says He Wants a Coal Ban


Count Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) among the growing anti-coal chorus.The mayoral candidate has been making noises since the May 15 primary about wading into the statewide debate on coal exports by passing a Portland anti-coal resolution similar to the one in Seattle. He's mentioned the issue in stump speeches, but without offering a firm stance. Smith made his anti-coal position official this ...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Red Card

Jefferson Smith says he regrets acts of unsportsmanlike conduct that have gotten him banned from the court and field.

News Stories
Politics is a rough business—but it’s light duty compared to lining up against Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) on the basketball court or...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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


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