UPDATED: Smith and Hales Will Attend Cameron Whitten's Hunger Rally


If City Hall protester Cameron Whitten survives another five days of his hunger strike, mayoral candidates Charlie Hales and  Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Oregon) will be there.Whitten has announced an "Epic Rally for Housing Justice" this Friday to mark the 50th day of his hunger strike. He's been camped along Southwest 4th Avenue in front of City Hall to demand the city do more for the homeless. Hales ...   More
Monday, July 16, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

SEIU Backs Hales for Mayor


The Service Employees International Union Local 49 has endorsed Charlie Hales for mayor, a source near Hales' campaign has told WW.The candidates have largely split the labor endorsements. Hales landed backing from the United Food and Commercial Workers, the Amalgamated Transit Union and the Joint Council of Teamsters. his opponent, Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland), has been endorsed by the Portland ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 AARON MESH

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

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


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