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

Jefferson Smith Umpires Occupy Portland vs. City Workers Softball Game

Occupy wins, 16-5


Occupy Portland played its promised fence-mending softball game against Portland city employees (including several Parks bureau rangers) Sunday afternoon at Overlook Park. The Occupiers won 16-5, with onetime city-defying activist Arlo Stone crushing a grand slam. But the conciliatory festivities were slyly stolen by a guest umpire: mayoral candidate Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland).Smith and his ...   More
Monday, June 11, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

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

Splash Down: Jefferson Smith To Sit In Dunk Tank


Jefferson Smith really wants to be the "fun" mayoral candidate, and he's willing to get wet to do it.The Lents International Farmer's Market—out in East Portland, where Smith has attempted to build a base—opens on Sunday, June 17. As part of the opening day celebrations, Smith will sit in a dunk tank and let spectators try to put him in the drink.Smith rarely misses a chance to keep it weird—he ...   More
Friday, June 8, 2012 by Kimberly Hursh

Jefferson Smith Needs New Campaign Consultant


Stacey Dycus, the political consultant who guided State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-Portland) to a stronger than expected finish in the May mayoral primary, is moving on, Dycus tells WW.Dycus ran an effective, low-budget campaign for Smith that relied on extensive volunteer canvassing and DIY television ads. For months, polls showed Smith a distant third but in the campaign's final couple of weeks, he ...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Welcome to Con-way Town

The freight giant in Northwest Portland is paving its way to developing a huge swath of real estate close to downtown.

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The asphalt prairies along Northwest 21st and 22nd avenues don’t look like much now.  But Con-way...   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 AARON MESH

What Money Can’t Buy

Portland’s mayoral primary had something to teach everyone about Rose City politics.

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Fresh off his May 15 primary victory, mayoral candidate Charlie Hales fired most of his staff last week. As a gesture of...   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS , COREY PEIN

Now It's Charlie Hales vs. Jefferson Smith in the Portland Mayor's Race


Former city commissioner Charlie Hales and Rep. Jefferson Smith appear headed to a runoff in November in the race for Portland mayor.As of midnight, Hales has a comfortable lead with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Smith with nearly 30 percent. Businesswoman Eileen Brady has slightly less more than 23 percent.Only the top two finishers go on to the general election in November.The remaining 20 ...   More
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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