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Read it and weep, cont'd

The Multnomah County voter's pamphlet has hit the internet. Read what the candidates have to say about themselves here.

My favorite li(n)e: "Sam will reduce crime and make MAX safer." Oh, sure.

Comments (19)

We note that Adams couldn't even spell his own name right. That's a sign, peeps.

He will also do away with the deficit that Portland has, he will make sure you don't get cavities, he will bring about world peace. However, I won't be needing the pony because Obama has already promised me I'll get that when he's elected.

From local to national politics, one thing never changes - they lie.

The thing that is buggin me about the CoP races is all of a sudden everyone is the education candidate.

Last I remember, outside of donating funds, CoP govt has nothing to do with education. So Mr Adams has something to wrap himself in to distract the voters from his execrable money mgmt issues.

I mean the guy can't keep potholes fixed and he is going to lead education?

I like this one: "Sam fought the lobbyists to bring ethics back to City Hall..." I'd like to hear more about the dark time when City Hall didn't have any ethics. When was that again?

We note that Adams couldn't even spell his own name right. That's a sign, peeps.

You mean his campaign manager Jennifer Yocum couldn't get his name right. (It looks to me like she filled it out for him.) Though I can't tell from the signature if Sam or Jennifer signed it, but it looks more like Adams did to me.

I don't think you can mispell "Sam" or "Adams"? Those would qualify as "typos" in my book.

Which begs the question, how do you publish something important without proofreading it for obvious typos?

Did he take any credit for creating biotech jobs in Florida?

Just clicked on the link: I stand corrected.

It can't be a "typo" if it wasn't typed.

Thinko?

Doesn't anybody own a typewriter anymore?
If any document begged for typewritten clarity, your voter's pamphlet cover sheet would have to be it.

And Yocom is reportedly one of the best campaign managers in town? Meh.

Am I the only one offended by the slogan "Because Portland belongs to all of us"? Isn't there an implication that if you don't support this candidate, you're some kind of bigot?

Allan L,

It's scary when we can agree on something.

Another Adams' sign reads something to the effect "...he'll move Portland Forward." This leaves me wondering. This guy has been helping drive the city's governance for a decade or more, and in most cases commissioners and Mayor vote pretty much in lock step with each other, and we still need to be moved "Forward." Seems like you could interpret this thing just as negatively as you could positively. Like, for instance, Adams: I haven't been able to move the city forward in the last ten or more years I've had significant influence, but elect me anyways.

I just perused a bunch of mayoral and commissioner statements via the link that was provided...

Several candidates (Sam, Sho, Amanda) refer to "supporting schools". However, looking at the "portfolios" of the Mayor and Commissioners on the City of Portland website, the words Portland Public Schools never appears in their area of responsibility for the mayor or any of the commissioners.

So, since it doesn't appear on anyone's formal list of responsibilities, would the issue of *supporting public schools* basically a red-herring in these campaigns?

Just trying to figure out what statements/topics/issues are actually relevant to their position/roles/responsibilities.

Did he take any credit for creating biotech jobs in Florida?


Like when Al "Global Warming" Gore invented the internet ?????

I think the platform by all the candidates that they will "support schools" is a reflection of voter stupidity and the candidates playing along. In the recent KATU poll on the Mayor's race, 37% identified "schools" as the top issue for the next Mayor, twice the number of the next two items (17% said city spending and 17% said roads).

I'd venture to say the candidate who (correctly) lectures voters on how education isn't a city responsibility is certain to be the losing candidate.

Adams' yard signs look like fast food ads.

Adams' yard signs look like fast food ads.

They both want you to buy a whopper.

I think I recall that the city has kicked money into the Portland Public Schools' budget in the past, maybe on a regular basis. If so, the campaign promise to support schools may relate to that.

This information will make voting much easier. Vote for any candidate who doesn't list endorsements from the public employee unions.


Charles Lewis went to Harvard. Bush went to Harvard. Okay forget (or other F-word) Harvard.

Fritz went to Cambridge. David Gilmore of Pink Floyd, one of the greatest guitarists of all time, went to Cambridge.

Syd Barret, acid freak genious of the original Pink Floyd who went mad, is from Cambridge. That canceled out the cocaine/wet brain Bush from Harvard. ...But Syd never pretended to be the leader of the free world.

There's nobody in the race from CUNY or Stoneybrook, so...

"Sam will reduce crime and make MAX safer."

trying to get elected by playing to fear?

nice one, Sam.

Sam fought the lobbyists to bring ethics back to City Hall by requiring them to disclose which special interests are paying them to influence the city council.

which is like saying "the soldiers wre required to disclose who manufactured thier bullets."


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