The Un-Smoked Cigars

Can Public Campaign Financing Survive Another Brutal Election?


It would be great to find out if he bought the Cuban Cigars with VOE funds...Why else would Markgraf panic? It's not like the PPB is going to start enforcing the Cuban Embargo, THEY DON'T EVEN ASK ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS.
I think Cornett probably lost BECAUSE of his Mercury endorsement.
VOE is a way for the wealthy to appease the masses by having taxpayers give money to a VOE system that ignores the *real* incumbent protection system.

This is at-large winner-takes all elections held in May for city council.

What really needs to happen is Portland needs to have Instant Run Off Voting in a November election with the city broken into districts for each commissioner. The mayor can be elected at-large.

Matt: the brewpub next door to campaign HQ was and is Roots, not Lucky Lab. You are an Englishman, know your ale.
Come on guys, visit the Multnomah County Elections web site and get Cornett's final numbers correct. Jeez!

Commissioner, Position No. 3 CITY OF PORTLAND
Vote For 1
Rudy Soto . . . . . . . . . . 6,955 7.10
Dan Saltzman . . . . . . . . . 54,149 55.29
Martha Perez . . . . . . . . . 2,905 2.97
Spencer Burton. . . . . . . . . 5,602 5.72
Mary Volm . . . . . . . . . . 11,653 11.90
Edward (Ed) Garren . . . . . . . 1,896 1.94
Jesse Cornett . . . . . . . . . 7,861 8.03
Michael J Courtney . . . . . . . 5,341 5.45
Jason Renaud . . . . . . . . . 1,262 1.29
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . 305 .31

I believe Portland has had quite enough of your suggestions. kthxbye
@Mr. Dittfurth,

What do you suggest to stop me from making even more suggestions?

Ok, you are welcome, but I am not going anywhere, till next time.
I appreciate hearing from all points of view Jason, unless they're only about telling someone else to "shut up". those are the ones who should really scare us...
But thank Mother Earth! The Pacific Greens will be meeting in two weeks to offer some true progressive alternatives to the corporate Democrats.
How can any real Oregon progressive support a recycled governor, who wants to build more private prisons and who wants to lock up and torture marijuana smokers.
And who wants a multi-millionaire senator from Manhattan, who would tamper with the criminal justice system to punish his political enemies and who voted for the most right-winged, corporatist justice in American History - JOHN ROBERTS!
I like the guy, but if Bradbury had any integrity he would be ashamed to be a friend of John Kitzhaber, or to be associated with professional, political propagandist, Kari Chisholm, or a part of this 'elitist club' - the Democratic Party of Oregon.
I switched to the Pacific Greens online yesterday and I don't care if one or two Republicans get elected this time. they'll be gone bye the next election anyway. We need to send a message! I definitely won't be voting for either of these corporate whores - John Kitzhaber or Ron Wyden!
When will we ever have "Poor folk"in public offices?Vote POOR !!!!!

You're always good for a laugh. I was wrong. Keep trying to organize failed recalls, changes to how the city elects officials, and other campaign stuff with your buddies Lars and Victoria. I would miss the entertainment waaaaay too much.