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City politics make stange blogfellows

Mayor Tom Potter has picked up an unexpected ally - one of City Hall's most outspoken critics, Lewis and Clark law professor Jack Bogdanski, author of Jack Bog's Blog.

Normally quick to criticize anything and everything associated with the city government, Bogdanski first came to Potter's defense on the liberal Blue Oregon Web site on July 23, shortly after the Portland Tribune published a story saying some people were questioning the mayor's leadership.

'Potter's doing fine,' wrote Bogdanski. 'Although he's had to go along with some of the more ridiculous things he inherited from (former Mayor) Vera (Katz), he's managed to clean up a few of her more conspicuous messes. He deserves a much more positive review than the Trib gave him.'

More recently, Bogdanski defended Potter's much ridiculed 'visioning' process on his own blog.

After picking up a copy of a VisionPDX questionnaire asking what people value about Portland, Bogdanski wrote, 'If I sat next to him at a nice dinner party and he popped these on me, I'd come away thinking that the guy was really trying to do his job - either that or he was pulling my leg pretty hard,' Bogdanski wrote on his site Sept. 13.

State term limits could give city more candidates

So far all the gossip about who might run for mayor or City Council in 2008 has concerned such previous candidates or officeholders as Earl Blumenauer, Nick Fish and Charlie Hales.

But a wild card in the future races could be the term limitation measure on the November ballot that most political observers think will pass. It would force a number of Portland-area legislators out of office over the next years, perhaps prompting them to begin eyeing city positions. They include state Sen. Kate Brown, state Rep. Jeff Merkley and others.

Lawyer plans a write-in campaign

Portland lawyer Leslie Roberts may have banished her neighbor as the only opponent for a Multnomah County Circuit Court judgeship. But that doesn't mean she won't have at least a bit of competition.

Portland lawyer Charles Henderson, a former Multnomah County public defender who now works in private practice for an insurance company, is mounting a write-in campaign in the November race for the seat formerly occupied by Youlee Yim You.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski had appointed You to the seat last month, and she had filed to run in November for a full term. But two days before Oregon's secretary of state had to certify all election ballots, Roberts - who lives next door to You - formally challenged her candidacy because You had not lived in Oregon for three consecutive years prior to her candidacy.

'This is a campaign to give the people of Multnomah County a choice in their judicial candidates,' said the 36-year-old Henderson, who already has snared endorsements from three circuit judges, late last week. 'We're going to be mounting the best grass-roots campaign we can.'

- Tribune staff