Multnomah County Commission Jules Bailey has been endorsed for Portland mayor by the Portland Association of Teacher. The endorsement is considered important in city races because the teacher's union is able to field volunteers for candidates it endorses.

“The support of Portland Association of Teachers means a lot to me personally,” Bailey says. “I attended Portland Public Schools and my teachers helped shape my life and prepare me for the job of Mayor. I’m honored to have them on our team.”

But Bailey has also been endorsed by the Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals.

But Bailey split two other union endorsements with State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. The Portland Firefighters Association and Local 189 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are backing both candidates in the race. The unions represent more than 1,000 city employees.

Common Cause finds common ground in mayor’s race

Common Cause Oregon is praising both Bailey and Wheeler for their stances on campaign spending and contributions, even though they are taking different approaches.

Bailey has limited his contributions to $250 for any person or business, although he is accepting separate contributions from business owners and their businesses. And while Wheeler is not limiting his contributions, he is discouraging separate political action committees from spending money on his behalf, something Bailey has not done.

The differences favor Wheeler in direct fundraising. He has so far raised around $440,000 in contributions while Bailey is only reporting about $42,000.

Despite the disparity, Common Cause Political Director Daniel Lewkow says, “Both steps show real leadership in getting big money out of the democratic process.”

Good news, as requested

Top state officials are generating positive stories about the so-called green economy for an alliance of West Coast states and British Columbia, according to the Capitol Insider.

Emails released in response to a public records request by The Oregonian reveal that Gov. Kate Brown’s energy policy adviser, Ruchi Sadhir, and employees at the Oregon Department of Energy are sending such stories to the Pacific Coast Collaborative, which former Gov. John Kitzhaber signed onto and is aimed at tackling climate change.

On Nov. 24, 2015, Canadian consultant Paul Shorthouse sent an email to energy officials in the West Coast states asking them to provide input on the latest Pacific Coast Collaborative draft report and its “ ‘good news’ stories for each jurisdiction.” The next day, Sadhir responded with suggestions to broaden Oregon’s success stories to include rural areas of the state.

“Work with other states to increase the impact of individual efforts by pooling knowledge and expertise is part of Oregon’s longstanding history of collaboration,” Brown spokesman Chris Pair wrote in an email to the Capitol Insider, a subscription newsletter produced by the Pamplin Media Group and EO Media Group.

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