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Sources Say: Better check facts before making that endorsement

All’s fair in love, war and politics, especially when making endorsements, apparently.

State Rep. Jules Bailey recently sent an email listing his endorsements in the Multnomah County Commission District 1 race. One came from Gwen Sullivan, president of the Portland Association of Teachers, who said Bailey “fought valiantly to restore school funding and help pass the largest school budget in Oregon history to lower class size, restore the full calendar, and add back lost electives and programs.”

That was during the 2013 Legislature. But Sullivan’s endorsement overlooks Bailey’s vote against the “grand bargain” of bills that increased school funding by another $100 million during the following special legislative session. He even defended those votes in an email to supporters shortly after the session ended on Oct. 2, 2013, saying, “The positives in the package simply didn’t outweigh the negatives.”

Bailey is running against businessman Brian Wilson for the seat Commissioner Deborah Kafoury vacated to run for county chair.

Tigard transit measure’s foes fatten coffers

The latest campaign spending reports show some last-minute contributions in the fight over the Tigard ballot measure to oppose a new high-capacity transit line on the May 11 special election ballot. The measure passed by around 220 votes, with about 120 ballots being challenged — not enough to change the results, which will be announced officially on March 26.

Opponents have reported about $5,000 in new contributions, with major donations including $1,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75, and $2,500 from David Evans and Associates, a Portland consulting firm that has worked on transit projects. Supporters have not yet reported any new contributions, meaning that lumberman Andrew Miller is still the biggest backer with $11,000 in contributions.

The Tigard City Council is expected to decide soon how much time city staff can spend on the Southwest Corridor Plan, which includes a high-capacity transit line from Portland to Tualatin through Tigard.

Are they talking about the same thing?

Both sides have their websites up in the fight on the proposed Portland Public Water District measure on the May 20 primary election ballot, and they’re a study in contrasts.

As expected, Stop the Bull Run Takeover, the group opposing the measure, includes a long list of backers drawn primarily from environmental organizations and public employees unions. They range from AFSCME Local 88 to Zenger Farms.

The supporters’ group, called Portlanders for Water Reform, does not list any endorsements on their website, but includes links to recent news stories highlighting questionable water and sewer spending by the City Council.

And, of course, the websites portray the measure in starkly different terms. Supporters say it will help “curb City Hall abuses and reform Portland’s out-of-control water and sewer utilities.” Opponents say it is “an anti-environment measure funded by polluters and large industrial water users (that) would do nothing to lower water and sewer rates.”