Once again, for those of us who get our news from the internet and/or the newspaper, I'm posting a handful of television ads for readers to view and discuss.
The most interesting ad is the new Jefferson Smith ad. Jefferson frames the CRC highway mega-project as a matter of priorities, and refers to tax breaks and projects "we can't afford." The ad highlights four endorsements - AFSCME, the Portland Association of Teachers, the Portland Firefighters Association, and the Portland Police Association.
Mary Nolan's spot features a firefighter talking about the problems faced with the new 911 system, then takes two-thirds of the ad to touch on some of her leading endorsements, including Planned Parenthood, Barbara Roberts, and Vera Katz.
Amanda Fritz's ad shows her walking around Portland with her supporters giving her a thumbs up. It's an ad focused on "pinching pennies." (Side note: a currency amount Canada recently stopped minting, and I wish we would too.) Some of these claims of savings are disputed, but it's Fritz's central message.
Finally, Steve Novick's ad is well, less interesting than his old Senate ads (as Jeff Mapes notes, he "plays it safe"). Novick hints at some policy ideas, including making Portland a leader in reducing health care costs and investing in crime prevention. They don't really fit the 30-second ad format but the ad introduces Novick to voters who've somehow forgotten his amazing old ads.
Here's one of his old ads:
And a post about it from Wonkette, that has sadly lost its old comment thread.
Disclaimer: I've endorsed Mary Nolan, Steve Novick, and Jefferson Smith, as has Bike Walk Vote, which I co-chair. I've done some consulting work on the CRC highway mega-project. I speak only for myself.