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You are currently viewing all posts written by Almeera Anwar. Almeera Anwar is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington majoring in journalism and anthropology. She has worked at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the UW Alumni Association’s Columns Magazine, the Puget Sound Business Journal and multiple hyper-local news outlets. She is also serves as President of the student chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and Chairs the Senior Class Gift Council at UW.

November 6, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The first in the nation and the first tie – Dixville Notch in 2012

Dixville Notch, NH is famous for being the first community in the U.S. to announce its election results. What was the result in 2012? The Balsams Hotel in Dixville Notch, NH. (Photo courtesy of Roger H. Goun/Flickr Creative Commons) As I was wrapping up my Monday night, preparing for a long Election Day ahead, I turned…


Comments | More in Culture, National | Topics: 2012 Election, Balsams Hotel, Dixville Notch

May 23, 2012 at 7:33 AM

What can we learn from the nine candidates for Washington governor?

McKenna Inslee Candidates Third-Party

(Graphic by Almeera Anwar / UW Election Eye)

With nine candidates running for Washington State governor, and the primary still months away, why is all the attention  focused on McKenna and Inslee? 

SEATTLE — In a free and fair election, should all candidates be given equal consideration? This question recently came up in the Washington State governor’s race. Nine candidates filed for the position, but only two have been invited to the Association of Washington Business debate, to be held in Spokane in June.

“The debate hosts set their own rules and they invite people based on the criteria they establish,” said Sterling Clifford, Jay Inslee’s communications director, “While Jay is open to a broader conversation, but also there is good reason to acknowledge the realities of the election and political climate. Rob McKenna or Jay Inslee will be the next governor of Washington. That is just a cold hard fact.”

Some might say that since these candidates are relatively unknown and not the primary contenders for governor, in the way that Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna are, they should not get equal attention.


Comments | More in State | Topics: Governor, governor's race, Jay Inslee

May 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM

A third candidate for Governor goes after far-right voters

Washington Governor

Republican gubernatorial candidate Shahram Hadian (Photo courtesy of

Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee are in a pitched battle for the governorship. But there’s another candidate in the race whose name you might not have even heard, and he’s hoping to draw in votes on the far right.

SEATTLE – I stay pretty up to date on politics. I know the platforms of both Inslee and McKenna well, and actively talk about them with my friends. So the other day when someone asked me if I knew about the third candidate in the Washington State governor’s race I thought it was a joke! How could I have missed this?

After a few more minutes of conversation and a quick internet search, I found him. His name is Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim turned Christian pastor, running on a platform focused on morality and national security.

Hadian has a unique story when you compare him to his competition. He was born in Iran in 1971 and left the country with his parents shortly before the government was overthrown by an Islamic regime. Hadian sees this as the moment when the people of Iran lost their freedoms, and he says he sees it happening in America now.


Comments | More in State | Topics: Christian, Conservative, Governor

April 7, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Is Rick Santorum on a recess, a re-assess or just being a dad?

Rick Santorum campaigning in Wisconsin (Photo courtesy of

Rick Santorum campaigning in Wisconsin (Photo courtesy of

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum — longshot version — is in the midst of a break this weekend, stepping off the campaign trail Thursday through Sunday.

Many in the political sphere began debating what this break means for Santorum following three defeats on Tuesday in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

On Thursday, Santorum met with a group of conservative leaders who lean religiously evangelical. CNN reports that those in attendance included Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, as well as conservative activists Gary Bauer and Richard Viguerie.

Many took the meeting as a sign that Santorum might drop out of the race. Such news would be well received by some in the GOP. A number of Republican leaders have encouraged Santorum to end his campaign to help unite the party around front-runner Mitt Romney, which would allow supporters and the Romney campaign to focus campaign funds on the general election.

But not so fast with the “Santorum in 2016” T-shirts.


Comments | More in National | Topics: Bella Santorum, Evangelicals, Family

March 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Ron Paul supporter in Mount Vernon sees caucus conspiracy

Mike Newman, Chair of the Skagit County Republican Party, explains the caucus process to voters in Mount Vernon (Alex Stonehill/UW Election Eye)

MOUNT VERNON — Just as Mike Newman, Chairman of the Skagit County Republican Party, was about to set everyone loose to start the caucus process, a hand shot up.

It was Sam Irwin, a Mount Vernon resident since 2006, requesting a public count of votes for the presidential straw poll, which was to be held in smaller precinct groups moments later.

“I think that it’s something important to the community,” Irwin said later of his request for a public count, “that they should know who is supporting who, and who their area is supporting.”

Irwin, a supporter of Ron Paul, was advocating for this vote on advice from officials in the Paul campaign. They told him to get a public count if he could because there have been reports about caucus locations in other states where the vote counts remained unknown – leading some Paul voters to question the accuracy of the final results.

“You hear about the other [candidates] on the news all the time and nothing is said about Ron Paul… then all of a sudden he’s actually the second in delegates,” said Irwin. “I wanted the vote count because I wanted to see where we were at, I didn’t want somebody saying we lost because we didn’t get enough votes for Ron Paul.”


Comments | Topics: campaign oddities, caucus, Caucuses

March 3, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Mount Vernon caucus inspires people to stand together at City Hall

Mount Vernon citizens caucus to discuss their GOP preference and local issues. (Almeera Anwar / UW Election Eye) MOUNT VERNON – People came to share their opinions about the GOP presidential nominees but after 30 minutes together found that their local issues needed some discussion as well. “We finished up our precinct meeting business…


Comments | Topics: Caucuses, Election 2012, Mount Vernon

February 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Rick Santorum calls Barack Obama a "snob” for supporting higher education

Rick Santorum in Detroit, Michigan (James Fassinger/The Guardian) At an event outside Detroit last Saturday, Rick Santorum called President Obama a “snob” for wanting everyone in America to go to college. He continued to say that Obama wants people to go to college so that he can “remake them in his image,”…


Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Education, Election 2012

February 27, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Memories of 2008 — A Clinton fan who caucused for Obama

Time cover from 2008 Democratic Primary contest. This Saturday, Republicans across Washington state will cast votes for their presidential nominee. It will be their big moment. In 2008 it was mine. I began the year as a high school senior, and I looked forward to doing something I had been longing to do since taking U.S. History…


Comments | Topics: 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Barak Obama

February 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Youth for Ron Paul movement a key to candidate's campaign in primary, online, and in Washington

Ron Paul University of Washington

Youth for Ron Paul club at the University of Washington table in Red Square on February 21, 2012. They were tabling in hopes of recruiting more Ron Paul supporters. (Almeera Anwar/UW Election Eye)

Many Republicans and conservatives are fixated on Mitt Romney or Rick Santorum, but for many younger Americans the choice is a different one: they’re voting for Ron Paul.

They already have, both online and in actual elections.


Comments | Topics: Election 2012, Libertarians, Ron Paul

February 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Miss the live tweeting from Colorado caucus? Here's a recap of the night

SEATTLE – On the evening of Tuesday, February 7, the UW Election Eye team live tweeted from the Colorado caucuses with real-time updates, even scooping the New York Times — by nearly six minutes — in announcing that Rick Santorum had won Colorado. This news meant Santorum had swept the night. If you missed our…


Comments | Topics: Caucuses, Colorado, Colorado caucus

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