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You are currently viewing all posts written by A.V. Crofts. A.V. Crofts is the former Food Editor for ColorsNW Magazine. She currently serves as the Associate Director of Academic Affairs at the Master of Communication Digital Media program at the UW Communication Department, where her courses emphasize leadership and design in the digital age. She has written for Seattle Magazine, Gastronomica, and Saveur.

November 6, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Marriage equality vote a dead heat in Maine

Today, four states vote on marriage equality. In Maine, the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination is hoping for a victory. UWEE spoke with their Executive Director, Lucky Hollander. PORTLAND, Me. — Lucky Hollander walked into the Portland coffee shop like a woman on a mission. Because she was. As Executive Director of Maine’s Religious Coalition Against…

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August 27, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Seattle Times – UW Election Eye Meetup Survey

SEATTLE — It’s campaign season, and this election figures to be an important one. With so much on the ballot, from gay marriage to a potentially historic governor’s race, The Seattle Times and the University of Washington Election Eye are teaming up to host meetups to help voters understand what’s at stake. We have a…

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June 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Reverend Oliver White: Minnesota’s reluctant crusader on same-sex marriage

Reverend Oliver White photographed on May 31, 2012. (Photo by A. V. Crofts/ UW Election Eye)

Reverend Oliver White photographed on May 31, 2012. Rev. White has lost members of his congregation due to his beliefs on homosexuality and gay marriage and is facing a daunting debt on the loan of his church building. "I am not a crusader," says White, "But I have become a lightning rod inadvertently."(Photo by A.V. Crofts/ UW Election Eye)

Minnesotans will vote in November on whether to amend their state constitution to define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman  and Minnesota Reverend Oliver White has taken a controversial stand against it. With the announcement yesterday that Washington State’s Referendum 74, which seeks to overturn the measure legalizing same-sex marriage in the state,  was approved for ballot, the national debate around same-sex marriage is certain to play out in November in our own backyard.

St. Paul, Minn. — Reverend Oliver White is a tall man.

As he folds himself into the restaurant booth for our interview, White maneuvers with the skill of someone used to fitting his frame into tight spaces.

These days, Reverend White is used to occupying tight spaces.

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May 20, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Portland shows the library some love: ballot 26-125 renewal levy passes

Libraries Yes Campaign signs in Portland, Oregon on May 13, 2012. (Photo by A.V. Crofts/UW Election Eye)

Libraries Yes Campaign signs in Portland, Oregon on May 13, 2012. (Photo by A.V. Crofts/UW Election Eye)

The Multnomah County library ballot initiative provided an opportunity to launch a crowdsourced social media campaign that leveraged place-based networks — social networks that aggregate user visits and reviews of physical locations, such as Yelp or Foursquare — to raise awareness and build community around the library system.

PORTLAND, Ore. — With a library circulation second only to New York City, there was no doubt that the Multnomah County Library Levy Renewal (ballot initiative 26-125) would pass. This is a city that loves its libraries. (Seattle comes in at number five. Not too shabby.)

Think about that for a minute. A city of less than one million has a circulation that is second only to a city with over eight times the population. That’s c-r-a-z-y.

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April 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Philadelphia's Mayfair Diner is the place for Sunday breakfast and presidential visits

Philadelphia's Mayfair Diner on Frankfurt Avenue, taken April 15, 2012. (Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

Philadelphia's Mayfair Diner on Frankfurt Avenue on April 15, 2012. (Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

It’s Sunday at the Mayfair Diner in Philadelphia and it’s game day: The Philadelphia Phillies have a 1:35 p.m. start at Citizens Bank Park against the New York Mets, so half of the tables are decked out in red Phillies swag. It has the feel of a relaxed pre-party with pancakes.

PHILADELPHIA — If you visit this city’s iconic Mayfair Diner on a Sunday, entering through well-worn stainless steel doors, there is a good chance that hostess Nancy Cienskowski will greet you and escort you to an open booth, menus in hand.

Cienskowski has worked at the Mayfair since the Nixon administration — also known as the early 1970s. She’s seen her share of U.S. presidents dig in to a plate of eggs and hashbrowns: Bill Clinton visited the Mayfair on election day 1992 and Barack Obama stopped by in 2008.

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April 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Philadelphia’s Mayfair Diner is the place for Sunday breakfast and presidential visits

Philadelphia's Mayfair Diner on Frankfurt Avenue, taken April 15, 2012. (Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

Philadelphia's Mayfair Diner on Frankfurt Avenue on April 15, 2012. (Elizabeth Wiley/UW Election Eye)

It’s Sunday at the Mayfair Diner in Philadelphia and it’s game day: The Philadelphia Phillies have a 1:35 p.m. start at Citizens Bank Park against the New York Mets, so half of the tables are decked out in red Phillies swag. It has the feel of a relaxed pre-party with pancakes.

PHILADELPHIA — If you visit this city’s iconic Mayfair Diner on a Sunday, entering through well-worn stainless steel doors, there is a good chance that hostess Nancy Cienskowski will greet you and escort you to an open booth, menus in hand.

Cienskowski has worked at the Mayfair since the Nixon administration — also known as the early 1970s. She’s seen her share of U.S. presidents dig in to a plate of eggs and hashbrowns: Bill Clinton visited the Mayfair on election day 1992 and Barack Obama stopped by in 2008.

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April 1, 2012 at 6:30 AM

President Obama's popularity dimmed in Sudan

The "Sudan Vision" edition from March 15, 2012. President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are photographed in the upper right corner. (Photo by A.V. Crofts)

The "Sudan Vision" edition from March 15, 2012. President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are photographed in the upper right corner. (Photo by A.V. Crofts)

My first trip to Sudan was in January 2008.

At the time, George W. Bush was in the final year of his second presidential term, and then-Senator Barack Obama was making a play to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee. He had just stunned Hillary Clinton by defeating her in the Iowa caucus.

Work took me back to Sudan three times in 2009, and Senator Obama was now President Obama. Enthusiasm for his presidency ran high in Khartoum–the mood was buoyant. In June of that year, Obama delivered a speech in Egypt entitled, “A New Beginning,” aimed at repairing US relations with the Muslim world. In that speech Obama said:

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Sudanese tuned in closely and took notice.

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April 1, 2012 at 6:30 AM

President Obama’s popularity dimmed in Sudan

The "Sudan Vision" edition from March 15, 2012. President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are photographed in the upper right corner. (Photo by A.V. Crofts)

The "Sudan Vision" edition from March 15, 2012. President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron are photographed in the upper right corner. (Photo by A.V. Crofts)

My first trip to Sudan was in January 2008.

At the time, George W. Bush was in the final year of his second presidential term, and then-Senator Barack Obama was making a play to be the Democratic Party presidential nominee. He had just stunned Hillary Clinton by defeating her in the Iowa caucus.

Work took me back to Sudan three times in 2009, and Senator Obama was now President Obama. Enthusiasm for his presidency ran high in Khartoum–the mood was buoyant. In June of that year, Obama delivered a speech in Egypt entitled, “A New Beginning,” aimed at repairing US relations with the Muslim world. In that speech Obama said:

“I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles – principles of justice and progress; tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.”

Sudanese tuned in closely and took notice.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Middle East, Sudan

March 28, 2012 at 6:30 AM

The Etch A Sketch impact

Illustration by Jessica Esch. (www.sayitbest.com) One week ago this morning, Mitt Romney was still patting himself on the back after a double-digit victory in the March 20 Illinois primary. The celebration was short lived. Later that day, Romney communications director Eric Fehrnstrom appeared on CNN and when answering a question related to conservative stances if his candidate…

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March 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Super Tuesday reported on European style

AMSTERDAM — Yesterday I landed in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, en route to Sudan. One of the gifts of international travel is the chance to see how other countries report on your own nation. Kiosks at Schiphol were full of European newspapers I scanned for news of Super Tuesday results. I snapped photos of a few…

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