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You are currently viewing all posts written by Alicia Halberg. Alicia Halberg is a senior at the University of Washington studying journalism, political science, and African studies. She has worked as a freelance reporter for a number of local news outlets as part of her journalism curriculum and enjoys reporting on political issues. When she isn’t reporting or studying, Alicia enjoys following politics. You can find her on Google or Twitter.

November 6, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Seattle on election night – comparing 2008 to 2012

Image courtesy of washingtonbus.org Two UWEE bloggers compare their experience on election night 2008 to tonight – a night full of memories and emotions. Almeera Anwar SEATTLE – I remember four years ago: I was a freshman at the University of Washington and had just voted for the first time in my life. I remember feeling educated…

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Comments | More in State | Topics: "Washington Bus", Capitol Hill, Election 2012

May 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM

CascadiaNow! advocates shift in culture, not secession

Cascadian secession shirt

University of Washington CascadiaNow! leader Rob Foxcurran sports his secession shirt from Hopworks Urban Brewery in Portland. (Photo by Alicia Halberg/UW Election Eye)

The Cascadia movement wants to unite the Pacific Northwest from Northern California to Alaska. Ideas on unification vary from separatist factions to those seeking a broad cultural identity.

SEATTLE — “Organic Secession: Cascadian Dark Ale,” reads a label on one of Portland’s Hopworks Urban Brewing Company’s popular brews. It’s also a logo on a shirt worn by University of Washington senior Robert Foxcurran, head of the UW chapter of CascadiaNow!

Cascadia is the proposed name for an independent state composed of Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Some maps include portions of California, Idaho and Alberta.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Beer, Cascadia, Independence

May 14, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Portland’s mayoral race: 23 candidates, three frontrunners, only two can advance

PORTLAND, Ore. — May the odds be ever in your favor, Portland’s mayoral candidates.

Portland mayor campaign t-shirts

The hot weather and the build up to Tuesday's primary brought out campaign t-shirts on Mother's Day weekend May 12-13, 2012 (Photo by UW Election Eye)

With Portland Mayor Sam Adams not running for re-election after one term, 23 candidates are competing for the open seat in this Tuesday’s primary election in what might be called a Hunger Games-like scenario. The two top vote-getters will go on to compete for the seat in November, unless someone wins more than 50% of the vote, in which case he or she wins the mayoral race.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Cameron Whitten, Charlie Hales, Eileen Brady

May 11, 2012 at 6:30 AM

State Legislature election map: Get to know your candidates for State House and Senate

SEATTLE — State legislature races can get confusing, and we understand that here at UW Election Eye.

Some might think of the state’s assembly as small potatoes, but it really does matter. Our state legislature’s decisions impact us in many ways, whether that’s through taxes, Washington’s education system, transportation systems or passing the same-sex marriage bill this past session. But its hyper-local nature, crossed with wonky policy details, can sometimes make it difficult to follow.

Just last week, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown announced her departure, and created a game of musical chairs/hive of excitement around who would be running for her seat, and then who would be running for Rep. Billig’s seat now that he’s running for Brown’s seat. This stuff isn’t easy to track, but that’s where we come in.

I’m a visual person–maps; photos and other graphics are my friend. So I hope this map of all 49 of Washington’s new, revamped legislative districts showing all of the candidates for each race in each district helps you to understand the current composition of the state legislature, and what’s at stake this election season.

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Click here to see a larger version

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Infographic, map, State House

May 10, 2012 at 7:04 PM

[do action=”iframe” url=”http://clpmag.org/Downloads/wa-map/statewide_legislative_racemap_2012_small.html” width=”600″ height=”300″/] Click here to see a larger version [do action=”iframe” url=”http://clpmag.org/Downloads/wa-map/Puget_Sound_legislative_race_map_2012small.swf” width=”600″ height=”545″/] Click here to view in a new window Some might think of the state’s assembly as small potatoes, but it really does matter. Our state legislature’s decisions impact us in many ways, whether that’s through taxes, Washington’s education…

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Comments | More in Interactives | Topics: Infographic, interactive, map

April 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Democrats talk big on taxes at 46th district forum

Campaign signs

The Elks lodge in Lake City was plastered with campaign signs, both inside and out on April 19, 2012. (Photo by Alicia Halberg/UW Election Eye)

Democrats in Northeast Seattle came together Thursday for a nominating convention and candidate forum packed with 27 candidates. Increasing state revenue was the theme of the night.

SEATTLE — The doors of the Lake City Way Elks Lodge were plastered with campaign signs. As I walked in I was confronted by staffers from every campaign offering literature and stickers. There was even more, from at least 10 different candidates, waiting for me at my seat. The lodge, normally plain aside from the elk antlers at the front and back, was plastered with campaign signs.

Despite lackluster attendance at the local Democratic caucuses last Sunday, the 46th Legislative District Democrats sure didn’t disappoint on Thursday night.

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Comments | More in Economy, Local | Topics: 46th Legislative District, Cann, Crocker

April 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

A toss-up district: Welcome to the Eastside’s contested 45th legislative district

With Democrats on a downward trend in the 45th legislative district, it doesn’t help that redistricting has made it slightly more right-leaning, according to all the candidates currently running.

45th LD, representative pos. 1 candidates

From left to right: Jacob Bond (D), Rep. Roger Goodman (D), Joel Hussey (R) (Photos courtesy of vote4bond.com, leg.wa.gov, Joel Hussey / UW Election Eye)

KIRKLAND — In 2010, incumbent Rep. Roger Goodman (D) narrowly won re-election in the 45th LD against Republican challenger Kevin Haistings with 2.65% of the vote, or only 1,511 votes. Goodman was slated to run for Congress in the 1st district, the seat Jay Inslee is vacating. But with such a crowded field, and challenges with fundraising, he is now seeking re-election for his post in the 45th LD

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Conservative, conservatives, Democrats

April 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

A toss-up district: Welcome to the Eastside's contested 45th legislative district

With Democrats on a downward trend in the 45th legislative district, it doesn’t help that redistricting has made it slightly more right-leaning, according to all the candidates currently running.

45th LD, representative pos. 1 candidates

From left to right: Jacob Bond (D), Rep. Roger Goodman (D), Joel Hussey (R) (Photos courtesy of vote4bond.com, leg.wa.gov, Joel Hussey / UW Election Eye)

KIRKLAND — In 2010, incumbent Rep. Roger Goodman (D) narrowly won re-election in the 45th LD against Republican challenger Kevin Haistings with 2.65% of the vote, or only 1,511 votes. Goodman was slated to run for Congress in the 1st district, the seat Jay Inslee is vacating. But with such a crowded field, and challenges with fundraising, he is now seeking re-election for his post in the 45th LD

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Conservative, conservatives, Democrats

April 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

One year, many changes in the 46th LD – part 1

The 46th legislative district, covering Northeast Seattle, Lake Forest Park and Kenmore, has a whole new shape, and a whole new slate of candidates following formative events within the last year.

46th LD – old in red, new in blue | View in a larger map

This was the home district of the late Sen. Scott White whose untimely passing last year left a hole not only in Olympia, but also in the heart of the 46th. White would have been the majority whip and vice-chair of the transportation committee this session.

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March 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The Ron Paul Family Cookbook: The most delicious campaign material yet

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul with wife Carol Paul (Photo courtesy of RonPaul2012.com). The Ron Paul campaign calls it “one of the best campaign handouts you will ever find.” After finding the Ron Paul Family Cookbook (2011 edition, that’s right, there’s more than one edition) on the floor of the Taco Bell Arena…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Brownies, Campaign literature, Campaign materials

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