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You are currently viewing all posts written by Carolyn Higgins. Carolyn Higgins loves a good story, and finds elections to be a rich trove of them. She is a graduate student in the Master of Communication in Digital Media program at the University of Washington and a regular contributor to the MCDM blog, Flip the Media. Passions include but are not limited to her family, dogs, food, books, art (especially fiber art) and the outdoors.

November 7, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Exultant Crowds at Westin for Obama, Inslee, and R-74

The crowd at the Seattle Westin watches President Obama’s victory speech. (Photo courtesy of Carolyn Higgins/UW Election Eye) SEATTLE — Jay Inslee had not taken take the stage at the Seattle Westin tonight to proclaim victory in the Washington gubernatorial race, but that didn’t matter to the boisterous crowd surging up to the stage.  Magnified…

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Comments | More in Culture, National, State | Topics: Barack Obama, gay marriage, Jay Inslee

October 22, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Obama Blitzing Swing States, Third Party Debate, George McGovern Dies, and Washington Governor’s Race Intensifies

Each Monday we feature several important stories in US politics — ones that just occurred, are defining moments, or are key markers on the horizon. We call these Monday Eye Openers. Image courtesy the AntiSteez websitehttp://www.antisteez.com/news/antisteez-politics-decision-2012/ Obama Hit Swing States Hard With most polls showing the candidates running neck and neck, President Obama has a two-day campaign…

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Comments | More in Local, National, State | Topics: Barack Obama, George McGovern, Jay Inslee

October 17, 2012 at 7:10 AM

What’s in a “Like”?: Social Media and the Election

We hear so much about “the power of social media.” But just how much are we  influencing others when we post or tweet to those already in our audiences?  Social Media and Politics – “Like”? “Unlike”?Image from Drexel NOW website SEATTLE – You care about the future of your country.  In this closely fought election and…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Binders full of women, Election 2012

October 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

“ObamaCare” or affordable health? – A Canadian perspective

In the debate on the Obama administration’s health care policy, the term “socialized medicine” surfaces often, with fingers pointed to Canada. A Canadian national living in Seattle weighs in on her health care experiences, both in Canada and the United States.

Tea Party demonstration in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue, Flickr Creative Commons)

SEATTLE – What’s in a word?

When it comes to describing President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, much is suggested by conservative use of the term “ObamaCare.”  Even a newly-arrived visitor to this country would find the controversy obvious.  As a Canadian living in the U.S. now for many years, I have always found American attitudes toward healthcare perplexing.  My career has focused on healthcare systems in both countries, so I find the phenomenon of American hostility to “socialized medicine” even less understandable.

Have I been everlastingly grateful to flee the purported queues in the land of my birth and avail myself of the high-tech healthcare available in the U.S.?

Not so much.

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Comments | More in Health Care Reform, National | Topics: Canada, Obamacare, socialized medicine