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You are currently viewing all posts written by Daniel Thornton. Dan Thornton is a filmmaker, educator and journalist. He currently edits the Flip the Media Blog at the University of Washington and his latest film "Welcome to Doe Bay" will be premiering at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival.

November 6, 2012 at 2:12 PM

A quick view of the U.S. Presidential Election from across the pond

UWEE reporter and MCDM graduate, Daniel Thornton, writes from Scotland below on local coverage and opinions of the U.S. election. Newspapers reporting the U.S. election in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Daniel Thornton/UW Election Eye) SCOTLAND — I’m checking in today from the Scottish capitol Edinburgh with a few quick observations about how the Scots (and…


Comments | More in International | Topics: Barack Obama, Edinburgh, Mitt Romeny

May 1, 2012 at 3:06 PM

May Day protests turn violent early

Breakaway protestors at today’s May Day events in downtown Seattle broke windows and lit off an incendiary device at the U.S. Courthouse.

Protestor being treated for a cut on his hand. (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

SEATTLE — A modest turnout at today’s May Day events in downtown Seattle  didn’t prevent a determined band of anarchists from inflicting damage to two Seattle buildings. Just after noon approximately 150 protestors took to the streets in what was advertised as an “Anti-capitalist march.” The protestors left a few hundred more protestors in Westlake Park before heading west on Pike Street toward Third Avenue. The march was mostly peaceful and self-governed as it moved south. Most of the protestors were peacefully chanting and dancing, but an ominous group of anarchists, clad in all black, in the middle of the procession looked determined to shake events up as they moved along the procession.

When the marchers turned east on Seneca Street, several masked protestors broke from the ranks and began throwing rocks and debris at the windows of the Wells Fargo on the corner of Fourth and Seneca. One protestor had what looked to be a large wooden pole and was successful in punching a large hole into the bank’s ATM lobby window with it. Several others hurled rocks and paint at the front windows and quickly ran off. There were no police at the scene. Frightened bank workers ducked out of the way as the march pushed on towards Sixth Avenue. Some other businesses along the route were also damaged, including the Washington Athletic Club and Niketown. People at the head of the march seemed to be unaware of the broken windows and proceeded peacefully toward Sixth Avenue.


Comments | More in Local | Topics: May Day, Police, Protestors

April 26, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Buffalo rancher banks on President’s likeness for humor and profit

A Coos Bay, Oregon buffalo rancher and buddy are traveling throughout the West selling an unusual campaign trinket:  a coin bank in the shape of President Barack Obama’s head.

President Obama coin banks (Photo by Dan Thornton / UW Election Eye)

SEATTLE — Mike McGinnis and Jack Baggley made it just in time. The last Democratic voters at the April 15th Precinct Caucus at the Beacon Hill International School were just getting ready to put the chairs up on the tables when McGinnis and Baggley stormed into the room in a flurry of “how ya’ doins” and “hey theres.” The bemused Democrats remaining were each handed an object wrapped in plastic that looked suspiciously like it contained a head. When they unwrapped the unsolicited gift, that is exactly what they found. McGinnis and Baggley were giving away rubber coin banks in the shape of President Obama’s head. For free. As they handed each person a coin bank, they shook their hands or slapped them on the back with a hearty smile and the occasional “here ya’ go, Bank on Obama” or “glad we caught you all.” In all they probably handed out about a dozen of the coin banks to the generally amused and slightly befuddled recipients.


Comments | More in Local, National | Topics: campaign merchandise, Democratic Party, President Obama

April 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Light turnout at Seattle-area Democratic caucuses may signal apathy, overconfidence, or a sunny day

With reporting by Alicia Halberg and Stephanie Kim

Democrats held their legislative caucuses on Sunday to help decide the party’s platform and select the presidential nominee. With Obama guaranteed the nomination, many simply didn’t see any point in attending.

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)


Only 24 people showed up for the meeting of Washington’s 36th legislative district caucuses at Whittier Elementary in Ballard, where 15 precincts met to caucus.

Alice Woldt, former chairwoman of the King County Democratic Party and former chair of the 36th district Democrats, convened the caucuses at Whittier. She said the district had tried to reach out to potential caucus-goers using local media, calling those who came out in 2008, robocalls in the area, and having caucus officers talk to their neighbors.

“With all of the media attention on the other party, we need to build up energy and enthusiasm, otherwise people won’t think that we’ve got anything going on,” Woldt said.


Comments | More in Local | Topics: Ballard, Barack Obama, Beacon Hill