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You are currently viewing all posts written by Elizabeth Hunter. Elizabeth Hunter is a student at the University of Washington Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program. She has been published by the Common Language Project, Seattle Globalist, and the Four Peaks Review. She currently writes about digital media and social justice issues for the MCDM blog, Flipthemedia.

March 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Ron Paul supporters vocal at Portlandia's conservative suburb, Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Clark County hugs the northern side of the Columbia River near Portland and is often locked into the liberal vibe from the south. But on this day, the engaged crowd of 596 who gathered at Heritage High School for Republican caucuses took pride in being Portland’s conservative commuter city — and a Ron…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Caucuses, George W. Bush

February 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Some former Obama supporters look to Ron Paul for hope and change in 2012

Ron Paul is not expected by most observers to win many, if any, of the Republican 2012 primaries or caucuses. From Day One, his campaign has made it their goal to win enough delegates to be a king-maker for the GOP convention’s nomination process. One state where Paul had an excellent chance to win was…

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Blue Republicans, campaign

February 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The road to the White House runs through … Pueblo, Colorado?

steel mill in Pueblo, CO

Pueblo, CO steel mill (Photo by Jason Gilmore / UW Election Eye)

PUEBLO — About an hour south of Colorado’s famous conservative mecca, Colorado Springs, we found the city of Pueblo hard at work. No flashy controversies here. No Focus on the Familys and no Ted Haggards. Just friendly, hard-working folks trying to help their city — like so many others in this country — recover from the recession.

It only takes a few minutes walking along downtown’s Main Street for one to realize that people here care more about what the next President can do to help Pueblo than who the new president is. Citizens have a chance to cast their votes on the Republican side in tonight’s state-wide caucuses.

The city has suffered job cuts from some major local employers. The biggest hit came when air conditioning company Trane downsized its Pueblo workforce by 37% in 2009. Even the city’s only daily newspaper, The Chieftan, had to reduce its staff by 5% (11 employees). According to some, this is indicative of a larger, negative economic trend in the area.

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, Chamber of Commerce, Colorado

February 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Romney's Henderson Rally: Locking Down Nevada

HENDERSON — Two hours before a rally here on caucus eve, Metro Pizza buzzed with Mitt Romney supporters, but the owners, cousins John Arena and Sam Facchini, welcomed the throngs with seasoned calm. “We’ve dealt with a number of US Presidents — Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, Clinton,” said Facchini with a we’ve-been-here-before look.

So, considering the cross-partisan visitors who had made pilgrimages to “Las Vegas’ Favorite Pizza,” were they Romney supporters?

“I support Mitt Romney,” said Facchini. “He’s a job creator, and so are we.”

Arena smiled and put it more delicately this way: “I’m a fan of the system … I don’t make up my mind who to vote for till the day of the polls.”

The Henderson crowd was diverse — multigenerational families, people of color, groups of women and couples chatted excitedly. They came out to see the man they hoped would replace Barack Obama in the White House.

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Comments | Topics: henderson, Mitt Romney, Nevada

February 4, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Mitt Romney's Mormon faith helps in Nevada and the West

The LDS Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Photo Elizabeth Hunter, UW Election Eye)

LAS VEGAS — A couple of undergrads were horsing around in the hallway when I entered the building.

At the Latter Day Saints Institute of Religion Student Center on the campus of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, young Mormons have heated discussions about politics over ping-pong and candy. Lots of candy. Several baskets of candy — in bowls on the front desk, on a coffee table, in the hallway.

I grabbed a piece as I asked the receptionist if I could speak to someone about Mitt Romney and Mormon politics. “LDS,” she kindly corrected me with a smile. I blushed. From that moment on, I’ve used LDS -— not Mormon —- when talking with members of the Church.

She led me to the office of Institute Director Garth Rasmussen, whom she referred to as Brother Rasmussen. The LDS Doctrine and Covenants book, labeled and marked with color-coded tags, lay open on his desk. Within minutes, Brother Rasmussen was openly sharing his gospel with me.

Here’s the thing, though: Rasmussen said he was happy to talk with me about politics, provided I knew that they were his opinions and not those of the LDS Church writ large. I said absolutely, and we started discussing political issues from healthcare to welfare. About the latter, he got particularly passionate, and shared with me a Mormon parable called the “Gullible Gulls.”

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Comments | Topics: Demographics, Endorsement, Endorsements