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You are currently viewing all posts written by Ilona Idlis. Ilona Idlis is an undergraduate journalism major and political science minor. She is an AmeriCorps Jumpstart tutor and an officer of the Young Democrats, UW chapter. Having only worked at school publications in the past, Ilona is very excited to contribute to the Seattle Times and watch the election unfold in person.

November 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

VIDEO: Possible voter fraud in Pennsylvania — or just voting machine malfunction?

Update: Reports have confirmed that the Pennsylvania voting machine in question has been taken out of commission.  Multiple states across the country have tried to preempt voter fraud this election cycle. Largely driven by Republican legislators, these preventative measures have been decried as attempts at voter suppression, specifically of groups who tend to…

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September 9, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Democratic National Convention: The view from press row

Wide view of Arena

UW Election Eye spent five days on the ground covering Democrats at their national gathering. Here are some reflections and photographs. CHARLOTTE — The Democratic National Convention was supposed to end in President Barack Obama’s address to a live audience of 70,000 at Bank of America Stadium. It did not. A last minute change shifted…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: America Ferrera, Barack Obama, Charlotte

September 6, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Rep. Marko Liias and Joe Fitzgibbon share excitement about Democratic National Convention

CHARLOTTE – On Monday, the Washington State delegation held a reception at Mac’s Speed Shop, a Southern cuisine restaurant and bar, to celebrate the beginning of the Democratic National Convention. Amid the mingling delegates, sat two of our state representatives: Joe Fitzgibbon of the 34th L.D. and Marko Liias of the 21st L.D. Both…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, DNC

September 6, 2012 at 4:04 AM

Delegates react to Clinton’s speech, Obama’s prospects

CHARLOTTE — President Bill Clinton’s address at the Democratic National Convention last night won over the delegates in attendance and pundits watching. Here are some views of people who were there, “How did Bill Clinton’s speech impact President Obama’s chances of reelection?” The answers of the partisans are no surprise, but nonetheless revealing. Lisa Henka, California “Bill…

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September 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

UW Election Eye will live tweet Warren and Clinton speeches

CHARLOTTE — Fellow Election Eye contributor Amber Cortes and I are stationed at the Time Warner Cable Arena and poised to tweet on Sandra Fluke’s, Elizabeth Warren’s and President Bill Clinton’s speeches in real time. Connect with their quotes and our live commentary by following @UWElectionEye and the #electioneye hashtag. The Democratic National…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: Clinton, Democratic National Convention, DNC2012

September 5, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Jill Biden pays surprise visit to Democrats’ Youth Caucus; video

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Jill Biden dropped by the Youth Caucus at the Democratic National Convention today for an unexpected visit in the last half hour of the meeting. The Second Lady was swarmed by cameras and cell phones, but took the time to pose with teenage delegates and shake hands with the audience before…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: DNC, Jill Biden, Youth caucus

September 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Gay and lesbian caucus hits record numbers at Democratic convention, stresses action

Labor leader Randi Weingarten delivers a rousing speech on the importance of reelecting Barack Obama at the fist gathering of the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

Labor leader Randi Weingarten delivers a speech on the importance of reelecting Barack Obama at the first gathering of the LGBT Caucus at the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Ilona Idlis/UW Election Eye)

CHARLOTTE — There was much that the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Caucus celebrated when it convened for its first meeting during the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.  For the first time, all 50 states, as well as Guam and Puerto Rico, sent an official LGBT participant. Over a dozen hailed from Washington state alone.

Together, the delegates, alternates and other sanctioned staff counted 535 strong and made up 8% of the total delegate count. Couple that with the over 30 LGBT members of the national committee and the largest transsexual delegation, and the Democrats have the most gay-friendly political convention in American history.

“We wouldn’t have needed a room this size a few years ago,” quipped speaker Tammy Baldwin to the packed hall. Baldwin, an LGBT Wisconsin state representative, is running to become the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate in 2012.

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0 Comments | Topics: DADT, Kathleen Sebelius, LGBT

September 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

CarolinaFest welcomes all at Democratic convention: A photo journey

Road Closed

CHARLOTTE — It’s hard to capture in words the energy that arises when thousands of like-minded people come together in one place, for one purpose. From the chants of “Four more years!” to the Barack Obama pins on every collar, the Democratic National Convention is  full of patriotic energy.

This city helped to celebrate the DNC by staging CarolinaFest — an open to the public, multi-block fair filled with food, music and all sorts of red, white and blue knickknacks. The event shut down traffic in a third of downtown and packed the streets with pedestrians, activists and vendors. Below are just a few photos of Monday’s street party.

Legacy Village was the first attraction to greet visitors. Occupying an entire block, the area offered educational activities and an introduction to local charity projects. Craftsman House United — a collaboration of multiple charities — displayed an in-progress house to the right of the entrance. Volunteers will keep construction going during the DNC and donate the house to a veteran in need after Thursday.

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September 3, 2012 at 12:25 PM

DNC spotlight: Fashion as patriotism

Mississippi delegate Kelly Jacobs poses in her first patriotic ensemble with convention goers.

CHARLOTTE–Many delegates at the Democratic National Convention show their patriotism and partisan leanings with an Obama 2012 button or two or twenty. Kelly Jacobs, though, takes DNC fashion to a whole new level. Jacobs is a Mississippi delegate who sees  herself as a “political fashionista,” and she spent two weeks making unique dresses for each…

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September 2, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Taking a deep dive into the Democratic National Convention

The stage for the Democratic National Convention, inside Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, as it neared completion. Photo taken September 1, 2012, by Gary C. Caskey/UPI).

UW Election Eye is sending two reporters to the Democratic National Convention as we kick off our stretch run of analysis of the 2012 electoral campaign. In weeks to come we will dive into other key campaigns and political mosh pits.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — We steward our resources with great care on this blog. After being a bit less active in our posting this summer, we are set to take off again beginning …. now.

Thanks to supporters, we have enough funds to travel a couple times over the final 10 weeks of the 2012 election season. Our first trip comes this week: two of us, Amber Cortes and me, will report on the Democratic National Convention. Later in September our colleagues will travel to conservatives’ Values Voters Summit, and in October we will make at least one swing through some presidential battleground states. Always we will keep an eye on Washington state politics as well.

Right now, our eyes are on the DNC in Charlotte. This town of just over 750,000 — more than 20% larger than Seattle — is nicknamed The Queen City in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, who named the city. The Democrats come here after the Republicans held their convention last week in Tampa.

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