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You are currently viewing all posts written by Lucas Anderson. Lucas Anderson is a student at the University of Washington and a new media-obsessed multimedia journalist. Starting in the hyper-local blog scene, his photos, videos and written stories can be found on news websites small and large throughout Seattle. He currently works as a photographer at Seattle Met Magazine and is the Photo Editor at The Daily of the University of Washington. Additionally, he volunteers as a photography mentor at Youth in Focus and interns at the Seattle Digital Literacy Initiative.

June 29, 2012 at 7:05 AM

A high school student climbs the local political rungs

Daniel Warwick is pure politics and persuasion, and he has the necessary skill: he has a handshake to remember.

The squeeze of his hand is fine, but it’s the character of his stare and the calmness of his brow that seal the deal. It’s a handshake moment that makes you wonder if you met his expectations, and recount how many times you pumped to make sure you at least are on his level.

For him, politics and persuasion are fun, challenging, rewarding and the best way to spend his high school years. Warwick is 18 years old, you see, and has already participated in more public service than most of us will in a lifetime.

He’s a suburban kid who attends Interlake High School in Bellevue. It’s hard to imagine him doing anything bad in his community, but for many it’s harder to imagine him doing all the good that he has tried to do. That is the hurdle he seeks to overcome. Warwick is climbing the mountain of local politics that is dominated by an older generation.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Bellevue, Democrats, Election 2012

May 30, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Lessons for Washington on the politics of alcohol from Wisconsin

Washington’s new liquor law is bringing big changes to the state’s alcohol industry. What can we learn from a state known for its alcohol about the future of booze?

Whether it is bars, restaurants, or distilleries, all will be affected by the new Washington law, and everything that comes with it. (Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

MILWAUKEE — The politics and economics of alcohol in Washington change tomorrow, when sales of liquor move from a state enterprise to a private one. The state of Wisconsin is rich with lessons for what might come next for Washington.

Wisconsin is the birthplace of Miller Brewing and contains the city with the most liquor licenses per capita, some of the lowest taxes on beer, and one of the highest percentages of adults who binge drink. In short, it’s a state that knows alcohol.

What the history of Wisconsin makes clear is that alcohol is political.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Alcohol, Bars, Beer

May 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

The politics of yard signs


Campaign signs are the ultimate, well, sign that election season is upon us. But with campaigns going digital and ecological concerns growing, how long will we keep sticking them in our lawns?

SEATTLE — Nothing signals the start of an election year like the first campaign sign driven into your neighbor’s yard. It’s hard to believe that the person that puts the most ink on corrugated plastic has the best chance at winning an election. And with online advertising and social media that may soon be changing.

The wall of old signs inside of Thompson Signs' warehouse serves as a visual political history for the area. (Photo by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

For Thompson Signs, a local union sign shop in Lacey, that change is not so evident. A family-owned business, Thompson Signs has been printing for 11 years, and has been one of the top vendors for political signs for the last few election cycles.

For its output, Thompson is a surprisingly compact operation: only two men working the printers every day in a warehouse connected to a handful of other small businesses off of Pacific Avenue SE in Lacey. The printers are big machines that make an unescapable sound even in the office, where owner Diana Burton reminds me that she was out working the presses when she first bought the business 11 years ago.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: advertising, campaign yard signs, Jay Inslee

May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Conservative poet preaches liberty, freedom

A die-hard conservative finds his activism niche through writing and distributing patriotic poetry.

Roger W. Hancock was not a founding father. You might be confusing him with two men with their signatures on the Declaration of Independence, Roger Sherman and John Hancock, a confusion the real Roger W. Hancock is quick to clarify.

Roger W. Hancock is the PoetPatriot, a man I met at the King County Republican Convention last weekend, and a unique character among many in this election year.

He’s hard to not run into at a Republican Convention. Ever since becoming a Republican in 1988, he’s been a Precinct Committee Officer and has been to every convention since. His pin-laden, American flag waving hat sticks out from the masses, and you couldn’t even get in the door without getting a sheet with his poems on it.

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Comments | More in Culture, Local | Topics: conservatives, Election 2012, Republicans

April 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM

State house hopefuls campaign with their feet

In the age of social media, robo-calling and text-to-donate drives, candidates in small local races are taking a more old-fashioned approach: going door to door to talk to voters face to face. With months to go until elections, there’s little patience for preaching platforms or soliciting money; it’s all about getting your name out there. With…

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: 46th Legislative District, Democrats, Doorbelling

April 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM

What is Bobby Virk running for anyway? (And who’s paying for it?)

(Illustration by Lucas Anderson / UW Election Eye)

Democratic candidates have been juggling positions in South Seattle legislative races in a dizzying game of political musical chairs. But don’t worry, we think they’ve finally got it all figured out.

It looks like South Seattle’s diverse 11th Legislative District is going to continue its streak of diverse representatives. Democrats Bobby Virk, a dentist who immigrated from India, and Rob Holland, an African American who currently serves as Port Commissioner, are leading the charge in the race for State House.

Virk, a newer face on the political scene but not a shy one, clearly wants a job in Olympia. But he can’t seem to decide exactly which one. He began his candidacy in his old district, the 47th, which his website bio and his twitter account still reference.

But after being districted out of the 47th — candidates have to reside in the district they represent — Virk put in his candidacy for the 11th district Senate seat, which was vacated by retiring Sen. Margarita Prentice. A press release and another Facebook page later, Prentice endorsed his campaign and his new candidacy was off and running.

But then came Rep. Bob Hasegawa, who announced he was leaving his post in the house to run for the 11th district Senate seat as well.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: 11th LD, Bobby Virk, Campaign Finance