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You are currently viewing all posts written by Linda Jacobson. Linda Jacobson is a graduate student in the Master of Communication in Digital Media (MCDM) program at the UW Communication Department. Combining her interest and prior studies in Political Science and current focus on digital media, she looks forward to contributing to The Seattle Times.

July 28, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Congressional District 1 candidates stake their ground, as poll shows movement

The redrawing of Washington’s 1st Congressional District and the vacancy created by Democrat Jay Inslee, who left his seat to run for governor, have created a competitive race that includes five Democrats, one Republican, and one Independent. The August 7 primary election will reduce the number of candidates to two for the November ballot.

Congressional District 1 candidates - Seattle CityClub Debate

Candidates for the First Congressional District showed their colors in the CityClub debate’s lightning round in Redmond on July 25, 2012. (Photo courtesy Seattle CityClub)

REDMOND, Wash. — Six of the seven candidates running for Congress in the newly redrawn District 1 participated in Seattle CityClub’s 2012 Community Matters Campaign Civil Civics this past week to debate and answer audience questions.

Candidates included Democrats Darcy Burner, Suzan DelBene, Steve Hobbs, Darshan Rauniyar, and Laura Ruderman alongside Republican John Koster. The only candidate not present for the debate was Independent Larry Ishmael. Joni Balter of the Seattle Times moderated what she called the “liveliest” congressional race in the state.

The sold-out event held on the Microsoft campus was packed with press, Microsoft employees, and the general public. The audience was attentive and respectful, even amid a few tough questions and a zinging comment by Burner toward DelBene at the end of the debate.


Comments | More in State | Topics: Civil Civics, Darcy Burner, Darshan Rauniyar

June 8, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Nuclear Waste Storage: An ugly issue with no solution in sight

The United States is struggling to form a plan to deal with the permanent storage of radioactive nuclear waste. Sites are expected to keep spent fuel onsite until a permanent location is established. Hanford must also store the legacy waste created by 45 years of making weapons grade plutonium.

Entry sign at Hanford Site, Washington, in January 2005. (Photograph by TobinFricke)

HANFORD, Wash — What do you do with multiple tons of radioactive nuclear waste? I’m talking about the amount created by 104 operating nuclear reactors, including 54 million gallons of legacy waste currently sitting in 177 buried, leak-prone tanks at the Hanford Site in central Washington State.


Comments | More in State | Topics: clean up, DOE, EPA

May 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Washington State Democratic Legislative District Caucus: grassroots participation refreshing element of election process

While attendance at the WA Democratic Legislative District Caucus did not compare to 2008, those who came seeking delegate seats demonstrated an authentic approach to grassroots political engagement.

REDMOND I knew the 45th District Democrat precinct caucus on April 15th wouldn’t be the same as in 2008.  Back then, I, along with a mighty contingent, was excited about Hillary Clinton becoming president.  Others in attendance were equally excited about electing Barack Obama.

The auditorium at Evergreen Jr. High School was crowded and latecomers had to park at the nearby Elementary school, on the street or anywhere they could find a place to park.

Families came in packs: fathers carrying their daughters on their shoulders, moms holding their kids hands, all in tow.  It was an evening full of emotion and pride to be an American.  Well, ok, I was full of emotion.

We all shared an overwhelming desire for change.  We were actively pursuing and indulging in our right to vote — to have a say in the political process.  There was a sense of unity and within the unity a belief that change was possible.

Evergreen Jr. High School, ready for democratic caucus on April 15, 2012 (photo by Linda Jacobson)

Jump to 2012.

As UWEE reported last month, precinct caucus attendance was lowerMuch lower.  In my case, the same auditorium dwarfed the 20 or so inside — most of them committed to re-electing Barack Obama. Due to the low turnout, there was no competition if you wanted to be a delegate to the April 28 Legislative District Caucus.

While attendance at the Legislative District also caucus paled in comparison to 2008, there were many vying for the 27 delegate seats allocated to Legislative District for the King County Convention the following day.


Comments | More in State | Topics: 45th Legislative Distict, Barack Obama, campaign oddities

April 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Many in Washington state still in search of a job, despite 3,300 new jobs in March

Washington state has unemployment rates consistently above the national average and, despite modest job growth in March, many Washingtonians are still looking for a job.

SEATTLE — Anyone who’s faced unemployment knows the real story isn’t told by the numbers.  Against the backdrop of Washington state’s recent “meh” unemployment stat, preliminarily 8.3%, Jobbernaut’s “Greater Seattle Diversity Job Fair” was held Wednesday at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall bringing together a wide spectrum of job seekers and employers.


Graph and chart of unemployment numbers and job growth areas combined for Washington state.

The chart on left shows unemployment numbers in Washington state for the period of March 2007 through March 2012. The illustration on the right shows the sector distribution of job creation for the period of March 2011 through March 2012. (Data visualization by Corey Murata/UW Election Eye.)


Comments | More in Economy, Local, State | Topics: Jobbernaut, Jobs, Seattle