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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

Category: Economy
April 23, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: With Romney as the presumptive nominee, talk turns to VPs; Buffet Rule struck down

Each Monday we will feature several important stories in the political world — ones that either just occurred, are defining moments, or are key markers on the horizon. Our blog is UW Election Eye, and we call these Monday Eye Openers.

Florida Gov. Chris Christie and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Potential VP nominees include Florida Gov. Chris Christie for Romney, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for Obama (Photos courtesy of and

Who will be #2?
With Mitt Romney as the presumptive Republican nominee, the hunt is on for who he will choose as his trusty sidekick. According to the Public Policy Polling, the running mate who would help Romney the most is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Romney’s previous foe, Rick Santorum.

Missing from this list is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Many have speculated that the addition of this up-and-coming Latino would boost Romney in the polls. However, Public Policy Polling found that Rubio would not be an ace in the hole for Team Romney. With just Obama and Romney, Obama leads Romney 68-30 among Hispanics. Add Rubio on the ticket, and Obama still leads 67-32. Also missing is Ohio Sen. Rob Portman. A Buzzfeed survey of Republican National Committee members showed a clear preference for Portman. One member went so far as to say, “He was born to be the guy standing next to the guy.”


Comments | More in Economy, National | Topics: Barack Obama, Buffet Rule, Chris Christie

April 22, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Democrats talk big on taxes at 46th district forum

Campaign signs

The Elks lodge in Lake City was plastered with campaign signs, both inside and out on April 19, 2012. (Photo by Alicia Halberg/UW Election Eye)

Democrats in Northeast Seattle came together Thursday for a nominating convention and candidate forum packed with 27 candidates. Increasing state revenue was the theme of the night.

SEATTLE — The doors of the Lake City Way Elks Lodge were plastered with campaign signs. As I walked in I was confronted by staffers from every campaign offering literature and stickers. There was even more, from at least 10 different candidates, waiting for me at my seat. The lodge, normally plain aside from the elk antlers at the front and back, was plastered with campaign signs.

Despite lackluster attendance at the local Democratic caucuses last Sunday, the 46th Legislative District Democrats sure didn’t disappoint on Thursday night.


Comments | More in Economy, Local | Topics: 46th Legislative District, Cann, Crocker

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