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UW Election Eye 2012

Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

October 22, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Obama Blitzing Swing States, Third Party Debate, George McGovern Dies, and Washington Governor’s Race Intensifies

Each Monday we feature several important stories in US politics — ones that just occurred, are defining moments, or are key markers on the horizon. We call these Monday Eye Openers. Obama Hit Swing States Hard With most polls showing the candidates running neck and neck, President Obama has a two-day campaign blitz planned next week. Starting…

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0 Comments | More in Local, National, State | Topics: Barack Obama, George McGovern, Jay Inslee

October 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Barack Obama scores social media win with #Romnesia

SEATTLE — President Barack Obama’s account popularized a new Twitter hashtag, #Romnesia, and tweeted six #Romnesia tweets in quick succession today, catching the social media world by storm and becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. The first tweet came through at 12:39 p.m. EDT, calling out his presidential rival for switching positions on…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, social media #romnesia

October 19, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Women’s Issues are our issues

The presidential debates have provided sound bites from President Obama and Governor Romney when they discuss women’s issues.  But what do the candidates’ official websites reveal regarding what they believe on issues of equal rights, women in the workplace, or equal pay? SEATTLE — Women make up half of the electorate and their opinions are valued because…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Binders full of women, Equal Pay

October 18, 2012 at 7:10 AM

Elephant in the election room: cost of higher education

With the cost of higher education rising along with the level of student debt upon graduation, politicians at the national and state level need to address the issue frankly and provide real solutions. SEATTLE — As a master’s student at the University of Washington with a small mountain of student loans, I find myself paying…

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0 Comments | More in Local, State | Topics: student debt, student loans, Tuition

October 17, 2012 at 7:10 AM

What’s in a “Like”?: Social Media and the Election

We hear so much about “the power of social media.” But just how much are we  influencing others when we post or tweet to those already in our audiences?  SEATTLE – You care about the future of your country.  In this closely fought election and in this polarized environment, you are enthusiastically posting every persuasive…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Binders full of women, Election 2012

October 15, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Romney and Ryan in Ohio, Obama preps for debate, Clinton hits the road, Arlen Specter dies, and WA Governor race

Each Monday we feature several important stories in US politics — ones that just occurred, are defining moments, or are key markers on the horizon. We call these Monday Eye Openers. Romney and Ryan hammer Obama in Ohio This weekend, Mitt Romney jump-started his campaign by skydiving from 128,000 feet above the earth’s surface. Wait, no—that was…

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0 Comments | More in Local, National, State | Topics: Arlen Specter, Barack Obama, Jay Inslee

October 13, 2012 at 7:15 AM

It’s time to talk about guns

The fear of gun violence is an ever-present reality to parents, kids, teachers, neighbors, passers-by in America.  But our politicians are not discussing it in any serious manner – even during the presidential campaign.  It is time to change that.

Courtesy of www.millionmommarch.org

SHORELINE — Last May, when I had just finished a meeting at work, I received a text message from a friend saying that there had been a shooting in Shoreline the previous evening, and two youths had been shot.  One of them, a 17 year old girl, had died.

She was a student in my daughter’s high school at Shorecrest.

The shooting had taken place on the same street on which my daughter’s Metro bus travels from school to home every day.  At that moment the police had no suspect or motive – it looked like a random act of violence.

I was petrified.

I texted my daughter, “DO NOT TAKE THE BUS” home after school, and that I would pick her up.  I left work early with an uneasy feeling in my stomach: something terrible had just happened and my life was directly affected by it.  I could not control the events in my neighborhood, and I could not protect my daughter from the reality of gun violence and death.

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0 Comments | More in Local, National | Topics: brady center to prevent gun violence, gun control, million mom march

October 10, 2012 at 6:30 AM

“ObamaCare” or affordable health? – A Canadian perspective

In the debate on the Obama administration’s health care policy, the term “socialized medicine” surfaces often, with fingers pointed to Canada. A Canadian national living in Seattle weighs in on her health care experiences, both in Canada and the United States.

Tea Party demonstration in St. Paul, MN. (Photo by Fibonacci Blue, Flickr Creative Commons)

SEATTLE – What’s in a word?

When it comes to describing President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, much is suggested by conservative use of the term “ObamaCare.”  Even a newly-arrived visitor to this country would find the controversy obvious.  As a Canadian living in the U.S. now for many years, I have always found American attitudes toward healthcare perplexing.  My career has focused on healthcare systems in both countries, so I find the phenomenon of American hostility to “socialized medicine” even less understandable.

Have I been everlastingly grateful to flee the purported queues in the land of my birth and avail myself of the high-tech healthcare available in the U.S.?

Not so much.

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0 Comments | More in Health Care Reform, National | Topics: Canada, Obamacare, socialized medicine

October 8, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Importance of minority voters, debate season, and Referendum 74 supporters

Minority voters play crucial role Early estimates indicated that President Barack Obama will need 80% of the minority vote and 40% of the white vote to win the 2012 election. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, needs an estimated 61% of white voters with a 74% turnout of this demographic. If Obama receives more than…

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0 Comments | More in National | Topics: debate, Gallup, Latino Decisions

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