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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.

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

April 18, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Youth voters shine at The Stranger's 36th District Forum

The Stranger's Dominic Holden and retiring incumbent Mary Lou Dickerson hosted Monday's forum. (Photo by Kirsten Johnson/UW Election Eye)

A crowd of liberal, tipsy youth gathered Monday to evaluate candidates in one of the most politically active districts in the state. 

The young, loud and progressive of Legislative District 36 gathered for beer, laughter and very little standing room at Belltown’s Spitfire Monday evening to scrutinize candidates for the 36th LD’s Candidate Forum, hosted by The Stranger.

The six candidates battled it out “Weakest Link” game show-style for a district that hasn’t elected a Republican since the early 1980s. The district, which includes Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne and parts of Ballard, Belltown, Greenwood and Fremont, holds the highest number of registered voters in the state.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: 36th Legislative District, Brett Phillips, campaign oddities

April 18, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Youth voters shine at The Stranger’s 36th District Forum

The Stranger's Dominic Holden and retiring incumbent Mary Lou Dickerson hosted Monday's forum. (Photo by Kirsten Johnson/UW Election Eye)

A crowd of liberal, tipsy youth gathered Monday to evaluate candidates in one of the most politically active districts in the state. 

The young, loud and progressive of Legislative District 36 gathered for beer, laughter and very little standing room at Belltown’s Spitfire Monday evening to scrutinize candidates for the 36th LD’s Candidate Forum, hosted by The Stranger.

The six candidates battled it out “Weakest Link” game show-style for a district that hasn’t elected a Republican since the early 1980s. The district, which includes Magnolia, Phinney Ridge, Queen Anne and parts of Ballard, Belltown, Greenwood and Fremont, holds the highest number of registered voters in the state.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: 36th Legislative District, Brett Phillips, campaign oddities

April 16, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Santorum strikes out; Ann Romney scores

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.

Rick Santorum on NRA.org

Screen shot of Rick Santorum on NRA.org.

Santorum Quits, but Bella Joins
Rick Santorum called it quits last week on his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Santorum’s national Communications Director Hogan Gidley said Santorum ultimately decided that “if there’s no path, if there aren’t the delegates, then there’s no reason to keep going.”

Santorum has not gone quietly into hiding, though. He gave a speech to the National Rifle Association at the Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum in St. Louis, Missouri over the weekend, where he told attendees that in addition to him and his wife Karen being lifetime members, that 3-year-old daughter Bella is now a lifetime NRA member too, adding, “I hope it is a long life.”

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Ann Romney, Barack Obama, Bella Santorum

April 12, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Storify: State GOP and Dem officials throw down in Twitter battle

In a Twitter fight Tuesday, Benton Strong of the Wash. Democrats and Josh Amato of the Wash. Republicans slung tweets about the costs of a special election to replace Inslee. The fight reflects the partisan brawl about these costs, as well as how communications directors spend their free time.

Continue after the jump to view the full story — tweets and all.

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Comments | Topics: Benton Strong, Campaign Finance, campaign oddities

April 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Romney wins big, Santorum shifts; Obama the Trekkie

Today we launch a new Monday feature. 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. Romney is the Big Cheese On Tuesday the Republican…

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Comments | More in National, State | Topics: Barack Obama, Bella Santorum, campaign oddities

March 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM

The Ron Paul Family Cookbook: The most delicious campaign material yet

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul with wife Carol Paul (Photo courtesy of RonPaul2012.com). The Ron Paul campaign calls it “one of the best campaign handouts you will ever find.” After finding the Ron Paul Family Cookbook (2011 edition, that’s right, there’s more than one edition) on the floor of the Taco Bell Arena…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Brownies, Campaign literature, Campaign materials

March 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Robert DeNiro's racial "joke" at Barack Obama fundraiser stirs controversy

Robert DeNiro signing autographs at the world premiere of Killer Elite, Toronto Film Festival 2011

Robert DeNiro signing autographs at the world premiere of Killer Elite, Toronto Film Festival 2011 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member GabboT).

Illinois holds a noted place in American history when it comes to issues of race and ethnicity.

Abraham Lincoln represented the 7th district of Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives before he became the President that ended slavery.

Barack Obama represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate before he became the first African-American President.

So it seems almost fitting that today, the day of the Illinois primary, the issue of race is in the news.

At an Obama fundraiser last night, actor Robert DeNiro introduced First Lady Michelle Obama by asking the crowd: “Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney. Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?” When someone in the crowd yelled, “No!” DeNiro responded, “Too soon, right?”

In response to DeNiro’s words, a spokeswoman for Michelle Obama said they were “inappropriate.”

Newt Gingrich, at a campaign stop on Tuesday, asked the Obama campaign for an apology and stated, “What DeNiro said last night was inexcusable and the president should apologize for him. It was at an Obama fundraiser, it is exactly wrong, it divides the country.”

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Comments | Topics: Barack Obama, campaign oddities, Michelle Obama

March 11, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Game On: Artists go viral singing candidates' praises

When it comes to American elections, it’s pretty much one person, one vote. Sure, in the era of the SuperPAC billionaires can throw money behind their candidate of choice until the cows come home, and the rest of us might be able to donate a few hard-earned dollars to a campaign here and there.

But what do we do if we’re enamored with a candidate way beyond what can be expressed in a single vote or a few bucks?

For one Oklahoma family of Rick Santorum supporters, the answer was simple: write a song. Sisters Camille and Haley Harris, who perform as First Love, backed by their father, claim they met Santorum at campaign stops in Tulsa and were so inspired by his “character and his ability to boldly lead this country in the right direction” that they wrote the song “Game On”.

They quickly recorded and edited the video for the song and posted it to YouTube on Super Tuesday. In less than a week since, the video has caught fire. When I first saw it on Wednesday, it had less than 60,000 views. It’s now quickly approaching a million.

Fair warning: click play and you risk wandering around singing “Game on” under your breath for the next week.

But Santorum’s not the only candidate who’s got a song devoted to him going viral.

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Comments | Topics: Aimee Allen, Barack Obama, campaign oddities

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