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Campaign 2012 through the eyes of UW faculty and students

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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 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 26, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Eight words that will decide the future of gay marriage in America, including Amendment One in North Carolina in two weeks

On May 8, citizens of North Carolina will vote on Amendment One — a bill regarding the definition of domestic unions. For younger voters, it is about civil rights. 

Gay Marriage

Citizens outside the Manhattan Marriage License Bureau on February 12, 2009 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Brittany Travis).

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In eight words, the young woman shredded the plan of the National Organization for Marriage and provided a glimpse of the future, if the data are to be believed.

I met her while ordering some food in this tough, strong town in the Piedmont Triad region of this state. She was African American, and I told her we were out her way from Seattle, finding stories and people in the midst of the 2012 election campaign.

Then I asked her what she thought of Amendment One, a proposition on the North Carolina ballot on May 8 that would revise the state constitution so that it legally recognizes only one kind of domestic union: that between a man and a woman.

In response she said, “That’s the thing about civil rights, isn’t it?”

Eight words. They could shake North Carolina on May 8, when Amendment One will either be passed or voted down, and they could foretell the future of same-sex marriage in Washington if a referendum makes the November ballot.

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Comments | More in Culture, National, State | Topics: African Americans, Amendment One, civil right

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 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

A toss-up district: Welcome to the Eastside’s contested 45th legislative district

With Democrats on a downward trend in the 45th legislative district, it doesn’t help that redistricting has made it slightly more right-leaning, according to all the candidates currently running.

45th LD, representative pos. 1 candidates

From left to right: Jacob Bond (D), Rep. Roger Goodman (D), Joel Hussey (R) (Photos courtesy of vote4bond.com, leg.wa.gov, Joel Hussey / UW Election Eye)

KIRKLAND — In 2010, incumbent Rep. Roger Goodman (D) narrowly won re-election in the 45th LD against Republican challenger Kevin Haistings with 2.65% of the vote, or only 1,511 votes. Goodman was slated to run for Congress in the 1st district, the seat Jay Inslee is vacating. But with such a crowded field, and challenges with fundraising, he is now seeking re-election for his post in the 45th LD

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Conservative, conservatives, Democrats

April 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM

A toss-up district: Welcome to the Eastside's contested 45th legislative district

With Democrats on a downward trend in the 45th legislative district, it doesn’t help that redistricting has made it slightly more right-leaning, according to all the candidates currently running.

45th LD, representative pos. 1 candidates

From left to right: Jacob Bond (D), Rep. Roger Goodman (D), Joel Hussey (R) (Photos courtesy of vote4bond.com, leg.wa.gov, Joel Hussey / UW Election Eye)

KIRKLAND — In 2010, incumbent Rep. Roger Goodman (D) narrowly won re-election in the 45th LD against Republican challenger Kevin Haistings with 2.65% of the vote, or only 1,511 votes. Goodman was slated to run for Congress in the 1st district, the seat Jay Inslee is vacating. But with such a crowded field, and challenges with fundraising, he is now seeking re-election for his post in the 45th LD

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Conservative, conservatives, Democrats

April 16, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Light turnout at Seattle-area Democratic caucuses may signal apathy, overconfidence, or a sunny day

With reporting by Alicia Halberg and Stephanie Kim

Democrats held their legislative caucuses on Sunday to help decide the party’s platform and select the presidential nominee. With Obama guaranteed the nomination, many simply didn’t see any point in attending.

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

Caucus sign fail at Beacon Hill International School (Photo by Dan Thornton/UW Election Eye)

Ballard

Only 24 people showed up for the meeting of Washington’s 36th legislative district caucuses at Whittier Elementary in Ballard, where 15 precincts met to caucus.

Alice Woldt, former chairwoman of the King County Democratic Party and former chair of the 36th district Democrats, convened the caucuses at Whittier. She said the district had tried to reach out to potential caucus-goers using local media, calling those who came out in 2008, robocalls in the area, and having caucus officers talk to their neighbors.

“With all of the media attention on the other party, we need to build up energy and enthusiasm, otherwise people won’t think that we’ve got anything going on,” Woldt said.

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Comments | More in Local | Topics: Ballard, Barack Obama, Beacon Hill

April 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The dueling barbers of Bremerton

Owners Tracey and Andre Jones outside Tracey's Barber Shop in Bremerton on April 14, 2012. She is a Democrat, he is a libertarian. (Photo by Alex Stonehill/UW Election Eye)

Just feet apart physically, but on opposite ends of the political spectrum, two barbers in Bremerton have no qualms about voicing their opinions on the presidential candidates and the state of the economy in their community. 

BREMERTON — In the Manette neighborhood of this military town, only a few feet separate the shops of barber Andre Jones, a black 46-year old whose wife Tracey founded their shop 10 years ago, and hairstylist Sariann Irvin — a white 29-year-old who met her husband when he roamed in one day from the Navy base.

They are next door to each other, but political worlds apart.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: barber, Bremerton, Christianity

April 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Young candidate hopes to inspire Latino voters in Yakima

Central Washington University student Pablo Gonzalez is currently the only Democrat in the race in the 15th LD.(Photo courtesy Pablo Gonzalez)

Pablo Gonzalez, a senior at Central Washington University, has entered the race for representative in the 15th Legislative District. He’s a moderate Democrat from a Latino background, and is running in the state’s only district with a Hispanic majority.

Pablo Gonzalez is no stranger to beginning the day in a race against the clock.

Like any college student, most days he leaves the house before he even has time to eat breakfast.

But unlike most college students who leave home without a second to spare, Gonzalez is not trying to catch a bus or make it to class on time. He is trying to win an election.

Hailing from a small town in the Yakima Valley and now finishing up his final quarters at Central Washington University, Gonzalez is gearing up to run for representative in the 15th Legislative District, position 2. He is the only Democrat in the race at this time, and the current representative, David Taylor (R), has not yet officially declared.

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Comments | More in State | Topics: 15th Legislative District, Central Washington University, David Taylor

April 12, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Hargrove defends views on gay marriage, welcomes challenger

Hargrove

Rep. Hargrove was blasted as the "Dumbest Legislator in the State" on the cover of the Stranger (photo from thestranger.com)

State Rep. Mark Hargrove was criticized for his testimony against the same-sex marriage bill in February. But now he says he was speaking for the majority of people in the state and looks forward to the fight against Democrat Bud Sizemore to hold on to his seat.

At the beginning of the year Mark Hargrove, who represents the 47th Legislative District around Auburn and Covington, was a newcomer quietly serving his first term as a state representative. That is until his words against the same-sex marriage bill started getting him a lot of attention.

During the floor debate over the bill Hargrove talked about the Jack in the Box Commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl. In the commercial, a son tells his mother that he’s getting married, not to a woman, but to bacon.

In his speech, Hargrove said: “That mom was realizing that same-sex marriage is not the same as traditional marriage. And that same-sex marriage for her son would not be the best choice for him.”

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Comments | More in State | Topics: 47th, 47th Legislative District, bacon

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