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March 9, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Reflections on International Women's Day and the 2012 presidential election

International Women's Day logo

International Women's Day logo. (Logo courtesy of

International Women’s Day occurred yesterday.

In 1909, the United States observed National Women’s Day, which inspired members at the International Women’s Conference to organize an international equivalent, and the first International Women’s Day (IWD) was celebrated in 1911.

The day is meant to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements and advancements made by women, but also to bring awareness to gender inequality throughout the world.

Even though the idea for this day started in the United States, it doesn’t get a lot of attention here and tends to be a bigger celebration in other countries. Sarah Stuteville, co-founder and editor of the Common Language Project, reflected on her experience celebrating IWD in Mexico in a recent article for The Seattle Globalist: “I was surprised to find the streets filled with parades and vendors selling giant teddy bears in celebration of International Women’s Day. Random people greeted me with a cheerful “Feliz dia de la mujer.’”

For women in American politics, the double-edged sword that accompanies the celebration of International Women’s Day is something they also experience. American women in politics experience both triumph and defeat, opportunity and oppression.


Comments | Topics: Barbara Jordan, Election 2012, Gender

March 6, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Report from UW alum in Cincinnati

Map of Ohio courtesy of

CINCINNATI — Jeff Dickson, a 2010 UW graduate who majored in business and who now lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio, wrote me this evening with some impressions of his experience voting in what is probably the most important state in today’s spate of caucuses and primaries.

Dickson leans pretty conservative (he once wrote for the UW Daily as one of two resident more right-leaning political columnists;

I was the opinion editor at the time, as an undergraduate). But he remains moderate, too, on many issues.

Here are his thoughts, more or less raw:

“At my polling location, very early this morning in a large baptist church, there were plenty of people buzzing. We’ve been bombarded the last couple weeks with attack ads from both Romney and Santorum. Despite Romney’s tour through the area this weekend (including a “Ribs with Mitt” dinner at a local landmark, The Montgomery Inn), the area seems to be leaning more toward Santorum. This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, since the area is heavily socially conservative (hence voting in a large Baptist church). …


Comments | Topics: conservatives, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney

February 4, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Mitt Romney's Mormon faith helps in Nevada and the West

The LDS Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Photo Elizabeth Hunter, UW Election Eye)

LAS VEGAS — A couple of undergrads were horsing around in the hallway when I entered the building.

At the Latter Day Saints Institute of Religion Student Center on the campus of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, young Mormons have heated discussions about politics over ping-pong and candy. Lots of candy. Several baskets of candy — in bowls on the front desk, on a coffee table, in the hallway.

I grabbed a piece as I asked the receptionist if I could speak to someone about Mitt Romney and Mormon politics. “LDS,” she kindly corrected me with a smile. I blushed. From that moment on, I’ve used LDS -— not Mormon —- when talking with members of the Church.

She led me to the office of Institute Director Garth Rasmussen, whom she referred to as Brother Rasmussen. The LDS Doctrine and Covenants book, labeled and marked with color-coded tags, lay open on his desk. Within minutes, Brother Rasmussen was openly sharing his gospel with me.

Here’s the thing, though: Rasmussen said he was happy to talk with me about politics, provided I knew that they were his opinions and not those of the LDS Church writ large. I said absolutely, and we started discussing political issues from healthcare to welfare. About the latter, he got particularly passionate, and shared with me a Mormon parable called the “Gullible Gulls.”


Comments | Topics: Demographics, Endorsement, Endorsements

January 21, 2012 at 8:29 AM

The coronation is on hold

GREENVILLE– Like two prizefighters, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich circled each other warily on primary day in upcountry of South Carolina.

Wiithin 15 minutes of each other, the two candidates did meet and greets at Tommy’s Country Ham House. They shook hands, their wives joined them, and they fired up supporters.  Their fans returned the favors.

Both candidates were scheduled for 10:45 at Tommy’s, and I wondered if one would blink and arrive earlier. Yes, one did.

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Photos by A.V. Crofts



Comments | Topics: Election 2012, Gingrich, Jon Huntsman

January 16, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Abolishing income tax and 'voting for Mickey Mouse'

Fair Tax Volunteers Close Up

From left: Audrey Aldridge, Mickey Lattimore and Joseph Kejr

MYRTLE BEACH — By the time we arrived at the Tea Party Convention, most of its attendees had left to either go home or head over to the debate early. I was lucky enough to catch a few lingering organizers and initiative volunteers when I cornered some of the members of FairTax by their booth.

At first they balked at the mention of my hometown, but Mickey Lattimore, Joseph Kejr and Audrey Aldridge warmed with the chance to talk about their passion — abolishing the income tax and replacing it with a national retail tax of six percent. There would be no business-to-business tax, education would be exempted and citizens below the poverty line would be prorated. All three have worked on making their FairTax initiative a federal and state reality for years. They want the government to treat every American equally, they say. 


Comments | Topics: conservatives, Election 2012, Fair tax