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June 13, 2012 at 8:17 AM

Reverend Oliver White: Minnesota’s reluctant crusader on same-sex marriage

Reverend Oliver White photographed on May 31, 2012. (Photo by A. V. Crofts/ UW Election Eye)

Reverend Oliver White photographed on May 31, 2012. Rev. White has lost members of his congregation due to his beliefs on homosexuality and gay marriage and is facing a daunting debt on the loan of his church building. "I am not a crusader," says White, "But I have become a lightning rod inadvertently."(Photo by A.V. Crofts/ UW Election Eye)

Minnesotans will vote in November on whether to amend their state constitution to define marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman  and Minnesota Reverend Oliver White has taken a controversial stand against it. With the announcement yesterday that Washington State’s Referendum 74, which seeks to overturn the measure legalizing same-sex marriage in the state,  was approved for ballot, the national debate around same-sex marriage is certain to play out in November in our own backyard.

St. Paul, Minn. — Reverend Oliver White is a tall man.

As he folds himself into the restaurant booth for our interview, White maneuvers with the skill of someone used to fitting his frame into tight spaces.

These days, Reverend White is used to occupying tight spaces.

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February 8, 2012 at 6:30 AM

An on-the-ground view from Colorado: Santorum sweep roils Republican race

Rick Santorum photographed at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 6th, 2012. He is shown here talking with UW Election Eye reporter Lindsey Meeks. (Photo by Corey Christiansen / UW Election Eye)

DENVER — On Friday and Saturday, Colorado was hit by a snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on parts of this mile-high city. On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Rick Santorum took the state by storm. Republican frontrunner — former frontrunner? — Mitt Romney will be digging out for weeks.

Welcome to the 2012 GOP presidential contest, where the field is open, the competition is fierce, and the future is uncertain.

Santorum swept caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota and a primary in Missouri (though no delegates were at stake in the latter) yesterday. In 2008, Romney won both of the caucuses by wide margins, by 19 points in Minnesota and by 42 — six touchdowns — in Colorado. This time he lost Minnesota by 28 and Colorado by 5 to Santorum.

We beat the New York Times and nearly every media outlet in America in reporting it. Just saying.

Rick Santorum at the Cable Center in Denver, Colorado on Feb. 6th, 2012. The candidate was talking with supporters at his campaign

Next up for the GOP primary is Maine, which is caucusing this entire week (yes, all week), with results completed on Saturday. Then the campaign takes its longest hiatus: there are no more votes until Feb. 28, with primaries in Michigan and Arizona.

Then it’s the Washington caucuses on March 3.

If the weeks to come are anything like the days and nights we experienced here, we have two words for Washingtonians: buckle up.

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Comments | Topics: Arizona, Caucuses, Colorado