Posts Tagged ‘Primary


As the primary dust settles, let’s see what we’ve got

Phew. Feels a tad like November, doesn’t it? Some primaries go softly into that good night. Others – notably our current 2010 version – go out with a bang.

So now that the returns are (in large part) in the door, what can we say about the state of the Bus, the state of you, the awesome volunteer, and the state of our state? Let us begin.

The State of the Bus: behold the rise of young politics.

Let’s just come straight out and say this first and foremost: young people have never mattered more in Washington State politics. Sure, we could quote our recent op-ed in the Seattle Times about voting trends, but there’s an even simpler metric to go by: young candidates, across the board, owned this primary election. In the three primary races the Bus was working on, Joe Fitzgibbon in the 34th Legislative District, Andy Billig in the 3rd Legislative District, and Nick Harper in the 38th Legislative District, the younger candidates came through the primary across the board. The Bus is proud that young people are headed towards elective office, and we’re glad that with each election, more and more campaigns realize that young people are a key constituency to be considered and valued. Pow!

The State of You: every door counts.

Did you know that you were the most important person in the primary? It’s true. In each of the Bus’s three primary races, the difference between the top two vote-getters was razor thin: as close as 21 votes, and no more than 246. Oooooweee! Bus volunteers knocked on thousands of doors, and made thousands of calls – more than enough to be decisive in each of these races. Your work as a volunteer is what made these races so competitive, and as we take a deep breath and look towards the general election together, know that your time and energy is going to be as important, if not more. It’s an exciting time – and you’re the reason it’s happening!

The State of the State: engaged.

The Bus is proud to be a part of a most excellent trend, which is a higher-than-usual turnout in a primary election. As the ballots continue to pour in (watch out this afternoon for another update), the Secretary of State’s office is predicting a primary turnout of 38 percent – enough to tie the recent (2006) record – and is crossing their fingers for the grand total to break 40. Now, we realize that means there’s much much more to do, but the fact that the dial is moving in the right direction, and that young people are a big part of it, is making us do the “high fiving my cousin” dance (fyi, there is no such dance. It simply sounds like fun).

The moral of the story? The wheels are in motion, the Bus is rolling, and you’re in the driver’s seat. Whether you’re in Vancouver, Spokane, Tenino or Tacoma, the Bus is going to be in your area this fall! We have miles to go before we sleep, so get your catnap in now, and let’s get ready to rumble!


It is primary night, and the feeling is right

Seriously, have you mailed your ballot?

It is primary night, oh what a night.

Where will you be this evening, as the ballot results flow in? Excellent question. The answer, of course, is that you should be with the Bus. Which begs a further question: just where in our evergreen state will the Bus lay its weary treads to rest? Aha. Let us enumerate.

Firstly and foremostly, the Bus is happy to be co-sponsoring the only non candidate-oriented primary party we’re aware of. It’s in co-conspiracy with the good folks of Publicola, Strategies 360, Northwest Passage, and Sound View Strategies. It’s going down from 6 to 11 at the estimable, unimpeachably amazing Five Point Cafe (415 Cedar St), and it is highly recommended you attend.

Secondly and fivemostly, various elements of the Bus’s shadowy army of volunteers will be kicking up their heels at the election night party of one Joe Fitzgibbon, noted young person, candidate for 34th LD State Rep, and all around nice guy. That particular throwdown is on the go down at the Bembow Room in the Admiral District (4210 SW Admiral Way).

Regardless of where you end up, make sure you’ve already gotten your ballot postmarked and in the mail, and that you’re near a tv or computer at 8:15 when the first bath of results will be released. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work this primary election – tonight’s a night to celebrate that which you have wrought!

And now, the song which inspired the title of this post.


Magic Vote Bust a move!

The correct term is pow pow!

You know what’s beautiful? Sunshine, hot weather, the sound of birds chirping their way through a slow balmy breeze. Know what else is beautiful? Tons and tons of young people knocking on doors, and making sure their peers turn in their primary ballots! Two beautiful things, eh? Luckily, this last Saturday, those two things just happened to overlap into the awesome glory that is/was/forever will be the Magic Vote Bus!

It was, indeed, an amazing day: over 70 young people knocked on over 1,500 doors in mere hours, showing the oomph and pow (and also ka-blam) that our generation truly has. The Fellows decided to target voters under the age of forty, and target they did. The best way to get someone to vote is to ask them to, face to face, and thanks to the Fellows, young voters got the extra push they needed to get their primary ballots in on time.

A huge thanks to everyone who made it possible: to Youngstown Cultural Center for hosting the afterparty, to the amazing volunteers who came out and got the job done, and of course to the Summer Fellows, for a) organizing the whole awesome shebang, b) providing what is possibly best dramatic interpretation of the Magic School Bus EVER, and c) for proving that it is possible to devour 150 Cupcake Royale cupcakes in the blink of an eye.

And of course, if you’re reading this and haven’t turned in your ballot, remember: election day (such as it is) is tomorrow. There is no better time to turn in your ballot than RIGHT NOW ! West Seattle was served this message on a silver platter this Saturday, so get on the Bus and get your ballots in!

I can feel the canvassing power coursing through to veins.

I wouldn't mind if these beautiful faces showed up at my door...

Mr. BronSkills. Our token Canadian.

According to my research the Summer Fellows ROCK!

Did we mention there were cupcakes?

Look at all these early risers!

Is that sun???