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These are articles I wrote during the 2008 presidential campaign for Huffington Post’s “Off the Bus” citizen reporting project. 

San Mateo – Tea Party

April 16, 2009

Nearly 300 protesters pounded the sidewalk of El Camino Real in San Mateo, CA on Wednesday to demonstrate their disapproval of the federal stimulus package and the implications of bailouts for taxpayers.

Some participants grabbed the attention of drivers-by and cameramen with colonial costumes, teakettle props, signs reading “Change…

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The Job of Convincing: Organizing for America’s Pledge Canvassing

March 30, 2009

The nationwide canvassing event to obtain pledge signatures in support of Obama’s plans lasted only a few hours, but a group of Bay Area volunteers pledged to do much more.

On March 21, a group of eight volunteers watched the YouTube training video from Organizing for America in the…

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Cisco Janitors Take to the Streets

March 30, 2009

As part of a nationwide “Take Back the Economy” protest today, about a hundred members of United Services Workers West marched along several blocks in San Jose, Calif. against lavish corporate excess and specifically against the injustice brought upon janitors at Cisco Systems, a Silicon Valley leader in networking…

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Gay Marriage Protestors Crowd the Steps of CA Supreme Court

March 9, 2009

On Thursday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments for three cases filed in relation to Proposition 8. According to the California Courts Web site, they are:

1) Is Proposition 8 invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than an amendment to, the California Constitution?
(2) Does…

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John Judis at Hoover Institution: Democratic Majority for Decades?

March 9, 2009

John Judis, a senior editor at The New Republic, addressed about one hundred people at Stanford University on Wednesday as a Hoover Media Fellow. Judis spoke for almost an hour on the issues facing our economy and how in the process of fixing these problems, Obama has the…

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Our Energy Portfolio: a Stanford University Panel Discussion on Fueling the Future

January 22, 2009

Within hours of Pres. Obama’s inauguration, a panel of experts sat down in front of a few hundred students, faculty and alumni at Stanford to discuss issues of a new energy future. The lecture, entitled “Fueling the Future,” was part of the A.J. Horn Lecture series on U.S….

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High School Dismisses Class to Watch Inauguration

January 20, 2009

At San Mateo High School in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, Principal Yvonne Shiu gave teachers and students the option to call off class this morning to go to their Performing Arts Center instead, and watch CNN’s live coverage of Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Hardly any teachers refused the invitation, and…

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San Francisco Issues Municipal IDs to Illegal Immigrants

January 14, 2009

“You want controversy? Here it comes. Ready? Thursday in San Francisco, we will be one of the first cities in America with municipal ID cards.”

As San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom finished the sentence, the approximately 400 Bay Area residents in attendance fell quiet at this town hall meeting…

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Obama’s Support in Suburban Texas May Help Down-Ballot Dems

November 4, 2008

One of the most Republican areas in Texas may have as much as 45 percent support for Barack Obama today. Electing Obama in Williamson County is a big stretch, but the fact that it is even possible is astounding in this place, the fastest growing area of the state. More…

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Tight Margins on Gay Marriage Prop Sends Californians Into the Streets

October 28, 2008

Statewide polls show that voters are split dead-even on Proposition 8 in California, which attempts to ban gay marriage. The issue has triggered well-organized campaigning from both sides as Election Day nears with intensified visibility in the last week. A “Yes” vote would support a ban against gay marriage….

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Grassroots Organization Sends Campaigners Across the Country on Donated Frequent Flyer Miles

October 24, 2008

In the effort to send out volunteers to swing states, a grassroots organization started by a couple of Stanford students has turned into the main hub for volunteers to get plane tickets from sponsors who have frequent flyer miles. In the last three months, has sent 1,000 volunteers…

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Pumpkin Fest Gets Political In Lefty Half-Moon Bay

October 19, 2008

Political expression became the new spice in pumpkin pie this year at the annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival. The annual weekend event draws more than 200,000 visitors from all over the San Francisco Bay Area to this small, lively town along the Pacific coast. This year, in…

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Calif. Obama Volunteers Work the Swing States, on the Road and in the Office

October 16, 2008

When the C-SPAN broadcast of the final presidential debate ended, Democrats at the San Mateo County headquarters ceased their cheering, laughing and applauding to get down to business. Some volunteers cleaned up paper plates and folded the 60 chairs where supporters sat to watch the debate in the front office,…

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San Francisco Leaders Rally Democrats to Help Get Out the Vote Nationwide: “Complete the Task!”

October 15, 2008

It’s a story San Franciscans know well. In Game Six of the 2002 World Series, the Giants were leading 5-0 at the bottom of the seventh inning, only for the Anaheim Angels to come back and defeat them in the final moments.

It’s a story that was repeated on…

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Watching from Atlanta: Palin Does Fine, But That’s Not Saying Much

October 4, 2008

In a trendy apartment along Peachtree Street in Atlanta, five young voters watched the vice presidential debate to critically examine the candidates’ platforms, while also looking to be entertained. The viewers in the room agreed that Gov. Palin exceeded expectations, but they also admitted that didn’t mean much.

“She did…

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McCain Speech Watch — San Mateo

September 5, 2008

It would be a miraculous feat for John McCain to win San Mateo County in November, where about 70 percent of the vote is Democratic. But a hodgepodge of voters – half stalwart Republicans and half only there out of spite for Obama – found a common cause in John…

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West Hollywood Obama Platform Meeting

August 4, 2008

In West Hollywood, 13 Angelinos gave up their Saturday afternoon – and two of them, their honeymoon – to come to the Crescent Heights United Methodist Church for an Obama platform meeting.

The two men in charge, George Leddy and Scott Imler, were just married the day before by…

West Hollywood Obama Platform Meeting

Largest Asian-American PAC Endorses Obama

August 3, 2008

On Saturday the largest Asian-American political action committee, the 80-20 Initiative, formally endorsed Sen. Obama for president. They decided on the endorsement after a day-long convention and discussion among 33 delegates of various ethnicities, ages and party affiliations. The delegates represent a national, nonpartisan organization of 700,000 supporters. 80-20’s…

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Defining “Patriotism” In A San Francisco Suburb

July 4, 2008

A row of elementary school children dressed as American heroes sat with their parents facing an outdoor stage for the opening ceremony of Foster City’s annual July 4 celebration. It looked like they were ready for Halloween, except that instead of being princesses or vampires, the kids became the Statue…

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Gay Marriage Reverberates from Coast to Coast

June 18, 2008

When Don Kreindler and Ernie Carswell get married on August 1 in their Los Angeles home, Carswell’s father — a Baptist Minister from South Carolina — just might show up.

“He hasn’t said yes, but more importantly, he hasn’t said no,” said Carswell. “He…

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