Tacoma Urbanist

Jan. 6, 2008 at 12:08am

Presidential Politics Are Coming to Tacoma. Are you ready to Caucus?

The United States is going to elect a new president in 2008.  Washington State will play an early role this year.

The Washington primary will be held on February 19th.  However, Washington Democrats will ignore the results and will look to the democratic caucus held on February 9th to select 78 of their 97 delegates to the national nominating committee.

The Pierce County Republicans will decide 18 of their 40 delegates by caucus, party leaders and the rest in the February 19th primary.

Given the close primary races, your participation at the causcus could make a big difference especially since few people will likely show up.  Contact the party headquarters to find out how you can participate in the caucus in your neighborhood.  I assume they would be held in various schools and other places in Tacoma.  It looks like Erik Emery may attend.

Here are the two winners from the Iowa caucus



Barack Obama (D)
Mike Huckabee (R)





Here are the videos of other candidates after the Iowa vote.

comments [12]  |  posted under poltics, tacoma, washington

Comments

by Jake on 1/6/2008 @ 2:03am
If Obama doesn't sound like a President of the USA I don't know who does.

by KevinFreitas on 1/6/2008 @ 8:57am
Yea, that post-Iowa speech was really great. Downright inspirational. I hope as this election season marches on the candidates will stop by Tacoma as in past years.

by NEAL on 1/6/2008 @ 11:21am
The Democratic Party website will soon have a link on the front page to direct people to their caucus locations. (www.piercecountydems.org ... or .mobi, if you are so inclined).

Until those links are made, the office is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can call to get the location information by calling: (253) 473-6812, or e-mailing pcdems@harbornet.com.


by Erik on 1/6/2008 @ 11:32am
The Democratic Party website will soon have a link on the front page to direct people to their caucus locations. (www.piercecountydems.org ... or .mobi, if you are so inclined).

Thanks Neil. It would be nice to be able to fugure out where one goes to participate a caucus from the web site. I saw a calander on the site but not much else on the caucus. Iowa actually had a video showing how to participate in one.

If Obama doesn't sound like a President of the USA I don't know who does.

I agree Jake. However, I hope you gave Huckabees equal viewing time so that you could make an objective decision between the two candidates.

by KevinFreitas on 1/6/2008 @ 11:34am
I posted my thoughts on last night's debates on ABC. It was a bit of a marathon but Obama, Huckabee, McCain and Edwards definitely came off the best.

by NEAL on 1/6/2008 @ 11:58am
Erik,

Go to the front page. There, in red letters, right below the header, is the link.

I hope that helps.

by Erik on 1/6/2008 @ 2:52pm
Thanks Neal.

I think I found it:

wa-demchairs.org/2008/caucuslocations.ph...

However, the google map does not work very well. Its not clear where to go, what to do or other details. I hope there will be a list available for locations.

I would suggest a map with numbers and territories on it will corresponding addresses on the side at least for Tacoma.

by KevinFreitas on 1/6/2008 @ 3:01pm
I thought the map worked great. Just click near tour house an it shows you the nearest caucus spot. Nice work.

by NEAL on 1/6/2008 @ 4:48pm
Erik,

For primarily Tacoma sites, www.27thdems.org, as it under "2008 Caucuses", and the 29th LD will be in the McGavick center at Clover Park Technical College.

And, people can always call the central committee office as well, see above.

Oh, we'll work with the TNT to get the information there as well.

by Erik on 1/6/2008 @ 5:13pm
Oh, we'll work with the TNT to get the information there as well.

Thanks Neal. I suspect more people may want to participate this year in the caucus as the democrats are not using the primary for anything and there is such a wide open race and at least one of the candidates is reported to be appealing to the yonger generation.

I have participated in a caucus once in Bellingham many years ago. It was pretty fun.

by andrew.austin on 1/6/2008 @ 6:40pm
Kevin, I agree with you. I thought Obama's post-Iowa speech was one of his best ever and very inspirational (and presidential for that matter). Whatever your political stripes are, go to caucus and make your voice heard!

by Erik on 1/28/2008 @ 12:30am
Two updates:

1) Ds: Given Obama's win in South Carolina, Tacoma, Washington has a higher chance of being relevant in election.

2) Rs: Ron Paul signs are going up all around Tacoma.