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November 4, 2008 at 9:25pm

Pierce County Democrats celebrate


At this very moment, I'm surrounded by fellow Pierce County Democrats who are listening to the nation's first black U.S. President-elect address his nation of people that he'll be leading for the next four years, and hopefully beyond that.

At the end of each of his statements, they're screaming so loud that it's rattling my ears, but in such a very, very good way.

It's packed here at the Pierce County Democrats Party at the IBEW, and I could barely cut through the crowd to find this Wifi connection.

But I could care less about the fact that I'm sweaty and in close quarters because this really is one of the most exciting moments of all of U.S. history.

All kinds of big deals are in the house tonight. So far I've spotted Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, and local greats including John and Connie Ladenburg, Bill Baarsma, Jake Fey, Mark Lindquist (how can you miss that tall man), Tim Reid (another one who's easy to spot), Ryan Mellow and all kinds of concerned citizens like me who believed that it is indeed time for a change.

Here's a pic from this incredible gathering. Hopefully you'll be able to see the excitement and hope in each of these people's eyes, a very same excitement that is spreading throughout or whole nation, and the world.

Roxanne-Democrats-party GOBAMA!!!!!!!

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

November 4, 2008 at 5:09pm

DeRosa watches us decide - Obama wins!


Below you'll find live blogging action from the Weekly Volcano's own Steph DeRosa. She'll be at the Mix all night tonight watching the electoral madness unfold â€" not to mention the drinks flow like, well, drinks.


5:07 p.m. - After climbing up a dirt hill from South 7th Street, I finally made it to The Mix.  Out front I found a gaggle of men pondering the Broadway LID project.  One smartass had me convinced they were installing a kiddie pool on Market Street.  Jerk.

Steph-Blog-Pacific-Grill They've pulled out the balloons.  Yes, balloons.  This election party is no joke.  I'm a little dissapointed they won't let me play with any helium.

Steph-blog-tattoo 5:24 p.m. - Bandito Betty has arrived!  She says if this is another "too close to call" election she's going to have to shoot someone.  And she has a new tattoo.

5:30 p.m. - A funky smell has overtaken The Mix.  It's mysteriously close to my table.  I've asked Bandito Betty to close her legs as a precautionary measure.

5:36 p.m. - Thanks to my observant and keen senses, I have saved The Mix from burning down.  A gentleman's pea coat was smoking against a light bulb.  They've refused to pay me any reward money. 

5:45 p.m. - Erik Emery Hanberg is in the house!

5:50 p.m. - A lot of booing going on for the states of Virginia and West Virginia.  Are they going to boo every red state?  Not that it's right or wrong, but I may have to pop a balloon just to break up all the hub bub.

6:20 p.m. - I went outside to warn the smokers that they need to be standing 25 feet away from the building.  Thankfully Market Street is closed, so standing in the middle of it is the safest it's ever been.
Bandito and I are wondering what the politicians are doing right now.  Are they at a bar like we are?  Are they in a secret tunnel deep in the Poconos?  Or is McCain at home in his La-Z-Boy sippin' a tall one?
Steph-Blog-smiles Jonathan and Brock are tearin' it up tonight.  Seriously.  These fake smiles say it all.

6:30 p.m. - Breaking News on the TV!  Some guy won something in Kentucky!  I'd love to say the Mix is going wild, but nobody noticed. It was McCain by the way.

6:34 p.m. - CNN has Obama with 194 electoral votes to McCain's 69.

6:35 p.m. - CNN projects Barack Obama the winner of the battleground state of Ohio. Drew Carey would be proud.

6:36 p.m. - WOW.  Obama won that red state.  You know what that is?  That's army wives not wanting their husbands to be deployed anymore.  Bandito filled me in on that one.
Commercial Break

We're headed to Maxwell's Speakeasy up the road to check out their action.  Not that there aren't enough gorgeous men here at The Mix, but I need some more eye candy.  Cute Maxwell's bartenders â€" here I come!

6:45 p.m. - MSNBC reports Obama now has 200 electoral votes to McCain's 90.

6:48 p.m. - I lied.  We haven't left yet.  This guy is yelling obnoxiously loud into his cell phone.  He's talking to his mom about something that's in the refrigerator.  It's almost as exciting as Obama taking hold of Ohio.
Steph-Blog-yeller OK, now he's yelling about the microwave, "Did you take the plastic off the top?  It's been three minutes!"  Our country is reaching a historical milestone and his mom has something in the microwave.

7:03 p.m. - MSNBC reports Obama still with 200 electoral votes with McCain gaining with 124.

7:05 p.m. - It's now 207 to 129 Obama.

7:06 p.m. - By the way, I'm updating this thing through my phone now. There isn't any wireless at Maxwell's, but they do have 30 percent off wine!

7:14 p.m. - McCain now has 135 to Obama's 207. Is Driscoll pooping his pants?

7:15 p.m. - The conversation I'm eavesdropping on next to me in Maxwell's lounge is both nauseating and priceless.

7:23 p.m. - It's so dark in here I can't see my food. Bandito says it's on my shirt. Crap.

7:26 p.m. - Looks as if Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, and Indiana are still too close to call.

7:27 p.m. - Looks as if my wine glass wasn't too close to call. Thanks to the fast bartender, it's now a McCain wine glass again.

7:33 p.m. - Fox News reports that California, Hawaii, Idaho and Washington are also too close to call. Nothing regarding the results of my wine glass level.

7:39 p.m. - The polls close in 20 minutes. I'm sure no one here at Maxwell's cares.

7:40 p.m. - NBC News reports that the marijuana decriminalization passes in Massachusetts, and Michigan OKs medical marijuana. 

Matt Driscoll: Ohio sealed the deal. We're literally witnessing history. This is by far the most important event I've seen in my life. The scene in Grant Park is something people will talk about as long as there's a United States of America. I'm so proud of my country right now.

7:42 p.m. - Driscoll must be in the Obama Zone not to have commented on my last post.

7:51 p.m. - The folks at The Mix predicted Maxwell's would be full of 80-year-old Republicans. They were wrong. It's full of 40-year-old Republican salad eaters. So there!

Matt Driscoll: I am in the Zone. And yes â€" in fact â€" I have pooped. I named it Sarah Palin, and now keep it in my room and refer to it fondly as one of the reasons Barack Obama is the next president of our great country.

7:56 p.m. - McCain has climbed to 142 electoral votes to Obama's 207.

Wait! Correction: Obama has 284 to McCain's 146!

8:03 p.m. - CNN and most of the other news networks report that Barack Obama is the new president of the United States. Obama has 297 electoral votes.

8:04 p.m. - Funny that the server had to inform some people here that Obama just won. Bandito reports that I will be having another glass of wine. Steph wins!

8:16 p.m. - People are on the phone as if they found out they were pregnant with Michael Douglas' child. And you know he's too old to have more kids, so ...

8:25 p.m. - Watching McCain congratulate Obama. Obama won Florida and has 333 electoral votes to McCain's 155.

8:26 p.m. - Bandito congratulates me for the ability to still stand.

Filed under: Politics, Steph DeRosa, Tacoma,

November 4, 2008 at 5:32am

Vote today


Calling this year’s election one of the most anticipated in recent history is a monstrous understatement. Ask the man on the street what he’ll be doing tonight, and odds are his answer will be “Watching the election returns as if my life depended on it.”

Keep your eye on the Pierce County Auditor's Web site for today's Election results. The first batch will hit the site at 8:30 p.m. tonight.

LINK: Weekly Volcano endorsements

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

October 19, 2008 at 7:03pm

Biden packed Cheney today


Twelve thousand people flooded into Cheney Stadium this afternoon to hear Joe Biden, Gov. Chris Gregoire, Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray. Here are a few shots taken by Tacoma Mama.

Joebidenapplause Joebidencantwellgregoirebid Joebidennomorebushweb Thanks Mama!

LINK: More photos on the Daily Kos

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

October 19, 2008 at 10:17am

Biden visits Tacoma today


Just a friendly reminder that Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden will appear at a campaign rally with Gov. Chris Gregoire today at Cheney Stadium. Gates open at noon for the event that begins at 2 p.m. It’s free. The Tacoma stadium can hold 7,500 folks, which mostly likely will be reached.

Tacoma weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with zero chance of rain.

LINK: Where to eat before and after

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

October 18, 2008 at 1:42pm

RSVP for Biden in Tacoma


Biden-head This Sunday, October 19th, please join Joe Biden in Tacoma, where he will talk about Barack's vision for creating the kind of change we need.

Change We Need Rally
with Joe Biden

Cheney Stadium
2502 South Tyler Street
Tacoma, WA

Sunday, October 19th
Doors Open: 12:00 p.m.
Program Begins: 2:00 p.m.


Rsvp-button wa.barackobama.com/TacomaChange

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required; however, an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For security reasons, do not bring bags. Please limit personal belongings. No signs or banners permitted.

If you cannot make it to this event but would still like to support Barack, you can make a donation here:


Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

October 17, 2008 at 1:25am

New Tacoma Diaries episode


Tacoma Diaries has done it again.

For past episodes, check out their Web site.

Filed under: Politics, Screens, Tacoma,

October 16, 2008 at 7:56am

Debate analysis


Here's what happened at the third â€" and final â€" presidential debate, minute by minute, reported by Think Progress via AlternNet.

Filed under: Politics,

October 14, 2008 at 10:18pm

It's an Executive Forum after all


CountyExecForum Pierce County Executive candidates danced around some great questions tonight at a candidates forum hosted by the Korean Women’s Association. Moderated by Tacoma’s own Derek Young, the event filled seats with a diverse cross-section of Pierce County’s Asian-Pacific Islander communities, with Korean, Vietnamese and Cambodian translators on hand.

Profound kudos to the Korean Women’s Association and event organizers for a thoughtfully arranged presentation that really took everyone attending into account. In a diverse community like Pierce County, it often feels like public forums ignore a large percentage of the local population. For anyone who wants to learn how to be truly inclusive, call whoever organized this forum. They got it down.

For the full story, see this Thursday’s edition of the Weekly Volcano.

Filed under: Politics, Tacoma,

October 12, 2008 at 10:25am

Slice of hell


Remember our little post regarding Cory Bober’s discovery of the Virgin Mary on his back door?

What to see the exact opposite? Click here.

Thanks Julie Bennett!

Filed under: Politics, Religion,

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