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Columbus, Ohio Polling Place Report for Election Day 2008

I’ve just come back from a visit to four polling places in the area surrounding the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This was, you may recall, the epicenter for long lines and voter irregularities in the presidential election of 2004. What I saw in these visits from 9:00 to 9:30 was straightforwardly [...]

Conversation in Line for the October 2008 Obama Rally in Columbus: Obama, War and the Surveillance Society

What do you call a resident of Columbus, Ohio? I’ve lived here for three years and I still don’t know. On the radio, they call us “Columbus residents,” but there’s got to be a single word out there. Columbusser? Columbian? Columbusite? Columbusonian? Columbine?

Columbusish? Heck, I’ll just pick one.

Last Friday, October 10, a [...]

Talking in Line, 10/10/08 Columbus Barack Obama Rally: Nader or Obama?

The following is a transcription of a conversation I had with two women from Zanesville, Ohio I met in line for the October 10, 2008 rally featuring Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio. They wish to remain anonymous.

Jim Cook: I’m Jim Cook and I’m with Irregular Times and I’m here on October 10, 2008, and [...]

Video of Waning Fascination: Barack Obama Rally Line, 10/10/08 in Columbus Ohio

When Barack Obama came to speak at a rally in Columbus, Ohio on a cold February 2008 morning, he was just a primary candidate, and yet people camped overnight to get a place in line to see him. By 8 AM, hours before he spoke, there were hundreds lined up outside in bitter, windy, subfreezing [...]

McCain 9/29, Obama 10/4, Columbus Ohio. Two Rallies, Same City, One Week Apart. Big Difference.

When I showed up 2 1/2 hours before the 9/29/08 rally in Columbus, Ohio in support of John McCain and Sarah Palin, I jumped right to the head of the line… because I was the line:

When I showed up 2 1/2 hours before the 10/4/08 rally in Columbus, Ohio in support of Barack [...]

McCain-Palin Columbus Event: Few Grab at Tickets for Small Venue

This is a picture I took at 8 AM on the cold Columbus, Ohio morning of February 25, 2008, just moments after doors opened for people to pick up free “preferred viewing” tickets to an appearance by Barack Obama that Wednesday. “Preferred viewing” tickets meant that you got in to the section up front that [...]