Project White House Happy Hour!

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As we close the books on our Reality Journalism competition, we’re going to have one last Project White House Happy Hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, at Danny Baboquivari Lounge, 2910 E. Fort Lowell. Will we have concession speeches? Announcements of independent bids for the presidency? The revelation of what “CF” really stands for? Find out this afternoon!

Sandy Whitehouse Beats Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel!

With results nearly complete, it appears that Project White House candidate Sandy Whitehouse defeated former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel in yesterday’s Arizona presidential primary.

sandywhitehouse.jpgAs of 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, Whitehouse had 554 votes to Gravel’s 273.

Project White House candidate Richard Grayson also outpolled Gravel, landing 287 votes.

Gravel was the only so-called “mainstream candidate” who took an interest in Project White House after Senior Campaign Manager Jim Nintzel sent an final invite in December to every candidate who made the ballot.

In a brief conversation, a member of Gravel’s campaign expressed concern that the Project White House candidates were too “low-tier” for Gravel to associate himself with.

The tally as it stands with a small percentage of votes left to be counted:

Republicans

John McGrath: 426

Frank McEnulty: 281

Sean “CF” Murphy: 223

James Mitchell: 162

David Ruben: 95

Michael Shaw: 57

Bob Forthan: 66

Charles Skelley: 44

Rick Outzen: 44

Rhett Smith: 37

Democrats
Sandy Whitehouse: 554

Edward Dobson: 338

Richard Grayson: 287

Karl Krueger: 253

Frank Lynch: 224

William Campbell: 215

Chuck See: 209

Doctress Neutopia (aka Libby Hubbard): 174

Michael Oatman: 167 Rich Lee: 148

Peter “Simon” Bollander: 136

Tish Haymer: 95

Orion Karl Daley: 80

Leland Montell: 79

The Winners of Project White House!

The Tucson Weekly Presidential Endorsements are out!

From the article:

It has been a dynamic month since we launched projectwhitehouse08.com, the Web site where candidates in our Reality Journalism competition have waged much of their campaigns.

More than two dozen of the 48 candidates on Arizona’s Democratic and Republican presidential-primary ballots answered our call to compete in Project White House. The campaign process is a grueling one; not every candidate made it to the finish line in Project White House. But we’d like to salute those who did and, in the process, secured their place in history.

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve met many new political contenders, from Democrat Sandy Whitehouse, who called for the repeal of the 1872 Mining Act to prevent the destruction of the Santa Rita Mountains and other threatened landscapes across America, to Republican Michael Shaw, whose calls to us seemed to always end in some kind of a plea for a campaign contribution.

With so many candidates running so many good campaigns, it was no easy task to decide on the winners for Project White House.

Before we get to our choices, we’d like to announce the winners of the Tucson Weekly Readers’ Presidential Endorsement. While the Tucson Weekly acted as a sort of electoral college by making our endorsements no matter what our readers’ input was, we did offer readers a chance to weigh in via an online vote.

Democrat Leland Montell proved himself to be a sleeping giant. While we didn’t see much of him on the campaign trail, when it came time to organize voters, Montell was unstoppable. His votes poured in from across the globe, allowing him to capture 49 percent of the vote in the Tucson Weekly Readers’ Presidential Endorsement contest.

Montell, who has worked with the Peace Corps around the world, has vowed to end the war in Iraq, tackle global warming, repair the nation’s reputation abroad, improve education and reform immigration policies.

He also promised: “I will never lie to the American people.” Republican Frank McEnulty is actually running a presidential campaign as an independent, but decided to run on the GOP ticket in the Arizona primary. McEnulty, of Los Alamitos, Calif., has declared himself “completely and utterly disgusted with both political parties in the country.”

He insists that he’s got a viable chance as an outsider to capture the public’s imagination–and he proved that he’s got what it takes by winning 64 percent of the vote in the race for the Tucson Weekly Readers’ Presidential Endorsement.

Win or lose in Arizona on Feb. 5, the McEnulty campaign will go on. Track his progress at frankforpresident.org.

Now for the Tucson Weekly’s Presidential Endorsement:

On the Democratic side, four candidates reached the top tier. Sandy Whitehouse had two great strengths: her last name and her position at the top of the Democratic ballot. While we agreed with Whitehouse’s platform, it was a little too limited to win our contest, although we give her high marks for producing a sharp bumper sticker with her slogan: “Whitehouse in the White House ’08.”

Peter “Simon” Bollander created an extensive platform, but his lack of computer skills kept him from fully competing in the Project White House challenges. Still, Bollander put a lot of heart into his campaign. We get the feeling we haven’t seen the last of him, especially since he’s already talking about his 2012 run.

Libby “Doctress Neutopia” Hubbard was a whirling dervish on the campaign trail, delivering televised messages that included cutting up an American flag and sparring with Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup. But Neutopia’s vision of a future in which we would no longer be able to take our auto out for a weekend jaunt didn’t win us over.

dscn7013.jpgOur pick went to Chuck See, an aerospace engineer at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.

See’s platform called for a better tomorrow by addressing the problems of today. As he put it:

“We have the power to fix our world. Right now, we can put everyone to work doing meaningful tasks at a reasonable wage. We can grow enough food to feed everyone. We have the capital to build efficient machines and factories and adopt renewable resources. We can repair our laws. We can elevate our educational system. We can build a better world.”

But it was See’s final address to voters during our debate that won him our support:

“I’m not sure you should vote for me,” said See, humble to the end. “You should vote for the person who’s going to represent you best in government. … You should vote for people who care about people and who care about this country.”

murphypiethumbnail1.jpgOn the Republican side, we nearly had to give the nod to Charles Skelley, who proposed a number of economic reforms aimed at dealing with the nation’s spending crisis.

But ultimately, we decided our support had to go to Sean “CF” Murphy, the GOP candidate with one good eye to look over America.

Murphy told the American people that he would take whatever stance he needed in order to win their vote. In his campaign ads, now showing on YouTube, Murphy showed us he was ready to take on anyone who stood in his way, from Mitt Romney to Chuck Norris. And he was willing to offer any promise, including granting citizenship to Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson, in exchange for support.

In short, Murphy was willing to say or do anything to get elected. And isn’t that what we’re looking for in a president?

BREAKING NEWS: World-renowned journalist endorses Obama in every state but Arizona

Writer, filmmaker, blogger and Project White House campaign strategist Dave Maass of Maassive.com has endorsed Barack Obama in every state but Arizona, where he has named Libby “Doctress Neutopia” Hubbard as his only choice in the Democratic Primary.

Read more here.

Now on YouTube: The Tucson Weekly/Access Tucson/Project White House Dark Horse Presidential Candidate Debate!

The Tucson Weekly/Access Tucson/Project White House Dark Horse Presidential Candidate Debate ’08 continues to repeat at 8 p.m. tonight, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and next Monday on 99 Cox and 74 Comcast. But if that’s beyond your reach, the first few chapters are now on the Project White House You Tube Channel!

Readers’ Endorsement: Early Returns

You’re making your voice heard! Votes are pouring in from across the nation in the battle for the Tucson Weekly Readers’ Presidential Endorsement over at Project White House Central Polling Headquarters.

In the Republican race, Frank McEnulty has brought out the troops to take almost 75 percent of the vote, with Sean “CF” Murphy trailing in second place with about 18 percent. The early voters have not been won over Charles Skelley’s economic campaign, with Skelley in single digits. Can the Skelley campaign change its message in some way to capture the hearts and minds of the late voters?

Meanwhile, in the Democratic contest, sleeping giant Leland Montell has captured nearly half the vote. In second place: Sandy Whitehouse, with about 30 percent. Despite her aggressive campaign and a solid appearance in the Tucson Weekly/Access Tucson/Project White House Dark Horse Presidential Candidate Debate 08 earlier this week, Libby “Doctress Neutopia” Hubbard trails with just 8 percent of the vote.

Tucson Weekly Readers’ Endorsement: Final Voting Round Underway!

reader_poll_sbbutton-12.jpgNow’s your chance to cast a ballot in the final round of voting in the Tucson Weekly Readers’ Endorsement!

The final five Democrats: Sandy Whitehouse, Libby “Doctress Neutopia” Hubbard, Leland Montell, Richard Grayson and Michael Oatman.

The final five Republicans: Charles Skelley, John McGrath, Sean “CF” Murphy, Frank McEnulty and Rhett Smith.

Cast your ballot now!