Election 2018 How Matt Haney surprised everyone Even himself

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Prior to yesterday’s election, Matt Haney’s campaign told me they’d be thrilled if he captured 40 to 45 percent of the early vote and stood seven to 10 points ahead of the competition. A number of political observers I spoke with had a hard time gauging the race, or felt Haney would grind out an excruciating ranked-choice-voting win. There was also shadowy talk yesterday of “polls” putting Sonja Trauss within spitting distance, due to the YIMBY candidate’s “superior ground game.”Haney recorded close to 60 percent of the vote, and was 30 points up at the end of the night. He had 500 people out on the street yesterday. He has declared victory.Is he surprised? Yes he is. “The scale of it is larger than we thought. But I thought we did do what we needed to do in order to win,” Haney says. “But, yeah, I am surprised.”Hindsight is always 20/20, but Haney’s big win is less surprising when you begin analyzing his approach versus his opponents’. He got money and people into the field early, countering a late cash dump from outside interests. He got big-name endorsements from mainstream figures, such as Gavin Newsom or Kamala Harris — which convinced the more affluent voters in District 6 that he was no crazy lefty. Email Addresscenter_img He then used that as cover to run an intense on-the-ground campaign. Sen. Scott Wiener was a huge Trauss supporter, but Haney’s approach of knocking on thousands of doors and targeting thousands of voters looks an awful lot like the approach Wiener used to win the District 8 supervisor’s race a decade ago.Presumptive Supervisor-elect Matt Haney boogied onto the stage to James Brown’s “Get Up Off That Thang.” Photo by Lauren Smiley.Independent Expenditure money to the tune of $700,000 was bestowed upon Haney’s opponents. But, especially now, it’s hard to say that was money well spent. District 6 is not only difficult to poll, it’s also difficult to win if you’re relying heavily on phone-banking or TV/online advertising. The on-the-ground Johnson/Trauss workers bought with IE money were not the most plugged in. “A few of them tried to hand me their stuff,” Haney says. “They didn’t know who I was.”These workers are not the most interactive. They have a tendency to do things like leave 10 door hangers on the front gate of a 10-unit building, which is one step removed from throwing them in the recycling bin.On election eve, Trauss posted a Facebook video of herself exhorting volunteers during a mobilization effort. She urged them to strike up conversations with random folks wandering through SoMa. And why not ask these people if you can canvass within their buildings? “They might say yes! There’s no downside.”There’s an old saying that’s applicable here: Random stomping seldom catches bugs. Haney’s campaign didn’t just haphazardly wheedle strangers to let them into condos or SROs. They had 120 building captains who’d open the door, and managed to gain entry to some 600 buildings overall.Haney’s campaign had targeted lists. Conversations were tracked and followed-up. On canvassers’ cell phones, individuals’ histories were recorded; you’d know that you had called a person seven times, had one discussion, and that they were undecided. Two weeks before election day, Haney’s campaign had identified 7,000 likely voters. The next two weeks were devoted to wrangling these people to vote — and, it seems, a high percentage of them did just that. They were tracked, after all.One has to be wary of anecdotes, but this one sent to us by a District 6 resident seems awfully representative:Matt Haney had a much more diligent ground game — as this D6 apartment resident can attest. In the last few weeks, a Haney worker knocked at my door, followed by another from a tenant’s rights group and then yet another from a labor group, all working on behalf of Haney. (Our building is of the locked SoMa variety, so you have to have a game plan to get in.) I returned from lunch Saturday to another Matt Haney brochure, purportedly signed in green marker by Matt Haney himself, writing he was sorry he missed me. On Election Day, they called me on the phone making sure I voted, and posted a Haney poster on my door — and all this is with me never saying a committal word about voting for Matt Haney. I only ever got mailers from Sonja Trauss and Christine Johnson. I’m not saying how I voted, but I did have the feeling of Matt Haney’s wide smiling face looking over my shoulder as I did.There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this election. Whether our leaders choose to do so will loom large in all of our lives in the months and years to come. last_img read more

IT is extremely sad to report the passing of Wilf

first_imgIT is extremely sad to report the passing of Wilf Smith, who will be familiar in particular to those people who watched the team from the mid 1950s to the late 1960s.Born in 1935, Wilf was a stalwart of his home-town club and was present at Langtree for the Players’ Association luncheon a few weeks ago – as he always did – where he was in the company of his many friends and team-mates.He was a stalwart of the St. Helens club – the ultimate clubman, in fact – and it is quite true to say that the game was in his blood. His father, Tommy, was a fine second-row forward with the old St. Helens Recs team between the wars and was part of the famous ‘Smith, Fildes and Mulvanney’ back three!Unfortunately, Tommy, who played more games for the Recs than anyone else [460] died when Wilf was in his very early childhood, but Wilf was naturally extremely proud of his father’s achievements. The family rugby links have continued: it should also be noted that Wilf’s son-in-law is Gary Connolly, who enjoyed a fine career in club and international football.Wilf was a great all-round footballer, with good hands and a clinical tackler. He signed for the Saints from the Clock Face amateur club on 15 September 1955 and learned his trade in the ‘A’ team before making his debut against Halifax at Knowsley Road, on 12 November 1955. He was stand-off that afternoon, with his great friend Austin Rhodes at scrum-half. The Saints won 13-8 in front of over 18,000 and at hooker was Frank McCabe, whose death was also recently reported.His progress was rapid and he formed a superb partnership at stand-off outside the legendary scrum-half Alex Murphy in 1958/59, a season when the Saints won the Championship Final after an epic 44-22 victory over Hunslet. Wilf scored a magical try in the second half, slicing through the opposition defence in a 30 yard run to the line.The Smith-Murphy combination at half-back was once again seen at its best at Wembley in 1961, when the Saints beat deadly rivals Wigan 12-6 in the baking sun.Wilf’s prodigious work-rate and solid defence were one of the features of his team’s success. He appeared in three more Championship Finals, in 1965, when the Saints lost to a powerful Halifax side at Swinton and two years later, when Wakefield Trinity lifted the silverware after a replay at the same venue, in front of 33,000 spectators!Wilf played in every position in the backs for Saints during his career and never gave anything less than one hundred percent! It was indeed a pity that such a fine player never achieved county recognition, but competition in those days was tough.Wilf played just 15 matches in Saints four cups season in 1965/66, as a result of a persistent knee injury, although he appeared in five Lancashire Cup Finals for the club, winning four, against Swinton (1961 and 1962), Leigh (1963), when he played left centre and scored a memorable try and in the replayed final against Warrington in 1967, when he was centre to the great Tom Van Vollenhoven.His much-needed experience in the back line was a major contribution to Saints 13-10 success. All told, he played in ten major finals for the club, including replays – a fantastic achievement. He will always be remembered as a solid, reliable footballer and he was awarded a well-earned Benefit in the 1967/68 season.His last game for the Saints was on the subs bench with Bobby Wanbon against Swinton at Knowsley Road on April 7 1969, when the home team won 40-5. Wilf made 205 appearances overall, scoring 55 tries during his fourteen years as a Saint. He spent much of his latter years at Knowsley Road helping out the youngsters in the A team, with occasional matches in the First Team, where he invariably never let anyone down.Wilf took up a coaching position with Blackpool Borough and became Assistant Coach at Wigan, with George Fairburn and Maurice Bamford in the early 1980s, before becoming involved with the amateur game at Blackbrook and Bold. He remained knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the modern game and was inducted into the Saints’ Players Association Hall of Fame, an honour he particularly cherished.Indeed, his appetite for the game never seemed to wane and he attended numerous functions over the years involving the Saints. He was a lovely man, who always had time for a chat and he was well-respected in the wider rugby league community too.We pass on our condolences to his family at this sad time.Alex Servicelast_img read more

Millions of lights Months of prep work for annual Christmas show

first_img “We have two miles of trail through the woods and around the vineyard where we have lights decorated and large ornaments set up,” Lu Mil Vineyard and Winery owner Ron Taylor said.To make the holiday deadline, work actually began back in September. The number of lights? Well, let’s just say countless!“It’s hard to keep up with them,” Taylor said. “There probably a couple million lights out here.”Related Article: Faith group makes hundreds of Christmas meals to share God’s loveWhat is now Lu Mil Vineyard and Winery is where Taylor grew up. He ran around these same fields that he has worked to preserve for future generations. The Christmas light show is just one way he’s doing that.“It’s pretty much an all year thing because it takes a couple months to put them up, a couple months to put them down and then the rest of the year we are planning for the next season and looking for new decorations.”The drive thru festival of lights, candy store, country buffet, and even a visit from old Saint Nick himself will fill his family’s land during the holidays.“I really think my parents would be overjoyed if they saw this. it’s a rewarding experience to me to keep it going because like I said mom was always cooking for everyone in the community.”Taylor opens up his home each year to be a place where families can enjoy fellowship and share the Christmas spirit.The light show starts Thanksgiving weekend and lasts through December 23.Taylor suggests coming early because the lines get pretty long the closer we get to Christmas. DUBLIN, NC (WWAY) — It’s hard to believe the holidays are not that far away but one Bladen County business is already gearing up for their annual light show.Yes, it’s still October. For Ron Taylor though, his Christmas tradition takes months of preparations.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Support the Port gives away free turkeys

first_img The second annual “Turkey Bowl Tuesday” event took place at Morning Glory Coffeehouse on Dawson street. It started at 11 a.m. and lasted until the group ran out of turkeys to give away.“We were able to give away every turkey,” Support the Port Foundation Founder Cedric Harrison said. “No turkeys left behind, so we feel like no family left behind, so everything was pretty much a success.”Harrison estimates about 150 turkeys were given to families in the community, and hopes the event continues to grow in the coming years.Related Article: Support the Port among winners of disaster recovery grantThe mission of Support the Port is to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for residents of Wilmington. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thanksgiving is just two days away, and on Tuesday morning groups in the Port City made sure families in need have something on the table.Support the Port and On Da Edge Barbershop along with other community members gave away free turkeys to families in Wilmington.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Whiteville woman organizes donations for trooper shot in Wilson County

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Whiteville woman is putting together a sweet surprise for a cause that is close to her heart.Priscilla Jacobs is collecting donations for Trooper Daniel Harrell, who was shot earlier this week in Wilson County. Jacobs’s husband is a state trooper, and she was close friends with Trooper Kevin Conner.- Advertisement – When she found out about Trooper Harrell, she wanted to do something.Jacobs has been collecting cards and small gifts made by students around the county.Jacobs says cards can be brought to Sugar and Spice in Whiteville.Related Article: Hundreds ride across NC in honor of late trooperThere is also a GoFundMe and a bank account set up. Click here to donate to the GoFundMe.If you would like to donate to the bank account, you can visit your local State Employees Credit Union and give them Account Number 62389662.Jacobs says all the money will go to helping Harrell’s recovery.last_img read more

75000 meals packed at Coastal Christian High School for children in Haiti

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Coastal Christian High school believes that hope changes everything for children in Haiti.Hope Changes Everything is a nonprofit organization that sends underprivileged children in Haiti to school with a nutritious meal every day.- Advertisement – Saturday, volunteers packed 75 thousand meals to send to Grand-Goâve, a commune in Haiti.Founder, Renee Hunter is pleased with the turnout of volunteers and their accomplishments.“By offering them an academic education, a spiritual education and nutrition we give them a chance to hope and we make them, the people in Haiti that can change their abject poverty into something else,” said Hunter.Related Article: Coastal Christian’s Kinlaw overcomes adversity to play college ballThe meals are being loaded onto a ship that will transport them to Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and be distributed by Coastal Christian’s missionaries.last_img read more

Spruce up your yard at annual spring plant sale in Burgaw

first_img Master Gardener Gary Mintier says that the spring sale is always important, but this year’s is particularly unique.“It’s especially important this year because we grew a lot more than we normally do because Florence had a huge impact on vendors that normally would’ve supplied us with herbs and vegetables,” Mintier said.The event continues through Saturday at the Pender County Extension Center, located at 801 South Walker Street, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you live in Pender County and your green thumb is itching, you can soothe it in Burgaw.Vegetables, plants, flowers, herbs, and more is at the Pender County Extension Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale.- Advertisement – last_img

NC chief justice to tour hurricanedamaged court facilities in Pender County

first_img The Pender County Courthouse needed extensive interior repairs, including removal of mold, remediation of lead paint and asbestos mastic, roof and masonry repairs, and windows and wood trim and interior and exterior architectural feature restoration.Officials say complicating the restoration process is the fact that the courthouse is a national registered historical structure. They say it requires compliance with historical preservation and restoration guidelines to receive FEMA reimbursement for the associated cost.In May, Assistant Pender County Manager Chad McEwen said the architect on the project estimates court will resume in early 2020.Related Article: North Carolina continues to rebuild six months after Hurricane FlorenceCourt clerks had complained of “sick building syndrome” last spring from conditions in their temporary location. Pender County Courthouse was damaged during Hurricane Florence. (Photo: WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — More than 10 months since Hurricane Florence caused extensive damage in Pender County, the chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is coming to check out the impact on courts in the county.Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will visit court personnel and tour the temporary court facilities Monday.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Watch Cameras are not for spying – Muscat

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Prime Minister and Leader of the Partit Laburista Joseph Muscat declared his support for increased surveillance in public places since this would help keep order where there was anti-social behavior. Referring to the introduction of abortion, he said that the party has no mandate for such legislation.Speaking at a party political activity in Qawra, part of the campaign for the MEP and Local Council elections, Muscat said that while he believed in diversity, one should not turn a blind eye to mis-behavior. This, he said is the primary reason for the need for increased vigilance.Muscat said that the PL manifesto for the general election contains a proposal for security cameras for surveillance in different localities. He said that this will be implemented in different areas and may be extended to St Paul’s Bay if the Local Council request the service. He said that the cameras will not be there for spying on the citizens and listed a number of occasions when these may come in handy.A microcosm of Maltese society.Muscat compared the transformation of St Paul’s bay to the changes which Maltese society is undergoing. He said that the different areas of this locality are as diverse as the multitude of cultures it embraces. He said that there are areas in Qawra where the residents are foreigners while the centre of Bugibba is a thriving commercial hub.The PL leader said that Europe brought with it free movement of people and this means that as Maltese can go to live and work abroad, so, too, can foreigners come to Malta. No mandate to introduce abortionMuscat referred marginally to the issue of abortion saying that the government had no mandate to introduce abortion so discussion is futile. He said that government is in favour of live, which is why, he said, government had introduced IVF.The Embryo Protection Act was promulgated in 2012Leader of the Labour Party Joseph Muscat is addressing a political activity in St Pauls Bay.The event is broadcasting live from 18.30PM.WhatsApplast_img read more

Violence tarnishes Napolis win

first_imgNapoli emerged victorious against FC Zurich thanks to goals by Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Piotr Zielinski but their win was marred by fan violence in the streets surrounding Stadion Letzigrund.According to Italian journalist Carlo Alvino, Napoli fans were attacked less than a mile away from the stadium whilst cars with Italian number plates were also targetted by Swiss supporters. He also pointed out that the local police force failed to stop groups of fans from storming towards each other.The second leg between the partenopei and FC Zurich will take place on Thursday, 21st February.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more