LBGTQ+, Politics

LGBTQ Candidates Try to Make History in 2016 Election

In the wake of a tumultuous presidential election, it is important to recognize some of the significant down-ballot electoral efforts. Hundreds of LGBTQ candidates sought office at the local, state, and federal levels this election cycle. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, an organization that works to elect LGBTQ individuals to office, endorsed 135 candidates. […]

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Politics

The U.S. Presidential Debate is Dead

The American presidential debate is dead. You probably missed it, for its life was short and largely non-televised. Unfortunately, we are now haunted by the shambling corpse of a debate littered with questions asking candidates about pop culture references and political branding over actual policy content. The presidential debate was largely born in 1858, when […]

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Politics

Where are Millennials Now?

College campuses look strikingly different today in comparison to 2008. Millions of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign bumper stickers, hats, shirts screamed enthusiasm. Not only that, but also the level of engagement online in 2008 does not even begin to compare to how it is today. With millennials currently making up 31 percent of the […]

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Politics

Kasich’s Hidden Extreme Agenda

The 2016 presidential cycle has, so far, seen Republican candidate after Republican candidate trying to out-right and out-extreme one another. With Donald Trump suggesting registering Muslims in a database and calling all Mexican immigrants “rapists,” and Marco Rubio refusing to admit that the issue of gay marriage is settled, despite the Supreme Court ruling otherwise, […]

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Politics

Why Do We Care About New Hampshire?

The New Hampshire primary is a big deal. It’s a part of the state’s identity, which politicos argue has a civic-oriented fervor. One woman said she’s felt physically ill and is losing sleep thinking about the big decision ahead of her. To date, 23 candidates have made a mind-boggling 1,725 campaign stops in the Granite […]

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Politics

Crazy for Cruz

With Governor Jeb Bush floundering and Donald Trump leading the pack for the GOP nomination, many commentators have been fairly bullish on Senator Marco Rubio’s chances of winning the nomination. As oftentimes happens, commentators try to find patterns despite the chaos. In previous races, the contest has broken off into two lanes, one in which […]

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Health, Politics

How Policy Will Trip Up Outsiders Like Carson and Trump

Policy wonks often grumble about the negligible role policy plays in the election process. Events like debates and speeches do little to encourage candidates to talk in detail about their policy proposals or give voters the tools to judge which proposals are most effective. The 2016 Republican primary may signify the low point of policy’s […]

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Gender, Politics

The Era of Mad Men and the GOP’s Congressional War on Women

The year is 1961 and the House of Representatives’ “Old Boys Club” is in full force. The pervasive paternalistic attitude causes women to not be treated as equal to their male counterparts, and they are often disrespected. Despite ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920, which gave women the right to vote, six states still […]

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Economics, Immigration, Politics

Guest Worker Programs and the 2016 Election

Immigration has emerged as a major issue on both sides of the 2016 Presidential campaign. While Democrats’ sanctuary cities and Trump’s proposed wall along the border have dominated the immigration debate thus far, guest worker programs have also proven to be a key component of candidates’ immigration proposals on both sides of the aisle. Marco […]

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