George Gulino, JHU: Tuesday, April 26, was primary day across Maryland, with contests deciding each party’s candidates for a range of elected offices. Baltimoreans elected party nominees for spots on the City Council and the Mayoral race. In most cases, especially in the mayoral race, the Democratic candidate for the office is simply assumed to […]Read more "Baltimore Votes in Primary Elections"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: At this point in the election, there are four big candidates remaining. Despite the fact that both Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are essentially out of the race, they are still representing a faction in their respective party that their frontrunners are not. Sanders’ democratic socialism and genuine progressivism is a stark […]Read more "The Big 4 & Their Tax Plans"
Alex Sadler, JHU: Last week, five states (Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and our very own Maryland) voted on what is being called Acela Tuesday. A significant day for the Hillary campaign, as former Secretary of State Clinton earned decisive victories in every state but Rhode Island, leading many to believe she finally extinguished the […]Read more "Maryland Votes: The Primaries Come to the Old Bay State"
Richard D. Elliott, UMBC: The Democratic Party has been, for the last 50 years or so, the home of American progressive politics. However, the rightwing surge of the 1990’s has put quite a dent in that legacy. It’d be ludicrous to argue that the Republican Party is a progressive unit, but the Democratic Party has […]Read more "The Democratic Party: How Progressive? Sincerely, A Sanders Supporter"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: The Democratic primaries have been surprisingly close. A self-described democratic socialist from Vermont who was polling at an impressive 3% when he declared his candidacy has surged, winning eight of the last nine states. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was polling around 61% when Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race, […]Read more "Power Shifts In The Big Apple"
Griffin Baltz, UMBC: The controversy over campaign finance has once again reared its head in the midst of the 2016 presidential primary. The National Rifle Association, in particular, has been targeted in the aftermath of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claim that Obama’s Supreme Court nominee would be appointed only if they were approved by […]Read more "PACs and Dark Money"
Richard Elliott, UMBC: This election cycle has been unconventional, to say the least. A year ago, Hillary Clinton had a 45 point lead on her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden. Bernie Sanders was an unknown socialist from Vermont who was polling at 4%. Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, had a narrow national lead […]Read more "The Downfall of Establishment Politics"
Tyler Lewis, UMBC: On January 30 and January 31, The New York Times, one of our nation’s most renowned print newspapers, gave its endorsements for the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. As someone who considers himself a moderate, I was extremely interested to see which candidates their editorial board had chosen to support. Upon seeing the […]Read more "New York Times’ Presidential Endorsements: Slanted Rhetoric"
Zachary Broner, JHU: As conversations about the transparency of campaign finance and dirty political money continue to heat up along with the presidential election, San Diego attorney and businessman John Cox has come up with a (fashionable) solution. Cox’s initiative, set to be vote upon by California voters in the fall of 2016, would require […]Read more "Bernie and Big Money"
Alex Sadler, JHU: After the two spectacles that Republicans dared call ‘debates’, the bar for Tuesday night’s Democratic debate was not set exceedingly high. Fortunately, the Democrats did not disappoint. Most pundits agree that Hillary Clinton seemed to be a clear winner, but many have been pointing to social media analytics showing that the people […]Read more "The First Democratic Debate, an Overview"