In a Sea of Green, Only White

Alex Sadler, Johns Hopkins University As the Democratic National Convention was set to kick off, many were eagerly awaiting the arrival of who they thought would be the first woman President. The only issue? Instead of shouts for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there were calls for official Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Chants […]

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An Uneasy Peace at the DNC

Adam Rapfogel, Tufts University: Unity: political parties love to claim it and national conventions are generally designed around showcasing it, but in today’s divisive political climate, it often proves elusive. A few short weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, some delegates held one final passionate – but ill-fated – attempt to “dump Trump.” The […]

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A Look Back at Day 1 of the DNC

Anna Benham, JHU: Brimming with good cheer amid a sweltering and humid Philadelphia summer, the protesters surrounding City Hall seemed to be participants in a festival, rather than representatives of a sharp, self-destructive divide within the Democratic Party. One older woman, dressed in a tank and holding a DEMEXIT sign, described how she had survived […]

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Power Shifts In The Big Apple

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, […]

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Baltimore Mayoral Race

Griffin Baltz, UMBC: In September 2015, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake decided to not run for re-election in the 2016 mayoral race, citing a need to work on the city’s livelihood in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. Reactions to her announcement ranged from sorrow to relief, but the most striking aspect of her […]

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Bernie and Big Money

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 […]

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