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 […]Read more "In a Sea of Green, Only White"
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 […]Read more "An Uneasy Peace at the DNC"
Matthew Petti, Columbia University: 2016 is not 1968, but it looks similar in many ways: in a year of global turmoil, the Democratic nominee faces strong opposition from the Left. As in the infamous summer of 1968 in Chicago, much of this opposition manifested in street demonstrations outside the Democratic National Convention. Although Philadelphia did […]Read more "It’s (Not) Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
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 […]Read more "A Look Back at Day 1 of the DNC"
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: 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 […]Read more "Baltimore Mayoral Race"
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"