Matthew Petti, Columbia University It is clear that Hillary Rodham Clinton secured the Democratic Party nomination with a majority of primary votes. However, it is also clear that supporters of her rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, make up a significant portion of the party’s base. Many of these supporters feel slighted by Clinton and the party […]Read more "Sheepdogs: How Clinton Will Bring the Sanders Camp Into Her Own"
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"
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"
Richard Elliot, UMBC: As the title states, I am a Bernie Sanders supporter. I feel it is important that I disclose this before beginning my argument. I, like many other young progressives, feel that neoliberalism is not true progressivism. Sure, it beats the far-right politics currently espoused by Republicans, but it is far from what […]Read more "A Critique of Neoliberalism Sincerely, A Sanders Supporter"
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"