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"
Jacob Linker, Fordham University: From most of the projections thus far, along with a mixture of common sense and fear-induced hope, it seems that we will likely see Hillary Clinton win in November. Personally, I think this is the most likely outcome, but there are two factors at play that I feel deserve notice: Low voter […]Read more "Trump v. Clinton: Enthusiasm and Turnout Dynamics"
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 Elliott, UMBC: This year, an extraordinarily rare moment in American politics may be actualized: a brokered convention. A brokered convention is a situation in which no single candidate has secured a majority of delegates. The last election cycle with a truly open convention was the 1920 Republican National Convention. In that convention, there were […]Read more "Brokered Convention"
Matthew Petti, JHU: 2014 has been a year of miracles for American politics. An election that could very well have been Bush-Clinton, a clash of Establishment families, turned out to be much more interesting. An arduous primary season has narrowed the race down to five candidates, with the addition possibility of a third-party campaign by […]Read more "What I Saw at an Anti-Trump Rally"
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"
Alex Fine, JHU: As establishment Republicans come to terms with the very real possibility that the authoritarian, populist, and pseudo-fascist Donald Trump will be their party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential election, many in the United States are struggling to explain how such a brash and divisive figure was able to gain traction in their […]Read more "The Rise of the Right"