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"
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"
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"
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"
George Gulino, JHU: “The four most dangerous words in investing are: ‘this time it’s different.’ ” -Sir John Templeton Replace the word ‘investing’ with ‘economic policy’, and the saying still holds true. “This time it’s different” should be the motto of those voices still calling for deeper and more prolonged expansionary monetary policy. They bemoan […]Read more "This Time It’s Different"
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"
Dana Ettinger, JHU: Indiana has been in the spotlight the past few weeks for its attempt to pass a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While not the first state to do so, it is the most recent and is gaining more press coverage than previous attempts. The text of the bill, SB 101, […]Read more "Religious Freedom or Freedom to Discriminate?"
Tyler Lewis, UMBC: Now that we have arrived in the year 2015, the pot of potential candidates for the 2016 General Election has dwindled down, painting a clearer picture on the political figures we might see debating at the primaries next year. Below I will analyze the top two candidates for both the Democratic and […]Read more "Frontrunners for the 2016 Presidential Election"