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Democratic Maryland Re-Elects Republican Governor

On Tuesday, as a part of the momentous 2018 midterm election, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan was re-elected for a second term in office. Hogan is a fairly popular figure, and there is always the added factor of incumbent advantage, so why is this so unusual? Larry Hogan is a Republican. Maryland is a deeply democratic state; in 2016 votes for Hillary Clinton outnumbered votes for Donald Trump by about 26.4 percent and in 2012 former


Here’s Why Florida Restoring Voting Rights To Felons Is Important

In a key-ballot initiative, Florida will now restore voting rights to citizens convicted of felonies, with the exception of murder and sex offenses, after they serve their time. Approximately 1.5 million people are currently barred from voting in Florida because of past felonies, a statistic that represents 10% of Florida’s adult population. 64% of Floridians agreed to restore felon voting rights. The key-ballot initiative required for a majority of 60% support to pass. Previously, felons


Washington State Rejects Climate Change Initiative

During the last two years, climate change has taken the back seat. Between the looming threat of nuclear war, children being put in cages, and rampant transphobia in the White House, it’s no surprise that carbon emissions aren’t at the forefront of people’s minds. However, with the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords and the Trump Administration’s complete neglect of the issue, the deadline for global catastrophe is only moving up. On Tuesday, Washington

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The Social and Political Impact of America’s 2018 Midterms

What are midterm elections and what do they mean for US politics? Midterms, as the name may suggest, are elections that occur halfway between each presidential election. During these, all 435 members of the House of Representatives and one third of the Senate (35/100) are up for election; members of the House are up for election every second year, whereas Senators serve six-year terms. Fifty-one seats are needed for a party to gain control of


Why The ‘V Word’ is So Important

In America, the Constitution’s amendments grant power to the citizens. With the 15th Amendment, black men were able to vote. With the 19th Amendment, women were able to vote. Voting was something that everyone wanted to do, could be involved in. A right that all citizens in the United States had and can use to mold the government in the way that they wish. Of course, just because of the amendments, that didn’t mean these


Explaining the Divisions Between Liberals and Realists Concerning Conflict

Realism is the belief that states are the most important and authoritative actors in global politics, and their primary goal is to protect their own interests. Liberals believe that the states interests in global politics are linked and interdependent, and best advanced through states working closely with each other to achieve a common goal. Realists are skeptical about interdependence because of their pessimistic view of human nature; everyone acts in their own self-interest. In the


Ben & Jerry’s Releases Anti-Trump Flavored Ice Cream

It seems that the current climate has pushed companies to appeal to the masses like never before by taking political stands. Big industries such as Microsoft have even become political by stating they will protect their undocumented & DREAMer employees. More and more companies are taking risks to appeal to the liberal market, including Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. B&J’s has been teasing their new flavors for hours until they went live at 10 AM on Oct. 30th.


Who is Brazil’s New Far-Right Leader Jair Bolsonaro?

This week Jair Bolsonaro won the Brazilian presidential vote (55.7%), defeating leftist candidate Fernando Haddad. His victory in the largest country of Southern America marks the beginning of a new era. Who is Bolsonaro? Bolsonaro graduated from military academy in 1977 during the military dictatorship Brazil underwent from 1964 to 1985. He became captain by the time Brazil was democratic in the mid-1980s and won a seat in congress in 1990. His values? A reason why many

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Brazilian Election: The decision is Easier Than You Think

Brazil is going through a delicate moment. The presidential elections have never been as polarized and controversial as 2018’s have been. On one side, there is Haddad. A leftist candidate who has a speech that resonates with social commitment, but at the same time, whose political party (“PT”) has had involvement with corruption and money laundering over the years. On the other side, there is Bolsonaro. A self-proclaimed conservative, with speeches of hatred and prejudice going


Nikki Haley’s Resignation is Important- Here’s Why

The announcement of Nikki Haley’s resignation seemed incredibly random. Officials within the White House were caught off-guard when reporters asked about the circumstances of her resignation, because they had no idea she was planning to resign.  In the Oval Office on Tuesday morning, President Trump and Nikki Haley discussed her leave casually and calmly, the two exchanging compliments. President Trump explained that she told him about six months ago that she may want to resign,

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