Lee wins rough GOP primary, Vice Mayoral race goes to runoff

Lee wins rough GOP primary, Vice Mayoral race goes to runoff

This past Thursday, Nashville was overcome with election fever. With both of the party’s primaries and the Davidson County general election coming to a close, the night was filled with predictable results and unexpected shocks. The biggest surprise of the night came on the Republican ballot for governor, where Williamson...

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A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

A Conversation with Justice Sotomayor

Naveen Krishnan contributed to this article.   Several weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor came to Vanderbilt to meet with students and faculty. Before her formal presentation at the Vanderbilt Law school, Justice Sotomayor met with various undergraduate students including correspondents from VPR, sharing her experiences and lessons she...

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Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Speaker Phoebe Clements Revisits March for Our Lives

Introduce yourself. I’m Phoebe Clements. I’m a freshman here at Vanderbilt, and I’m from Jacksonville, Florida. How did you come to get involved with March for Our Lives? I heard about it and saw it on Facebook when Abby Brafman, a freshman, posted about it. I didn’t really know much...

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Nashville’s March For Our Lives

Nashville’s March For Our Lives

March 24th 2018 brought close to 12,000 Nashvillians to the streets. Protesters and activists marched in solidarity with the victims of gun violence in hopes of common sense gun reform. Following the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, a movement, unbounded by partisan politics, formed The March for Our Lives....

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When I Would Rather Have a Public Defender

When I Would Rather Have a Public Defender

I plan on never needing a criminal lawyer, but in the event that I find myself in Skokie bond court for a minor offense, I would rather have a public defender at my side. It’s a dichotomy as old as the modern-day justice system: a brutal, opportunistic state’s attorney battles...

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Wild Weather in a Post Climate-Change World

Wild Weather in a Post Climate-Change World

Whether or not you agree with the idea of man-made climate change, it is irrefutable that climate change-related natural disasters have become increasingly frequent and destructive. Scientist report that fluctuating temperatures and unseasonable weather patterns have lead to more water vapor in the atmosphere, increasing the frequency and intensity of...

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Gun Control: What Do You Really Know?

Gun Control: What Do You Really Know?

Gun control is perhaps the most divisive issue in the US. But what are the facts behind gun control in the US? Assault weapons and universal background checks are often the two most popular talking points, so let’s dive in. This article might also explain why gun owners are so...

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Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Stories and Storytellers: Reflections on the State of the Union

Dozens of journalists and pundits have compared President Trump to the hero of All the King’s Men (a novel written by Vanderbilt alum Robert Penn Warren), the fictional governor Willie Stark, who was based on populist politician Huey Long, because Stark and Long were also political outsiders, known for free-range public speaking,...

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Don’t Underestimate the Women’s March

Don’t Underestimate the Women’s March

This past Saturday, about 10,000 people gathered in front of Nashville’s courthouse, and with them nearly 10,000 signs sharing messages like, “Keep your policies off my body!” and “Vaginas got you here, vaginas will vote you out.” Women, and the men who love them, roared, chanted, and pumped their fists...

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Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

Supreme Court May Soon Decide to Restrict Partisan Gerrymandering

As our political landscape currently stands, gerrymandering continues to be a major roadblock to fair representation in our democracy. This process of partisan redistricting is apparent in many states, and involves shaping district boundaries (often leading to highly questionable congressional maps) in a way so as to limit the influence...

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