Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

Amendment One Passes in Nashville Increasing Community Oversight of Metro Police

As Nashvillians took to the polls during the 2018 midterm elections, they were voting for more than just their next representatives. The ballot also featured several proposed amendments to the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Charter, one of which signals a major shift in the city’s policing practices. Amendment One,...

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Midterm Madness: New Jersey

Midterm Madness: New Jersey

While New Jersey has been a traditional Democrat stronghold, the incumbent Senator has been put in a precarious situation due to recent corruption charges and trial. In the House, Trump’s rhetoric has put a key Republic district at risk as the Democrat challenger seeks to make history as the first...

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Vanderbilt Students Campaigning: A Closer Look at Politics Outside the Bubble

Vanderbilt Students Campaigning: A Closer Look at Politics Outside the Bubble

This past Friday, I spent a chilly afternoon knocking on doors in a Southeast Nashville neighborhood. With a clipboard in one arm, and a stack of pamphlets in the other, I practiced my speech on the sidewalk. Hello, My name is Katie, and I’m canvassing for Democratic candidates in Tennessee....

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Midterm Madness: Florida

Midterm Madness: Florida

Florida has historically been a battleground state in politics, and this year is no exception. President Obama carried this state in 2008 and 2012, but President Trump took it in 2016. A mix of Southerners, Northeastern transplants, and Hispanic immigrants, Florida has been a political wildcard for much of its...

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Why Liberals Shouldn’t Always Oppose Trump

Why Liberals Shouldn’t Always Oppose Trump

Although the abject horror of the Kavanaugh debacle makes it difficult to recall the impact of preceding events, some weeks prior, the news media exposed the extent to which Donald Trump’s own cabinet has sabotaged said agenda. Bob Woodward’s Fear and an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times set...

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No, Taylor Swift Did Not Save Phil Bredesen

No, Taylor Swift Did Not Save Phil Bredesen

On October 7, just two days before the voter registration deadline in Tennessee, Taylor Swift broke her political silence. In a lengthy Instagram caption she endorsed Senate Candidate Phil Bredesen (D-TN) and House incumbent Jim Cooper (TN-05), two Tennessee Democrats, in an unanticipated move that some predict will impact the upcoming...

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The DA Who Freed Meek Mill Is Revolutionizing Criminal Justice in Philadelphia

The DA Who Freed Meek Mill Is Revolutionizing Criminal Justice in Philadelphia

Philadelphia based rapper Meek Mill was first arrested at the age of 19, when during a 2007 drug bust, “police allegedly used Meek’s head as a battering ram.” He was served with an illegal carry charge and has since been at the whim of the Philadelphia criminal justice system. Meek...

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In The Wake Of Kavanaugh Hearing, Anita Hill Visits Campus With A Message Of Justice And Empowerment

In The Wake Of Kavanaugh Hearing, Anita Hill Visits Campus With A Message Of Justice And Empowerment

After the growth of the #MeToo movement caused a mass reflection on how many men in positions of power continue to act inappropriately around women, the events of Clarence Thomas’ 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing gained a newfound relevance. Thomas’ hearing was defined by the sexual misconduct allegations levelled against...

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Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Restricting Speech is a Disaster for Democracy

Every major social development in our country’s brief history has come about through the freedom to discuss ideas without impunity. In antebellum America, the abolitionist movement found strength in framing slavery as a reprehensible, immoral evil, a narrative that grew in acceptance and established itself as truth after a bloody...

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What is Single Payer? An Explainer

What is Single Payer? An Explainer

Thanks to fierce backing by well-known progressives like Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, debates over single-payer have dominated the American healthcare policy landscape in 2018. Considering the importance of the issue and its continuing rise in the political realm, it is important to know exactly...

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