Congressional Interns are Finally Getting Paid

Congressional Interns are Finally Getting Paid

Starting in 2019, interns on Capitol Hill will be getting paid. This September, in addition to the $5 million procured for the Senate, Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) was able to secure $8.8 million for the House of Representatives to pay interns, meaning that Senate offices will be receiving an additional...

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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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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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Progress on the Agenda at K.C. Potter Center Anniversary

Progress on the Agenda at K.C. Potter Center Anniversary

This past Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of Vanderbilt’s K.C. Potter Center, which houses the Office of LGBTQI Life on campus. The building is named for K.C. Potter, who as Dean of Residential Affairs drastically improved Vanderbilt’s inclusivity towards LGBTQI students. This included allowing Lambda, Vanderbilt’s undergraduate LGBTQI club, to...

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OPINION: Intra-Party Misogyny Does Not Spare Republicans

OPINION: Intra-Party Misogyny Does Not Spare Republicans

   On August 2nd, 2018, the Republican primary for Governor of Tennessee ended with the outsider candidate with no political experience on top. Diane Black, being the first female Chair of the House Budget Committee and having positive relations with the President, was seen as a formidable candidate with an equally...

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Recap: Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle

Recap: Kavanaugh Confirmation Battle

        Last weekend, Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was confirmed by the  U.S. Senate as the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Justice Kavanaugh will be replacing his former boss, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the position during the summer....

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Cuomo and Nixon Vie for the Governorship, Future of the Democratic Party

Cuomo and Nixon Vie for the Governorship, Future of the Democratic Party

Following the surprise Democratic primary victory of political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Joe Crowley, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, an intense debate over the future of the party was ignited. Ocasio-Cortez’s win left political analysts wondering if her Democratic socialist message can appeal to voters outside of the...

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