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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OPINION: Your Vote Matters. Period.

OPINION: Your Vote Matters. Period.

As today marks the final day to register to vote in Tennessee, voter engagement and voter registration volunteers are popping up across campus. With clipboards and tablets in hand, these moderately irritating champions of civic engagement interrupt your brisk walks to class by yelling, sometimes forcefully, “Are you registered to...

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SPOTLIGHT: Ben Lackner

SPOTLIGHT: Ben Lackner

As a rising sophomore in Vanderbilt’s Political Review, Ben Lackner has outpaced even his own expectations while working as an intern for Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown. As Brown seeks his fourth term as the city’s first African-American mayor, Lackner is responsible for the re-election campaign’s social media presence—a growing role...

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Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

You’re 21 years old. You’ve spent your adult life watching career politicians run unopposed in your county, election after election. You’ve seen voter turnout and civic engagement in your city languish. You’re sick of seeing the same men rewarded with political office over and over again, even in the wake...

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Stories from Campus

Stories from Campus

On November 8th, the United States elected Donald Trump as its next president. VPR spent the days after talking to students and curating their reactions. We will update this page as we collect more of their stories.  Theses stories were collected by Kathleen McGean, Abigail Fournier, Bailey Bowden, Lindsay Grizzard, Naveen Krishnan, Jacqui Pittman, Benjamin...

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How Vanderbilt’s Third Party Voters Feel

How Vanderbilt’s Third Party Voters Feel

This article was written by Abigail Fournier and includes testemonies gathered by Fournier and Connor Saeman.   “For those that didn’t vote or voted third party because ‘of course she’s going to win’: she didn’t. So now you get to live with the consequences of your protest vote or your...

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A Statement from the Vanderbilt College Democrats

A Statement from the Vanderbilt College Democrats

Many of us woke up yesterday excited by the prospect of electing the first female president. But the day ended in disgust. The Democratic Party wrote history by being the first major party to nominate a female candidate for president, and we formed the most progressive platform in our history....

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The Importance of the Jewish Vote

The Importance of the Jewish Vote

On May 10, 1960, John F. Kennedy, for the first time, faced serious opposition in a Democratic primary.  The race had turned to West Virginia, where the Kennedy campaign felt optimistic based on polling done months prior that showed him with a forty-point lead. However, polling a few weeks before...

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The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

The Democratic establishment owes Bernie Sanders a debt of gratitude

Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic nomination has thrown a wrench into Hillary Clinton’s coronation. Several months ago, Sanders polled in the single digits and was widely panned as ‘your crazy socialist uncle.’ Recently, his polling numbers have pulled to within a few percentage points of Clinton’s. The RealClearPolitics polling...

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How Kanye West Can Win in 2020

How Kanye West Can Win in 2020

And yes, as you probably could’ve guessed by this moment, this article is about how Kanye West could become president in 2020.  For those who don’t know, Kanye, a rapper equally famous for his raps as for his public outbursts, has announced his candidacy for 2020.  Call it a publicity stunt...

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