The Stunning Defeat of the Nation’s Most Trumpian Governor

The Stunning Defeat of the Nation’s Most Trumpian Governor

A little-known fact outside of Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia is that not every governor in the United States is elected during the general and midterm elections. On Tuesday, Nov. 9, two of the nation’s five off-year gubernatorial elections were held in the deeply red states of Mississippi...

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A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

A Closer Look at the Nobel Peace Prize

Since its establishment in 1901, the Nobel Prize has been awarded on a yearly basis to those who, in Alfred Nobel’s own words, “shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.” Due to its global scope, the presentation of the Nobel Prize has become one of the most widely followed...

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Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Flulapalooza! and the Politics of Vaccination

Beginning in 2010, one day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is set aside every fall to conduct a mass vaccination event now known as Flulapalooza. The event, which was held from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Wednesday, allows Vanderbilt students, staff, and faculty a quick and easy way to...

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VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

VPR sits down with Vandy’s Rep. John Ray Clemmons, candidate for Mayor of Nashville

In mid-January, state representative John Ray Clemmons (D-Nashville) announced that he would challenge incumbent Mayor David Briley in this year’s August election. Clemmons is currently representing district 55 (which includes Vanderbilt’s campus) in the Tennessee House of Representatives, a seat that he has held since 2014. Given that Briley is...

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George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, 41st President and War Hero, Dies at 94

George H.W. Bush, former president and lifelong public servant, who went from being the youngest fighter pilot in World War II to leading the country through the end of the Cold War, died late Friday night at the age of 94. Bush, who was the longest living president in American...

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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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Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

Political Anomaly Governor Charlie Baker Reveals the Utility of Deserting Partisan Polarization

It is no surprise that politics has become increasingly polarized in recent years. Ideological beliefs continue to grow further and further apart between the parties, manifested by the major increases in Congressional filibusters and the emergence of a partisan media continually blaming those of the opposite party. In addition, split...

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Recap: VCD Women in Politics Panel

Recap: VCD Women in Politics Panel

On Wednesday evening, students filled a Kissam Center classroom to discuss the role of women in American politics. The panel, hosted by the Vanderbilt College Democrats, included Vanderbilt Political Science professors Carrie Russell and Amanda Clayton, Metro Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell (District 32), Metro Councilwoman Karen Johnson (District 29), and Kristal...

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A Recap of the 2032 Republican National Convention, Day 3

A Recap of the 2032 Republican National Convention, Day 3

  I walked into the cavernous stadium and took my seat in the designated press section.  Delegates and spectators milled about on the floor below, brandishing weapons, cowboy hats, and dual-sided signs that read “Make America Great Again, Again” and “Build that Dome!” I spotted Bob Dole being wheeled into...

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Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

Technology in Political Affairs: Interview with Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas

In the wake of ISIS’ recent attacks in Paris, terror threats in Belgium, the subsequent online battle between ISIS and the hacker group Anonymous, and stories coming out about ISIS’ unrivaled online recruiting capacity, Jared Cohen’s address at Vanderbilt University last month seems prophetic. In this interview, the Vanderbilt Political...

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