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Recent Elections & Politics Posts

 

Criminal Charges Levied Against the Former President

Brief #20 — Elections and Politics
By Zack Huffman
For four years, President Donald Trump was able to use his position as Commander in Chief to shield himself from legal action for alleged crimes committed both during and before his time in office. Four months out from President Joe Biden’s inauguration, Trump is starting to feel the burn of no longer having the presidential shield to protect him. 

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The Republican Party: Who’s Up Next?

Brief #19—Elections & Politics
By William Borque
With President Biden now leading this country, many analysts shifted their attention to the 2024 presidential election, where Republicans will once again have a chance to bring the balance of power back to their side of the aisle.  The question, however, is who they will choose to lead their party in a key time that will decide the direction of the party for decades to come.  Some suggest that they should re-nominate President Trump in an effort to revitalize his political and historical image after the tumultuous end to his presidency.  Others suggest his son, Donald Trump Jr, a similarly polarizing and loud-mouthed public figure.  Yet another suggestion, along the same vein, is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a well known Trump supporter and ardent conservative.  DeSantis is seen as the favorite to secure the nomination, but there are still plenty of others who may sneak into the picture in the coming months and years. 

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The 2020 Census Report Shifts Seven Seats in the House

Brief #18—Elections & Politics
By Rosalind Gottfried
The first report from the 2020 census data was released in April after delays stemming from issues related to the Corona virus.  This first report is utilized to inform decisions relating to the reapportionment of the 435 seats in the House; it includes data through April 1, 2020 and as such is missing data reflecting deaths from the Covid 19.  The new census shows the lowest population gain in recorded US history.  The current population, based on the number of all living persons including Native Americans, is 331,449,281.  This reflects an increase of 7.4% from the 2010 census, the second lowest since the reported 7.3% recorded in the decade of the 1930s. Thirty seven states grew more slowly than in the previous decade while three states lost population.  This trend is attributable to lower birthrates; higher death rates, and slowed immigration. 

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The Future of the Republican Party, Part 1

Brief #17—Elections and Politics
By William Bourque
On January 20th, 2021, a large part of the country collectively sighed  relief.  After  days of tumult and chaos, President Trump had finally left office, and for what felt like the first time in months, we could see a light at the end of the tunnel.  However, we were quickly reminded that just because President Trump was out of office didn’t mean that his influence and rhetoric would disappear.  However, throughout the past several months it has been made abundantly clear that the “Trumpism” is here to stay, at least for now.  With that in mind we will begin an in-depth series on our predictions for the future of the Republican Party, whether that includes former President Trump or not.

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Both Sides of the Aisle Want to Preserve the Filibuster

Brief #16—Elections and Politics
By Zack Huffman
The Democrats now have slight control of the 50-50 Senate with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker vote. Much like the former time the Democrats held the Senate, there is some discussion about whether or not to remove the filibuster, which allows the minority party to block votes on bills they are fighting. The fact that the Democrats failed to move the John Lewis Civil Rights Act past a filibuster in 2020 has further compelled some legislators to favor an end to the filibuster before the GOP can block future Senate bills. The longest filibuster to date is still the one Sen. Strom Thurmond preformed in his failed attempt to block passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The late Dixiecrat spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes before the law was finally passed 72-18. Thurmond would later switch parties from Democrat to Republican in protest over the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

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Upcoming Run-Off Elections

Brief #15—Election Campaign News
By William Bourque
As we enter this post-Trump world, we now switch focus to runoff elections being held in the wake of cabinet appointments and other events that have taken place.  Several runoff elections are being held in several districts, such as  LA-02, LA-05, NM-01, and OH-11.
In LA-02, we will be seeing a special election due to the appointment of Cedric Richmond as Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.  The district, which includes parts of Baton Rouge and New Orleans is a strong democratic seat.  Several candidates have already announced their intention to run, with the frontrunners being state senators Karen Carter Peterson and Troy Carter, who will first have to face a primary on March 20, 2021.  Senator Carter Peterson has served 20 years in Louisiana’s Congress, splitting evenly 10 years in the House and 10 in the Senate.  Senator Carter has spent 30 years in public service, ranging from State House of Rep. to New Orleans City council to State Senate.  Needless to say, the primary on March 20 is likely to decide who will ultimately win the seat.

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The Georgia Runoff Election: Who Will Win?

Brief #14—Election News
By William Borque
Early voting for the Senate runoffs has finished in Georgia, and the races are closer than ever.  As candidates  and their colleagues in the senate clash over stimulus checks and Covid restrictions, democrats, republicans, and independents alike have begun to cast their ballots. 

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Martial Law Is Not in the Cards

Brief #13—Election News
By Zach Huffman
After weeks of refusing to accept the results of last November’s election, President Donald Trump has reportedly discussed the possibility of declaring martial law as the latest in a series of attempts to retain power despite losing the election to President-elect Joe Biden.

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