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What’s with the Right’s War on Marijuana Legalization?

Since California’s historic passage of Proposition 215 in 1996, which made cannabis use for medicinal purposes legal, Americans have become increasingly accepting of the drug and marijuana legalization. Today, 70 percent of American voters oppose the enforcement of federal marijuana laws. But hardline conservatives aren’t buying it. Led by attorney general Jeff Sessions, the right…

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So, How Has Trump’s First Year Affected Women’s Rights Issues Today?

Donald J. Trump’s first year in office is coming to a close, and as such, I wanted to evaluate what he truly has and hasn’t accomplished, especially in regards to women’s rights. During his time on the campaign trail, Trump made numerous promises regarding advances for women. But like most of his campaign promises, his…

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The Majority of America Identifies as Independent. So What’s With the Negative Stigma Around Moderates?

Our last election was disappointing, to say the least. I say this not necessarily from one political camp or the other, but because the majority of Americans seem to agree with this sentiment. Those of us voting in the last election mostly voted from necessity, and not from true inspiration for our candidate. We voted…

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The Division of the Western World

Have you ever heard of the state of Jefferson? Unless you’ve spent a considerable amount of time in the far northern reaches of California, you probably answered no. The idea centers on dividing California into two states, after which the northern section would go by the Founding Father’s name. What about “Calexit,” or the idea…

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Why Has Sexual Assault Become a Partisan Issue?

If a teacher, school counselor or coach stood accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl, they would face immediate suspension, if not immediate dismissal and revocation of their license. Even when a celebrity such as Kevin Spacey is accused of child molestation, there are immediate repercussions. Netflix canceled his show House of Cards, and condemnation…

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Bridging Our Partisan Divide Is Essential to Fixing U.S. Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released a report card for American Infrastructure again this past year and gave it a D+. When compared with other modern nations, and with our own development from years past, the state of U.S. infrastructure was one grade above failing. Keep in mind that another report, released in…

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Off-Year Elections: Exercise Your Constitutional Right to Vote Tomorrow!

2017 is an off-year for US elections. November 7th will see gubernatorial elections held in Virginia and New Jersey, as well as house state legislative elections in the same states. There will also be various other local elections, mayoral races and other citizen initiatives taking place. There is a lack of media coverage for these…