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Do We Feel the Bern Still?

Many of us were devastated when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) lost the 2016 Democratic Primary to Hillary Clinton. So many of us — especially the youths — felt the bern. Sanders won the most ballots among voters 30 and younger. They voted for Sanders more than two million times while Clinton and Donald Trump could…

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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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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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How the Two-Party System Harms Democracy

If you were born after 1972, you’ve never seen a third-party presidential candidate receive a single electoral vote. Even in 2016’s “lesser of two evils” contest, third-party candidates combined to earn roughly five percent of the vote, the same number Ross Perot achieved on his own in 1992. Our system is becoming increasingly stratified. Presidential…