What’s Next: Responses to crises

Full disclosure: The connection between this week’s news event and episode of “The West Wing” (1999–2006) is rather tenuous. It is less an episode or plot point of the show and more just a quote that reminded me of something Donald Trump said a few weeks ago. I also just wanted a reason to talk […]


What’s Next: A brokered convention

The 2020 Democratic primaries have seen over two dozen candidates vying for the nomination. Now, the field has been winnowed down to four candidates, and with 2,448 delegates up for grabs in the various primaries in March, you would think we would have a clear nominee soon. Unfortunately, this is probably unlikely. Bernie Sanders is […]


What’s Next: Democrats on marijuana legalization

Elizabeth Warren announced her plan last Sunday to legalize marijuana in the United States.  The plan goes beyond legalization. She will also “scrap past federal cannabis convictions and find ways to give people with prior convictions an advantage if they want to work in the legal marijuana industry,” according to Politico. Sen. Warren also promises […]


What’s next: Truly first in the nation

Last Tuesday, over 295,000 votes were cast in the New Hampshire Democratic primary — a record turnout. Senator Bernie Sanders won the primary, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg in second and Senator Amy Klobuchar in third place. One of the first towns to vote, however, didn’t quite agree with the rest of New Hampshire. In […]


What’s Next: Censuring the president?

During the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate, Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia suggested a different method of holding the president accountable: a censure, or a “formal statement of disapproval.” Sen. Manchin said he felt a “bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump,” as opposed to voting to remove […]


What’s Next: Santos, Castro and the early states

“The West Wing,” a critically-acclaimed political drama that aired from 1999 to 2006, is more than just a nostalgia trip that reminds viewers of a time when pagers were a thing. In recent years, it’s become almost therapeutic — a way to remind ourselves that politicians can be honest, good-hearted and strive to do what’s […]


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