Congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley holds media roundtable for college students

Boston City Councilor and candidate for Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives Ayanna Pressley held a college media roundtable at the More Than Words bookstore in Boston last night. At the roundtable, Pressley took questions from student journalists from Tufts, Harvard University, Boston University and Northeastern University. Directly following the […]

Looking Out: Democratic disappointment

The past week has been a reminder of why the Democratic Party is a constant disappointment. After giving up on keeping public attention on guns, knowing Congressional Republicans were unlikely to budge, Democrats moved on to what turned out to be a consensus issue. Democrats and Republicans came together to relax banking regulations. This tone-deaf […]

Red, White and True: The two-party system: Where does it go from here?

“Neither political party is clean when it comes to tactics that divide our people.” – Roy Barnes In the wake of the 2016 election, when Democrats voted Republican, Republicans voted Democrat and some voted for no one at all, there has never before been such concern for the inevitable demise of the two-party system. According to […]

Red, White and True: The failure of the American Healthcare Act

“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” – Walter Cronkite On Friday afternoon, the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, the signature healthcare law implemented by the previous presidential administration, died a quick and painful death. The bill was supposed to come to a vote on the House floor, but was pulled […]

Newton mayor, governor hopeful discusses his state policy vision

Setti Warren, two-term mayor of Newton, spoke about his experience and legacy as a public servant and his goals for state policy at an event on Tuesday night in Paige Hall. While Warren, who is reportedly considering a run for governor of Massachusetts as a Democrat, has not made an official announcement, he told the Daily that […]

Op-Ed: Lessons learned

The Democrats lost the presidential election, while failing to regain control of the House or the Senate. This necessitates some hand-wringing and strategizing. But so far, the lessons that have emerged from Nov. 8 have largely been the wrong ones. Buoyed by the notion that this election was swung by a white, populist uprising, Democratic […]

The Arena: The Democratic blues

Who would’ve thought it would be the Democrats in such disarray after these elections? Coming into Tuesday’s elections, the talking heads (and your favorite columnist) were predicting the inevitable schism of the Republican Party. Instead, we have a president-elect who has never held office and a Democratic Party on the ropes. There is no two […]

Republicans keep grip on U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate will remain held by the Republican Party after Tuesday’s election, with the Republicans holding 52 seats versus the Democrats’ 47 seats at press time, Republicans held their ground in most competitive races, staving off a Democratic wave that could have flipped control of the chamber. While the Democrats held on to seats in Nevada […]

Point-Counterpoint: The Union’s debate on the two-party system

‘Point-Counterpoint’ juxtaposes two opposing perspectives on polarizing issues and debates. The following responses were written by members of the Tufts student group The Union, summarizing both sides of their recent debate on the two-party system. Students on either side were asked to respond to the prompt ‘This campus believes that the two-party system facilitates democracy.’ The case […]

CIVIC hosts debate between Tufts Democrats and Republicans

Approximately 100 students gathered to watch two Tufts Republicans and two Tufts Democrats argue on behalf of the opposing side’s party platform in Tufts CIVIC’s “The Last Debate” on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the ASEAN Auditorium. First-years Robert Whitehead and Bennett Brain of Tufts Republicans faced off against Tufts Democrats sophomore Nesi Altaras and senior Ben Kaplan. […]