Battle for the Senate: Six races to watch in 2018

Texas: Cruz vs. O’Rourke Sen. Ted Cruz is facing a tough battle for a second term against Beto O’Rourke, an upstart Democrat representative who has gained national media attention for his progressive platform and cross-Texas campaign trips. O’Rourke made a name for himself by rejecting direct funding from political action committees and in-house pollsters — two hallmarks of […]


The Tide: Colin Allred

At a campaign event in Somerville Monday night, John Walsh — architect of Deval Patrick’s extraordinary 2006 gubernatorial win here in Massachusetts — said that he was focused on electing people of color to office in the upcoming midterms. “They’re the ones who will excite us and lead us across the board,” Walsh said. Colin Allred is one of those exciting candidates. Raised in Dallas, Allred has a unique […]


Students gain insight, get politically active by working on state, national campaigns

As American politics have evolved, political campaigns have become larger and more expensive. One aspect of campaigns that has expanded is the network of staffers, fellows and volunteers. According to a Dec. 31, 2015 Politico article, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign employed around 89,000 volunteers. This form of political participation is very present among Tufts undergraduates. […]


Common Ground: a liberal perspective on Trump supporters

It has been over a year since the 2016 election, and still, liberal bastions of higher thought continue to label Trump’s voting coalition as ignorant, racist, misogynistic, Islamophobic … the list goes on. In some cases, it isn’t hard to find evidence to support such claims, and Trump himself mounts a weak defense. The months preceding his presidency were marred by missteps and scandals. […]


Op-Ed: 2020 is around the corner, Democrats need a driver

With midterm elections at the end of this year, it seems that the common rhetoric revolves around the idea that Democrats will be able to, and are going to, sweep open seats across districts and states. Of course, with a recently substantial list of election victories, the conclusion that 2018 is the Republican Party’s worst […]


Op-Ed: The Democrats’ rift grows thanks to Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile’s Nov. 2 article for POLITICO was well-written, well-expressed and definitely a great promotion for her new book, “Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House.” It was interesting to read the excerpt about her time as the interim chair of the Democratic Party after Debby […]


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: Trump at Three Months

“The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.” — Lyndon B. Johnson This Thursday marks the three-month anniversary of January 20, or the date that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Following […]


Tim Kaine speaks at Tufts in Tisch College event

U.S. Senator and 2016 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine (D-VA) reflected on last year’s presidential election and gave his prognosis for the future of the Democratic party, speaking in a mostly-full Cohen Auditorium on Monday morning. The talk, which was part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life’s Distinguished Speaker Series, was moderated by Dean […]


Donald Trump inaugurated as 45th president

Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States last Friday at noon, on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. His inauguration was the first time a total political outsider, who has never served in public office or the military, assumed the nation’s highest office. The number of people […]


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