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Toe the Line: Penn Democrats | Elect Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty

(11/08/16 4:10am)

Voting in a swing state like Pennsylvania carries with it an obligation to the rest of the country to carefully consider our options in each race. In particular, the Senate race between Katie McGinty and incumbent Pat Toomey has shaped up as a crucial one with national implications. Regardless of how you intend to vote for president and for Senate on Tuesday, we have one simple request for you. Before you leave for the polls, block out some time for yourself to think. Turn off your computer, ignore social media, don’t engage in arguments that quickly devolve into partisan insults. Just sit and really think for a few minutes. I promise, you can do it.

Toe the Line: Penn Democrats | Gun violence

(10/17/16 3:40am)

On October 5, 2015, Penn was one of many Philadelphia-area colleges that lived under the threat of an anonymous online post foreshadowing a mass shooting. Due in part to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College just days before, there was a palpable sense of tension on campus. Security was increased and some professors, out of an abundance of caution, even cancelled classes for the afternoon.

Toe the Line: Penn Dems | The United States should embrace immigrants

(03/17/16 3:13am)

One of the most pressing issues in this presidential election has been illegal immigration and its effects on America. Rhetoric from many in the Republican field — particularly Donald Trump — has caused many Americans to see immigrants as threats in need of deportation. However, we must resist the urge to scapegoat broad swaths of the population and should instead treat all immigrants with compassion and dignity.

Toe the Line: Penn Democrats | Justice Scalia's Replacement Should Get a Timely Hearing

(02/25/16 4:39am)

The sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Feb. 13 almost immediately became a dominant news story in American politics. Within hours of Justice Scalia’s death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that “this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.” On Tuesday, McConnell affirmed that any person that President Obama nominates will not even get a hearing in the Senate.