We are nearing the end of a primary process that has galvanized our club and the country as a whole. We’ve seen it play out in debates, in caucuses and primaries, and on social media. In particular, we have loved hearing presentations at our meetings from student groups supporting each candidate.
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W he n voters head to the polls today in Pennsylv ania, they have the chance to make history. Since Pennsylvania changed its laws in 1968 to allow governors to serve two terms , no incumbent governor has lost a re-election bid . Today, Gov. Tom Corbett could, and should, be the first.
The economy isn’t working for everyone.
T his s ummer in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court ruled that closely-held corporations are not required to provide employees with insurance coverage for contraceptives if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs . This ruling, which partially struck down the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act , could lead to countless women losing coverage for birth control and other forms of reproductive care under their health insurance plans.
I n just th ree weeks, it’ll be Election Day. On Nov. 4, people across the nation will head to the ballot box to elect congressmen, governors and state legislators. Here in Pennsylvania, we have an important race for governor, and one thing is clear: This state cannot afford four more years of Tom Corbett.
O ve r the last few years, the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare , has received harsh criticism from the right. Candidate after candidate has called for its repeal, and the House of Representatives has voted to repeal or change the law more than 50 times . The ACA has many great elements, but one thing in particular makes it a crucial law to uphold: its support of mental health care.
T wo weeks ago, a group of young men and women savagely beat a gay couple in Center City . The attack, which left one of the gay men hospitalized, reportedly began with the group calling out homophobic slurs . Three suspects have now been charged , and while we don’t know all of the details yet, one thing is clear: This was violence motivated by hate.
F ood i s one of the basic necessities of life — a statement so obvious you’re probably wondering why we would waste our time opening our column with it. The sad truth is that one in five American children struggles with the problem of hunger. The United States is the wealthiest country on Earth, yet millions of American kids wake up each day not knowing whether they will have enough to eat. This is unacceptable.
L as t S at urday, September 13th, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. Drafted by none other than then-Senator Joe Biden, the law allocated significant new federal resources toward the investigation and prosecution of violence against women, harshened punishments for guilty parties and established the Office on Violence Against Women.
I t’s time to talk about weed. And no, we’re not talking about last Friday night at the bio pond. It’s time to talk about the discriminatory, wasteful War on Drugs.
L et u s introduce ourselves: We are the Penn Democrats, the most active political group on campus. Each semester, we host a variety of Democratic speakers, campaign for candidates and hold issue advocacy events — all promoting our beliefs and our political party.
Guest column by Penn Democrats | Daylin Leach: Fighting for Pennsylvania, fighting for Equality, fighting for You
I n the current climate of partisan gridlock, Congress needs bold, progressive leadership to tackle the difficult issues, and Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District is the perfect place to start. The race for this seat is a close one, with four Democrats - including two Penn professors - in the primary. Only one candidate, however, has proven his ability to boldly and intelligently fight for the causes we believe in and against the rampant inequality facing Pennsylvanians and all Americans. Because of our confidence that he will faithfully and passionately fight for progressive values, the Penn Democrats endorse Senator Daylin Leach for Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District and will work tirelessly to support his election to the U.S. Congress.
On a crisp Friday morning last December, children filed into schools across America. Like many of us here at Penn, they probably thought that day would be just like any other — a day of preparing for exams and anticipating the holiday break.
On Nov. 6, the Penn community faces a stark choice between two competing visions for America’s future. That choice is clear — President Obama better represents our values and interests than Mitt Romney.
Tomorrow, as Americans, we have an opportunity - and a responsibility - to make a decision about the future of our country.
Bye bye bow tie. Sen. Paul Simon has cancelled tomorrow's scheduled speech at the University because of the reopening of Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Simon (D-Ill.) was originally scheduled to speak tomorrow morning in Bodek Lounge, but as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the bow-tied former Democratic presidential candidate must remain in Washington, D.C. to hear testimony on charges that Thomas once sexually harassed a co-worker. Sponsors of the speech said that Simon has not shown any intention of re-scheduling the speech in the future. But as Simon's duties as a legislator take precedence over his responsibilities as a public speaker, many students sponsoring Simon said it would be worth missing Simon's speech if the delay resulted in Thomas' rejection by the Senate. Yoram Borenstein, of co-sponsor Penn Israel Connection, added that "I personally dislike Thomas' views, and if the fact that Simon's not coming to campus will help in getting to the bottom of the issue, then that's for the best."