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Politics

12/08/10 6:16am

Suburb to vote on LGBT bill

While the debate over lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights continues at the national level, one Penn student is pushing for LBGT equality locally.
12/07/10 5:32am
The Democratic Socialists and the Penn Tea Party met Monday to discuss current political issues. The five-student panel debated on topics ranging from education to the role of government in taxation.
12/07/10 5:02am

Penn Caucus brings funds to the University

The Penn Caucus — a group designed to educate members of the Pennsylvania state legislature about the value of Penn — advocates for University funding on the floor of the general assembly.
12/06/10 2:41am

Students skeptical of congressional term limits

In an election year featuring heavy anti-incumbent sentiment, dozens of incoming lawmakers have pledged to limit their congressional terms — which some Penn politicos oppose.
12/03/10 2:36am
College sophomores Isabel Friedman and Jake Shuster will take charge of the Penn Democrats as president and vice president, respectively. Having been elected Wednesday, they discussed their plans for the group with The DP.
11/24/10 4:53am

E-bullying in national spotlight

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would require universities that receive federal funding to prohibit harassment based on a student’s sexual orientation.
11/19/10 5:18am

Obama taps alum as U.N. rep

Penn alumnus Joe Torsella, an active figure in Pennsylvania government and politics, was named to a position in President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday.
11/18/10 6:20am

Jewish voters not singular bloc

As in past election cycles, Democratic candidates won a majority of the Jewish vote in the midterm elections, but the complete story of the Jewish vote is far more complex.
11/17/10 5:07am

Gov’t funding may take hit

For Penn, millions of dollars are potentially at risk with the change in political power in Harrisburg, Pa., and Washington, D.C., next year after the midterm elections.
11/16/10 5:10am
Philadelphia’s upcoming mayoral election will be the focus of efforts by Penn Democrats, Penn College Republicans and the Penn Tea Party.
11/12/10 9:07am

Analysts split on Tea Party effect

While Republicans scored a number of big wins across the country last week, netting one of the largest seat gains in Congress in half a century, Tea Party-backed candidates for Senate produced a far more mixed record.
11/10/10 5:05am
Yesterday, professors John DiIulio, Jr., Neil Malhotra and John Lapinski, all of whom teach political science, gathered as a panel to explain the results of the recent elections and forecast the future of U.S. politics for students and faculty.
11/10/10 4:22am

Pa. set for redistricting next year

The midterms were a major success for the national Republican Party, but the full results also reveal an additional Republican victory that will impact Pennsylvania for the next decade.
11/08/10 2:25am

Loss of alums in government raises funding concerns

With two Penn alumni slated to leave office, there is growing concern among administrators over the possible loss of federal and statewide funds for research.
11/05/10 5:20am
Sharif Abdel Kouddous, senior producer for Democracy Now!, is mad at the corporate media. He spoke to a small crowd Thursday night about the importance of independent media.
11/04/10 5:31am

Slight drop in youth turnout

The major races in Pennsylvania have been decided, and while statewide turnout is down compared to the 2006 midterm election, the results at Penn reveal a more complex story.
11/03/10 6:33am
The races to replace Sen. Arlen Specter and Gov. Ed Rendell are over, and as results came in, supporters of Senate nominee Joe Sestak had one word for their feelings: disappointment.
11/02/10 5:47am
At one of the last Democratic rallies this election season, Michelle Obama spoke to a crowd of 3,500 Penn students and community members about the stakes of tomorrow’s midterm election.
11/01/10 4:20am

Mideast tension plays out at Fresh Grocer

Protesters from Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, a Philadelphia-based group which supports boycotts of the Israeli state, staged a flash mob Sunday at the Fresh Grocer at 40th and Walnut streets.
11/01/10 4:20am
Monday and Tuesday, nonpartisan political groups will be expending their final efforts on making sure students get to the polls.