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The morality of voting for the “lesser of two evils”

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 19, 2020

Voting as it is practiced under U.S. “democracy” is a process by which eligible people are obligated to choose between narrowly determined policies and politicians. All youth under the age of 18, convicted...

Photo contributed by Peter Shultz.

Pandemics, protests and politics: Melissa Harris-Perry delivers talk on race

Grace Fassio, Staff Reporter November 19, 2020

The Race, Violence and Health academic theme group hosted a talk by Professor of Politics and International Affairs Melissa Harris-Perry entitled "Blackness 2020: Pandemic, Protest and Politics" on Monday,...

What this record-breaking election can tell us

Ava Liponis, Columnist November 12, 2020

The 2020 election is finally over and broke quite a few records. Voters set a new record for early votes, casting 101 million pre-election ballots. This figure is roughly twice as high as the number of...

Upcoming event: “Strategies for Responding to Election-Related Stress”

Sean Gannon, News Editor October 30, 2020

Stressed about next week’s election? Join ASWC, Whitman Votes and the Counseling Center staff for their event “Finding Space Amidst the Race: Strategies for Responding to Election-Related Stress”...

Washington’s controversial Referendum 90, explained

Sean Gannon, News Editor October 22, 2020

Washington voters will soon decide whether a comprehensive sexual health education mandate will be enacted into law. Senate Bill 5395 — passed by the Legislature along party lines in March — requires...

Democratic candidates should act like your cool government teacher

Scout Hutchinson, Columnist September 17, 2020

Election night 2016, I found myself confused and bewildered while my dog slept soundly beside me (oblivious to what was going on... Oh to be a dog!), hoping for the delegate numbers to magically change....

The underlying sexism of “electability” politics

Ava Liponis, Columnist September 17, 2020

The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary began with a gender diverse field of candidates only four years after the first female presidential candidate was nominated by the Democratic Party. I mean, it’s...

Illustration by Anika Vučićević

Heated liberal snowflakes reveal Buttigieg’s rat family via Twitter

Maddie Ott February 20, 2020

Soon after the debauchery of the Iowa Caucus, the most extreme of Bernie supporters realized that they could leverage their power against the threat of Buttigieg’s "Boomer" sponsor system. Fearless,...

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Kamala’s kryptonite

Sean Gannon, Columnist December 9, 2019

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2020 Democratic Primary is the stunning collapse of Sen. Kamala Harris. On the outset of her campaign in January, she was the betting favorite to secure the nomination....

Illustration by Elena Kaminskaia

Not all votes are equal

Sean Gannon, Columnist November 14, 2019

National polls can give you the wrong impression. Reading them, a casual observer may deduce that Democrats are primed to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Our three front-runners — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren...

Illustration by Elie Flanagan

Facebook’s new advertising policy

Mat Chapin, Columnist November 7, 2019

In the past couple of weeks, Mark Zuckerberg has come under increasing scrutiny for Facebook’s policy concerning false and un-fact checked political advertising. In what seems to be a response to right-wing...

Don’t believe Trump’s Biden-Ukraine smear

Sean Gannon, Columnist October 19, 2019

When it comes to weaponizing misinformation for political gain, Donald Trump is a talented man. Just ask Hillary Clinton. Trump capitalized on her sloppiness with her private email server, hammering in...

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