Articles by: Jane Gray

The Roberts Court, June 1, 2017.  Seated, from left to right: Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony M. Kennedy, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer.  Standing, from left to right: Justices Eleana Kagan, Samuel A. Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Neil M. Gorsuch.  Photograph by Franz Jantzen, Supreme Court Curator's Office.

Supreme Court Declines Trump’s Appeal for DACA Case

March 21, 2018 at 11:49 am 0 comments

On February 26, the Supreme Court declined the White House’s request to make an immediate decision regarding whether or not the Trump administration could shut down the Barack Obama executive action commonly known as DACA. Officially called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,  the immigration policy protects approximately 700,000Read More

Rep. Jackie Speier listening to Tom Perez at a 2014 Department of Labor event. (Public domain by the Department of Labor.)

Congresswomen Lead Sexual Harassment Reform Effort

November 27, 2017 at 12:01 am 0 comments

Sexual assault and harassment allegations have grown to national prominence impacting Hollywood, the media and now extending all the way to Washington. As more and more victims come forward to speak about their instances of dealing with sexual harassment, the #MeToo movement has grown to allow victims to speak candidlyRead More

Governor Rick Scott with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi presenting a medal at the October cabinet meeting. (Public domain photo by Office of the Governor.)

Scott Proposes Opioid Legislation as Washington Wavers

October 25, 2017 at 3:50 pm 0 comments

Opioid addiction has persisted for centuries as the development and abuse of opium-based drugs have been used by society for thousands of years. The prevalence of this type of drug began with the invention of opium, which has been used to create drugs such as morphine, Percocet, OxyContin and heroin.Read More

Donald Trump and Nancy Pelosi at the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017. (Public domain DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

Trump’s Evolving DACA Stance

October 6, 2017 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

Since 2001, Congress has repeatedly attempted to solve the undocumented immigration problem through the Development, Relief, and Education for Minors Act, or DREAM Act, without much success. In 2010, the DREAM Act was able to pass through the House of Representatives but failed due to a filibuster in the Senate,Read More

Cory Booker speaking at a rally at the U.S. Capitol in 2017 [Unmodified photo by Mobilus In Mobili used under a Creative Commons license.]

Marijuana Bill Hailed as Transformative but Is Likely to Fail

August 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm 0 comments

On August 2, 2017, Senator Cory Booker, D-NJ, introduced a bill to Congress that would legalize marijuana at the federal level. Tom Angell of the pro legalization Marijuana Majority stated, “this is the single most far-reaching marijuana bill that’s ever been filed in either chamber of Congress”, because it notRead More

President Trump announces decision to withdraw from Paris climate accord in the White House Rose Garden (Official White House photo courtesy of Joyce N. Boghosian)

Withdrawing From the Paris Climate Accord: What Are the Potential Outcomes?

June 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm 0 comments

On June 1st of 2017, President Trump made the unprecedented decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, an international agreement promoting progressive environmental action. This decision was immediately met with condemnation from environmentalists and political leaders alike, for the outcome of the U.S withdrawal will weaken efforts toRead More

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with Air Force Reserve Col. James Dignan at Youngstown Air Reserve Station Ohio. (Public domain photo by the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.)

Democrats Look to Capitalize on Ros-Lehtinen Retirement

May 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

On April 30, Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced her plans to retire from Congress in 2018. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Ros-Lehtinen said this was “a personal decision based on personal considerations”. The congresswoman has been in office for more than 35 years, and claims that it isRead More

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in February 2011. (Unmodified photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license.

Trump Experiencing Historically Low Approval Ratings

April 12, 2017 at 1:11 am 0 comments

There is no doubt all presidents face setbacks and are judged by the public but President Trump is currently experiencing historically low approval ratings. In March, according to Gallup, the president fell to a staggering 36 percent approval rating. This drop in approval occurred during the three-day period of MarchRead More

Donald Trump Jr. speaking at an Iowa event in November 2016. (Unmodified photo by Max Goldberg used under a Creative Commons license.

Donald Trump Jr. Draws Ire in London Terror Attack Response

April 4, 2017 at 2:18 am 0 comments

On March 22, an attack near the House of Parliament in London rocked the city and resulted in deaths of 5 people while injuring over 50. Lasting approximately 82 seconds, the attack started when a car ran into a crowd of people on Westminster Bridge and then was followed by aRead More

U.S. Army veterans at a Battle of the Bulge ceremony. (Public domain photo by the U.S. Army.)

New Florida Legislation Could Help Veterans Facing Their Toughest Battle Yet

March 25, 2017 at 8:31 am 0 comments

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. This number is alarming, and is often directly related to the physical and mental toll that war can have on an individual. Soldiers witness unspeakable acts of violence and hatred during theirRead More