The sign outside of Gainesville City Hall. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Ebyabe. https://bit.ly/1p2b8Ke)

Gainesville Commission Bans Conversion Therapy for Minors

April 18, 2018 at 6:20 pm 0 comments

On March 15, Gainesville joined a number of other Florida municipalities that have banned the practice of conversion therapy by licensed professionals. Like the city of Miami Beach and Palm Beach County, violators of the ordinance will be fined. Gainesville commissioners said that legal suits, such as the one filedRead More

The sign outside the Alachua County Public Schools headquarters following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. (Photo by John Lievonen/FPR)

Alachua County Student Programs Continue to Receive NRA Contributions

April 13, 2018 at 5:20 pm 0 comments

With the passing of the two-month mark after the Parkland shooting, where 17 students and faculty members of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were murdered, the conversation of gun control has yet to stop. Since the shooting, students across the United States have gathered to rally support for gun reformRead More

President Trump signs a presidential proclamation targeting steel and aluminum imports on March 8, 2018 . (Public domain photo by official White House photographer Joyce N. Boghosian.)

Trump Exempts Allies From Tariffs as Tensions With China Mount

April 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

On March 23, President Trump announced he had temporarily excluded six countries from the steel and aluminum tariffs that he announced earlier in the month. Canada, Mexico and the European Union, some of America’s closest trading partners, are among the nations safe from the 25 percent tariff on steel andRead More

President Donald Trump walks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his five-country trip through Asia in November 2017. (Public domain photo by Official White House Photographer Andrea Hanks.)

Opinion: Why We Should Welcome Trump’s North Korea Diplomacy Gamble

March 31, 2018 at 3:33 pm 0 comments

Much noise has been made about the dangers of President Trump’s agreement to meet North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un. While there are plenty of valid concerns that need to be quickly addressed prior to a May summit, I want to offer a different perspective on the matter. To achieveRead More

Chuck Schumer at 2014 Senate press conference. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by the Senate Democrats. (https://bit.ly/1ryPA8o)

Democrats Propose Alternative to Republican Fiscal Policy

March 29, 2018 at 12:01 am 0 comments

In early March, Senate Democrats unveiled their $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan in an attempt to counteract a Republican plan unveiled earlier this year. At a press conference Sens. Leahy, D-Vt., Sanders, I-Vt., Nelson, D-Fla., and Wyden, D-Ore., joined Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  for the announcement. Schumer emphasizedRead More

Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond in his congressional office. (Public domain photo provided by the House of Representatives.)

Sleeping on the Job: Lawmakers Question Ethics of Capitol Hill Quirk

March 22, 2018 at 7:49 pm 0 comments

Recent Capitol events have given new meaning to the phrase, “sleeping on the job,” and now more than two dozen Congressional Black Caucus members have called for an ethics investigation into the practice of lawmakers sleeping in their office overnight. They argue that this habit is an abuse of taxpayerRead More

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

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visits Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Maddy Wilford on February 16.  (Public domain White House photo by Shealah Whitehead.)

A Brief Discussion on Arming Teachers

March 13, 2018 at 4:48 pm 0 comments

In the wake of an unfortunately increasing number of mass shootings, the policy debate over gun control and reform tends to dominate public discourse. When the shootings occur at schools the discussions often suggest arming teachers as a possible preventative measure. Recently even President Trump proposed a gun reform billRead More

Following the February 14, Stoneman Douglas shooting Teens For Gun Reform organized a demonstration in front of the White House demanding gun reform.
(Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Lorie Shaull. bit.ly/1jxQJMa)

Corporate Responsibility: Some Companies Part Ways With NRA Following Outrage

March 12, 2018 at 6:02 pm 0 comments

After the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in February, a social media campaign calling for a boycott of the National Rifle Association erupted across the nation. Shortly after, many American companies started to pull their support with the interest group. The first company to distance itself from the NRA was theRead More

Protesters in New York City respond to Trump’s plan to repeal DACA protections, September 9, 2017. (Unmodified Creative Commons photo by Rhododendrites. http://bit.ly/1xMszCg)

Senate Fails to Reach Agreement on Immigration Deal

March 9, 2018 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

The Senate’s effort to reach an immigration deal ended in failure on February 15 as four immigration bills were put to a vote on the floor. None of them passed. This leaves no permanent fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump administration said wouldRead More