Bruce Rauner isn’t the savior the GOP is looking for

In Illinois, governor Bruce Rauner can be a touchy subject. His popularity in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs is strikingly low and for good reason. Recently, Salon’s Sophia Tesfaye wrote that the governor’s actions could provide a roadmap for fellow Republicans to gain back respect. The author continually painted a picture of Rauner as a... Read more »

Ending DACA is unspeakably cruel, even for Trump

The never-ending turmoil of the Trump presidency reached a new low this past weekend when reports spread that the president has decided to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Founded during the Obama presidency, the act sought to give those who immigrated to the United States as a minor protection from deportation. It has... Read more »

Trump will remain loyal to his base regardless of who they are

Make no mistake, the president’s refusal to condemn the neo-Nazis and white supremacists that violently protested in Charlottesville this weekend is an endorsement of those beliefs and actions. The man in the White House is someone that emboldened hundreds to take to the streets with torches, Nazi paraphernalia and weaponry. And scattered throughout the crowd... Read more »

No, Trump, affirmative action does not hurt white people

Despite multiple Supreme Court rulings in favor of affirmative action at colleges and universities, the Trump administration has apparently decided to investigate policies that they believe may discriminate against white applicants. As usual, this administration gets it wrong. They’ve made worse mistakes, but this one still can’t be ignored. Of course, affirmative action programs have... Read more »

The Democratic Party cannot afford to abandon women

As a progressive devastated by the Donald Trump presidency, the Democratic Party has my support in 2018 and beyond. However, the party’s new plan has me worried that the establishment will forego imperative views on social issues to win back working class voters that chose Trump in 2016. Chuck Schumer has certainly created a strong... Read more »

2020 vision: looking ahead to the Democratic Primary

If the Democratic Party wants things to go their way in 2020, they must do things a little differently than in 2016. It’s no secret that college aged voters weren’t fond of Hillary Clinton. Though her general election plan was virtually the same as Bernie Sanders, young Dems simply didn’t feel the same way about... Read more »

Chicago's new requirement for high school graduation won't work

It’s no secret that Chicago Public Schools are struggling. These challenges have damaged countless lives as access to a good education is hard to find in the Windy City. Schools are underfunded and students there often face unspeakable challenges in their personal lives as well. Quite simply, the problems facing families within the CPS system... Read more »

Your move, GOP

Ever since Donald Trump Jr.’s emails became public, top officials in the GOP have been mostly silent. This possible act of treason seems to have them clamoring up whenever a reporter asks simple questions regarding these latest developments. Of course, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proved once again that he’s the biggest coward in... Read more »

Why I study political science

I’m asked this question a lot. When I proudly tell people that I’m working towards my bachelor’s degree in political science, many people don’t seem to understand why. “But politics is so depressing! How could you stand to study something so boring?” Well, it’s certainly true that our current political climate is depressing. The Twitterer-in-Chief... Read more »

Trump administration quietly attempts to suppress voting rights

President Donald Trump has been spreading his vastly unproven belief that voter fraud greatly affected the 2016 election since day one. Though he won the presidency, number 45 has remained adamant that the reason he lost the popular vote because of these illegal votes. He vowed to do something to stop it from happening again,... Read more »