What We Can Do in the Final Hours before Election Day

The time has come for the most important election of our lives. Many of us have been waiting for these Midterms mainly so that we could pick up seats in the House and Senate, but also to send the Republicans a message, that they cannot continue to lie, use racist rhetoric, and be corrupt and get away with it. But this election is also incredibly overwhelming, and it’s easy to feel lost in the multitude of ways to get involved. To try to sort through the mess, here are some things that you can do, that Read more…

It’s Time to Take Action on Voting Restrictions

This summer, I interned on a gubernatorial campaign in my home state of Colorado. This campaign marked my first real political activity, my first opportunity to look directly at how people engage with campaigns as canvassers, volunteers, interns, and voters. Colorado has made it relatively easy to participate in primary and general elections–ballots are mailed, you could register on election day, all in addition to the usual election day polls. Because of this, I was frustrated to come across people who couldn’t be bothered to vote. It’s so easy to do, so why do so many Read more…

Democrats Can’t Be Afraid to Be Progressive

The Midterm Elections are less than a month away, and for Democrats to win control of the Senate, we will need to win some seats in red states. This year’s Senate map is pretty unfriendly, since Democrats are defending a lot of seats that they held onto in the 2012 wave, and though this makes getting the majority hard, it is still possible. However, winning the seats in these states will take lots of work campaigning, canvassing, and phone banking. To win these states, there are two very different mindsets. One that I will call the Read more…

Don’t Pack, Vote

Disappointingly, yet utterly unsurprisingly, Brett Kavanaugh is now a Supreme Court Justice. Liberals, moderates, and anyone in favor of actually vetting nominees are furious. So, many Liberals are asking, where do we go from here? For some on Twitter or in opinion columns, the solution to this problem is add seats to the Supreme Court as soon as there is a Democratic majority in Congress. However, this is more than just a poorly thought out idea, it is potentially dangerous to democracy. After fluctuating during the early years of the union, the makeup of the court Read more…

The Obama Effect: How to Keep Hope Alive in a Trying Time

On Friday, September 21st, former President and veritable grassroots Democratic superhero Barack Obama addressed a crowd of misty-eyed supporters, awestruck children, and everyone in between at a rally in support of Democratic Senator Bob Casey and Governor Tom Wolf. President Obama, obviously, talked about the cruciality of exercising our voting rights in an era where so much of our nation’s founding monomers — equality, liberty, and goodwill — are disregarded. In other words, the former president spun much of the same rhetoric we’ve heard all midterm campaign season long. But for me, a child of the Read more…

Make an Impact. Vote.

I’m from Phoenix, Arizona and let me be the first to say it is not always sunny in Philadelphia, but it was on September 15 as I boarded a bus with about twenty other Penn Dems members for the first canvass of the year. After casually speaking with Seventh Congressional District candidate Susan Wild and Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (just Penn Dems things) we were given basic training and sent off to our respective canvassing turfs. As we walked through the sun in Easton, Pennsylvania, one of the many important cities in the upcoming midterm Read more…

Penn Democrats Endorses Ashley Lunkenheimer

In Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, among an incredibly large Democratic primary field, one such candidate that stands above the rest is Ashley Lunkenheimer. Pennsylvania has not seen a female congressional representative or Senator since 2015 making it the largest all-male congressional delegation in the country. As Pennsylvania voters head to the polls next month, they have the opportunity to end this practice by voting for well-qualified Democratic women appearing on primary ballots across the state. Since graduating from Penn Law in 2002, Lunkenheimer has built an impressive resume of public service. She helped prosecute firearms cases Read more…

Penn Democrats Endorses John Fetterman

While there are a number of qualified candidates in the crowded primary for Lieutenant Governor, Penn Democrats is proud to officially endorse John Fetterman, mayor of Braddock, in the Democratic primary. Mayor Fetterman may not look like a typical politician, but he has dedicated his life to public service. After graduating from Albright College, Fetterman joined the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program where he helped an 8-year-old boy whose parents were both suffering from AIDS fulfill his lifelong goal of graduating college. He then moved to Pittsburgh to teach GED classes in the Hill District, one of Read more…

The Death Penalty is Unjust and Immoral, and Democrats Must Acknowledge That

The death penalty has been a controversial issue for decades, but unlike many other issues it does not have a clear partisan divide one way or the other. Typically, more Democrats than Republicans oppose the death penalty, but 32 percent of Democrats still support the death penalty, and among its supporters are the last two Democratic presidents and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. While President Obama called the death penalty “deeply troubling,” he still states he supports it “in theory” and took virtually no steps to revoke it. The issue was only brought up once Read more…

The Democratic Party Cannot Abandon Identity Politics

Going into the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election, a big conflict for the Democratic Party, one which began to emerge in the 2016 primary and the general election, is how the party is going to address “identity politics,” issues that focus on the rights of specific groups of people. After the 2016 election, I, like a lot of people, had the general impression that one of the reasons that Hillary Clinton lost was not only because of Donald Trump’s ability to build support by scapegoating certain groups of people, but also because she Read more…