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Phila. City Commissioner candidates propose making polls more accessible at Penn Dems forum (April 24, 2019)

The forum featured eight Democratic candidates: Marwan Kreidie, Luigi Borda, Kahlil Williams, Dennis Lee, Lisa Deeley, Moira Bohannon, Jennifer Devor, and Omar Sabir. Deeley is the incumbent City Commissioner and is in her first term. She is competing against the other 12 candidates for one of the two Democratic Commissioner seats. The event was moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Jonathan Lai and hosted by Penn Democrats.

Penn Dems won’t endorse a 2020 candidate yet — but some students aren’t waiting (April 24, 2019)

Penn Democrats President and College sophomore EJ Carlson said Dems has allowed the groups to advertise on the Dems Facebook page to garner more support.

“We are promoting these groups to members and letting them know when new groups for candidates are formed,” Carlson said. “As long as they’re members of Dems, they’re free to post about events for candidates in our Facebook page.”

Philadelphia’s mayoral primaries are coming up. Here’s what you need to know. (April 22, 2019)

Penn Democrats Political Director Owen Voutsinas-Klose said the organization has not yet endorsed a candidate for mayor. “We have yet to hear from the candidates but are definitely looking to do so before we endorse,” Voutsinas-Klose said.

1 of 6 Philadelphians voted in the last primary. Penn Dems wants to raise that. (April 21, 2019)

Philadelphia’s local election primary is approaching on May 21. In 2018, just one out of six voters in Philadelphia turned out for the primary election, and Penn Democrats is working to increase voter turnout by raising awareness on campus about this year’s local and state primaries.

Candace Owens, conservative activist, met with protests ahead of fiery speech at Penn (April 16, 2019)

Penn Democrats Political Director and College sophomore Owen Voutsinas-Klose said Owens’ views were “dead wrong on so many things,” and that the event’s organizers should have chosen a different speaker.

“I think CRs and the Statesman should be ashamed of themselves for inviting her,” Voutsinas-Klose said. “She continuously accuses the Democratic Party of racism, when she goes out of her way to ignore the white supremacists in her own party.”

‘I’m a different kind of Democrat’: centrist John Delaney campaigns for president at Penn (April 9, 2019)

At a Tuesday night event hosted by Penn Democrats, Delaney billed himself as a different type of Democrat, offering a centrist vision for the nation. Delaney’s speech centered on dealing with the societal and economic changes the United States is facing, such as the growing challenges presented by globalization and automation.

Candidates for city council debate safe-injection sites at Penn town hall (April 3, 2019)

The candidates at the town hall, co-hosted by the Penn Government and Politics Association (GPA), Penn Democrats, and College Republicans, included Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Housed in the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics auditorium, around two dozen students were in attendance to hear from the candidates.

Despite renewed criticism of AIPAC, Penn students are attending annual pro-Israel conference (March 26, 2019)

Penn Dems Communications Director Tamara Wurman said Penn Dems does not have a firm stance on the Israel-Palestine situation.

“We tend to support a strong alliance between the U.S. and Israel but recognize that there’s definitely room to criticize [Benjamin] Netanyahu and other actions taken by the Israeli government,” said College freshman Wurman, who is also a Daily Pennsylvanian staff member.

Pa. congressman and Penn grad Conor Lamb on why Joe Biden stands out for the 2020 race (March 21, 2019)

At a Thursday discussion hosted by Penn Democrats, the recently re-elected Congressman indicated his support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, expressed his skepticism of the Green New Deal, and revealed his view on how to appeal to working class voters.

The Democratic primary is getting crowded. Here’s how Penn Dems decides who to endorse. (March 10, 2019)

The group has endorsed candidates in contentious presidential primaries in the past, such as Barack Obama in 2008’s race against Hillary Clinton. More recently, Penn Dems endorsed Clinton over Bernie Sanders back in February 2016, well before she secured the party’s nomination in July.

Despite the group’s early endorsement in 2016, Penn Dems Political Director Owen Voutsinas-Klose said not to expect a presidential endorsement anytime soon.

Penn Dems members say ‘we can’t forget about’ LGBTQ rights on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14, 2019)

Among other groups handing out free doughnuts and candy for Valentine’s Day, Penn Democrats took the opportunity to table on Locust Walk to raise awareness of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.

Penn has seven alumni in Congress. How does it stack up to the rest of the Ivy League? (Feb 11, 2019)

President of Penn Democrats and College sophomore EJ Carlson said there are “definitely” a large number of people in the group’s membership who are interested in public service, including a potential stint on Capitol Hill.

“Based on the places that a lot of [Penn] Dems members are interning at — campaign offices or Congressional offices — I think people definitely see themselves serving a future in public service,” Carlson said.

Penn Dems State of the Union watch party features bingo, laughter, and doubt (Feb 5, 2019)

Penn Democrats gathered for a State of the Union Address watch party on Tuesday night, viewing with skepticism as President Donald Trump addressed the nation after the longest government shutdown in history, which ended more than a week ago.

At Penn Dems panel, speakers discuss controversy surrounding Women’s March (Feb 3, 2019)

At an event hosted by Penn Democrats Thursday night, students and panelists discussed the importance of intersectionality in light of the recent Women’s March in Philadelphia.

How Penn Dems is protesting Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX regulations (January 25, 2019)

The public has an opportunity to comment on the proposal within 60 days before it is enacted as policy. In light of the upcoming Jan. 30 deadline, Penn Dems hosted a comment writing session on Wednesday, Jan. 23 informing students about the potential impacts of the new Title IX regulations and how to write an effective comment.

Penn Dems and PAGE unite for the third annual Women’s March on Philadelphia (Jan 20, 2019)

Among the crowd, a group of more than 30 students from Penn Democrats and Penn Association for Gender Equity joined thousands at the Women’s March in Center City on the morning of Jan. 19.

Despite a decline in national support, Penn students plan to attend Women’s March (Jan 18, 2019)

Penn Democrats is hosting a delegation of students who will attend the nationally-organized Women’s March at LOVE Park on Saturday — the first time the national Women’s March organization is having an event in Philadelphia.

‘I’m glad he’s out’: Penn Dems welcome Michael Avenatti’s 2020 presidential race withdrawal (Dec 4, 2018)

In the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections, Penn Democrats welcomed then-presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti to speak on campus. But following domestic violence allegations that led to Tuesday’s announcement that he would not run in 2020, Penn Dems members expressed their relief at his premature withdrawal.

What Penn’s political groups are working on now that midterm election season is over (Dec 2, 2018)

Voting data showed an increase in election day political engagement, as more than 3,300 people voted at Penn’s eight on-campus polling locations — more than triple the number of those who voted in the 2014 midterms.

Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said the absence of an election in the next calendar year will not stunt the increased political engagement on campus.

Penn grad Michael Avenatti sounds off at campus event: ‘Trump is a moron on many things’ (Nov 9, 2018)

Throughout the hour-long event, which was co-organized by Penn Democrats and the Government and Politics Association, Avenatti repeatedly referred to himself as the person best suited to defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election, while conceding that he is not in fact, the ideal Democratic candidate.

How Penn voted: A breakdown of campus’s poll numbers (Nov 7, 2018)

The increased turnout this year was also clear when comparing the gubernatorial races of the 2014 midterm to the 2018 midterm, according to numbers provided by the Philadelphia City Commissioner to Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan.

Election Night: A Conversation with Penn Dems’ Dylan Milligan and College Republicans’ Richard Murphy (Nov 6, 2018)

While most of us are used to seeing political debates in Washington D.C., last month, Houston Hall acted as a political forum where both Richard Murphy (C ‘19), executive director and acting president of College Republicans, and Dylan Milligan (W ‘20), president of Penn Democrats, met to discuss the 2018 midterm elections.

Tuesday’s midterm election was the biggest in recent memory. Penn paid attention. (Nov 6, 2018)

“It really shows that voters in Pennsylvania that narrowly went for Trump in 2016 are not happy with what’s been going on in the Trump Administration,” Weisman said. “They don’t like the corruption, they don’t like the attempts to take away their health care, they don’t like the attempts to lower taxes on the rich, and this is a rebuke to Trump from the voters of Pennsylvania.”

Penn Dems spars with conservatives online over statement on Pittsburgh shooting (Oct 29, 2018)

On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the single worst anti-Semitic attack in United States history.

At 6:56 p.m. that same day, Penn Democrats posted a Facebook statement about the tragedy signed by the majority of the executive board.

Analysis | The wave of female candidates across the country has energized women voters at Penn (Oct 22, 2018)

College junior Gabrielle Fink, political director of Penn Democrats, said she was optimistic about turnout among women as a result of this record-breaking rise in representation on ballots.

“My own prediction is that there will be a record number of women voting in 2018 based on what’s happening,” Fink said. “Especially with the current administration and the rhetoric around not just women in government but women across the country, it’s really a call for action.”

Trump won Pa. in 2016. So why is Bob Casey cruising to re-election? (Oct 21, 2018)

Nevertheless, Penn Democrats have been organizing in support of Casey despite his healthy leads in the polls, illustrating Democrats’ eagerness to defend blue seats and give the party the best chance possible to reclaim the Senate.

What’s at stake for the country — and Penn — on Nov. 6 (Oct 21, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said that Bob Casey’s re-election is vital in order to provide a check on Trump’s power and to combat conservative judges.

Phila. DA Larry Krasner discusses ‘Spiritual activism in the age of Trump’ at Penn Dems event (Oct 17, 2018)

Sponsored by Penn Democrats, the Tuesday event, titled “Spiritual Activism in the Age of Trump,” was moderated by Penn’s Chaplain Charles Howard. Aside from Krasner, panelists included Gregory Holston, who is the executive director of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, and 2000 College graduate Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, the founder of the Muslim Wellness Foundation.

The deadline to register to vote in Pa. is Tuesday. Here’s how to do it. (Oct 7, 2018)

Penn Democrats Political Director and College junior Gabrielle Fink and Boote both noted that while assisting students, they had noticed several common misconceptions surrounding voting.

First Biden, now Bush: Students compare Penn’s two presidential professors (Sept 28, 2018)

“I definitely don’t think Bush is as popular as Biden,” College sophomore, Penn Democrats member, and Government and Politics Association member Rachel Steinig said. “I definitely think some students are excited about Bush coming, but most people in my political circles don’t think there was really any hype around it compared to Biden.”

At Phila. rally, Obama urges students and locals to ‘restore some sanity to our politics’ (Sept 21, 2018)

Casey and Wolf both spoke at the rally, but many attendees said they came to hear from Obama and were looking to be inspired. Twenty minutes before the doors were scheduled to open, the line of students from Penn Democrats, local Philadelphia residents, and eager Obama fans curved around the building overflowing into the parking lot.

Penn Dems gets behind Susan Wild, who is looking to break Pa.’s all-male congressional delegation (Sept 9, 2018)

For Democrats nationwide, the midterm elections on Nov. 6 represent an opportunity to turn the House of Representatives blue for the first time since 2010. Closer to campus, Penn Democrats hopes to play a role in the fight for the House, planning canvassing events for candidates in tight congressional races across Pennsylvania.

Talking to Michael Avenatti, the firebrand lawyer representing Stormy Daniels against Trump (Sept 3, 2018)

Student leaders on Penn’s campus share Avenatti’s enthusiasm for the upcoming elections. Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said the student vote could be crucial in November, and credited Avenatti with helping express the public’s frustrations with Trump.

As midterms approach, Penn’s political groups gear up for the vote (Aug 30, 2018)

College senior Ryan Snyder is president of Penn College Republicans, the major Republican club on campus, and said the club plans to focus on more than just its annual effort to recruit freshmen. Another short-term priority for College Republicans is running a non-partisan voter registration drive, which, he said, will most likely be in conjunction with a number of groups, such as Penn Democrats.

‘People’s views can change’: student leaders on Lamb’s controversial remarks while at Penn (April 18, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan shared the view that Lamb’s most recent viewpoints carry more weight with regards to his actions as a policymaker in Washington.

At a Penn event, policy makers pick apart nuances of racism and poverty in gun violence (April 18, 2018)

The American Enterprise Institute, the Public Policy Initiative Student Group, and Penn Democrats invited key policy-makers and Philadelphia activists to discuss how gun violence in Philadelphia and across the United States extends beyond the issue of gun control.

Penn groups invite conservative editor Michael Knowles to discuss ‘Reasons to Vote for Trump’ (April 18, 2018)

College junior and Penn Democrats Communications Chair Jack Weisman agreed that bringing political discourse to Penn’s campus is a net positive.

Organizers say Penn Women’s Week highlighted ‘voices of women who might not always be heard’ (April 1, 2018)

The Penn Association for Gender Equity and Penn Democrats hosted multiple events, such as the “Know Your IX” panel discussion on Tuesday. The event focused on Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act and its lasting effect on the ways that universities handle sexual assault.

What the three Congressional candidates running in Penn’s district told us about their plans (March 29, 2018)

Yet Penn Democrats Communications Director and College junior Jack Weisman remained quite confident that Democrats would secure the district again.

Penn Women’s Week focuses on ‘Existing as Resistance’ in the age of Trump (March 27, 2018)

Women’s Week has partnered with a variety of organizations like Penn Dems, PAGE, TableTalk Penn, and Beyond Arrests: Rethinking Systemic Oppression to host events covering topics such as Title IX, criminal justice reform, and discrimination.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer urged Penn students to support efforts to impeach Trump (Feb 21, 2018)

Billionaire political activist Tom Steyer visited Penn this past Saturday, speaking to Penn Democrats about his efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, his hopes for the midterm elections, and the importance of grassroots political participation.

PA Congressman at Penn: ‘Israel is greater threatened today than anytime since 1948’ (Feb 12, 2018)

The Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, Penn Government and Politics Association, and Penn Democrats co-hosted an event for Boyle, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship on Feb. 12 in Houston Hall.  

Meet Conor Lamb: Penn alum, candidate for Congress, Trump’s new political adversary (Feb 7, 2018)

For Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan, the qualities of Penn alumnus Lamb, combined with the scandal that engulfed the past candidate, gives Democrats a chance of taking control of the seat, which has been in GOP hands since 2003.

At a Penn Dems panel, experts discussed challenges working on political campaigns this year (Feb 7, 2018)

Experts discussed their experiences on political campaigns and how students can get involved in politics at a panel hosted by Penn Democrats on Feb. 5.  

Pennsylvania must redraw voting districts by mid-February, PA Supreme Court ruled Monday (Jan 25, 2018)

Penn Democrats Communications Director and College junior Jack Weisman said this decision is important because “gerrymandering is fundamentally undemocratic.”

“If districts are gerrymandered, representatives choose their voters,” Weisman said. “This ruling means that voters in Pennsylvania will actually be able to choose their representatives and the Pennsylvania congressional delegation will better represent the will of voters.”

Rep. Adam Schiff postponed Penn event on Russia probe because of the government shutdown (Jan 23, 2018)

President of Penn Democrats and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said he was “disappointed” that he would miss the chance to meet the congressman during a planned meet-and-greet before the event. The meet-and-greet with Schiff had been scheduled with 13 Penn Dems members from California, and although he was regretful the event didn’t work out, Milligan held out hope.

Penn students and faculty joined thousands of protestors at the second Phila. Women’s March (Jan 22, 2018)

College junior and Penn Democrats Outreach Director Elise Reynolds added that these sort of events helps affect change outside of campus. She added that Penn Dems sent approximately 40 students to the march.

A Pennsylvania state senator was asked to resign over sexual misconduct allegations (Jan 22, 2018)

Penn Democrats had been in communication with Leach last semester about a possible appearance at Penn in the coming months, President of Penn Dems and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said.

Increased membership and campus unity: student leaders reflect on Trump at Penn a year later (Jan 21, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said the club has seen an increase in membership and activity over the past 12 months. According to Milligan, this past fall 120 new members signed up to be part of the Penn Dems deputy board, 100 of which were freshmen.

How the Penn Wharton Budget Model became a player in the debate on the GOP tax bill (Jan 16, 2018)

At Penn, the GOP tax bill prompted significant debate among political groups such as Penn Democrats and Penn College Republicans. Penn Dems argued that the bill disproportionately hurt the poor, while College Republicans claimed that it fosters economic growth and benefits all of society.

Joe Biden is reportedly coming to Penn after he leaves office (Dec 21, 2016)

“We’re ecstatic over the possibility of Joe Biden coming to campus,” Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz said. “We have a lot of Joe Biden fans.”

New Penn Dems president talks post-election plans, ‘sanctuary campus’ status (Dec 13, 2016)

Now that the presidential election is over, Penn Democrats must shift its focus. It seems fitting then, that the club elected a new president: College sophomore and mathematical economics major Rachel Pomerantz.

Penn Dems and art students look to future of campus activism post-election (Dec 13, 2016)

Students who created a public art installation critiquing Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, as well as newly elected Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz, agreed on the importance of protests to make the public aware of the Trump administration’s activity in the coming months.

Inside Penn Dems’ final push to get out the vote (Nov 7, 2016)

With Election Day around the corner, Penn Dems is working harder than ever to encourage people to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty.

College democrats flock to Philadelphia for Dem Con – and catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton (Oct 24, 2016)

Ten universities worth of College Democrats gathered at Penn over the weekend for Dem Con — two days of social events, canvassing, phone banking, speakers and panels sponsored by the Penn Democrats, launching a final push for votes three weeks before election day.

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Phila. City Commissioner candidates propose making polls more accessible at Penn Dems forum (April 24, 2019)

The forum featured eight Democratic candidates: Marwan Kreidie, Luigi Borda, Kahlil Williams, Dennis Lee, Lisa Deeley, Moira Bohannon, Jennifer Devor, and Omar Sabir. Deeley is the incumbent City Commissioner and is in her first term. She is competing against the other 12 candidates for one of the two Democratic Commissioner seats. The event was moderated by Philadelphia Inquirer journalist Jonathan Lai and hosted by Penn Democrats.

Penn Dems won’t endorse a 2020 candidate yet — but some students aren’t waiting (April 24, 2019)

Penn Democrats President and College sophomore EJ Carlson said Dems has allowed the groups to advertise on the Dems Facebook page to garner more support.

“We are promoting these groups to members and letting them know when new groups for candidates are formed,” Carlson said. “As long as they’re members of Dems, they’re free to post about events for candidates in our Facebook page.”

Philadelphia’s mayoral primaries are coming up. Here’s what you need to know. (April 22, 2019)

Penn Democrats Political Director Owen Voutsinas-Klose said the organization has not yet endorsed a candidate for mayor. “We have yet to hear from the candidates but are definitely looking to do so before we endorse,” Voutsinas-Klose said.

1 of 6 Philadelphians voted in the last primary. Penn Dems wants to raise that. (April 21, 2019)

Philadelphia’s local election primary is approaching on May 21. In 2018, just one out of six voters in Philadelphia turned out for the primary election, and Penn Democrats is working to increase voter turnout by raising awareness on campus about this year’s local and state primaries.

Candace Owens, conservative activist, met with protests ahead of fiery speech at Penn (April 16, 2019)

Penn Democrats Political Director and College sophomore Owen Voutsinas-Klose said Owens’ views were “dead wrong on so many things,” and that the event’s organizers should have chosen a different speaker.

“I think CRs and the Statesman should be ashamed of themselves for inviting her,” Voutsinas-Klose said. “She continuously accuses the Democratic Party of racism, when she goes out of her way to ignore the white supremacists in her own party.”

‘I’m a different kind of Democrat’: centrist John Delaney campaigns for president at Penn (April 9, 2019)

At a Tuesday night event hosted by Penn Democrats, Delaney billed himself as a different type of Democrat, offering a centrist vision for the nation. Delaney’s speech centered on dealing with the societal and economic changes the United States is facing, such as the growing challenges presented by globalization and automation.

Candidates for city council debate safe-injection sites at Penn town hall (April 3, 2019)

The candidates at the town hall, co-hosted by the Penn Government and Politics Association (GPA), Penn Democrats, and College Republicans, included Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Housed in the Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics auditorium, around two dozen students were in attendance to hear from the candidates.

Despite renewed criticism of AIPAC, Penn students are attending annual pro-Israel conference (March 26, 2019)

Penn Dems Communications Director Tamara Wurman said Penn Dems does not have a firm stance on the Israel-Palestine situation.

“We tend to support a strong alliance between the U.S. and Israel but recognize that there’s definitely room to criticize [Benjamin] Netanyahu and other actions taken by the Israeli government,” said College freshman Wurman, who is also a Daily Pennsylvanian staff member.

Pa. congressman and Penn grad Conor Lamb on why Joe Biden stands out for the 2020 race (March 21, 2019)

At a Thursday discussion hosted by Penn Democrats, the recently re-elected Congressman indicated his support for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race, expressed his skepticism of the Green New Deal, and revealed his view on how to appeal to working class voters.

The Democratic primary is getting crowded. Here’s how Penn Dems decides who to endorse. (March 10, 2019)

The group has endorsed candidates in contentious presidential primaries in the past, such as Barack Obama in 2008’s race against Hillary Clinton. More recently, Penn Dems endorsed Clinton over Bernie Sanders back in February 2016, well before she secured the party’s nomination in July.

Despite the group’s early endorsement in 2016, Penn Dems Political Director Owen Voutsinas-Klose said not to expect a presidential endorsement anytime soon.

Penn Dems members say ‘we can’t forget about’ LGBTQ rights on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14, 2019)

Among other groups handing out free doughnuts and candy for Valentine’s Day, Penn Democrats took the opportunity to table on Locust Walk to raise awareness of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community.

Penn has seven alumni in Congress. How does it stack up to the rest of the Ivy League? (Feb 11, 2019)

President of Penn Democrats and College sophomore EJ Carlson said there are “definitely” a large number of people in the group’s membership who are interested in public service, including a potential stint on Capitol Hill.

“Based on the places that a lot of [Penn] Dems members are interning at — campaign offices or Congressional offices — I think people definitely see themselves serving a future in public service,” Carlson said.

Penn Dems State of the Union watch party features bingo, laughter, and doubt (Feb 5, 2019)

Penn Democrats gathered for a State of the Union Address watch party on Tuesday night, viewing with skepticism as President Donald Trump addressed the nation after the longest government shutdown in history, which ended more than a week ago.

At Penn Dems panel, speakers discuss controversy surrounding Women’s March (Feb 3, 2019)

At an event hosted by Penn Democrats Thursday night, students and panelists discussed the importance of intersectionality in light of the recent Women’s March in Philadelphia.

How Penn Dems is protesting Betsy DeVos’ proposed Title IX regulations (January 25, 2019)

The public has an opportunity to comment on the proposal within 60 days before it is enacted as policy. In light of the upcoming Jan. 30 deadline, Penn Dems hosted a comment writing session on Wednesday, Jan. 23 informing students about the potential impacts of the new Title IX regulations and how to write an effective comment.

Penn Dems and PAGE unite for the third annual Women’s March on Philadelphia (Jan 20, 2019)

Among the crowd, a group of more than 30 students from Penn Democrats and Penn Association for Gender Equity joined thousands at the Women’s March in Center City on the morning of Jan. 19.

Despite a decline in national support, Penn students plan to attend Women’s March (Jan 18, 2019)

Penn Democrats is hosting a delegation of students who will attend the nationally-organized Women’s March at LOVE Park on Saturday — the first time the national Women’s March organization is having an event in Philadelphia.

‘I’m glad he’s out’: Penn Dems welcome Michael Avenatti’s 2020 presidential race withdrawal (Dec 4, 2018)

In the aftermath of the 2018 midterm elections, Penn Democrats welcomed then-presidential hopeful Michael Avenatti to speak on campus. But following domestic violence allegations that led to Tuesday’s announcement that he would not run in 2020, Penn Dems members expressed their relief at his premature withdrawal.

What Penn’s political groups are working on now that midterm election season is over (Dec 2, 2018)

Voting data showed an increase in election day political engagement, as more than 3,300 people voted at Penn’s eight on-campus polling locations — more than triple the number of those who voted in the 2014 midterms.

Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said the absence of an election in the next calendar year will not stunt the increased political engagement on campus.

Penn grad Michael Avenatti sounds off at campus event: ‘Trump is a moron on many things’ (Nov 9, 2018)

Throughout the hour-long event, which was co-organized by Penn Democrats and the Government and Politics Association, Avenatti repeatedly referred to himself as the person best suited to defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election, while conceding that he is not in fact, the ideal Democratic candidate.

How Penn voted: A breakdown of campus’s poll numbers (Nov 7, 2018)

The increased turnout this year was also clear when comparing the gubernatorial races of the 2014 midterm to the 2018 midterm, according to numbers provided by the Philadelphia City Commissioner to Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan.

Election Night: A Conversation with Penn Dems’ Dylan Milligan and College Republicans’ Richard Murphy (Nov 6, 2018)

While most of us are used to seeing political debates in Washington D.C., last month, Houston Hall acted as a political forum where both Richard Murphy (C ‘19), executive director and acting president of College Republicans, and Dylan Milligan (W ‘20), president of Penn Democrats, met to discuss the 2018 midterm elections.

Tuesday’s midterm election was the biggest in recent memory. Penn paid attention. (Nov 6, 2018)

“It really shows that voters in Pennsylvania that narrowly went for Trump in 2016 are not happy with what’s been going on in the Trump Administration,” Weisman said. “They don’t like the corruption, they don’t like the attempts to take away their health care, they don’t like the attempts to lower taxes on the rich, and this is a rebuke to Trump from the voters of Pennsylvania.”

Penn Dems spars with conservatives online over statement on Pittsburgh shooting (Oct 29, 2018)

On the morning of Saturday, Oct. 27, 11 people were killed in a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the single worst anti-Semitic attack in United States history.

At 6:56 p.m. that same day, Penn Democrats posted a Facebook statement about the tragedy signed by the majority of the executive board.

Analysis | The wave of female candidates across the country has energized women voters at Penn (Oct 22, 2018)

College junior Gabrielle Fink, political director of Penn Democrats, said she was optimistic about turnout among women as a result of this record-breaking rise in representation on ballots.

“My own prediction is that there will be a record number of women voting in 2018 based on what’s happening,” Fink said. “Especially with the current administration and the rhetoric around not just women in government but women across the country, it’s really a call for action.”

Trump won Pa. in 2016. So why is Bob Casey cruising to re-election? (Oct 21, 2018)

Nevertheless, Penn Democrats have been organizing in support of Casey despite his healthy leads in the polls, illustrating Democrats’ eagerness to defend blue seats and give the party the best chance possible to reclaim the Senate.

What’s at stake for the country — and Penn — on Nov. 6 (Oct 21, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said that Bob Casey’s re-election is vital in order to provide a check on Trump’s power and to combat conservative judges.

Phila. DA Larry Krasner discusses ‘Spiritual activism in the age of Trump’ at Penn Dems event (Oct 17, 2018)

Sponsored by Penn Democrats, the Tuesday event, titled “Spiritual Activism in the Age of Trump,” was moderated by Penn’s Chaplain Charles Howard. Aside from Krasner, panelists included Gregory Holston, who is the executive director of Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild, and 2000 College graduate Kameelah Mu’Min Rashad, the founder of the Muslim Wellness Foundation.

The deadline to register to vote in Pa. is Tuesday. Here’s how to do it. (Oct 7, 2018)

Penn Democrats Political Director and College junior Gabrielle Fink and Boote both noted that while assisting students, they had noticed several common misconceptions surrounding voting.

First Biden, now Bush: Students compare Penn’s two presidential professors (Sept 28, 2018)

“I definitely don’t think Bush is as popular as Biden,” College sophomore, Penn Democrats member, and Government and Politics Association member Rachel Steinig said. “I definitely think some students are excited about Bush coming, but most people in my political circles don’t think there was really any hype around it compared to Biden.”

At Phila. rally, Obama urges students and locals to ‘restore some sanity to our politics’ (Sept 21, 2018)

Casey and Wolf both spoke at the rally, but many attendees said they came to hear from Obama and were looking to be inspired. Twenty minutes before the doors were scheduled to open, the line of students from Penn Democrats, local Philadelphia residents, and eager Obama fans curved around the building overflowing into the parking lot.

Penn Dems gets behind Susan Wild, who is looking to break Pa.’s all-male congressional delegation (Sept 9, 2018)

For Democrats nationwide, the midterm elections on Nov. 6 represent an opportunity to turn the House of Representatives blue for the first time since 2010. Closer to campus, Penn Democrats hopes to play a role in the fight for the House, planning canvassing events for candidates in tight congressional races across Pennsylvania.

Talking to Michael Avenatti, the firebrand lawyer representing Stormy Daniels against Trump (Sept 3, 2018)

Student leaders on Penn’s campus share Avenatti’s enthusiasm for the upcoming elections. Penn Democrats President and Wharton junior Dylan Milligan said the student vote could be crucial in November, and credited Avenatti with helping express the public’s frustrations with Trump.

As midterms approach, Penn’s political groups gear up for the vote (Aug 30, 2018)

College senior Ryan Snyder is president of Penn College Republicans, the major Republican club on campus, and said the club plans to focus on more than just its annual effort to recruit freshmen. Another short-term priority for College Republicans is running a non-partisan voter registration drive, which, he said, will most likely be in conjunction with a number of groups, such as Penn Democrats.

‘People’s views can change’: student leaders on Lamb’s controversial remarks while at Penn (April 18, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan shared the view that Lamb’s most recent viewpoints carry more weight with regards to his actions as a policymaker in Washington.

At a Penn event, policy makers pick apart nuances of racism and poverty in gun violence (April 18, 2018)

The American Enterprise Institute, the Public Policy Initiative Student Group, and Penn Democrats invited key policy-makers and Philadelphia activists to discuss how gun violence in Philadelphia and across the United States extends beyond the issue of gun control.

Penn groups invite conservative editor Michael Knowles to discuss ‘Reasons to Vote for Trump’ (April 18, 2018)

College junior and Penn Democrats Communications Chair Jack Weisman agreed that bringing political discourse to Penn’s campus is a net positive.

Organizers say Penn Women’s Week highlighted ‘voices of women who might not always be heard’ (April 1, 2018)

The Penn Association for Gender Equity and Penn Democrats hosted multiple events, such as the “Know Your IX” panel discussion on Tuesday. The event focused on Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments Act and its lasting effect on the ways that universities handle sexual assault.

What the three Congressional candidates running in Penn’s district told us about their plans (March 29, 2018)

Yet Penn Democrats Communications Director and College junior Jack Weisman remained quite confident that Democrats would secure the district again.

Penn Women’s Week focuses on ‘Existing as Resistance’ in the age of Trump (March 27, 2018)

Women’s Week has partnered with a variety of organizations like Penn Dems, PAGE, TableTalk Penn, and Beyond Arrests: Rethinking Systemic Oppression to host events covering topics such as Title IX, criminal justice reform, and discrimination.

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer urged Penn students to support efforts to impeach Trump (Feb 21, 2018)

Billionaire political activist Tom Steyer visited Penn this past Saturday, speaking to Penn Democrats about his efforts to impeach President Donald Trump, his hopes for the midterm elections, and the importance of grassroots political participation.

PA Congressman at Penn: ‘Israel is greater threatened today than anytime since 1948’ (Feb 12, 2018)

The Penn Israel Public Affairs Committee, Penn Government and Politics Association, and Penn Democrats co-hosted an event for Boyle, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, to discuss the U.S.-Israel relationship on Feb. 12 in Houston Hall.  

Meet Conor Lamb: Penn alum, candidate for Congress, Trump’s new political adversary (Feb 7, 2018)

For Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan, the qualities of Penn alumnus Lamb, combined with the scandal that engulfed the past candidate, gives Democrats a chance of taking control of the seat, which has been in GOP hands since 2003.

At a Penn Dems panel, experts discussed challenges working on political campaigns this year (Feb 7, 2018)

Experts discussed their experiences on political campaigns and how students can get involved in politics at a panel hosted by Penn Democrats on Feb. 5.  

Pennsylvania must redraw voting districts by mid-February, PA Supreme Court ruled Monday (Jan 25, 2018)

Penn Democrats Communications Director and College junior Jack Weisman said this decision is important because “gerrymandering is fundamentally undemocratic.”

“If districts are gerrymandered, representatives choose their voters,” Weisman said. “This ruling means that voters in Pennsylvania will actually be able to choose their representatives and the Pennsylvania congressional delegation will better represent the will of voters.”

Rep. Adam Schiff postponed Penn event on Russia probe because of the government shutdown (Jan 23, 2018)

President of Penn Democrats and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said he was “disappointed” that he would miss the chance to meet the congressman during a planned meet-and-greet before the event. The meet-and-greet with Schiff had been scheduled with 13 Penn Dems members from California, and although he was regretful the event didn’t work out, Milligan held out hope.

Penn students and faculty joined thousands of protestors at the second Phila. Women’s March (Jan 22, 2018)

College junior and Penn Democrats Outreach Director Elise Reynolds added that these sort of events helps affect change outside of campus. She added that Penn Dems sent approximately 40 students to the march.

A Pennsylvania state senator was asked to resign over sexual misconduct allegations (Jan 22, 2018)

Penn Democrats had been in communication with Leach last semester about a possible appearance at Penn in the coming months, President of Penn Dems and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said.

Increased membership and campus unity: student leaders reflect on Trump at Penn a year later (Jan 21, 2018)

Penn Democrats President and Wharton sophomore Dylan Milligan said the club has seen an increase in membership and activity over the past 12 months. According to Milligan, this past fall 120 new members signed up to be part of the Penn Dems deputy board, 100 of which were freshmen.

How the Penn Wharton Budget Model became a player in the debate on the GOP tax bill (Jan 16, 2018)

At Penn, the GOP tax bill prompted significant debate among political groups such as Penn Democrats and Penn College Republicans. Penn Dems argued that the bill disproportionately hurt the poor, while College Republicans claimed that it fosters economic growth and benefits all of society.

Joe Biden is reportedly coming to Penn after he leaves office (Dec 21, 2016)

“We’re ecstatic over the possibility of Joe Biden coming to campus,” Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz said. “We have a lot of Joe Biden fans.”

New Penn Dems president talks post-election plans, ‘sanctuary campus’ status (Dec 13, 2016)

Now that the presidential election is over, Penn Democrats must shift its focus. It seems fitting then, that the club elected a new president: College sophomore and mathematical economics major Rachel Pomerantz.

Penn Dems and art students look to future of campus activism post-election (Dec 13, 2016)

Students who created a public art installation critiquing Donald Trump’s cabinet picks, as well as newly elected Penn Democrats President and College sophomore Rachel Pomerantz, agreed on the importance of protests to make the public aware of the Trump administration’s activity in the coming months.

Inside Penn Dems’ final push to get out the vote (Nov 7, 2016)

With Election Day around the corner, Penn Dems is working harder than ever to encourage people to vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Democratic Senate nominee Katie McGinty.

College democrats flock to Philadelphia for Dem Con – and catch a glimpse of Hillary Clinton (Oct 24, 2016)

Ten universities worth of College Democrats gathered at Penn over the weekend for Dem Con — two days of social events, canvassing, phone banking, speakers and panels sponsored by the Penn Democrats, launching a final push for votes three weeks before election day.