From Christina Sickinger ’18:
Interested in politics? Want to watch the latest Democratic debate with others who have been following the campaigns? Join Arcadia Political Magazine, WesDems, and WesRepubs this Thursday night to watch the Democratic debate.
Bring your friends, and feel free to come and go as you please! This event is part of a series of all the primary debates this semester.
Here’s the schedule: http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/
Arcadia Political Magazine
Wesleyan Republican Committee
Wesleyan College Democrats
Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1680949408840878/
Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Place: Tischler Hall (Exley 150)
The New York Times Magazine’s “The Lives They Lived” issue features a stirring tribute to Alex Okrent ’05, the Wesleyan alumnus who collapsed and died last July at the Obama headquarters, where he worked, in Chicago. The cause of death was later determined to be cardiac arrhythmia. Okrent, 29, was a College of Social Studies major at Wes, and his passing inspired expressions of condolences from both candidates that day in July:
As journalist Mark Leibovich tells it, Okrent was on board with the Obama cause well before the senator even announced his candidacy in 2007—he took off a semester off from Wesleyan in 2004 to work on Obama’s Senate campaign. Between organizing a campaign book club and dressing up as Tobias Fünke on Halloween in Iowa, Okrent was “demanding, fun and irreverent,” Leibovich writes. “And he was never shy about telling people that he loved them.”
Hello. The vice presidential debates are about to start (@9). Like last week’s presidential showdown, we’re liveblogging the action. This time there’s a twist. Inspired by NYU Local’s Drunk Sober High feature, the debate will be covered by three anonymous Wesleyingers in varying states of consciousness. p-safe will be sober(ish?). gettincrunkman will be drunk. giantepgoynte will be high. Yes, really. This will be fun! Politics! Internet! Liveblog updates past the jump:
The number of disenfranchised could be in the millions. Don’t be among them.
If you’re a U.S. citizen over the age of 18 and hoping to vote in the upcoming Presidential election, pay close attention: you could very well be disenfranchised (that is, turned away at the polls) if you do not get the appropriate identification documents in order. A recent Huffington Post article basically says it all:
In the last two years, Republican-controlled state legislatures have passed dozens of bills that erect new barriers to voting, all targeting Democratic-leaning groups, many specifically aimed at students. The GOP’s stated rationale is to fight voter fraud. But voter fraud—and especially in-person fraud which many of these measures address—is essentially nonexistent
That about sums everything up, but in case you haven’t yet heard about any of this, here’s the scoop: for the past couple years, states all across the country have been implementing new voter ID laws to supposedly mitigate voter fraud. Fact of the matter is, voter fraud happens at a
staggering negligible amount of less than 0.001% of all votes cast during elections.