Archive for October, 2012

Race’s Effect on the Election

Race’s Effect on the Election

History was made four years ago when Americans elected Barack Obama as the first president of the country from a minority group. It is no secret that the share of minorities – like African-Americans,Hispanics, and Asians – as a percentage of the overall electorate is increasing as time passes. Just […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States
The GOP’s Attack on Contraception and Planned Parenthood

The GOP’s Attack on Contraception and Planned Parenthood

Since women do make up somewhere around 50% of population…they are without a doubt one of the key voter demographics in this year’s election, and as a result birth control and the funding of Planned Parenthood has become a major issue. A debate has developed around whether or not government […]

Police, especially in states such as Arizona, have stepped up immigration patrols in recent years. Source: Elvert Barnes

Controversy over Illegal Immigration

Illegal immigration in the United States has been a very controversial issue over the past few years. The federal government, due to its lack of bipartisanship, has not been able to pass any crucial immigration reform laws, so some states have been forced to pass their own legislation. One such […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States
The Dream Act would give government aid for law-abiding undocumented immigrants to attend college. Source: Korean Resource Center

The GOP and the Dream Act

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Bellarmine probably recall last year’s Justice Summit Theme that dealt with the political, economic, and social motivations for immigrants to enter the United States, with a spotlight on those who did so “illegally.” Although our breakout sessions and hopefully our small group discussions led to […]

by · October 30, 2012 · Features and Opinion, United States
Even though a third party can end up with a significant share of the popular vote, it gets a much smaller number of seats in Parliament. This occurred to the Liberal Democrats during the last British general election. Source: Doug Belshaw

America Needs Proportional Representation

People are becoming tired and sick of the gridlock in Washington, D.C., as the United States is headed for a potential fiscal cliff if Republicans cannot agree that, in addition to spending cuts, taxes need to go up for the wealthiest Americans. Yet somehow, we all wish there was a […]

by · October 30, 2012 · Features and Opinion, United States
Some groups have claimed that the President was not born in the United States, and have also made false claims about his faith. Source: Pete Souza

Misconceptions About Obama

The presidential election is like football. It’s a months-long process with candidates training and campaigning in an effort to win the final prize–the presidency. Along the way, there have been several key debates, fundraising stops, and promotional events. But what really allows me to draw this comparison is the trash […]

A resized map of the current electoral college, with one square representing one electoral vote.

How the Electoral College Works

As an event that only happens every four years—no, it’s not the Olympics– the presidential election is one of the most hyped processes in the world. The elected candidate becomes the executive figure at the forefront of arguably the world’s biggest superpower, and thus, can influence actions all over the […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States
The death penalty is administered by lethal injection in California. Prop 34 would replace the maximum sentence of capital punishment with life in prison and no possibility of parole. Source: wootom

Proposition 34: The Death Penalty

Ever since the beginning of time, people have been grappling with the issue of when it is right to kill a person for the wrongs they have committed.  Looking at history, humanity has come a long way towards instituting the death penalty in more civilized ways, as we have moved […]

by · October 30, 2012 · California, Features and Opinion
This map shows historical data of outcomes from previous presidential elections. States that are more purple have fluctuated between being Democratic and Republican during past contests. Source: Thesibboleth

Swing State Analysis

The electoral college dictates that the winner of each state’s popular vote will receive all of that state’s electoral votes. Because of this, candidates tend to focus on states that have  a large electorate (in order to maximize the return on their campaigning investments), and that will have a very […]

by · October 30, 2012 · United States

The Negative Ad Effect

We’ve all seen them. We’ve all heard them. We’ve all wondered how we should feel about them. As the presidential election draws near, the American population as a whole cannot overlook the vast quantities of negative political advertisements employed by Mitt Romney and President Obama throughout their 2012 campaigns for […]

by · October 2, 2012 · United States