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Bipartisan Bromance Secured, Texas Congressmen Complete Road Trip to Washington

It began with a 5 a.m. planning session over coffee Tuesday morning in San Antonio’s Mi Tierra Cafe. It ended almost 36 hours later with a brisk walk up the steps of the U.S. Capitol with just 30 minutes to spare until votes Wednesday evening in the House of Representatives.

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Bipartisan criminal-justice reform bills working through Arizona Legislature

A package of bills that would ease the financial toll of low-level crimes on the poor has been working its way through the Arizona Legislature but remains in limbo as a key deadline approaches for lawmakers.

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Bipartisan Group Pushes Opioid Help Amid Obamacare Debate

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is fighting to keep attention focused on last session’s top health issue — abuse of prescription opioids, heroin and other drugs — although the 2010 health care law now dominates the health policy discourse.

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Running Start organization to train Duke women on how to run for office

Running Start, a nonpartisan national organization that trains women on how to run for elected office, will be on Duke’s campus March 5 to lead a half-day workshop for college women.

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Colorado bipartisan effort works to ease reading test burden for young English language learners

Colorado lawmakers from both political parties are seeking to undo a controversial State Board of Education decision that called for schools to test thousands of Colorado’s youngest students in English — a language they are still learning.

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Bipartisan Support for Wisconsin Bill Helping Terminally Ill

Advocates for terminally ill patients in Wisconsin urged state lawmakers Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow the use of potentially life-saving experimental drugs that are still under federal review.

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Bipartisan bill designed to update eminent domain law

A bill that would strengthen outdated eminent domain laws in the face of a proposed freight train line with a route through Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties has made its way out of the Indiana House of Representatives and into the Senate.

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Illinois passes huge, bipartisan energy bill, proves democracy still works

Last week, the Illinois legislature passed a sweeping, comprehensive new energy bill. With the possible exception of California’s recent bill, it might be the most significant state energy legislation passed in the US in decades.

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Voters Back Landmark Campaign Finance Reform In South Dakota

Washington State and South Dakota voters gave a split decision on Tuesday on sweeping ballot initiatives that would reform campaign finance, lobbying and ethics in their respective states. The initiative in South Dakota won while the initiative in Washington lost.

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Gerrymandering Podcast Now Available

In the 2012 election, Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives nationally got 1.5 million more votes than Republican candidates but the Republicans emerged with a 33-seat majority in the House. Why? Because of gerrymandering. That’s when politicians draw voting districts to favor one political party or another.

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WRAL Editorial Calls for Non-Partisan Redistricting

Referencing the work of the nonpartisan panel of retired North Carolina justices and judges in creating an unofficial congressional map for North Carolina, WRAL called on voters to elect candidates that pledge to reform the redistricting process.

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POLIS 2015-16 Report Now Available

We are proud of what POLIS has been able to accomplish in such a short time, but we are even more excited about what is ahead. If this political season has demonstrated anything, it is that the twin missions of POLIS—to seek solutions to the problems that plague our politics and to develop the next generation of political leaders—could not be more critically needed.

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Duke Alumni Hear Unique Perspectives On 2016 Elections

The new media environment, gender, race and class are all important themes of 2016 Presidential Elections, according to national experts who spoke at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy’s annual “Sanford on the Hill” event at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center on July 12.

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Retired Judges to Create Map for Redistricting Simulation

In the second of three events designed to simulate an independent, nonpartisan redistricting panel, 10 retired judges will gather in Raleigh on Friday, June 10, to draw a new, but unofficial, map of N.C. congressional districts. The project illustrates how independent political redistricting might function in North Carolina if adopted.

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From Duke’s Campaign Stop 2016: “Manufactured Excitement for the Democratic Debate”

Written by Ernest Britt, T’16

See original blog post here


 

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DURHAM, NC – “Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders. Face to Face. O’Malley-Webb-Chaffee. On the same stage, for the first time,” the debate-promo-turned-movie-trailer shouted. And in that moment, with dramatic war drums beating and black-and-white photos of the first-named frontrunners poised on opposite sides of my screen as if ready to pounce, I knew the first Democratic debate would be largely unremarkable.

With no Trump to boost viewership and/or to insult everyone on stage, CNN was left to manufacture excitement to grab the viewer’s wandering eye. By leaving an extra podium in the wings, the network played into Joe Biden’s “will he or won’t he” narrative and implied that maybe the vice president would make a decision in time to participate. Unfortunately for CNN’s ratings (but perhaps fortunately for the other candidates), Biden did not make an appearance.

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Durham City Council Candidates Bring Their Platforms to Duke

 

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(Article reposted with permission from The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity

Only three of the six candidates for Durham’s City Council appeared on Thursday night to participate in a public forum at Duke.

The candidates – Jillian Johnson, Charlie Reece and Steve Schewel, – took questions from Duke students, many of which were posted on Twitter using the hashtag #DukeVotes2015.

Duke Democrats: What can the city do to help stop the school to prison pipeline in Durham county? #DukeVotes2015
Artstigators: Are there plans for more street art in Durham? #DukeVotes2015 #artstigators
Durham Living Wage Project: Are there incentives the city can provide for businesses that pay living wages? #liveabull #dukevotes2015

The candidates agreed with each other on nearly every topic, with only slight differences in emphasis. The candidates had rehearsed their points having met the night before for a City Hall forum. After stating their platforms, students Zack Faircloth, T ’18, and Luke Raskopf, T‘16, took turns grilling the candidates on issues related to social equity.

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