politics

Female candidates fight gender roles in advertising

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Portrait of Hillary Clinton against a light blue background.

Many people have come to dread the seemingly unending plethora of television ads that characterize every election season in the United States. Even if you do not have cable television, you are sure to encounter political ads on social media or even streaming services. However, the art of political advertising often goes unrecognized. Unlike the

Students avoid party-affiliated organizations

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Two students talk to each other, one accompanied by a donkey, another by an elephant.

Lewis & Clark has a reputation for being a liberal college campus. However, it has had a history of low partisan political engagement, which is fairly equally divided between Democratic and Republican groups. The assumption that the college is left-leaning is not unfounded. According to the first-ever PioPoll conducted by The Pioneer Log regarding the

Students encouraged to be politically active

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A person wearing a mask fills about a ballot while thinking about voting.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a series of challenges to voter registration and voters. The 2020 general election is fast approaching and civically-engaged citizens are encouraging their peers to participate by registering to vote and voting.  At Lewis & Clark, students have witnessed the challenges of voting during this time and recognize the importance of

Criticizing judgements of SCOTUS nominee

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Illustration of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Barring any surprises in next week’s confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett is poised to become the next associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.Barrett will be replacing the late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While there were many names on President Donald Trump’s shortlist of potential nominees, Barrett

Despite help from fly, Pence plunges as Harris soars

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Illustration of Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence

The vice Presidential debate on Oct. 7 was a stark contrast from the presidential debate the prior week. Vice President Mike Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris discussed and criticized one another’s campaign platforms. Although the debate was perceived as more dignified than the Sept. 29 presidential debate, racism and misogyny were very much present.

LC College Democrats encourage students to take political action

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Illustration of Joe Biden wearing aviator sunglasses and a suit. Biden is smiling and giving a thumbs-up.

While election years are always eventful, no one expected a year like this. With so much uncertainty in the country, this election will have a big impact on the country’s future. Thankfully, the Lewis & Clark College Democrats (Dems) are here to help spread awareness through political education and community outreach.  “So far this year

McConnell rejoices as judicial norms collapse

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Illustration of Mitch McComell

During  my  first  year at Lewis & Clark  in my Comparative Politics class, my political science professor referred to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as a “master of parliamentary procedure.” Over the past three years, I have pondered over this statement and studied the senator’s various actions. After taking great interest in his political schemes,

Despite Electoral Displeasure, Eligible Voters Must Take Action

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Illustration of voter putting ballot in box

Most Lewis & Clark students have been thoroughly bombarded by campaigns this fall due to the upcoming election. Whether it be by the emails that get progressively more dramatic and personal, by texts from overworked volunteers or by companies who seemingly developed a passion for voting rights overnight, I assume you are tired. I would

Party polarization prevails in midterm

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By Cassidy Harris After holding their breath for the past few months, Oregon Democrats let out a sigh of relief on Election Day. Kate Brown, the Democratic incumbent, won the governorship over Republican challenger Knute Buehler by a margin of about 5 percent. Polls from the time of the primary elections suggested the gubernatorial race

Stand Up For Your Rights! …or kneel?

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By Audrey Barret Since President Trump stated on Sep. 22 at a campaign rally in Alabama that owners of NFL teams should fire players who kneel during the national anthem, fans and politicians alike are defending either the players’ protests or criticizing their apparent disrespect for America. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these

Weiner’s indictment far too small given the crime, not a surprise

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By Mackenzie Herring Anthony Weiner, charged with the transfer of obscene material to a minor, received a set prison term of 21 months on Sept. 25. Weiner was charged in 2016 after his laptop was seized. The laptop contained evidence of explicit photos and messages sent to a 15 year old girl. At the time,

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