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BREAKING: Duke Student Government unanimously approves a resolution in opposition Amendment One

Every member of the Duke Student Government Senate voted “yes” on the following resolution opposing North Carolina Amendment One.  The vote occurred March 28, 2012, at approximately 8:25 pm. I am proud to attend a university that stand behind the rights of all of its students, faculty and staff, regardless of their sexual orientation. In… Continue reading BREAKING: Duke Student Government unanimously approves a resolution in opposition Amendment One

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Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

Dear friends, The difference between Democrats and Republicans is sometimes phrased as a difference between two core values: equality and liberty.  They tell us that Republicans want lower taxes, because “lower taxes” and a “small government?” make people “more free,” while Democrats “want” higher taxes to “equal things out.” The events of the last few… Continue reading Are equality and freedom really at odds? The values of a Democrat, and the week ahead for Duke Dems

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It happened here: The Trayvon Martin Case, and why NC conservatives passed the same Florida-style law

In a horrifying case that has drawn national media attention, George Zimmerman, a self-appointed community crime watch volunteer, shot and killed the 17 year-old Trayvon Martin, an unarmed A-student who was returning to his parents’ home from a local 7-11 with Skittles and iced tea. While the crime is horrific enough, the fact that Zimmerman… Continue reading It happened here: The Trayvon Martin Case, and why NC conservatives passed the same Florida-style law

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A critique of the College Republican plan that we create “work stations” for the poor

Bill Barlow from Duke College Republicans has some serious misconceptions about U.S. poverty.  In his most recent blog post, Barlow claims that those receive federal anti-poverty assistance (he includes in this unemployment insurance, food stamps and Medicaid)  have been “sucked into a vicious cycle of unemployment and dependency”—they could be working, but would rather suck… Continue reading A critique of the College Republican plan that we create “work stations” for the poor

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What Obama Stands to Gain by Speaking Out on Amendment One

I support and admire Barack Obama the President, but I am occasionally befuddled by Barack Obama the Presidential Candidate. As someone who wants President Obama to be re-elected in November and wants Amendment One to be defeated in May, I’d like to see President Obama release an official comment on Amendment One.  I earnestly think it… Continue reading What Obama Stands to Gain by Speaking Out on Amendment One

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Respect the right of my straight mother to look at her grandchildren for the first time: Raleigh native on the county commissioner vote

A Duke student and Raleigh native speaks about how yesterday’s decision by the Wake County Commission to support Amendment One impacts him.   Hello Commissioners, I want to take my allotted three minutes to introduce you to two people who have played an extremely important role in my life, to introduce you to two people… Continue reading Respect the right of my straight mother to look at her grandchildren for the first time: Raleigh native on the county commissioner vote