It was a big week for us here at UC Dems (shoutout to all who came to our Democratic Debate last night!), but we still got some reading in. Here’s the news that caught our interest this week:
Governor Haley began her response magnanimously, recognizing the importance of President Obama’s election to the country and alluding to the troubled pasts of South Carolina and the union as a whole. Although Haley extended a gracious hand to the other side of the aisle in the opening moments of her speech, she soon harshly condemned the perceived difference between Obama’s rhetoric and his record. Haley claimed Obama has been ineffectual in dealing with both the economy and terrorism and expressed her desire for a “new direction” for America.
We’re all abuzz with speculation over what might be the impact of the Democrats’ first primary debate. Here are some articles exploring how things are setting up for 2016 on both the right and left:
- Roll Call is a fantastic source for Capitol Hill news (not an article, but a website you should keep bookmarked!)
- CBS’s big monthly poll of Republicans shows Trump is still in the lead with Carson in second
- We’ll almost certainly still have a Republican majority in the House in 2016, but this article on Sabato’s Crystal Ball explores three ways the Republicans, theoretically, could meltdown
- And on the other side of things, speculations on the ways in which Hillary could lose
- This article predicted that we would see “the adults take the stage” in the Democratic debate (cf. Republican debate), and I daresay we were not disappointed
- How the House Republicans became utterly ungovernable
Here’s what we read during Second Week in the Second City:
- Originally written in 2012, but sadly still so relevant today, The Simple Truth About Gun Control
- On Bernie Sanders, millenials, and socialism: The Populist Prophet
- In swing state New Hampshire (a swing state), Gov. Hassan is challenging Sen. Ayotte (who voted against gun control in 2013); a win from Hassan could help Democrats take back the Senate
- Kevin McCarthy abruptly withdraws from candidacy for being House speaker, citing that the Republicans “got to be 100 percent united”
- Just another incentive to move to Portland after graduation: if you work for Multnomah County, you now get paid parental leave
- While immigration from South America is slowing, migration across the Pacific is continuing at a steady pace, meaning that Asians will soon pass Latinos as the nation’s second-largest immigrant group
- Because of that, the need to invest in the well-being of AAPI communities is becoming even more pressing
Hopefully, if nothing else, you found Thursday’s Republican debate, shall we say, entertaining. There’s a couple trends in opinion on who won or lost, but for the most part it seems we’ll just have to wait and see to find out what it all means.
It’s not long till the next Republican debate (September 16 on CNN), but it won’t be until October 13 (also on CNN) that we can watch the Democrats.
Here’s the Democratic debate schedule: