The Clarion

An open letter to Trump supporters

Patrick Kempfer, Opinion Editor

March 22, 2016

Immigrants (that’s how you spell that word, btw) are coming here for the same reasons your great grandparents came (or however long you can trace your family back), and that’s to make more opportunities for their future family members. You know, like how your grandfather worked hard every day to...

International perspectives

Victor Freiremelgizo, a student from Spain who is now studying at Madison College, was one of four international students to visit with The Clarion about their thoughts of the presidential primary election.

Stephanie Riedel, Staff Writer

March 22, 2016

Within the U.S. borders, the election process can seem like a circus – especially with the current presidential primary, which some are arguing shows that the candidates are clueless and the government is completely out of touch. For those growing-up outside the United States, however, all things political...

Do your job, vote!

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Kimberly Michal, Staff Writer

January 19, 2016

President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address is a song of hope, compassion, and a message to motivate our nation that has become so besides itself, so increasingly drowned in fear that two-thirds of us don’t do our job as citizens. We don’t vote on a regular basis. The president...

Ryan faces tough road as the new speaker

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Morgan Engels, Staff Writer

December 10, 2015

Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan was elected earlier this year as the 54th Speaker of the House. The vote took place nearly a month to the day of Former House Speaker John Boehner’s announcement of his resignation. Boehner, 65, announced his resignation amid growing tension in an already fractured Republican...

Change only happens when you vote

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Elliott Puckette, Copy Editor

December 10, 2015

To start, I just want to say that I love comedians, especially political ones. It is because of political comedians that I became interested in the political process and can today count myself as a reasonably well-informed member of society. The role of rebellious satirist is an important one; we need...

Physics and the Bible

Daniel Herron, Multimedia Editor

November 6, 2013

“You’ll find more wisdom in here than you will in there,” the older gentleman said. He attempted to hand me a pocket-sized New Testament re-done for the latest generation with a flashy green cover and abstract graphics reminiscent of splashed paint. At first I thought they were school administrators...

Unlimited political contributions put price on free speech

Buying free speech

Andrea DeBauche, Opinion Editor

October 23, 2013

On Oct. 8, the Supreme Court heard the arguments for McCutcheon v. Federal Election Committee, concerning the limit an individual can donate to political campaigns. Shaun McCutcheon, a wealthy Alabaman political donor who was then backed by the Republican National Committee, raised the case. The issue...

Secession attempts are a waste of time and money

Michael Patton, Staff Writer

December 3, 2012

Lately the whole idea of secession has been filtered through various media sources after the presidential election. Go for it if you really think that your current state would be much better off on its own. This is mainly just sore–loser syndrome. Recall the presidential election when people said...

App analyzes political ads in presidential campaign

Alanna Keegan, Staff Writer

October 9, 2012

Skewing the truth is nothing new to U.S. politicians, but a brilliant new application is helping everyday Americans discern what’s true, and what’s not, in regards to the many claims in political ads. Super PAC is a free app for iPhone, iTouch and iPad that works a lot like the Shazam app, recognizing...

Democrats and Republicans playing the same game

Democrats and Republicans playing the same game

Sarah Blaskey & Kate Palmer, Staff Writers

October 9, 2012

We’ve heard it over and over: there are huge differences between the Republicans and Democrats, but what about the many similarities? Stepping outside the narrow framework of two-party, mainstream politics, Republicans and Democrats start to look remarkably similar. Both parties are pro-war. Both parties...

Disillusionment with politics as usual pushes some even farther left

Disillusionment with politics as usual pushes some even farther left

Sarah Blaskey, Clarion Staff Writer

August 29, 2011

Maybe it was the failure of the recall efforts to save the people of Wisconsin. Maybe it was the trillions of dollars of cuts that Obama proposed in response to the debt ceiling crisis after agreeing to continued tax breaks for the wealthy. Or maybe it is the country’s continued wars and occupations...

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