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Getting Crafty: Hobby Lobby’s attempt to glue women to corporate owner’s personal religious beliefs

Annie Kehler Posted July 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM
by , Deputy Communications Director

Yesterday, the Supreme Court made the distressing decision to allow private, for-profit corporations to deny access to healthcare based on personally held religious beliefs. The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, featuring a 5-4 split decision will make it more difficult for women across the country to obtain basic, preventative healthcare benefits.

College Democrats of America is deeply concerned with the results this decision could bring.  Almost 60% of American women use birth control, some for reasons other than contraception including ovarian cysts, endometriosis, migraines, and hormone replacement after chemotherapy. Lack of access to coverage based on privately held beliefs will put these women at financial stress and strain their ability to properly care for themselves.

It is equally important to note that ...

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College Democrats of America Welcomes Former College Republican to the Party

Taylor Barnard Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:53 PM
by , National President, College Democrats of America

Today, Evan Alvarez, the chairman of the College Republicans of Mississippi stepped down from his position to register as a Democrat. In his resignation letter, Alvarez cited the growing role of the extreme Tea Party wing dragging the GOP rightward and their “ignorant” and “cruel” stance on immigration as his reasons for joining with us. “I simply cannot be apart of organization that have members who support these far right extremist views,” Alvarez writes, “much less be the Chairman of the organization.”  

Alvarez’s decision simply reaffirms what we've known all along: the GOP's extreme policies and rhetoric are out of touch with the priorities of young Americans. Although we may not always agree on everything, the College Democrats are happy to welcome Evan ...

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College Democrats of America Appalled by Senate Republicans Actions

Matthew Metz Posted June 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

Just a few hours ago, Senate Republicans voted against, in a 56-38 vote, a future of affordable higher education.  Introduced by Senator Elizabeth Warren, the “Bank on Students Act” would ensure that past and future students do not have ridiculously high amounts of student loan interest.  By lowering the interest rate to 3.86 percent and allowing and refinancing for those who have already barrowed would alleviate some of the burden of student loans.  The College Democrats of America are disappointed in the lack of support, for all college students, from the Republican Party. The failure to pass this legislation hurts our future. College Democrats of America’s President, Taylor Barnard, released the following:


“Once again Republicans have refused to stand up for ...

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Midterms Matter

Matthew Metz Posted June 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

Yesterday, the political world was shocked when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down in defeat in his primary. Although Cantor’s internal polling predicted a victory of at least 34 points, he was defeated 55.5-44.5 by political unknown Dave Brat. This loss suggests as a confusion of message and a failure of GOP rebranding , as the scrambling GOPs are the first to admit.

Eric Cantor is the first House Majority Leader in the history of the United States to be defeated in a primary. Although he out spent his opponent roughly 10 to 1, it was not enough to persuade the voters of VA-07 to keep the seat. The voters thought Cantor to be too liberal, and so, they chose ...

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Apply to the College Leadership Academy!

Jamie Zieno Posted March 9, 2014 at 9:42 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

The Young Democrats of America and College Democrats of America recently announced the first annual college leadership academy, a 5 day program in Washington D.C. from July 13-17. The program will be modeled after YDA’s annual high school leadership academy, which I attended in 2011. This is an exciting opportunity for College Democrats to meet national leaders, participate in important trainings, and tour the nation’s capital.

In 2011, I came to the high school leadership academy somewhat skeptical and left with memories that will last a lifetime. Last year’s high school leadership academy attendees met Senator Elizabeth Warren, Governor Martin O’Malley and Representative Nancy Pelosi just to name a few.

The leadership academy was not only informative, but also very fun. We ...

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