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CDA Rundown: March Jobs Report

Matthew Metz Posted April 15, 2013 at 8:47 AM
by , Director, College Democrats of America Alumni Association

March marked the 37th consecutive month that jobs have been added to the economy. The unemployment rate dropped to 7.6% and the private sector increased payroll by 95,000 jobs. In all, nearly 6.5 million jobs have been added. Despite these positive signs, the gains could have been greater. The GOP sequester is a formidable roadblock on the path to a robust recovery. To overcome it, we have to work together to find a balanced solution.

Just over one month after taking effect, the sequester cuts have pervaded far and wide. Hitting almost every state, funding had been reduced for scientific research, scholarly endeavors, public housing, and all levels of education from Head Start to Pell Grants to Fulbrights. In addition, access ...

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russiana Posted April 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM
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#CDALeads: Open Up Your World

Jonathan Dame Posted April 11, 2013 at 9:52 AM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

When N.Y. State Assemblyman Mike Miller needed someone to run his re-election campaign in 2010, he came to Nick Roloson, a Long Island native and then-active College Democrat. At the time, Nick was 21 years old and barely a college senior, but eager to start his career in politics, he jumped at the opportunity to head up a real campaign.

While attending St. John’s University in New York City, Nick enjoyed studying politics, his major, and exploring the surrounding borough of Queens. But his true passion was for the College Democrats.

“From the time I was in high school I cared about politics,” Nick said. “So I went tothe first College Dems meeting that they had at St. John’s and quickly became ...

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#CDALeads: Leading Closer to Home

Jonathan Dame Posted April 2, 2013 at 5:34 PM
by , Deputy Communications Director, College Democrats of America

Sarah Bregant, a 20-year-old sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, is about to win election to her second public office in as many years. Today, April 2, nearly one year after joining the County Board of Supervisors for Jefferson County, Wisc., Sarah expects to win her race for the Whitewater City Council.

Despite growing up in the conservative town of Sussex, Wisc., located in a county where two-thirds of voters supported Gov. Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, Sarah came to college eager to get involved in progressive politics.

“In high school, after taking classes and writing about politics for the school newspaper, I came to identify as progressive,” Sarah said. “So my freshman year in college the ...

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Women’s History Month: Something to Celebrate

Kenzi Green Posted March 28, 2013 at 3:53 PM
by , Director of Communications, College Democrats of America

Who has shaped your views about the role of women in leadership positions? Have you seen a particularly inspiring political speech, or did you grow up in a family with strong female role models? CDA Women's Caucus Chair Sara Valentine explains her motivation for wanting to get involved in public service -- to follow in the footsteps of the women who came before us.

“Men are raised to play football, to bash their heads and come back for more. Women are raised to stand back. We aren’t raised to be risk takers.” -Representative Sue Myrick

This quote is true in so many cases, but I am going to prove society wrong. Slowly but surely, women are becoming more represented in society, although ...

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