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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 , Traditional Media Coordinator

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 , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

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 , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

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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State Spotlight: College Democrats of Oregon

Annie Kehler Posted May 13, 2014 at 7:45 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

As one of the newest State Federations to join the College Democrats of America ranks, The College Democrats of Oregon have made an impressive showing in their first year.

Having only one representative from the state at the CDA Summer Convention, Kevin Frazier, current President, decided Oregon needed to be represented, and joined with other chapter leaders to form CDO. The first step the Executive Board took was to plan an outstanding State Convention, which took place in April.

With over 50 students in attendance, CDO’s first state convention made an impressive showing. 2 of the 5 state-wide elected officials attended, in addition to trainings run by the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Oregon, Brad Martin, and Students for Sensible ...

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