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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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DNC Unveils Voter Expansion Project

Annie Kehler Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

The Democratic Party has a mission when it comes to voting: that every eligible voter can register, that every registered voter can vote, and that every vote is accurately counted. This seems simple, but Republicans have very different ideas for the future of the democratic process. They have decided that if they can’t win with fair and equal polling practices, they’ll work the system to get the results they desire.

Restrictive voter ID laws have been passed in Texas, Alabama, Arizona and Kansas, in order to keep eligible voters from the polls. They’ve restricted early voting periods in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and North Carolina. They’ve even gone to outrageous lengths like suing their states to stop online voter registration.

Their goals ...

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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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State Spotlight: College Democrats of Tennessee

helmkea Posted February 13, 2014 at 1:37 PM
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The College Democrats of Tennessee have hit the ground running this school year. They have started off the year hard at work developing a better statewide organization with the Tennessee Young Democrats and the Tennessee Democratic Party to make sure student voters are a priority.

Christopher Jerrolds, Chair of the College Democrats of Tennessee, notes that he is “most proud that we have started to unite the chapters across the state to form a more unified voice for advancing our concerns. Realigning our organization with the TN Young Democrats to form a stronger partnership is just one example of how CDTN is making positive steps in turning the tide in Tennessee.”

They are focusing on building their membership base ...

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