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The Real Victims

Matthew Metz Posted January 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM
by , National Communications Director, College Democrats of America

The following is a statement from New Jersey College Democrats Vice President Michael Tucker

This morning, Governor Chris Christie attempted to make himself a victim of the ever growing ‘Bridge-gate’ scandal. He claims he was mislead by senior staff that run his office, and that he knew nothing about it until yesterday’s extraordinary release of documents that point the finger at his Administration. With his reputation at stake, as well as the specter of a doomed 2016 before it even began, he quickly fired his Deputy Chief of Staff, his former campaign manager, and hinted at further house cleaning. There is an important thing to remember, though; he is not a victim.

If not him, who was? What about those who were ...

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A People That Stands Together: Unemployment Insurance

Laura Epstein Posted January 7, 2014 at 1:52 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

Today, President Obama addressed the American people about unemployment insurance, stating, “We make this promise to our fellow Americans who are working hard to get back on their feet because when times get tough, we are not a people who say you're on your own, we're people who believe that we're all in it together.” He reminded us how important it is for Congress to reinstate unemployment insurance, which ended right after Christmas.

Democrats have been standing with those who lost their benefits. It is time for Republicans in Congress to do the same and extend benefits. Today, GOP Senators took the first step by joining with Democrats to bring the bill to the floor. The debate, however, has only ...

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CDA Rundown: Faces of Repeal

Jamie Zieno Posted January 4, 2014 at 9:26 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

The DCCC recently launched a campaign called “Faces of Repeal,” designed to show the faces of those that would suffer from repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The stories range from small business owners to those with pre-existing conditions. While everyone may have a different individual story, they all tell the same tale: Obamacare is already working and helping millions of Americans.

Here are a few “faces of repeal”

The college student – Thanks to Obamacare, young Americans can have peace of mind over their health coverage. The law forces insurance companies to keep young Americans on their parent’s health insurance until age 26.

A young child – Under the Affordable Care Act, children are covered through Obamacare, including vision and ...

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#CDALeads: Finding a Niche and Taking it By Storm

Annie Kehler Posted December 11, 2013 at 8:41 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

Haris Alic first became involved with College Democrats as a freshman at University of Albany, SUNY. He quickly moved into positions at both the state and chapter level, and became an important leader in the Dems community. Like many of us, Alic first became seriously interested in politics during the Obama 2008 campaign. Now a sophomore at SUNY, he is studying both Public Policy and Urban Planning.

Alic has taken the finances of CDA by storm. He became Treasurer of University at Albany College Democrats in his first year, and was elected as the Finance Director of the College Democrats of New York in the spring of 2013. He is now serving on the CDA Finance Team.

As the Finance Director of ...

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Protect Further Cuts to SNAP

Laura Epstein Posted December 11, 2013 at 2:24 PM
by , Traditional Media Coordinator

As a college student, my meal decisions often come down to which dining hall on my campus my friends and I go to. But with SNAP cuts this past November and even more cuts potentially on the way, millions of families could face the impossible decision of which 16 meals they want to skip in any given month.

SNAP, the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, is a critical tool for more than 47 million Americans to put food on the table. One out of four children in our country live in a household that receives SNAP. We simply cannot allow further cuts to this program.

Households already saw their benefits reduced on November 1, and now House Republicans are trying to cut ...

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