Politics

Results of the 2022 Massachusetts Midterm Elections

(Photo via NBC News) Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu The official results of the Massachusetts midterm elections are in. Unsurprisingly, there was a democratic sweep throughout the state.  All 9 of the House seats were won by democrats.  District 1 elected Richard Neal, with 61.4% of the vote.  District 2 elected James McGovern, with 66.2% of the vote. District 3 elected Lori Trahan, with 63.8% of the vote. Jake … Continue reading Results of the 2022 Massachusetts Midterm Elections

Paul Pelosi Attacked in Violent Home Invasion

Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink  Email: kwink@umassd.edu  On Friday, October 28th, just before 2:30 a.m., Paul Pelosi, business executive, and husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was violently assaulted during a break-in of their San Francisco home. The perpetrator, David DePape, smashed a window to break into the Pelosis’ home, as he shouted, “Where is Nancy?” before unleashing the attack on Paul.  In his effort to escape, Paul asked … Continue reading Paul Pelosi Attacked in Violent Home Invasion

What You Need to Know About the Student Debt Relief Application

(Image taken from: https://humbledbudget.com) Staff Writer: Kelsey Wink Email: kwink@umassd.edu On October 17th, 2022, the Biden administration officially launched its student debt relief application, ending months of anticipation for millions of American borrowers.  President Biden announced his plan for student loan debt relief in August 2022. The program offers debt relief of $10,000 to those who did not receive Pell Grants or $20,000 for those who did. The income threshold … Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Student Debt Relief Application

America’s Peculiar Institutions

(Image taken from: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/brief-life-cornelius-frederick-warning-signs-missed-teen-s-fatal-n1234660) Volunteer Writer: T. Etna Email: rhepburn@umassd.edu (Superscripted bracketed numbers[*] refer to footnotes in the Reference doc linked at the bottom of the article.  The Reference doc contains specific text from the sources, images, and comments.) 3 weeks before the death of George Floyd, 16-year-old black boy, Cornelius Frederick, was suffocated to death on camera for throwing a sandwich. (www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/video-shows-fatal-restraint-cornelius-fredericks-16-michigan-foster-facility-n1233122) Unlike George Floyd, he was not killed … Continue reading America’s Peculiar Institutions

What You Need to Know About the Vote

(Image taken from: https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2022/08/05/how-to-vote-in-the-2022-elections-for-massachusetts-governor-attorney-general-and-more) Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu  The 2022 fall elections are quickly approaching, with the final election date in Massachusetts being November 8th. While the presidential elections are still two years away, this upcoming mid-term election offers the chance to vote for Congressional positions. For Massachusetts, only Congressional positions in the House of Representatives will be up for grabs. Election for local officials will also be … Continue reading What You Need to Know About the Vote

A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

Staff Writer: Kamryn Kobel Email: kkobel@umassd.edu Elections are on Tuesday, November 8th. You can find the nearest polling place by using this website. Here’s a comprehensive guide to the 2022 ballot questions for Massachusetts voters: Question One: Increased Taxation on Millionaires   This question proposes a new amendment to the state constitution that would place an additional 4% state income tax on taxable incomes over $1 million. Tax money would go … Continue reading A Guide to the Massachusetts Voter Questions

The Race for Bristol County Sheriff: Hodgson vs. Heroux

Staff Writer: Maya Arruda Email: marruda7@umassd.edu The 2022 elections will be held in person on Nov. 8th. In the 2022 election, the politicians in the senate and the house of representatives will all be on the chopping block for re-election. More local positions will also be subject to re-election. Including the position of county sheriff. Bristol county includes such illustrious cities as New Bedford and Fall River, where they actually … Continue reading The Race for Bristol County Sheriff: Hodgson vs. Heroux

Weeding Out: President Biden Pardons Thousands of Americans

Staff Writer: Julian Cassady Email: jcassady@umassd.edu On October 6th, Biden announced a pardon to all Americans with federal-level, simple marijuana possession charges. Biden stated that “There are thousands of people who have prior Federal convictions for marijuana possession, who may be denied employment, housing, or educational opportunities as a result. My action will help relieve the collateral consequences arising from these convictions.” It’s made clear in the details of this … Continue reading Weeding Out: President Biden Pardons Thousands of Americans

The Supreme Court Reverts Back to Trump-Era Clean Water Act Regulations Using a Shadow Docket

Staff Writer: Roxanne Hepburn rhepburn@umassd.edu On Wednesday, April 6th, 2022, in a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court employed a shadow docket to temporarily reinstated a Trump-Era environmental regulation limiting states’ power to enforce the Clean Water Act on large energy projects looking to fast-track their timelines. The basis of the Clean Water Act (CWA) was initially enacted in 1948 and was known as the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The … Continue reading The Supreme Court Reverts Back to Trump-Era Clean Water Act Regulations Using a Shadow Docket

Zelenskyy: Servant of the People

Staff Writer: Carolyn Doremus cdoremus@umassd.edu Since the February 24th Russian invasion of Ukraine, people living across the globe have become much more aware of the Russo-Ukrainian War, and if they weren’t knowledgeable about the history between the two countries already, have been provided with more information through the news coverage. One name in particular that of course has become more commonly seen across the world is that of Ukrainian President … Continue reading Zelenskyy: Servant of the People

Governor DeSantis Claims Lia Thomas is Undeserving of NCAA Win 

(Image taken from Business Insider via Getty Images; Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Staff Writer Shailyn Bacchiocchi Email: sbacchiocchi@umassd.edu Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) went on a Twitter rant earlier this week over transgender athlete Lia Thomas’ NCAA win. In a lengthy twitter statement, he stripped Lia Thomas of her title and claimed runner-up Emma Weyant as the true winner.  By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying … Continue reading Governor DeSantis Claims Lia Thomas is Undeserving of NCAA Win 

A Trailblazing Career: Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg

Staff Writer: Aidan Leavitt aleavitt@umassd.edu Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg, the trail blazing legal scholar, also known as the “Notorious RBG,” passed away at the age of 87 on September 18th, 2020. It was announced that her death was the result of complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.              Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 to 2020. She was … Continue reading A Trailblazing Career: Justice Ruther Bader Ginsburg

Why Foreign Policy questions have no place in the Presidential Debate

By James Mellen The South Carolina presidential Debate aired the night before I am writing this, this debate was nearly unwatchable, it devolved into a presidential screaming match. One feature this debate had that has stuck with me is the emphasis on foreign policy questions, questions ranging from whether or not Xi Xingping is a dictator, to the Syrian Civil War. There was a separate foreign policy question for 5 … Continue reading Why Foreign Policy questions have no place in the Presidential Debate

New Hampshire Primary Results: Bernie Won 

By Kira Bruce  Kbruce2@umassd.edu  Bernie Sanders, the Vermont socialist, won the New Hampshire primary last Tuesday. Followed by Pete Buttigieg, Bernie is now the leading democrat in the race.  After a confusing and narrow loss in Iowa’s caucuses, Sanders has officially won a primary election. He’s only 1 delegate behind Buttigieg and people are pretty surprised.   Having the title of socialist attached to your name is not usually beneficial in the United States. For years republicans have used the term as derogatory remark against their democrat rivals, but this doesn’t … Continue reading New Hampshire Primary Results: Bernie Won 

Sanders and AOC co-sponsor Green New Deal 

By Contributing Writer Caroline Quirk The quest for a more sustainable future is coming to the forefront! Just this week Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) proposed the Green New Deal for the Public Housing Act.    The proposal of the Green New Deal would slash emissions, stop years of neglect, and overall improve the lives of American citizens. Additionally, the bill could cut 5.6 million tons of carbon … Continue reading Sanders and AOC co-sponsor Green New Deal 

Taxing extreme wealth under Warren’s proposed tax bill

By Staff Writer Kira Bruce    Last Wednesday in an interview with the New York Times, Bill Gates sounded strangely similar to a Trump twitter rant regarding the proposed Warren tax bill. Gates said, “I’ve paid over $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes. If I had to pay $20 billion, it’s fine. But when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I’m starting to do a … Continue reading Taxing extreme wealth under Warren’s proposed tax bill

Is Sanders the right way to go to stop discrimination against American citizens?  

By Staff Writer Sarah Vasquez  If you don’t know who Ilhan Omar is I am about to tell you a little about who she really is and her core beliefs as a Somali-American. Ilhan Omar was the first Somali-American to be voted into the legislative office and has also been the first on landing a spot in the U.S. Congress. Omar has never been a really big fan of all … Continue reading Is Sanders the right way to go to stop discrimination against American citizens?  

Tulsi Gabbard vs. the Lizard People

By Contributing Writer Abigail Field It may delight readers who longingly wish to return to early 1950s America that at least one aspect of the time has reared its head. One might remember more likely, from vague recollections of middle school than personal experience, the Second Red Scare, and, of course, McCarthyism. McCarthyism refers to the practice of making accusations of treason or subversion without regard for evidence, often as … Continue reading Tulsi Gabbard vs. the Lizard People

Trump impeachment inquiry

 By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  Since the fateful election day back in 2016 there has been talk about impeaching Donald Trump, yet every time he does something that seems like it would be impeachment worthy nothing happens. Until his recent conversation with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, I would have guessed that nothing could get him impeached. The whistleblower informed the press about a suspicious conversation between President Trump and … Continue reading Trump impeachment inquiry

InsideOut explores femininity and gender politics at star store 

By Staff Writer Kira Bruce  This past week the Torch met with Viera Levitt, the schools Gallery Director. She is a very busy woman as she curates the galleries for both CVPA and the star store in New Bedford.   When the Torch sat down with Levitt she was at the star store setting up for a very cool exhibition that opened Sep 20, this is the InsideOut collection by Raquel … Continue reading InsideOut explores femininity and gender politics at star store 

Saudi Arabia oil conflict

By Staff Writer Kira Bruce Unfortunately, conflict in the Middle East continues into the last few weeks when a drone-lead missile hit a Saudi Arabian oil production plant. This had serious repercussions in ME-US relations.  The United States is Saudi’s military ally so they expect us to help when there is a need for military aid. Yet, since Saudi government officials are keen on blaming Iran, without concrete evidence, we … Continue reading Saudi Arabia oil conflict

Is Biden a touchy subject for Trump?

By Staff Writer Tighe Ratcliffe. With the next round of presidential elections coming up, we’re bound to see any candidate be investigated for anything that would tarnish their reputation. I still find it hard to imagine that Trump managed to get into office with all the scandals he’s been a part of, but here we are. Our president posts to his Twitter feed very often. I’d personally argue that he … Continue reading Is Biden a touchy subject for Trump?

Is FOX News Trump-aganda? Bernie thinks so

By Staff Writer James Mellen II. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Bernie Sanders responded affirmatively when asked if Fox News is a propaganda arm for the Trump administration. Duh. This became a completely inarguable point when Trump  shut down the government because Ann Coulter called him weak for not building the wall. However, the news outlet wasn’t always such a caricature of the GOP. Before Donald Trump, the … Continue reading Is FOX News Trump-aganda? Bernie thinks so

Will 2020 be the political shift America needs?

By Staff Writer James Mellen III. While the road to the 2020 election still looms ahead of us (and honestly, after only a month of politicians announcing their exploratory committees it feels as though it’s been looming behind us as well), the discourse surrounding it has primarily focused on the last presidential election in 2016. However, this election cycle has already broken all of the rules that have historically existed, … Continue reading Will 2020 be the political shift America needs?

Bernie Sanders talks resistance and politics in new book

By Staff Writer Timothy Howard. Yesterday Bernie Sanders’ new book Where We Go From Here was released in bookstores across America. Quite apropos given that he is almost assuredly going to be a contender in the democratic primary for 2020. In his new book, Sen. Sanders discusses various moments he experienced from June of 2016 to the present day. His book begins with his struggle to claw the Democratic party platform to the … Continue reading Bernie Sanders talks resistance and politics in new book

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