Why Did the Felon Cross the Road? To Register to Vote! How an increase in felon voting rights could change elections 

“You can bring a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” This phrase could be more accurately stated as, “You can lead a horse to water, but it’s the horse’s right as an autonomous being to choose whether or not to act upon its right to drink.”    Throughout the Freedom Fall series, myContinue reading “Why Did the Felon Cross the Road? To Register to Vote! How an increase in felon voting rights could change elections “

The Dual-Threat of Election Denialism and Domestic Extremism

The “Big Lie” was on the Ballot in the 2022 Midterms In light of former President Donald Trump’s false claim that he lost the 2020 presidential election due to widespread voter fraud, election denialism became a rallying cry for Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections. Research from the Brookings Institution found that 345 Republican candidatesContinue reading “The Dual-Threat of Election Denialism and Domestic Extremism”

Atrazine: Hermaphrodite Frogs, Water Contamination, and Maybe Cancer

Unless you’re a corn farmer or environmental activist, chances are you’ve never heard of atrazine. But you may have drank it, and maybe you’ve even heard Alex Jones talk about it – that it “turns frogs gay.” Atrazine is the second most commonly used herbicide in the United States. First registered in 1958, atrazine isContinue reading “Atrazine: Hermaphrodite Frogs, Water Contamination, and Maybe Cancer”

The 2022 Midterm Elections: A Two-Year Lease on Democracy

Introduction  The are times in history when it is crucial to take a step back and attempt to view what’s happening not in the vacuum of the present–with all its shifting considerations and interests–but in the vast expanse of the future, knowing that the actions we take today will have consequences that reverberate far pastContinue reading The 2022 Midterm Elections: A Two-Year Lease on Democracy

Climate Policy & Congressional Stalemate

The Earth is perishing before our eyes. The temperature of the Earth has risen exponentially, human activities continue to pollute the air, and the most severe impacts of these changes have been felt by the world’s animals and forests. What steps are those in government who represent us taking to address this issue? They continueContinue reading Climate Policy & Congressional Stalemate

Jim Crow’s War in America Continues in Virginia and Kentucky

Virginia and Kentucky stand as two of the four commonwealths in the nation, along with Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. These two states are starkly similar in more than name. Both states have codified criminal justice systems with archaic and unfairly punitive rules. The twin commonwealths both require individual petitions to the governor, who gets to decideContinue reading Jim Crow’s War in America Continues in Virginia and Kentucky

Why The United States Needs to Continue Supporting the Ukrainian War Effort

In 1939, Nazi tanks stormed across the German border into Poland. In a matter of weeks, half of Poland was under German control. Promises from the French and British to come to Poland’s aid were never fulfilled. The United States, guided by isolationism, was worlds away from everything happening in Europe. Poland was left toContinue reading “Why The United States Needs to Continue Supporting the Ukrainian War Effort”

Why the U.S. Should Continue Investing in a Ukrainian Victory

When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched an invasion of Ukraine in February of this year, the international community was swift to condemn his premeditated war of aggression. Nine months later, however, much of the initial support for Ukraine has waned. Despite making significant inroads militarily, a Ukrainian victory is still far from guaranteed. Many observersContinue reading Why the U.S. Should Continue Investing in a Ukrainian Victory

Louisville Public Defenders Have Unionized

Public defenders with the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office voted to unionize 32-5 earlier this year. Their story is a microcosm of a national phenomenon: the year 2022, the year of American labor. Public defenders represent indigent clients, those who cannot afford a lawyer and are constitutionally entitled to one when facing criminal proceedings. PublicContinue reading “Louisville Public Defenders Have Unionized”

Progressives Support the Universal Basic Income, and Conservatives Should Too

A theory propagated since the inception of modern democracy, the basic income is a centuries-old political idea that has, since Andrew Yang’s popular stance in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary, only been disseminated further. A universal basic income (UBI) is generally considered a liberal or leftist belief, economically speaking. Liberal proponents like Robert Reich andContinue reading Progressives Support the Universal Basic Income, and Conservatives Should Too