1. New House Rules Endanger US Public Lands
    28 Jan, 2017
    New House Rules Endanger US Public Lands
    We will remember the Obama administration for establishing more protected lands and waterways than any previous president. In the past eight years, our former president established 22 national monuments and set aside over 265 million acres of land and water in federal lands. Such actions have protected numerous regions in the United States from corporate energy interests in extracting coal, gas, and oil. However, a new resolution enacted in Congress threatens to derail this progress. Members of
  2. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has recently been gaining national prominence.
    13 Jan, 2017
    Why Cory Booker Voted Against Lowering Drug Prices
    On Wednesday night, there was a contentious debate over Senate Budget Resolution 3 which laid the groundwork to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Amongst the heated tensions, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) offered Senate Amendment 178 to the legislation. According to the Senate roll call records, the amendment established “a deficit-neutral reserve fund” to “ lower prescription drug prices for Americans by importing drugs from Canada.” The vote was not at all split along
  3. December Newsletter
    31 Dec, 2016
    December Newsletter
    President-Elect Donald Trump     The Electoral College officially elected Donald Trump as President of the United States. Seven electors voted for candidates other than those they were assigned, making this the first time since 1832 that more than a single elector did so. One elector from Texas voted for John Kasich, and another voted for Ron Paul; three electors from Washington voted for Colin Powell and a fourth voted for Faith Spotted Eagle; and an elector from Hawaii voted for Bernie
  4. President-Elect Donald Trump
    29 Nov, 2016
    Trump So Far
    A firsthand look into how Trump's 100-day​ plan is shaping up to be and who he is hiring to run the country.
  5. Hillary Clinton supporters upset after 2016 election results.
    15 Nov, 2016
    Things Fell Apart
    What happened, why, and what we do now. We were facing the worst candidate the Republican Party had ever nominated. We had the fundraising advantage, the advertising advantage, and the edge in almost every poll. We won every single debate. We were united, while our opposition was so divided that there was serious speculation that the party itself would fracture and die, right after we won. We had assembled a truly impressive field operation, and every early voting indicator suggested we had an
  6. Shawn Haq and Bryan Caforio, mid-interview.
    24 Oct, 2016
    Shawn Haq's Interview with US Congress Candidate, Bryan Caforio
    Have you heard speculation that the Democrats could gain several seats in the House of Representatives this November, if not win back a majority? These potential changes depend largely on certain highly-competitive races. Bryan Caforio is running in one of those races. He’s a Democrat trying to unseat Republican incumbent Congressman Steve Knight in a race so high profile that even President Obama has stepped in and personally endorsed Bryan. Shawn Haq sat down with him last Friday to discuss a
  7. Plastic Bag Pollution
    11 Oct, 2016
    Why California's Prop 67 Matters for Grassroots Organizing and not just Plastic Bags
    Much has already been said about the mind-numbing seventeen propositions coming up on California’s ballot this November. A great deal of them are enormously controversial and polarizing, concerning matters like the death penalty and legalization of marijuana. Couple that with the fiercest presidential election in decades, one that feels like a battle for the very soul of the nation, and intense voter exhaustion is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the last proposition on the California
  8. November Newsletter
    30 Nov, 2016
    November Newsletter
    U.S. Presidential Election Results     Republican nominee Donald Trump won the election with 306 Electoral College votes to Hillary Clinton’s 232. Clinton, however, won the popular vote by over 2 million votes. Trump claimed that he won the popular vote “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.”     Both the Senate and House of Representatives will have a Republican majority.      Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and other prominent political figures have urged for a peaceful
  9. Why Prop 55?
    02 Nov, 2016
    Why Prop 55?
    On November 6, 2012, Proposition 30 was approved in California, paving the way for increased funding in public education by increasing taxes for the richest in the state. The results were monumental: since it was enacted, Prop 30 has led to an increased state revenue of over $6 billion per year. While the policy will cease to function in 2018, an extension to the funding, known as Proposition 55, will be listed as a measure in the November 8, 2016 ballot. Without an overall “yes” vote for Prop
  10. Month of October on Calendar
    31 Oct, 2016
    October Newsletter
    Millennial Institute October Newsletter U.S. Presidential election     As of October 30th, FiveThirtyEight estimates that Hillary Clinton has a 78.9% chance of winning the presidency, whereas Donald Trump’s chance is 21.0%.     FiveThirtyEight uses not only current polling data, but also weighting of polls’ past accuracy, demographic information, and other factors to predict election outcomes.     A poll by ABC News and the Washington Post predict that Hillary Clinton will win, though only has