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The Blue & Gray Press | December 19, 2018

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Exploring the growth of political expression in music

November 1, 2018 |

Staff Writer
In the midst of the controversial Trump administration, music is getting more political.Read More

Political perspectives vary too much to be contained in a bipartisan system

February 15, 2018 |


Contributing Writer

While growing up, we were always told that at dinner parties and social events, there are three topics one should never mention: politics, religion and money. These days, however, it has become popular to crusade for our opinions in regards to all three.Read More

Bipartisan political system only serves to distract and divide

February 1, 2018 |


Senior Writer

Before reading my morning briefing last Wednesday, I glanced at the front page of the New York Times, and was not surprised to see that four of the five headlines were political. With the media’s ever-growing political obsession, it seems as though nothing in American politics is getting resolved, or will be. As my mind was flooded with thoughts of FBI investigations, gridlock, and scandal-galore, I really questioned our political system.Read More

Ask Katherine

October 26, 2017 |

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Professors’ political opinions: helpful or hurtful?

April 5, 2017 |


Moderation is the key to everything. Having a conscious filter regarding your words and their implications is important, especially for educators. Professors have the academic freedom to voice their beliefs in class, including political ideologies, but at the same time these expressed opinions should be self-monitored and used only to enhance classroom learning. Read More

Staff Ed: Where does politics belong in Hollywood?

March 2, 2017 |


Anyone who tuned into the Oscars Award show, or any award show for that matter, isn’t prompted to think ‘politics.’ Usually people are trying to escape the oversaturation of political rhetoric when they turn on the TV to watch an award show but that ideal has not been the case as of late.Read More

Presidential race sends waves through UMW community

October 5, 2016 |


The Presidential race is down to Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Donald Trump. One of these candidates will inevitably take office in January after the election in November. But first we are bombarded with television ads, news articles and, of course, the debates. However, these debates are not just between the presidential candidates, they are right here on the UMW campus as well.Read More

Endorsement from Carson to Trump may sacrifice trust from supporters

March 24, 2016 |


Endorsement from Carson may come at sacrifice to trust from supporters Former presidential candidate Ben Carson announced that he would be endorsing current candidate Donald Trump on Friday, March 11, a decision I believe has cost Carson the trust he established with his voters by supporting a candidate who, so far, has seemed to share little in common with Carson’s own moral beliefs.Read More

Senator Bryce Reeves speaks with College Republicans

March 24, 2016 |


What has characterized both parties during the 2016 presidential election, according to Virginia Sen. Bryce Reeves, is anger. The lack of positive perspective, what America is and what could be, is missing.Read More

Clinton v. Fiorina: rethinking feminism for political parties

February 11, 2016 |


Many people believe that all women involved in politics have the same political goals and ambitions. However, there are two women who prove this to be untrue with their polar opposite policy agendas. Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina take on the modern political agenda with plans for change.Read More

Bernie Sanders makes appearance in Virginia, UMW students follow

September 17, 2015 |


Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a day-long trip to Virginia on Monday, first appearing at Liberty University to speak at the school’s convocation, then at a rally in Manassas that evening to speak to approximately 2,000 people, 51 of which were University of Mary Washington students. Read More

Social media campaigning takes focus off the issues

September 9, 2015 |


Since President Obama’s 2008 campaign team effectively proved that the use of social media during the campaign process yields positive results, a new precedence for garnering votes has been set.Read More

President puts forth proposal for free community college

January 22, 2015 |


During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented his idea to help alleviate the burden of student debt.

Obama’s plan revolves around providing two years of community college tuition to those who earn it. … Read More

President Obama proposes free college and preschool plans

January 21, 2015 |


“Education is the basis of law and order.” This is a quote that first appeared in the 1962 film, “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence,” and it has taken 53 years to sink in.

President Barack Obama’s … Read More

What students need to know for election day

October 29, 2014 |


What students need to know for election dayRead More

Virginia voter ID law enacted in effort to prevent voter fraud

September 17, 2014 |


Due to new voting ID laws enacted in Virginia on July 1, voters across the Commonwealth will now have to present photo identification if they want to see the inside of a voting booth.Read More

News making the national headlines

April 18, 2013 |

New information slowly emerges regarding Boston bombing

The bombings in the Boston, Mass. marathon that occurred on Monday, April 15 have resulted in three deaths and over 170 wounded as of Wednesday, April 17.

Officials suspect the explosives were amateur … Read More

Politics that make the newspaper headlines

April 10, 2013 |

Gun control bill takes center stage on hill
Congress came to a bipartisan deal on gun control on April 10. The deal is set to expand background checks for those who wish to buy guns.Read More

Today's politics play like a re-run

January 23, 2013 |


Let me ask you a question: do you remember the 1990s? Many American 20-somethings become overwhelmed with a warm, fuzzy nostalgia whenever they pick up a Goosebumps novel or stumble upon a 90s Nickelodeon re-run.Read More

Gingrich Enters the Ring

November 16, 2011 |

If you are a registered Democrat, then right now you should like Republican presidential candidate and former House speaker Newt Gingrich. You heard me right; liberals should embrace “the Newtster.”Read More

Republican Budget Plan Cuts Services for Poor

April 20, 2011 |


Medicare and Medicaid, which provide America’s elderly and poor with health care, are going to be drastically reduced if Republicans have anything to say about it. Led by Paul Ryan (R-WI), Republicans have recently pushed a budget … Read More

Three Cheers for Partisan Politics

March 10, 2010 |

The era of partisan politics is over! Or so we thought. After President Obama was elected, the skies over Washington were supposed to clear up; the fog of partisanship would be rolled back; the congressmen on Capitol Hill would gather … Read More

Susannigans: Elections Are Important Even if Not Presidential

November 4, 2009 |

For the first time in my four years of election eligibility, I voted for a candidate who didn’t win. Naturally, I’m disappointed. But I have a feeling that even if Democrat Creigh Deeds had been elected over Republican Bob McDonnell … Read More

Swine Flu is Not a National Emergency

October 28, 2009 |

As of this week, swine flu is a national emergency, a move by President Obama that’s more of a formality than anything else, despite the dire-sounding name. Officially, the declaration gives Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelious the … Read More

Savings Accounts Are a Better Fix for Healthcare

October 28, 2009 |

By Mason Rayner Guest Columnist

How can we fix health care? That’s the debate that has been raging in the halls of Congress and across the country since early in the summer. Almost everyone agrees the current system is a … Read More

Lt. Governor Election Just as Important

October 21, 2009 |


With only a few weeks to go, elections have begun to gain the attention of more and more Virginians. The main focus is the showdown between Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, but it is important that … Read More

McDonnell’s Plans for Virginia Fictional and a Detriment to Virginia Taxpayers

October 21, 2009 |

By James Martin

Guest Columnist

Four years ago, Bob McDonnell was a delegate from Virginia Beach and was known for one thing: a radical social agenda. In fact, out of the hundreds of bills introduced by McDonnell in his time … Read More

Health Care Debate Requires Rational Thought, Not Riots

September 30, 2009 |

BY BREEANNA SVEUM Viewpoints Editor

In recent months (though it seems more like years), the debate about health care has exploded. Whether or not the US should implement a single-payer system like Canada’s has gone from an ideologue’s dream (or … Read More

Polanski Did the Crime and Should Do the Time

September 30, 2009 |

Since Roman Polanski’s arrest in Zurich on Sunday, people have come out in force to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

We’ll say that again: people have come out to defend a man who raped a 13-year-old girl.

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Letter to the Editor: Government-Run Does Not Equal Socialism

September 16, 2009 |

Dear Editor:

I am tired of hearing the word “socialism” tossed around negatively in the debate about health care reform.

After reading many definitions, I’ve reached the conclusion that any system of society where goods and services are controlled by … Read More