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President Obama’s Perfect Reaction to Fellow Voter’s Girlfriend Joke

Who knew voting could be this fun!? Check out what happened after a man told President Obama not to touch his girlfriend (who happened to be standing next to him to vote)!

The video cuts out the best part of the interaction. After they were done voting, President Obama takes the woman aside and said, “Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” as he gave Cooper a hug and a peck on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous.”

While you probably won’t end up voting next to the President, you should still go vote every chance you get. It’s the best way to make sure your voice is heard.

For a lot of people, the first time they vote is while they’re in college. They’ve recently turned 18 and are ready to exercise their right to vote. In many cases, these people don’t vote until it’s time to elect a President, even if there are other elections between then and their 18th birthday. It’s time for that to change.

Midterm elections are coming up in November, and they are just as important as the Presidential one. If you’ll remember from history or government class, the United States Government is split into three branches: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Though the Executive Branch may get all the attention when it comes to elections, it’s the Legislative that will be seeing changes following Election Day 2014. Midterms are the time to vote for Senators, new or incumbent, who will help shape the laws of the land.

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Michele Bachmann Delivers Caucus-Day Speech to Iowa High School Students

Bachmann Official Headshot Michele Bachmann has been known for doing some strange things. However, one thing she just did is quite different from her usual antics…and from what the other candidates are doing in order to promote themselves. She delivered her first live caucus-day speech to a group of 800 students at West Des Moines’ Valley High School in Iowa.

Instead of talking about her usual subjects – including her dream of repealing the health care reform law – Bachmann discussed the important role that students can have in the election process and ways they can become leaders and innovators in the future.

“What the next generation needs is innovation,” Bachmann said. “They need opportunities.”

Of course, Bachmann did have to promote herself as a presidential candidate a little bit, but I think she did so in a good way. She promoted her tax plan and told students that it would make it easier to help them find jobs in the future by lowering the cost of conducting business in the USA. She also talked about her own youth, growing up the daughter of a single mother in Iowa. This would help students relate to her and was a good move on her part, in my opinion.

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New Laws Make it Hard for College Students to Vote

hand filling out a ballotFears seep in as young voters learn of a new law that will make it tough for college students to register to vote next fall.

As it states in the opinion pages of the New York Times: “Republican state lawmakers are doing everything they can to prevent students from voting in the 2012 presidential election. Some have openly acknowledged doing so because students tend to be liberal.”

In 7 states, a law has been passed that Americans must show a government-issued ID to register to vote. Twenty-seven other states may take similar measures. Many college students, who are given student photo IDs through their school, do not own a government-issued ID, like a driver’s license or a passport.

These new Republican laws will affect 21 million people who do not own such identification. Not just college students, but the poor, the young, as well as blacks and Hispanics, will be hit hard by these restrictions. Many of these demographics are supporters of President Obama.

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School District Sued For Influencing Votes on High School Field Trip

VoteEverywhere you look today in America, there is pressure or encouragement to vote.

Facebook.com, the popular social networking page has an application on the homepage asking if users have voted today. Google.com has a map option to see where the nearest voting facility is. Twitter is trending #govote. MTV is still sponsoring their political involvement campaign ‘Vote or Die’.

It seems political activist groups and parents at a Cincinnati high school are not happy about the one place they feel students should not be discussing politics: their school.

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Obama Wants to Help College Students; McCain Says Students on Their Own

The two candidates couldn’t differ more on any hot-button issue you toss in front of them. Their positions on supporting American college students is also quite the contrast, as are their individual college experiences. Obama attended Columbia and Harvard, and only recently paid off his student loan debt; McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy, which was free.

Amongst a crashing economy where college tuition support is harder to come by, and college tuition is skyrocketing faster than inflation, one candidate is in favor of the government lending support to college students, while the other thinks that you should cram in a night job between an 18-hour class schedule- plus labs and study groups. While they agree that college tuition isn’t affordable to most Americans and that the process to attain that aid is convuluted- the similarities part there.

McCain’s message when it comes to increased tuition is, ‘You’re on your own,’” says Michael Dannenberg, senior fellow with the New America Foundation and not a member of Obama’s campaign. “Obama’s message to families is, ‘We’ll give you more financial aid to help you with college costs, but your kids are going to have to help others.'”

Obama’s plan is more detailed than McCains, albeit with a larger price tag. His position is that it’s the government’s job to support college students persuing a degree. He’s not giving it away- in exchange for 100 hours of community service each year, the government will offer students a $4,000 tax break. McCain has put focus on making the financial aid system more efficient, but does not intend to increase its breadth. He wants parents to be more informed and says more money can be available if we eliminate wasteful spending. Read the rest of this entry »



College Students Were Actively Involved in 2004 Presidential Election, Says Survey

College students aren’t always taken as seriously by politicians as they should be.  After all, as the old (and increasingly outdated) logic goes, college students don’t vote as much as other groups (like elderly people), so why pay lots of attention to the issues that matter to them?

Well, college students are voting more than they used to, and overall, they are increasingly interested in and involved in the political process.  In fact, here’s a Fact Sheet about student political participation in the 2004 election that was compiled by CIRCLE, the Center for Information & Research on Civil Learning & Engagement.  According to to a survey of students by CIRCLE:

  • More than 85 percent of students followed the 2004 campaign at least somewhat closely.
  • About 43 percent of students followed the campaign very closely.
  • Nearly 90 percent of students were registered to vote.
  • About 77 percent of all students voted — compared to a voter turnout of only 42 percent nationwide among voters 18-24.
  • Students didn’t just vote in the highly publicized presidential and Senatorial races. Instead, almost 80 percent of the students who voted cast a vote for other candidates as well.
  • Nearly three-quarters of students said that they had conversations about the election at least once a week.  A third of students had conversations about the elections almost every day.

So who did students vote for?  The students in this survey preferred John Kerry, who earned 55 percent of their votes to George Bush’s 41 percent (a trend that echoed the national youth vote as a whole).  Support for Kerry was the highest among students with social science and humanities majors, while support for Bush was the highest among science and business majors.

So will these trends continue with the 2008 election?  Let’s hope so.  Get out and vote, students!





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