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Working to tip an election, one front door at a time

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By Shani Shaham, Staff Writer and Eva Brous-Light, Staff Writer

December 17, 2018

Richard Ceseroni, a 69-year-old former Marine, was returning home to his ranch- style house in Santa Clarita from church on Oct. 28 when someone he recognized approached him in his driveway. “Why is the mayor of Los Angeles in my driveway?” said Mr. Ceseroni, who served in the Sheriff’s Department...

After the vote: what now?

Students recently contributed to a poll based on what their thoughts are on politics and taking a class based on current events.

By Chloe Staples, Cathedral Catholic High School

December 13, 2018

American politics recently underwent change after the November midterm elections, but many Cathedral Catholic High School Students are still unaware about the country’s state of government. During the midterm elections, there were a set of 11 different propositions in California. The proposition...

Watch Courtney run!

Courtney Neron distributes her lawn signs with a supporter, John Vandenberg of Sherwood, who helped fund lawn signs.

By Meghan Turley, Tigard High School

December 12, 2018

Courtney Neron, a former foreign language teacher at Tigard High, is running to be a representative of House District 26.

Holbrook Students Voice Their Opinions in Mock Midterm Election

This graphic shows the percentage of voters at the school and in the town of Holbrook who voted in favor of ballot question 3 on transgender rights

By Sarah Ryan, Holbrook Middle High School

November 29, 2018

Just days before the midterms, Holbrook Middle-High School students were able to cast their own votes in a mock election. On Thursday, November 2, a total of 449 staff and students voted on the races for governor, Senate, and the ballot questions. The results of the mock election were mostly similar to...

So, the Election’s Over… What Now?

Turn out for this years' midterm elections was exceptionally high, with 47% of eligible Americans casting a ballot.

By DJ McInturff, Herrin High School

November 29, 2018

The signs have finally been taken down, the ads have stopped running, and the ballots have been counted.  The 2018 midterm elections are officially over, but the politics produced by this year’s vote are just getting started.   In regards to the U.S. House of Representatives, the home of some of the ...

This I Believe

Rachel, a Woodside resident and a mother, voices her opinion about the midterms.

By Holly Rusch and Leila Taherian, Woodside High School

November 29, 2018

This story was originally published on The Paw Print on November 18, 2018.

Midterm election ramifications, locally and nationally

Governor-elect J.B. Prtizker and Lt. Juliana Stratton celebrate after winning the election, defeating Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner.

By Lia Reichmann, Hajera Naveed, Kabir Sawlani, and Abby Stockmal

November 28, 2018

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, the midterm elections occurred with high expectations and pressure on both parties, resulting in a major night both nationally and locally.   On a national scale,  the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm election, exceeding the 23 congressional ...

EHS speaks out: Election day

Polis wins election becoming the first openly gay man in the nation to hold such a top elected post.

By Jaydin Webb, Englewood High School

November 27, 2018

Students Speak: New Colorado Governor Tuesday’s election broke records and brought change. Here in Colorado, voters elected a new governor, turned down new funding for education, and didn’t approve new oil and gas setbacks. Jared Polis won the gubernatorial race, and Jason Crow beat out Republican incumben...

Issues: The Midterms and why they matter

art by Thora Pearson

By Charlotte Heinrich and Thomas Birmingham

November 27, 2018

“This is the most important election in history.” According to Lucas Ravenscraft, AP United States Government and Politics teacher, this is one of those phrases that tends to get thrown around a lot, yet is hardly ever true. Why? Because according to Ravenscraft, to say that one election is more important than all the others diminishes the value of elections as a whole. Because every election is important, he said. On Nov...

Social Media Aides Voter Turnout

The popular social media app Snapchat offered exclusive face filters as an incentive to persuade users to vote.

By Noelia Arteaga, Woodside High School

November 21, 2018

Many Woodside students were bombarded with push notifications from popular apps like Snapchat, Spotify, and Instagram encouraging them to get out and vote in the midterm elections. The notifications seem to have had an effect: the elections, which took place on Tuesday, November 6, were record-setting....

“The Future Is Female”: Women In Politics

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar ranks first on list of all 100 senators with bills signed into law in the current congress, according to data from GovTrak.

By Cari Spencer, Orono High School

November 21, 2018

It was January of 2017 when women in pink “pussy” hats marched across Washington, demanding their rights ensured and their indignation at Donald Trump’s election be heard. There were around 4 million Women’s March participants across America that day, according to an estimation by The Washington Pos...

Take it to the bank

PHONE BANKING FOR BETO: volunteers for the Beto O'Rourke campaign Shannon, Walter, Trevor, Penny, and Marcy who are residents of McCallum's district, phone banked for Beto O'Rourke's campaign the night before the 2018 midterm election day on Nov. 6.

By Laszlo King-Hovis, McCallum High School

November 20, 2018

Junior Jordan Bibby can’t vote yet, but with the midterms just around the corner, she’s getting involved in other ways, like phone banking. “A lot of times people aren’t interested,” Bibby said. “It’s hard because there are people you’re calling and they don’t agree with you, and...

‘Cruz,’ ‘O’Rourke,’ star in Rock the Vote

Senior Mark Rodriguez (Beto O'Rourke) makes a point during the Rock the Vote mock debate.

By Erik Garcia, Vidal M. Trevino School of Communications and Fine Arts

November 20, 2018

LISD seniors learned the importance of voting and how the voting process is like in the real world at a Nov. 1 event at V.M.T. V.M.T’s AP government instructor and Sean Gaynor explained the purpose of Rock the Vote. “The Rock the Vote event was a group effort where multiple teachers, office...

I have a voice, I want to use it

Staff writer Anika Arutla talks about the history of voting and her excitement about voting. Political signs are lined along the road to Coppell Town Center for upcoming midterm election on Nov. 9.

By Anika Arutla, Coppell High School

November 16, 2018

Change. That is what I think about when I think about voting. It is common misconception that one vote, among millions, is not worth anything - that it is a simple raindrop in the middle of the vast ocean. Millions of those raindrops make up the ocean; similarly, my vote, even though it might not seem s...

Taking Action

Local students hit the streets promoting the opportunity to vote.

By Emma Conway, CFHS

November 14, 2018

  Politics brings out the good, the bad, and the ugly amongst people. Even though all of us survived the 2016 election, our country became more divided than it ever had before. This election is no different. Yards are filled with political signs and not a single day goes by where a television ...

Midterm election causes mixed emotions

Polls in Iowa opened at seven in the morning on Tuesday and closed voting at nine in the evening. However, due to people still in line the Iowa gubernatorial election was not finalized until around eleven.

By Kate Kealey, Davenport West High School

November 14, 2018

As the 2018 midterm elections wrapped up on Nov. 6, the Iowa elections went into a late night with Republican Governor Kim Reynolds coming out on top over Democrat opponent Fred Hubbell. With polls closing at nine, part of the night views were told to keep the lights on and drink some coffee because t...

Seniors vote for the first time in midterm elections

Voting for midterm elections will take place on Tuesday, November 6. Senior Michael Maurer is going to vote on Tuesday, alongside several other seniors.

By Meredith Prince, Wayland High School

November 13, 2018

Most students celebrate their 18th birthday senior year, legally entering adulthood. One of the many privileges that comes with being an adult is the right to vote. With midterm elections happening Nov. 6, 2018, a handful of seniors have already turned 18 and will be able to vote for the first time. “Honestly,...

20-year-old runs for school board

School board candidate Zachary Price meets with community members at his Brewtorium campaign event.

By Sophie Ryland, McCallum High School

November 12, 2018

Anderson grad, UT junior Zachary Price prioritizes health, equity and listening to student input.

Get Out, Vote!

Rain or Shine Get Out and Vote!

By DJ McInturff, Herrin High School

November 9, 2018

With attack ads flooding our screens, volunteers knocking on our doors, and annoying signs with random people’s names scattered along nearly every single roadway, it’s definitely election season.  On Tuesday, November 6, voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm ele...

Senior students add to the youth voter surge in the 2018 midterm election

Handing an ‘I Voted” sticker to a participating voter Nov. 6, junior Hasan Rizvi works the midterm election at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. Rizvi and other US Government and Politics students volunteered at the polls from 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. to hand out stickers and help to keep things organized. “I really enjoyed it,” Rizvi said. “It was nice to talk to older people and help them out. It was a good experience seeing how an election works and how polling works.”

By Maria Newton, Parkway West High School

November 9, 2018

The number of early voters aged 18-29 is up 188 percent from the 2014 midterms. Twenty-two million more voters showed up to the 2018 ballots than the 2014 midterms in the record-breaking turnout; it was the first time the number has ever exceeded 100 million with 49 percent of the voting population pa...

East Palo Alto Leans Left in Midterms

Madison Pelarca, a volunteer at the polls and a student at Carlmont High School, displays an

By Emma Chiu, Woodside High School

November 9, 2018

“If I vote this time, is [President Trump] really going to go away?”

A Time for Change

Ms. Temiika Gipson poses with campaign supporters. Ms. Gipson credited part of her campaign success to the many volunteers that helped.

By Dean Campbell and Callie Hollis

November 9, 2018

July 12, 2018 was the day Temiika Gipson realized things had changed. Her chances to win the race for Circuit Court Clerk rose dramatically after being endorsed by Memphis daily paper the Commercial Appeal. “I felt the support of the community when I was endorsed by the Commercial Appeal,” Gipson...

Answering the Call

St. George’s alumnus poses with a Lee Harris sign from the recent campaign. Doucette said the experience of working on the campaign helped him learn leadership skills.

By Evan Dorian, St. George's Independent School

November 9, 2018

"I wanted to take action.” Matthew Doucette, a 2018 graduate of St. George’s, answered the call to serve his community when he reached out to Mr. Lee Harris’s campaign for mayor of Shelby County. As a young adult in the Memphis community, he was exactly what the campaign was looking for in a “New...

Georgia Governor’s race undecided as Democrats gain in the U.S. House

Democrat Stacey Abrams addresses the crowd at watch party for election results from the Georgia governor's race on the morning of Nov. 7, 2018 at Atlanta's Hyatt Regency Hotel. Abrams trailed Republican Brian Kemp 50.4 percent to 48.7 percent and may face a Dec. 4 runoff after absentee and provision ballots are counted.

By Joe Earles, George Lefkowicz, Dana Richie, Ellie Winer, and Sam Huray

November 9, 2018

The Nation Follow the Southerner's election coverage in the attached interactive map as we take a look at the headlining races across the nation as both parties looked to secure various U.S. House and U.S. Senate positions as well as gubernatorial elections across the country. In the national co...

Teachers and first time voters reflect on the importance of voting

Teachers and first time voters reflect on the importance of voting

November 9, 2018

This story was originally published on Knight Errant on November 7, 2018.

“Teachers vs. Students”: What Does Voting in Today’s America Look Like?

Senior Maggie Martin proudly shows off the

By Cherise Kim, Cambridge High School

November 8, 2018

From 1776 to 2018, elections in America have certainly undergone immense changes. However, a few key elements have remained unchanged since the Founding Fathers first donned their powdered wigs. Mudslinging, extreme appeals to emotion and divisive rhetoric have always been as much a staple of Ame...

Coalition of young voters

Young adults in this country should realize that it's a civic duty to do everything that they can in order to make the country the best place possible for all types of people. In order to do this, everyone needs to elect officials that represent the change they want to see in the nation. Youth may only comprise 25 percent of the nation’s population, but they are 100 percent of the future.

By Zak Keel, Davenport West High School

November 8, 2018

Polls will open up today, Nov. 6, for the 2018 midterm elections as Americans across the nation will partake in state and local races that will soon influence the second half of President Donald Trump’s four-year term. There are 435 seats in the U.S. House that are up for re-election, 35 Senate seat...

Inside a Conversation with Peggy Flanagan

Politician Peggy Flanagan has the opportunity the become the highest ranking native woman in office. She is striving to create

By Mia Rheineck, Benilde-St. Margaret's School

November 8, 2018

DFL Lieutenant Governor nominee Peggy Flanagan did not have a typical entrance into politics. She started her work in politics by volunteering and eventually running for Minneapolis School Board. She focuses on politics of inclusion and authenticity.  On November 6, Flanagan has the possibility to become t...

Trump’s visit to Sioux Falls proves beneficial for all parties

President Donald Trump gives a speech at a rally.

By Genna Sheriff, Lincoln High School

November 8, 2018

When news hit Sioux Falls that President Donald Trump was coming to town, people on both sides of the political spectrum were not afraid to share their reactions. Some were ecstatic and longed for an invite to the event, while others were less than thrilled. Despite the different beliefs, just the mer...

PBS NewsHour Features Student Story on What Drives Young Voters in Virginia

Broadcast students sat down with Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart to examine the importance of the youth vote.

By Morgan Fischer, Alison Pataky, and Karen Ramos

November 8, 2018

Morgan Fischer, Alison Pataky, and Karen Ramos examined what young voters in Virginia care about and what will drive them to the polls on November 6th in interviews with both candidates and young supporters. They attended campaign stops for both Senator Tim Kaine and Republican Corey Stewart. For...

Students take charge in Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum

Candidate Cort VanOstran addresses the crowd during the Student-Sponsored Candidate Forum Oct. 22. Of the four candidates, Democrat VanOstran and Libertarian Larry Kirk were the only two to attend.

By Carly Anderson, Parkway West High School

November 7, 2018

With nearly three months of planning behind them, students involved in organizing and executing the Parkway Student-Sponsored Candidate forum have put together a meeting for Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Parkway Central High School theatre. “This is a student-sponsored forum, so we want the focus to be...

Trump Rallies Houstonians

Trump supporters could watch his speech from any seat in the Toyota Center as his image was projected to the big screen.

By Tim Cohrs, Klein Oak High School

November 7, 2018

Despite his continued controversy, President Donald J. Trump visited the Toyota Center in downtown Houston to voice his support for the Texas Republican senatorial candidate Ted Cruz on Oct. 22. People came from all over the community, state and nation for this rally to back both politicians. Many peop...

Will SCCC students vote in midterms?

Statistics show that if voters between the ages of 18 and 24 would go out and vote, they may be able to swing the midterm elections.

By Michelle Mattich, Seward County Community College

November 7, 2018

Young voters are not expected to cast their ballots en masse in the November midterm elections. Seward County Community College voters seem to be no different than the predictions. More than 30 percent of students surveyed on campus said they did not intend to vote on Nov. 6. The reasons for not vo...

Electing Gillum benefits all Floridians

Speaking at the Women for Gillum rally, gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum campaigns for office at Waterworks Park Oct. 19. During the rally, he spoke about gun control, healthcare, criminal justice reformation and climate change.

By Isabella Ank, H.B. Plant High School

November 6, 2018

Midterm elections are right around the corner, and soon Florida will have a new governor. Among the two candidates competing for this position, mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee is most qualified for the role.   Recently, I attended the Women for Gillum rally which took place Oct. 22 at Waterworks Park. I had done some research...

The Ballot Questions Explained

A mock election for the November 6th midterm elections will be held Thursday

By Emily Burke, Holbrook Middle High School

November 6, 2018

The three Massachusetts Ballot Questions for 2018 are causing some controversy as they involve many serious issues that affect a wide spectrum of citizens. The questions have a variety of topics such as nursing in hospitals, the rights of citizens and corporations, and the discrimination of transgend...

School Board candidates speak at SDA

People from the community came to a forum hosting our school board candidates.

By Aiden Fullwood, San Dieguito Academy

November 6, 2018

During a forum last Thursday, SDUHSD school board candidates Amy Flicker, Melisse Mossy, and Rhea Stewart agreed on the necessity to emphasize proper sexual education among students, ensure school safety, and solve district budget issues. The event was hosted by San Dieguito Academy’s school newspaper,...

Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke Talks Politics with CPHS News

Senate Candidate Beto O'Rourke Talks Politics with CPHS News

By Deana Trautz, Cedar Park High School

November 2, 2018

As it hit halftime, former senior and executive producer of the Wolfcast, Jessica Mick, looked up from the sidelines to see a score of 7-27 at last year’s mid-October game against Georgetown. The team was off to a rough start, and the crowd, along with Mick’s camera crew showed it. Suddenly she got ...

Democrats Hope to Pass New Policies After the Midterms

The United States House of Representatives

By Liam Lee, Woodside High School

November 1, 2018

Congressional Democrats hope to retake Congress in the 2018 midterms, aiming to strengthen voting rights, pass gun legislation, end family separation, and protect Mueller’s investigation. According to many pollsters and election prediction databases, Democrats are likely to win control of the House...

A one-on-one take with Democrats top five candidates

Democratic hopefuls thank the audience for their time.

By Jessica May, Carly Kramer, Alan Vargas, and Hannah Lee

October 30, 2018

On the evening of Aug. 9, five Democratic candidates came together at Jacksonville University to talk about policies and what makes them unique in order to poll as the majority candidate in the upcoming primary election. Kristian Thomas, a broadcast journalism senior at Florida A&M University, w...

Midterm elections 2018: Who’s running and how is EHS responding?

Many EHS seniors are eligible to vote this year.

By Leo Hickey, Edina High School

October 30, 2018

Two years ago, with the 2016 presidential election fast approaching, all talk was of politics. Students expressed their political opinions freely, and debate about presidential politics was common. However, with the 2018 midterms fast approaching, the political atmosphere lacks the debates that 2016 ele...

Former Congresswoman Discusses Civic Engagement, Importance of Informed Citizenry

Former Congresswoman Anne Marie Buerkle addresses students in the media center Oct. 16 about recognizing why their voice matters in the political process.

By Elenna Mach, Rockville High School

October 26, 2018

It’s not every day that students have the opportunity to meet a person who has the power to determine whether products in the U.S. are safe for consumers. Students had this opportunity when former New York congresswoman and current chairwoman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) came...

Q&A with Stacey Abrams, gubernatorial candidate

Photo courtesy of ABC News

By Charlotte Spears, Henry. W. Grady High School

October 26, 2018

The Southerner posed several questions to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on her plans as Georgia governor to address issues relevant to Grady students. The candidate addressed the need to keep schools safe, the importance of protecting the environment and her plans for improving publ...

Democrats Seek to Flip CA-39

Democrat nominee, Gil Cisneros, hopes to flip CA-39 in the upcoming midterm election.

By Amanda Chung, Yorba Linda High School

October 24, 2018

The midterm election is nearing, and since Representative Ed Royce is not seeking reelection, California District 39, the district Yorba Linda is in, is electing a new member into office on November 6, 2018. Gil Cisneros is the democratic nominee, and his team has answered a few questions to give more in...

Democratic candidate answers student questions at ‘Town Hall Forum’

ENN reporter Haylee Brown interviews democratic candidate Lorie Burch after the Town Hall Forum. Burch answered student-written questions during the forum and had a table set up outside the auditorium before and after for questions. “When I was a student at Plano Senior High in AP history class and in government, I never imagined that one day I would aspire to be a part of that,” Burch said. “But my teachers really inspired me to get involved in advocacy and leadership.”

By Haley Medeiros, Prosper High School

October 23, 2018

U.S. House 3rd District Democratic Candidate Lorie Burch answered students’ questions and told the Oct. 3 "Town Hall Forum" audience one of her goals included earning their trust. Government students researched both Burch and Republican Candidate Van Taylor, who could not attend, prior to the fo...

Online petition seeks removal of senator from Baldwin hall of fame

Senior Julia Gaetano began a petition to have Sen. Hatch removed from Baldwin’s Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame posted outside the gymnasium.

By Fiona Selden, Astrid Senko, and Mason Hurley

October 23, 2018

Senior Julia Gaetano has started an online petition to remove Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch from Baldwin’s Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame, but administration has no plans to do so. Gaetano said she was compelled to start the petition after seeing a viral video in which Hatch responded to a ...

City Council Candidates Weigh in on the Housing Crisis

The City Council regularly meets in Redwood City's City Hall

By Emma Chiu, Woodside High School

October 23, 2018

Campaign signs are popping up as seven candidates begin their battle for three seats on the City Council of Redwood City; following the November 6 midterm elections, the new council members would help shape the city’s future growth. The city council, headed by Mayor Ian Bain, is Redwood City’s ...