Nashville Transit Campaign Kicks Off

Nashville Transit Campaign Kicks Off

On Saturday, September 9th, political figures and interested citizens gathered at Nashville’s Farmers Market to kick off the Transit for Nashville campaign. The campaign is a petition-drive for a referendum on May 1st to fund a transit plan for the growing city. Signing the petition is equivalent to saying, “I’m...

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Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

Talking Politics with Professor Marc Hetherington

VPR’s John Konicki sits with Professor Marc Hetherington to talk about the future of the Republican and Democratic parties in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency.  

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10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

10 Ways the Criminal Justice System Is Broken

Over the summer, I interned with the Cook County Public Defender Office.  I interviewed clients, observed hearings and trials, toured one of Chicago’s jails, and partook in the defense strategizing of a juvenile homicide case.  This internship exposed me to all parts of the criminal justice system, including the various...

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Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

Robert Schutt: Student, Politician

You’re 21 years old. You’ve spent your adult life watching career politicians run unopposed in your county, election after election. You’ve seen voter turnout and civic engagement in your city languish. You’re sick of seeing the same men rewarded with political office over and over again, even in the wake...

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INTERVIEW: TNDP’s Kris Murphy

INTERVIEW: TNDP’s Kris Murphy

Recently, the Vanderbilt Political Review’s Noah van Mierlo had the opportunity to sit down with the Kris Murphy, the Tennessee Democratic Party’s Senior Political Director. Mr. Murphy grew up in a political family and worked as an organizer for Tennessee Citizen Action after graduating college. He served as political director...

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Nashville’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Nashville’s Affordable Housing Crisis

  Luxury apartments such as Aertson and The Dallas offer perfect off-campus housing for Vanderbilt upperclassmen. Aertson, a new apartment complex being built near campus, has all the amenities a Vanderbilt student or young professional could ever want or need, including a pool, rooftop terrace, and dog park. However, apartment...

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Google vs. AT&T: A Battle for Nashville

Google vs. AT&T: A Battle for Nashville

On September 22nd, telecommunications conglomerate AT&T sued the Nashville government. The lawsuit arrived one day after Mayor Megan Barry signed the “One Touch Make Ready” ordinance into law, which allows contractors to install new broadband lines on utility poles and to move existing lines, regardless of ownership, to accommodate new...

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Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Slide Show: Vanderbilt Students Join in Protest

Today, hundreds came together outside the offices of Sens. Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) to protest the immigration ban issued by President Trump. Speakers including Mayor Megan Barry (D), Vice Mayor David Briley (D) and State Senator Jeff Yarbro (D) used the back of a pickup truck as...

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The Silent Inauguration

The Silent Inauguration

On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office to become the 45th President of the United States. The man who has inspired so much passion on both sides of the political spectrum has finally become our Commander in Chief. He has mobilized a portion of the...

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Little Kurdistan, USA

Little Kurdistan, USA

Driving down Nolensville Pike, look left to see the Nashville Speedway. Look just past the track and an unassuming warehouse comes into view: the al-Mahdi Islamic Center. There are eleven thousand cultural Kurds residing in Nashville, by far the largest such community in America. These refugees hail from the geo-cultural...

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