Paul Ryan Retiring?

Paul Ryan Retiring?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the stated reasons and the possible consequences for the announced upcoming retirement of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced last week that he will not be seeking another term when his current one expires […]

Gerrymandering: How to “Shape” an Election

Gerrymandering: How to “Shape” an Election

Posted by on Apr 5, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the political practice of gerrymandering–a topic you should hear a lot about in the news as the 2018 congressional elections approach. In a democratic election, whichever candidate gets the most votes wins. If more people vote for Democrat candidates, then the Democrats become the party in power. And if […]

Cohn Jumps Ship

Cohn Jumps Ship

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the reasons why economic advisor Gary Cohn is the latest member of the Trump administration to leave his post. The list of top advisers leaving the Trump White House has grown a bit longer. Last week, Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser and the […]

Thoughts and Prayers . . . and New Gun Laws?

Thoughts and Prayers . . . and New Gun Laws?

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site gives some information about last week’s discussion between the White House and Congress regarding tightened gun control proposals. In the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting last month that killed 17 people and injured 14 more, many people are calling for the federal government to […]

New Charges Brought in Russia Case

New Charges Brought in Russia Case

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site details new developments in Special Prosecutors Robert Mueller’s investigation of the people and events surrounding the Russian election interference. In the past few weeks, national news headlines have been dominated by school shootings, immigration reform, and the federal budget. But in the meantime, special counsel […]

Trump’s Budget Proposal

Trump’s Budget Proposal

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site explains the numbers behind the Trump administration’s federal budget proposal. Two weeks ago, the federal government shut down for a night as lawmakers struggled to reach a compromise over a new two-year spending bill. The one that Trump finally signed, which reopened the government, asked […]

Government Shutdown: The Sequel

Government Shutdown: The Sequel

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site explains the latest funding disagreement that almost led to another shutdown of the federal government. Just three weeks after the federal government shut down for five days, it shut down again. This time, though, you may have missed it: it shut down at 12:01am last […]

Trump’s State of the Union

Trump’s State of the Union

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site summarizes President Trump’s first State of the Union address. On January 30, President Trump gave his annual State of the Union address. It was the third-longest such speech in history: one hour and twenty minutes long. In general, it was well-received. According to some polls, […]

Protests in Iran

Protests in Iran

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines the series of protests that occurred in Iran at the end of 2017 and speculates on whether this signals bigger changes occuring in the nation. On December 28, 2017, there was a small street protest in the city of Mashhad over high prices. This protest […]

Republicans Not Seeking Reelection

Republicans Not Seeking Reelection

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story looks at the developing trend that Republican members of Congress are not seeking reelection as some of their terms come to an end. Does this mean anything? When Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California announced last week that he would not be seeking […]