Women Win Big in June Primaries

Women Win Big in June Primaries

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site examines women’s victories in recent primaries. You may not have realized it, but June 5 was a pretty big day. Why? Because eight states held primary elections: Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. In fact, it was the year’s […]

Stuff YOU Should Know

Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Apr 6, 2018 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

The Pink Wave Since 2016, the number of women running for Congress has more than doubled. In fact, in 2018, there are 555 women running for 324 U.S. House, Senate, or governors’ races. For many female voters, it’s important to see a woman in office. And Trump’s continued unpopularity among American women makes them more […]

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 […]

New Rules for Digital Campaign Ads

New Rules for Digital Campaign Ads

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in Current Events | No Comments

This week’s story update on the Election Central Web site provides some details on new FEC rules about digital election campaign ads. With the national uproar over Russia using Facebook and Twitter to tamper with the 2016 presidential election, it’s no wonder that digital advertising has come under fire. On Wednesday, the Federal Election Committee, or FEC, […]

Don’t Mess With Texas

Don’t Mess With Texas

Posted by on Mar 15, 2018 in Government | No Comments

The 2018 election cycle is officially underway! Last week, Texas was the first state to hold its primary midterm elections, while political analysts from all over the country watched to see what could be learned from the results. Here, btw takes a look at some of the findings, and what they could mean for midterm […]

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Stuff YOU Should Know

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Catalonian Independence? More than 800 people are injured after an election in Europe turned violent last weekend. But that didn’t stop the vote from going forward. Catalonia, a region of Spain with its own distinct language and culture, voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to seek independence from Spain. Over 90 percent of the votes were in […]

Chasing the Youth Vote

Chasing the Youth Vote

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Current Events | No Comments

This week, over on the Election Central Web site, the main story explains how politicians are trying to win over the elusive (but influential?) youth voter. In races all over the country, candidates target the “youth vote” (young millennials, ages 18 to 29) with television and social media ad campaigns encouraging them to register and […]

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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Hurricane Harvey: Recovery Efforts Begin More than a week after Hurricane Harvey first made landfall in Texas, many areas are still heavily flooded. Some south Texas towns are suffering from high bacteria levels in their water, rendering it undrinkable. Hospitals and schools have had to close; in fact, ten to twelve thousand Houston students will […]

What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

What’s Next in the French Presidential Election?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in World | No Comments

Last weekend was the first round of voting in the French presidential election. The two candidates who earned the most votes–Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen–will now advance to the second round of voting, which will take place on May 7. How Does the French Electoral System Work? France has a multi-party political system, which […]

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Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Stuff You Should Know | No Comments

Oscar Recap Perhaps you were one of the 34 million people who tuned into the annual Oscar telecast. If not, the evening was filled with a mixture of “sure things” and surprises. The expected winners included Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Actor in The Revenant and Brie Larson for Best Actress in Room. The biggest surprise […]