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The Intricacies of Gerrymandering

The Intricacies of Gerrymandering

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

Gerrymandering is not a new concept in US politics. It’s a term that has been thrown around for decades, often in relation to elections. Gerrymandered districts are typically found in states under Republican...

Ossoff and Warnock Defeat Republican Incumbents Bringing Democrats to Majority in Senate

Ossoff and Warnock Defeat Republican Incumbents Bringing Democrats to Majority in Senate

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

On January 5th, Ossoff and Warnock challenged Perdue and Loeffler for their senate seats. On January 6th, Ossoff and Warnock were declared the projected winners, giving democrats senate majority. This...

	
Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Prescott Valley Event Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Pardon Me? A look at the history and use of presidential pardons.

Daniel Madtes, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

Ever since Joe Biden won the presidency, President Trump has been talking about pardoning his allies and himself, but the question is can he do that, and why is it that the president can decide...

Trump Supporters Storm Capitol Building

Trump Supporters Storm Capitol Building

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer January 7, 2021

On Wednesday, January 6th, supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, a key government building, launching the entire nation into a state of panic and chaos. This comes after the...

Trump Administration To Execute Brandon Bernard And Four Others Before End Of Term 

Trump Administration To Execute Brandon Bernard And Four Others Before End Of Term 

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer December 11, 2020

On Thursday, the Trump Administration had scheduled Brandon Bernard’s execution. Bernard is one of five death sentences the administration plans to carry out before leaving office. This decision has...

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Biden Assembles His Cabinet

Daniel Madtes, Staff Writer December 9, 2020

During the democratic primaries, the two candidates left were Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. During the debate Joe Biden, now the president elect, said that if he’s elected president...

Trump Takes Election Results To Court

Trump Takes Election Results To Court

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer November 18, 2020

Since November 3rd, President Trump and his supporters have filed a flurry of cases against several states, aiming to sway election results. In the past 72 hours, they have faced countless setbacks and...

British Peer Sparks Outrage After Calling Kamala Harris “The Indian”

British Peer Sparks Outrage After Calling Kamala Harris “The Indian”

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer November 13, 2020

On Saturday November 7th, Biden and Harris became the President-elect and Vice President-elect after four days of ballot counting. Harris broke numerous barriers as the first biracial, black, Asian-American...

Biden Defeats Trump in 2020 Presidential Election

Biden Defeats Trump in 2020 Presidential Election

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer November 10, 2020

On Saturday, November 7th, Joseph R. Biden was elected as America’s 46th president after four days of ballot counting. Biden’s victory is credited to the successful flip of Nevada, Pennsylvania, Michigan,...

Voter Suppression in America

Voter Suppression in America

Joslyn Varkey, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

On Friday October 30th, a Biden/Harris campaign bus was traveling from San Antonio to Austin as part of a plan to encourage Biden supporters to cast their votes on the state’s last day of early voting....

Trump's Military Support Wanes

Trump’s Military Support Wanes

Joslyn Varkey , Staff Writer November 4, 2020

For years, Republican candidates have secured the military vote and had a comfortable lead over their Democratic opponents when it came to active duty support. Trump seemed to follow in this trend, until...

Mail In Voting: What is it and why the talk?

Mail In Voting: What is it and why the talk?

Daniel Madtes October 29, 2020
Daniel Madtes, a junior at FPM, explains his views on mail in voting.
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