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Debate Forum: 8/9/16

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Car talk Tesla’s direct-to-consumer model: Do we like it? By Sarah Sidlow   Tesla Motors is a company that’s used to pushing the envelope. It’s laid the groundwork for an affordable, long-range electric car that Actually. Looks. Cool. According to Business Insider, “The point was to make a car so awesome, so badass, so powerful […]

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Debate Forum: 7/19/16

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Sit down, G.I. Jane Should women be blocked from registering for the draft? By Sarah Sidlow U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson is the new guy in the office. Just a month into his new job left vacant by retired House Speaker John Boehner, Davidson snagged his first win: a block on the provision that would require […]

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Debate Forum: 5/31/16

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Game of thrones What should be the final word in the single-sex restroom debate?By Sarah Sidlow Bathrooms have a special place in the annals of American history. They have served as sketchpads for graffitists, informative community bulletins (“for a good time call…”), public places of procrastination and porcelain cornerstones of protest. Now, once again, the […]

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Debate Forum: 5/10/16

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Marooned Should Puerto Rico be able to file for bankruptcy? By Sarah Sidlow Someone’s been blowing up Puerto Rico’s cell with collections calls. Don’t worry, we didn’t understand the Puerto Rican economic crisis either, so we looked into it for you. Basically, Puerto Rico—which is, in fact, a United States territory—has a $72 billion debt […]

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Debate Forum 3/1/16

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Can you hear me now? What’s been missing from the presidential debates? By Sarah Sidlow It’s hard to believe there could be anything more we would want to hear from this season’s cast of presidential hopefuls. Yet, as time marches closer to party noms and then the general election, the drudgery of debates is (thankfully) […]

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Debate Forum 2/2/16

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Pure Michigan Who’s to blame for Flint’s water crisis? by Sarah Sidlow Flint, Michigan: long known for its cars, high crime rates and two—count ‘em, two—states of financial emergency in one decade, is in the soup again. This time, there’s something in the water. Hint: it’s lead. The city is currently in a state of […]

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Commentary Forum: 05/19

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Forum Center: Trouble in Texas By Sarah Sidlow Recently, in Garland, Texas, two gunmen opened fire. Their target: the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, organized by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI). According to AFDI President Pamela Geller, the contest was held as a demonstration of free speech. “After [January’s] Charlie Hebdo massacre – […]

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Debate Forum: 04/28

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Forum Center: We’ll always have Havana By Sarah Sidlow President Obama announced in December that the United States would end its 54-year embargo against Cuba. American-Cuban relations have been tense for the last half-century, punctuated by Cuba’s inclusion on the United States list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1982. But last week, Obama declared he […]

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Debate Forum: 03/31

Forum Center: A cure for apathy? By Sarah Sidlow Let’s make this clear: President Obama did not call for a constitutional amendment that would make voting mandatory. However, during a March appearance in Cleveland, Ohio, Obama did muse that mandatory voting was one strategy that could be useful in offsetting the power of political spending. […]

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Debate Forum: 02/24

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Debate Center: Who’s in charge here, anyway? By Sarah Sidlow A coalition of 26 states led by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas has temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s November executive orders on immigration. This move, which the White House has promised to appeal, will give the states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to […]

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Debate Forum: 01/27

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Forum Center: The highs, the sighs (and the lies?) By Sarah Sidlow Last week, President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address, in front of a congress fully controlled by Republicans for the first time in his presidency. His address, which ran just shy of an hour, called for a number of […]

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Debate Forum: 01/20

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Forum Center: When journalism becomes activism By Sarah Sidlow French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo recently made international headlines when its cover, which is known for lampooning political or religious figures, bore an image of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. However, it was not the cover itself that made the world pay attention, but the reaction of two Islamist extremists, […]

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Debate Forum: 12/23

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Forum Center: Is PC passé? The DCP political correctness debate By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In a unanimous October vote, the Seattle, Washington, City Council voted to recognize Columbus Day, a federal holiday, as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Seattle isn’t the first city to do so, having followed the lead of a similar April vote in […]

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Debate Forum: 12/16

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Forum Center: Workplace discrimination?  Or “up in smoke”? By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers “Thank you for not smoking” may soon take on a whole new meaning in a major Arizona county as the Pima County Board of Supervisors examines a proposal that would ban employers from hiring smokers as municipal employees. The policy, which would […]

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Commentary Forum: 11/25

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Forum Center: Abuse of power? (or, cool dad pardons son for drug possession) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers In 2003, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s son, Kyle, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, two ounces of marijuana, with the intent to deliver. Kyle was charged a fine and sentenced to three years of probation, […]

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Debate Forum: 11/18

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Debate Center: Ivan-ho! (or, another government bailout?) By Sarah Sidlow Illustration: Jed Helmers The 3,500 acre Ivanpah solar electric generating plant, which is the largest solar plant in the world, is allegedly in financial straits. Owned by Google and renewable energy behemoth NRG, the plant, which is located in the Mojave Desert southwest of Las Vegas, […]

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Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/19

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Major key Last weekend a local couple was watching TV in their living room, having a relaxing evening, when suddenly […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/12

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Jesus take the wheel A local couple recently decided to visit their church on a particularly warm and muggy Sunday […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 9/5

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Flightless In a local park, police were dispatched to the crime scene. A woman called the police when she realized […]

The Docket: 8/29

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Stolen in a nanosecond Just last week a woman visited her local sheriff’s office to place a tip on a […]

Law & Disorder: The Docket 8/22

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Totally secure knot …not In a local home a garage door was broken into. This garage door was perfectly secured […]