The Unknown Peril of the Opioid Crisis

With Election Day receding into the history books and the Thanksgiving turkey, seasoned with a dose of political discourse, fully digested, it is time to put down politics and reason with the issues that the next administration must address. One serious public-policy issue that Washington must solve is the ongoing, yet often unacknowledged, opioid crisis. This past summer, I attended a conference that convened health experts, policy coordinators, and community stakeholders to discuss potential policy solutions to the opioid crisis raging throughout the country. Public Health Management Corporation President Richard…

Democrats, Embrace Morality

For many Democrats, election night marked the execution of Order 66. And no, Order 66 is not a referendum on California’s ballot. It was a command given to the clone troopers by Chancellor Palpatine to kill the Jedi, effectively sealing the fate of the Republic and beginning the transition into the malevolent Empire in the Star Wars universe. That scene from “Revenge of the Sith” is significant for depicting how virtually half the country felt on Nov. 8th — ambushed. Polls, statistics, and models were wrong — even Nate Silver…

In Jon Stewart’s Absence, All Politics Became Satire

There was a time when Jon Stewart was among the most trusted people in news. As comical as that statement sounds, it’s exactly what a 2007 Pew Research Center poll found. Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central and never purported to be a journalist or news anchor, was nonetheless viewed as the one of the most reliable by a majority of respondents. Naturally, this said a lot about the political climate. Network news established itself in firm partisan camps. Depending upon which network one watched, there would…

The Electoral College after 2016

A divided nation produced an astonishingly divided result in the presidential election on Nov. 8. While Donald Trump, the billionaire business magnate, captured enough Electoral College votes to secure the presidency, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earned more popular votes. Currently, she stands over two million votes ahead of the president-elect. This occurrence illustrates a divide between urban and rural America, which received little focus leading up to the general election. The Electoral College, as defined by the National Archives, was established by the founding fathers “as a compromise…

A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…

The Polls Aren’t Working Against Donald Trump

As this election cycle enters its waning moments, there’s been a lot of talk from Donald Trump about a “silent majority” of voters who secretly support him but are too afraid to say it in public or over the phone to pollsters. The term comes from one of Nixon’s 1969 speeches, and it’s been used unsparingly ever since by candidates seeking to shed light on a section of the electorate that they feel isn’t being fully illustrated by polling data. Recently, Trump has latched onto the idea, arguing that many…

Trump’s Path to 270

Over the past week, the presidential race has tightened prodigiously between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to a virtual standstill. Particularly newsworthy events over the last seven days that have contributed to the narrowing of the polls include a favorable jobs report, news about an expected hike in Obamacare premiums for the upcoming year, and perhaps most impactful, the FBI’s announcement to reopen the Clinton email investigation after finding new evidence in an unrelated probe on Anthony Weiner (on Sunday, the FBI disclosed that it would ultimately not bring charges…

Hillary’s October Surprise

For an historically calamitous presidential election cycle, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was handed a deafening blow just a week out from Election Day. In an October that broke historically low ground for scandal and controversy, mudslinging, and inflammatory remarks, it is altogether fitting that the month culminated with what has been the crème de la crème of controversies this election cycle: Clinton’s emails. FBI Director James Comey’s ostensibly impromptu decision to reopen the probe on Clinton’s emails after discovery of new revelations linked to the server of vilified former congressman Anthony…