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Campaign Finance: The Time to Reform Is Now

By Samantha Kaplan Published October 31, 2013

The governor's race in Virginia has been heating up as Election Day nears, but the competition isn't the only thing reaching great heights"”campaign spending is as well. Terry McAuliffe is leading the race in campaign spending with a total of $14.9 million in funds, while competitor Ken Cuccinelli trails with $10 million. Campaign spending has been a hot topic in recent years"”especially following President Obama and Mitt Romney's decision to reject public funding for the presidential campaign. This rejection meant that the candidates were not subject to the limitations associated with public funding, and were able to raise significantly more funds that usual.


Putting a Stop To "Stop and Frisk" Laws

By Samantha Kaplan Published October 3, 2013

On September 9th, a federal judge in New York City ruled New York Police Department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional. Stop-and-frisk allows police officers to stop and search any suspicious looking individual, toeing dangerously close to our fourth amendment rights against search and seizure.


Speed Bumps on the Path to Immigration Reform

By Samantha Kaplan Published May 1, 2013

Due to the huge influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S. in the last decade, immigration policy has become a source of debate among law-makers and citizens across the country. How do we deal with the 11 million undocumented people living within our borders? Is it fair for them to utilize public goods like hospitals and schools without paying taxes? Should these illegal immigrants be given a path to citizenship? The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, known as the DREAM Act, is one of the many proposed solutions to create a path to citizenship for some of these illegal immigrants.