Posts tagged ‘2016 Election’

Kelly Ayotte in a Photo Finish

The fight for Kelly Ayotte’s U.S. Senate seat appears headed for a recount.

Ayotte ’90, the Republican incumbent from New Hampshire whose race was one of the most closely watched of the 2016 election, is locked in a dead heat with Democratic governor Maggie Hassan. As of Wednesday afternoon, that race was still too close to call: With all precincts in the Granite State reporting, Hassan held a lead of roughly 700 votes among more than 700,000 cast. Citing the totals, Hassan declared victory Wednesday, but Ayotte has yet to concede, and both sides expect a recount before the results are official.

Ryan Jones, deputy editor

November 9, 2016 at 3:16 pm 1 comment

A Lesson In Trump-ism

via WNEP

via WNEP

A new course at Penn State focuses on the political rise of Donald Trump. The McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s one-credit class is simply called “Trump” and has been offered since mid-September.

According to WNEP, the course on the Republican nominee for the presidency will end one week after Election Day. Dr. Christopher Beem, the Institute’s managing director, said that the course wants to try and answer several questions regarding Trump, including why his campaign has succeeded despite being unorthodox and what a Trump loss this November would mean for the future of the Republican Party.

According to WNEP, the Institute is offering this course as a test run to gauge whether “students are interested in taking a class on short, contemporary topics on a regular basis.”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 29, 2016 at 11:43 am 3 comments

Jill Stein is Coming to Happy Valley

Photo via Jill 2016

Photo via Jill 2016

Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s nominee for the White House, will host a rally in State College on Wednesday afternoon. The rally will take place in the HUB’s Freeman Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stein will talk policy and attempt to get volunteers for “the fall campaign, and beyond.”

Stein is the first candidate who will be on the ballot in November to make it to Penn State. She is not the first person who sought the Presidency to come to State College, though, as Vermont senator Bernie Sanders made an appearance in Rec Hall back in April. Additionally, Ohio governor John Kasich held an event at Penn State Brandywine.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

September 19, 2016 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

An Evening With Bernie Sanders

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Bernie Sanders’ chances of becoming the next President of the United State keep getting slimmer. After losing on Tuesday night to Hillary Clinton in New York, Sanders trails in delegates by 741. For Sanders to win the nomination, it will take something shocking, a mix of blowing Clinton out in states from now until the Democratic National Convention and a number of superdelgates changing their allegiance from the former Secretary of State to the Senator from Vermont.

Basically, Sanders needs to rack up big victories in states like Pennsylvania. That’s why he visited Happy Valley on Tuesday evening for a rally in Rec Hall, one which hit on all of the major talking points that you’ve heard from Sanders for months and captivated the raucous crowd of supporters and, in some cases, dissenters.

The crowd buzzed as it waited for the self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist” to take the stage at 7 p.m. Music blared, chants for Sanders and Penn State filled the room, and a wave even broke out (seriously). Prior to his speech, two students addressed the crowd: Lauren Smith of Penn State Students for Bernie Sanders and Jacob Ryan, the director of Centre County for Bernie Sanders.

Smith questioned those who have called Sanders “idealistic” as an insult and wondered when that word took on a negative connotation. She also noted that her favorite line in the Constitution is “in order to form a more perfect Union,” and contended that Sanders is “the only candidate running whose platform seeks to form a more perfect union.” Ryan called Sanders’ announcement that he would seek the presidency a “turning point” in his life, as it inspired him to change his major from engineering to political science.


Sanders was also introduced by Sophia McClennen (above), the associate director of the School of International Affairs and a professor of comparative literature and international affairs. McClennen emphasized that she saw Sanders’ values not as radical, but as virtuous.

“Bernie has worked tirelessly to remind the public that supporting those in need is a virtue, not a catastrophe,” McClennen said. “And that challenging inequality is a moral duty, not a crime. And that standing up for the rights of others is what defines democracy, not what destroys it.”

McClennen, who we wrote about in our March/April 2013 issue, also applauded Sanders for his view on young people, saying that he refuses to see “our nation’s youth as a pack of spoiled slackers waiting for handouts” and claimed that students in attendance were a part of the “most maligned generation in decades.”

Finally, Sanders took the stage, remarking that it appeared to him that Penn State is prepared for the political revolution that he has attempted to spearhead. Rec Hall reacted with a fervor usually saved for rock stars.

All in all, there’s nothing that Sanders said that you haven’t heard out of him over the last few months, as he’s gone from a relative unknown to one of the most prominent figures in American politics. He discussed inequities in the economy and the criminal justice system. He took his shots at Clinton, as everyone would expect, and mixed the quick wit that shows up every now and then on the campaign trail with the explosive, passionate stump speech that has endeared him to left-leaning voters.

Mostly, he oozed optimism, from the “A Future To Believe In” theme to one of his final lines: “When we stand together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish.”

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 20, 2016 at 2:24 pm 2 comments

John Kasich to Visit Penn State Brandywine


The second presidential hopeful of the 2016 cycle will make their way to Penn State this week. Ohio Governor and Republican candidate John Kasich will hold an event at Penn State Brandywine on Thursday afternoon.

Currently running third in the GOP field behind Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Kasich will speak at Brandywine’s Commons Building. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and the event will begin one hour later. The event is free, and if you would like to attend, you can register here.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 20, 2016 at 11:52 am 1 comment

Bernie Sanders to Speak at Rec Hall



Penn State will host its first presidential hopeful of the 2016 election cycle this week when Vermont senator Bernie Sanders makes an appearance Tuesday evening at Rec Hall. Doors open at 4 p.m., with the event expected to get underway at 6:30.

Penn State is a popular stop when candidates tour Pennsylvania: Incumbent George H.W. Bush in 1992 and then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008 held rallies on campus. (President Obama was back on campus in 2011 to promote technological advancement.) And who could forget Bill Clinton’s trip to Happy Valley in 1996, when he became the only person to mix flavors at the Creamery? The former president was at Penn State Behrend earlier this month campaigning on behalf of his wife, Hillary, whose Penn State connections run deep: Both her father, Hugh Rodham ’35, and brother Hugh ’72 are former Nittany Lion football players.

Tickets for the Sanders event are free, and you can register for them on his website. We’ll let you know if any other presidential hopefuls come to town between now and election day.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

April 18, 2016 at 10:36 am Leave a comment

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