Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

By Sean Mahoney Earlier this week the United States underwent one of the biggest national tragedies in the history of our country. 64-year-old retired accountant Stephen Paddock sat 32 stories above the crowd of a Jason Aldean performance at a country music festival and opened fire, killing 60 and injuring over 500 people. As the country mourns those who lost their lives, the event brings … Continue reading Commentary: Is the tragedy in Las Vegas the final straw in the gun control debate?

Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

By Alex Mann To protect the reputation of the subject, his family and friends, this article uses pseudonyms. This article also contains explicit language. After drinking a fifth of Jameson Irish Whiskey, at least 12 Coors Lights, popping a handful of 5 milligram Percocet and crushing and snorting a 30-milligram Roxicet, Kyle loaded “one big ol’ round” into his .44 magnum. Kyle crushed the beer … Continue reading Beneath the scars: Kyle’s story, part one

COLUMN: It’s time to end the use of private prisons

Note: Donald Trump rescinded an Obama era executive order that phased out the use of private contractors to run federal prisons. Beltway Bulletin’s Cam Hasbrouck took on this issue in his column. Prison – It probably isn’t something you think about very often, unless you’re a die-hard fan of Orange is the New Black or The Shawshank Redemption (and even that is more Hollywood than … Continue reading COLUMN: It’s time to end the use of private prisons

DNC Chair race: Two student perspectives to Keith Ellison and Tom Perez

On Feb. 25 voting members of the Democratic National Committee will meet in Atlanta at the DNC’s Winter Meeting to vote on a new party chair. The Democratic Party find itself amidst an identity crisis with members disagreeing over the future of the party, how the party should respond to the election of Donald Trump and how the party should best be structured moving forward. The two … Continue reading DNC Chair race: Two student perspectives to Keith Ellison and Tom Perez

Beyond the Beltway: Elijah Cummings fights back, MD lawmakers take on travel ban

‘Beyond the Beltway’ is a weekly newsletter focused on the impact that Maryland politicians are having on the national political conversation. In this week’s edition, we discuss how Rep. Elijah Cummings continues to make headlines for his opposition of President Donald Trump, and how Maryland’s state legislature is taking a stand against Trump’s travel ban. It was another busy week for Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), who continues … Continue reading Beyond the Beltway: Elijah Cummings fights back, MD lawmakers take on travel ban