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Election 2016 Wrap-Up

By: Chris McManigal
Well, one things for sure, it’s over. The debates, the town hall meetings, the Facebook posts, the yard signs, done. Tuesday, November 8, 2016 is now behind us.

Donald J. Trump, billionaire real estate mogul, author and TV personality is the new President Elect of the United States. Come January 20th he will be sworn in and start his term like so many before him and thus the peaceful transition of power we enjoy in this country will continue its tradition.

Many polls had favored Hillary Clinton to win, so Trump’s victory came as quite a surprise. In fact, CNN’s own pollsters predicted that Clinton led Trump 268 to 204 in what they considered to be all but locked-in electoral votes even in the days leading up to election day. 270 electoral votes are the number needed to win.donald-j-trump-1271634_960_720

The reality, of course, turned out to be much different. CNN has reported that the final electoral vote tally is 292 for Trump and 232 for Clinton. Clinton did however win the popular vote 60,213, 641 to Trump’s 59,883,416, but popular votes are not what determines a win in our election system.

One of the most surprising events in the election was the fact that Trump prevailed in states where Clinton was seen to have an edge, particularly in the rust belt of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania. Trump won all 3, even toppling Clinton’s early election night lead there. Trump also significantly won Florida and its 29 electoral votes and Virginia, which had been regarded as a firewall for Clinton’s campaign.

Commentators made many remarks throughout the news coverage that night that the entire polling industry was up-ended because all of them predicted almost every aspect of the election wrong.

Despite Hillary Clinton’s loss, women did makes gains during this election, particularly women of color. Kamala Harris of California became only the second black woman elected to the US Senate. She already had the distinction of being the first female Attorney General in that state. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada is now the first Latina Senator in the US. Kate Brown became the Governor of Oregon, the first openly LGBT governor in our country. Tammy Duckworth defeated the incumbent Senator from Illinois and will now head to Washington. Ilhan Omar became a Representative of Minnesota, the first Somali-American Muslim elected to office.

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Candidate Close-Up: Donald Trump

By: Chris McManigal

Second of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party.

Donald Trump was famous for a long time before becoming the focus of the news every night. He’s been a businessman, TV star and author before first running for President in 2000 as the Reform Party candidate. That bid for the Presidency was ultimately unsuccessful, but gave the public a first glance at Trump as a politician.

Trump first began his career working for his father’s business known at the time as Elizabeth Trump and Son, which was named after his grandmother. In 1971 he took over that business and renamed it The Trump Organization. Within the first two years of him running the company The Trump Organization was investigated by the Justice Department for housing discrimination against minorities. The Organization later agreed to screen tenants based solely on income status, but never admitted wrongdoing.

Donald Trump has written numerous successful books, arguably the most famous of which was The Art of the Deal which is often regarded as the best-selling business related book of all time. Trump also starred in a reality show called The Apprentice during which hopefuls competed for a position within The Trump Organization. There was also a celebrity edition of The Apprentice during which celebrities would compete with one another in order to raise money for charity.

Donald Trump has never held elected office, but has stated that he feels his business acumen and experience makes him a logical choice for President because of the impact the office holder has on the American economy.

As the Republican candidate Trump has famously supported the overturning of the Affordable Care Act, building a wall along the US border with Mexico and vetting immigrants before granting entry into the US, which would include verification of their potential affiliation with terrorist groups.27484886630_234db35e7c_b

Donald Trump has been married 3 times. First to Ivana Trump from 1977 to 1991 during which they had 3 children, Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric. Second to actress Marla Maples from 1993 to 1999. They had 1 child together, Tiffany. He is currently married to Melania Trump and they have 1 son together, Barron

Age: 70

Education: BS from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania

Net Worth: 3.7 billion

Famous Quote: “I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run like a business.”