Candidate Close-Up: Jill Stein

By: Chris McManigal Fourth of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Jill Stein came to be on the political stage from experiences in her first career, medicine. As a medical doctor she became concerned about the link between her patients’ health and their environment. This concern blossomed into her becoming an environmental activist and eventually to her first run for President in 2012 as the Green Party candidate. Originally from Chicago, Stein graduated with honors from Harvard University in 1973 and…

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Candidate Close-Up: Gary Johnson

By: Chris McManigal Third of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Gary Johnson has been a known quantity within New Mexico for many years having served as the Republican Governor from 1995 to 2003. He made his first appearance on the national stage in 2012 when he ran for President for the first time, initially as a Republican with Libertarian leanings. Then during that race he switched his affiliation officially to the Libertarian Party and won the party’s nomination with more than…

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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…

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Candidate Close-Up: Hillary Clinton

By Chris McManigal First of a 4-part series spotlighting the Presidential candidate from the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. Hillary Clinton is sometimes referred to as the most famous woman in the world. With good reason. She has been in the public eye since 1979 when she first became First Lady of Arkansas when her husband, Bill Clinton, was elected Governor. When Bill Clinton was elected President in 1993 she became known to country and world over for her outspoken efforts to promote and pass healthcare reform and promote women’s…

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What is a Libertarian Anyway?

By Chris McManigal Third of a 4-part series spotlighting the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. The Libertarian Party was founded in the 1971 and while it is not one of the main two parties, it has gained popularity among those that are disgruntled with the two-party system in the United States. Libertarians are not regarded as either right or left-wing, but rather a combination of both with socially liberal and fiscally conservative viewpoints. The leading ideology of Libertarianism is non-interventionism and as such Libertarians lean strongly against government regulation of…

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What is a Democrat Anyway?

By Chris McManigal First of a 4-part series spotlighting the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian and Green Party. The Democratic party, founded in 1828, is one of the main two political parties in the US. The party has undergone many changes throughout its history, but is presently regarded as the more liberal, or left-wing, of these parties. One of the hallmarks of the Democratic party is their favorable stance on government intervention. Democrats believe that government has an important role to play in our lives in order to bring about a fairer…

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Ya Gotta Vote!

By Chris McManigal As November nears people tend to divide into two camps. Not Republicans or Democrats, not Libertarians or Green Party voters, no, these two camps are not about political parties. These camps consist of people that have either become increasingly titillated about the prospect of voting that they are giddy with anticipation and those that have become so fatigued by the run-up to the election that the idea of casting a ballot makes them queasy. For those falling into the latter camp, take these close elections into consideration…

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