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Making Your Choice and Your Vote Count

Making Your Choice and Your Vote Count

by Jodi L. Miller It’s 2020, an election year, so once again the nation’s attention turns to the way Americans vote and electoral reforms to make that vote count. One electoral reform that is usually front and center is the use of ranked choice voting (RCV), sometimes...

Battling Over How to Elect a President

Battling Over How to Elect a President

by Michael Barbella The debate on how the President of the United States should be elected is almost as old as the country itself. Contrary to popular belief, voters do not elect the president and vice president directly; instead, they choose electors to form an...

Should the Voting Age be Lowered Again?

Should the Voting Age be Lowered Again?

by Maria Wood Since our nation’s founding, who has the right to vote has changed dramatically. In the beginning, the franchise was limited to white, land-owning males. Today, the right can’t be denied to any citizen 18 years of age or older, regardless of gender or...

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

When You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

by Michael Barbella There is a saying that “seeing is believing” and another that says the “camera doesn’t lie.” New technology is challenging both notions. In April 2019, former President Barack Obama issued a public warning about phony digital content and reality...

E-Cigarette Debate Is Lighting Up

E-Cigarette Debate Is Lighting Up

In the fall 2014 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story (E-Cigarettes—To Regulate or Not to Regulate) on the relatively new e-cigarette industry and its appropriateness for kids. Since that article was published, there have been several studies regarding the...

Right to Protest Forms a More Perfect Union

Right to Protest Forms a More Perfect Union

In the winter 2018 edition of The Legal Eagle, we published a story (Limiting Protest Silences Dissent) about limiting protests, specifically National Football League (NFL) players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice and brutality...