The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes

As college students, we may not be especially interested in our taxes yet. However, if we plan on getting a promotion or scoring a higher paying job after we graduate, this is definitely an issue that is going to affect our pocketbooks. Tax reform, especially these proposed bills, impacts Americans of all incomes, from $0 on up.  

Taxes, although necessary for our government to run effectively, are something nobody enjoys paying. No matter their employment or economic status, most all Americans want their taxes reduced. Continue reading “The Senate Strikes Back: The Battle Over Taxes”

Carlos Martinez elected as Student Trustee


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The students of Black Hawk have spoken, and there’s a new Student Trustee on campus, one dedicated to making improvements on campus for a better student experience.

Freshman Carlos Martinez, who is pursuing a degree in pre-engineering, was elected as the new Student Trustee to represent the students on the Board of Trustees. Before Election Day, Martinez squared off in a debate with fellow candidate Rowen Burroughs, in a final attempt to influence undecided voters why he would be the best choice for the position.

The debate consisted of questions about how the candidates would go about serving as the Student Trustee, and the changes they intend on making if elected.

Martinez will serve as the Student Trustee for one year, during this time, he looks forward to serving as a voice for his fellow students and hopes to ultimately make Black Hawk’s campus experience better.

Overall, the responsibilities of the Student Trustee is to serve as the voice of the students on the Board of Trustees. The Student Trustee can bring up any concerns or improvements that could be made in the best interest of the students, and that’s exactly what enticed Martinez to get involved and run for Student Trustee.

“I wanted to play a role, and actually be able to influence what’s going on,” said Carlos Maritnez. “Many times, students are only here at Black Hawk for two years, and they really don’t get involved. I want to show the students there’s an opportunity to get involved, and we can make changes on campus to make things better for the students.”

Martinez encourages suggestions on what exactly needs improved at Black Hawk, so if you see him on campus speak up and don’t be shy, it takes a voice for change.

Will the 2016 elections be “Trumped”?

donaldtrump_campaignwebsite-800x430 from rawstory dot comEven though the 2016 election is still a whole year and a half away, we have had some interesting topics to discuss in presidential politics. Donald Trump has been making a name for himself as usual with his mouth. Continue reading “Will the 2016 elections be “Trumped”?”

Birth Control, Minimum Wage, and Millionaire Taxes: Why You Should Be Going Out to “Rock the Vote”

Rock the Vote is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to getting young adults into voting booths— and with very good reason. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were nearly 72 million Americans aged 18-35 in 2010, a year when the election was decided by just 82 million voters. Continue reading “Birth Control, Minimum Wage, and Millionaire Taxes: Why You Should Be Going Out to “Rock the Vote””

Rock Island County Corruption Echoes through Area

Major issues in Rock Island County politics are happening, and changes have been forthcoming and swift. Corruption in Rock Island County is specifically occurring within the County Board, but there are problems in the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office as well. Continue reading “Rock Island County Corruption Echoes through Area”

Repeating History: Senate Bill 1062

In 1876, the Jim Crow laws took effect in many southern US states. Until 1965, these laws allowed the discrimination of African American citizens and laws followed the ideas of “separate but equal.”

African Americans were forced to sit at the back of the bus, and many followed the lead of Rosa Parks and retaliated. Restaurants would not allow seating in certain areas, and some businesses would refuse service to all African Americans. Segregation was apparent everywhere in the South, and it fueled the battle for equality. Continue reading “Repeating History: Senate Bill 1062”

McCutcheon Vs. Federal Election Committee

On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court came to a watershed decision in the realm of campaign finance. The decisively divided court came to a 5-4 ruling for the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, with the majority ruling in favor of the Alabama businessman, Shaun McCutcheon, and the Republican National Committee, Mr. McCutcheon’s co-plaintiff. This decision removed certain donation limits for individuals that were established in the 1976 case of Buckley v. Valeo as a means to prevent corruption. Continue reading “McCutcheon Vs. Federal Election Committee”