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Why was the 2020 Election so Close?

Disconnect between Democrats and voters led to a close race
Keaton Rannow, Staff Writer November 28, 2020

With the 2020 election decided apart from two runoff elections in Georgia and a last ditch (but inevitably futile) effort by the Trump Administration to contest the results of the presidential election,...

New Locations Swing Voters

New Locations Swing Voters

Voters fleeing urban areas may change political parties
Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 6, 2020

Current headlines dominating the presidential race often cover mail-in voting, healthcare, the economy, climate change, the Supreme Court, and President Trump’s response to COVID-19. However, changes...

Election Challenges Political Discourse

Election Challenges Political Discourse

How polarization has altered conversation between parties
Ryker Kemberling, Contributing Writer November 6, 2020

Today’s political climate is dominated by polarized opinions surrounding everything from foreign policy to minority rights, making it essential for people to understand how to respectfully discuss...

Politics Create Uncertain Supreme Court Future, Usher Potential Changes

Politicians debate new restrictions, landmark cases
Will Rosenblum, Multi-Media Editor November 5, 2020

As the third branch of government in the United States, the Supreme Court has held tremendous power for most of the countryís history. Originally, the judicial branch was by far the weakest sector of...

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Online News Platforms Fail to Fulfill Their Advertised Mission Statements

Information distorts public sentiment
Chad Woerner, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

Twitter's main purposes, according to their website, are to "give everyone the power to create and share ideas" and "not detract from a free and global conversation." Instagram's mission statement claims...

Kelly Dayton '22 fills out a sample ballot before the mock election.

2020 Mock Election Results

November 3, 2020

President - 407 total votes Biden - 324 (79.6%) Trump - 36 (8.8%) Kanye - 35 (8.6%) Jorgensen - 5 (1.2%) De la Fuente - 3 (.7%) La Riva - 2 (.5%) Hawking - 2 (.5%)   Senate...

Minnesota Transforms into a Political Battleground

Minnesota Transforms into a Political Battleground

Will Democrats or Republicans win the majority of Minnesotans votes?
Sophie Herron, Contributing Writer November 1, 2020

November 3 is just around the corner and we all know what that means. This year's election is particularly high stakes due to the novel coronavirus and recent civil unrest among other factors. While in...

Students vote in the mock presidential election in which 285 Blake students, or 54% of the student body voted. 192 students (around 67%) voted for Clinton/ Kaine, 45 students (around 16%) voted for Trump/ Pence, 35 students voted for other candidates (around 12%), and another 13 students voted for write-ins candidates (around 5%).

Teens engage in the election

Student election judges serve the whole country
November 3, 2016

With the General Elections featuring the Presidential Election right around the corner, politics are on the foreground of many people's thoughts. This year’s controversial candidates have raised tensions...

The joke’s on you: The reality of Donald Trump

Jack Barker, Staff Writer March 18, 2016

Jeb Bush. Rand Paul. Chris Christie. And now, Marco Rubio. All flattened by Donald Trump. Although his campaign was, at one point, considered to be a joke by most Blake students, Donald Trump’s...

ELECTION 2012: Voter ID Amendment

ELECTION 2012: Voter ID Amendment

Sully Whitely, Page Editor November 5, 2012

When it comes to the voter ID amendment, do you know what your vote really means?  The Spectrum summarizes arguments for and against the amendment and the implications of voting “yes” or “no”...

ELECTION 2012: Marriage Amendment

ELECTION 2012: Marriage Amendment

Sully Whitely, Page Editor November 5, 2012

When it comes to the marriage amendment, do you know what your vote really means?  The Spectrum summarizes arguments for and against the marriage amendment and the implications of voting "yes" or "no"...

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