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Inauguration 2017: A learning experience

Inauguration 2017: A learning experience

By Annie Hayes Bright and early on Friday morning (5 am to be exact), the group made our way down to the Capitol to witness the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. A peaceful transfer of power between two administrations who could not be further apart in ideology or the paths to … Continue reading

Journalism in the new Trump era

By Annie Hayes Reflecting back on the 2016 election cycle, one recurring message that came from the Trump campaign was his critique of the media coverage of his campaign, arguing that they were biased, and were actively trying to help elect Hillary Clinton. Since his electoral victory Trump has called certain media outlets including CNN … Continue reading

The ripple effect of a new administration

The ripple effect of a new administration

By Annie Hayes With every new incoming administration there are many changing dynamics that take place within the bureaucracy that is our federal government. A number of departments and federal agencies are led by politically-appointed staff, who are done with their duties on the last day the outgoing president is in office. It is the … Continue reading

Lobbyists vs. Voters: Who has the power? 

By Annie Hayes During our morning academic session on Tuesday, we heard from Meredith McGehee, who currently works as the Chief of Policy, Programs, and Strategy at Issue One. Her lecture was focused more on her experience as a lobbyist on the Hill, and how she navigated the partisan climate of Congress to get legislation passed … Continue reading

#DrakeinDC’s day off!

#DrakeinDC’s day off!

By Annie Hayes It does not seem like it has already been a week since we all arrived here in D.C., but Saturday marked the halfway point in our trip here in the nation’s capital! Looking back on the past few days I still cannot believe all of the amazing opportunities and experiences we have … Continue reading

A meeting with constituents

A meeting with constituents

By Annie Hayes Today we had the privilege of meeting with our U.S. Representative from Iowa’s third congressional district, David Young (R). Between wrapping up a meeting and heading to the floor of the House of Representatives to add an amendment to a bill being considered, Young took some time from his busy schedule and … Continue reading

The gap between rhetoric and reality

By Annie Hayes During our morning academic session on Tuesday, we had the opportunity to hear from a panel of experts within the political science field who analyzed the outcome of the 2016 election. The panel included Ruy Teixiera, a fellow at The Century Foundation and American Progress, John Hudak, a fellow at The Brookings … Continue reading

My Expectations for J-Term 2017

By Annie Hayes Before participating in this J-Term trip, I have traveled to Washington D.C. a couple of times in the past, visiting the many different national monuments and memorials all around the city. Your typical tourist adventure one would embark on their first time in the city. I never would have dreamt of having … Continue reading