Filed under Day 4 of DrakeinDC

Cleaning up in D.C.

By Jon Lueth This scene unfolded on a street corner in D.C. Wednesday. As we were prepping to go to a site visit/meeting with Drake alumni Paul Doucette and Matt Thornblad, some dust got on Alex Freeman’s suit, so I decided to give him a hand.

I’m white and uncomfortable

By Isabelle Barrett I woke up with the knowledge that I would have to hear about race today. I would have to listen to my brothers and sisters of color mourn the end of Barack Obama’s presidency and grieve with them as we enter this new and frightening administration.

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

Unity Beyond Race

Unity Beyond Race

By Julia Wolf Wednesday’s morning session was about a subject that many Americans struggle to talk about: race. Michael Eric Dyson and Greg Carr both spoke extensively about race in American politics. While I did not completely agree with everything they had to say, they did point out some things I think would be beneficial to include … Continue reading

A Need for Growth in Person and Politics

A Need for Growth in Person and Politics

By Zach Dvorak It took four days in The Washington Center program to start challenging the concepts I currently abide by. Whether the topic is of race, Congress policy making, or lobbying, the discussions stimulated by today’s speakers created chances I don’t typically receive in my day-to-day life. These opportunities provided through this experience are … Continue reading

The Nasty World of Lobbying

By Zachary Blevins Lobbying is a dirty word; it’s a profession made up of unethical, immoral, greedy, manipulative, power-hungry people that only works for their own interests and not on behalf of the common good. Okay, well, that’s not quite true. Lobbying is actually a positive, productive act in our political system that does not … Continue reading

Who is David Young?

Who is David Young?

By Jack Hellie Congressman David Young (R-IA) serves Iowa’s third congressional district. Unless you are from Iowa’s third congressional district, you probably don’t know who he is, and that is not by accident. Rep. Young is intentional in his low profile, unlike his congressional neighbor to the north, Rep. Steve King from Iowa’s fourth district. … Continue reading