January 19, 2007 |
SEN. BARACK OBAMA has officially formed an exploratory committee and plans to conduct listening tours across the country to determine if he should run for president. While Obama has a variety of supporters, there is no stronger group pulling for him than young people. Students and youth are extremely excited about his campaign and can provide critical support in the coming months. I attend a small liberal-arts college in rural Pennsylvania. I've been amazed at the number of students who ask me about Obama and can't wait for his campaign.
May 25, 1986 |
The oldest president in U.S. history and the youngest members of the nation's electorate have forged one of the strongest bonds in American politics. Mindful of that, Ronald Reagan has started to court young people on a regular basis in the hope that his immense popularity with first-time voters can be transferred into a lasting allegiance to the Republican Party after he leaves the political scene. The Democratic Party has been the dominant political force in the country for the last 50 years, in part because it has consistently won over the largest share of new voters.
February 17, 1992 |
It's a very funky haircut, a cross between New Wave 1990s and Fabian 1950s, and somehow it belongs on top of Ben Zipkin's head. Just check out his list of heroes: "OK, Bob Guccione Jr., the editor of Spin magazine, and he never went to college or anything? And George Foreman. It's so great, how he made a boxing comeback, and he's got this diet where he eats hamburgers and fried chicken? And Simon Wiesenthal, who catches Nazis. And Lou Reed, because don't you think he's so deep?
September 25, 1996 |
In Chester County, one municipal supervisor owes his seat to a majority of one vote in the 1995 Republican primary. Now, educators and politicians there have joined forces to teach children that "every vote counts. " Kids Voting USA, a national program that made its local debut yesterday on the steps of the Chester County Courthouse, aims to inspire young people to take seriously the responsibility to vote. Chester is the first county in the state to participate in the national nonpartisan program, in which students go to the polls to "vote" with their parents in the Nov. 5 election.
November 4, 1992 |
Six months after he was widely dismissed as a likely loser, Bill Clinton achieved something yesterday that other Democrats had only dreamed about for 12 years. He ripped a big hole in the Republican electoral coalition. He lured back the voters who had awarded the White House to Ronald Reagan and George Bush. During the 1980s, the GOP won three national elections with the help of these key constituencies: defiant Democrats, suburbanites and the young. But all three blocs swung heavily behind Clinton - who had sought, from the outset, to address the lagging hopes and nagging fears of middle-class Americans.
November 4, 2004
YO, BRUCE Springsteen, Dave Matthews, Dixie Chicks and the rest of you leftist, commie, self-important blowhards: Go back to making bad music. Leave politics alone, no one cares about your predictable positions. In 2000, the youngest voters represented about 17 percent of the electorate. This year, the left came up with the idea to bankroll an anti-Bush concert tour headlined by you weirdos and to float draft-scare rumors to get out the "youth" vote for Kerry. The same 17 percent or so voted.
October 9, 2008 |
SEVERAL years back, Democratic consultant James Carville reportedly said, "Show me a candidate who depends on the youth vote, and I'll show you a loser. " Maybe this year is different. Many analysts expect a robust turnout among voters under 30 in the Nov. 4 presidential election, a development that clearly would favor Democrat Barack Obama. "Everything I see indicates we'll have a higher turnout than four years ago, when we saw a dramatic increase in voting among young people," said John Della Volpe, director of polling at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, which tracks youth-voting trends.
July 1, 2013 |
They might as well be on different planets. For all the talk of the youth vote, the growing electoral power of Latinos, and the gender gap, demographers know that the sharpest divide in American politics lies between urban and rural areas. Downstate Illinois resents Chicago. Outstate Michigan hates Detroit. Upstate New York is none too fond of the city of the same name. Then there's Pennsylvania. Right now, the most powerful current feeding Harrisburg's gridlock on the budget, transportation funding, and Medicaid expansion may well be the fear and loathing many upstate lawmakers have of the state's largest city.
November 22, 2005
Young voters were derided and dismissed immediately after the 2004 presidential election, but now there's proof the criticism was wrong. Exit polling a year ago indicated that about 9 percent of voters were between the ages of 18 and 24. About the same percentage of young voters cast ballots in 2000. So some pundits scoffed that all those "Vote or Die" campaigns in 2004 had failed to motivate young people to take elections seriously. Some blamed Democrat John Kerry's loss on the supposedly lackluster turnout of young people.
April 21, 2008 |
If T.I., Ciara and Flo-Rida - no, not the state - are not part of your lexicon, you probably were not the demographic targeted for yesterday's well-attended star-studded hip-hop summit in Philadelphia. Using music celebrities as a lure, organizers assembled a lineup of more than a dozen performers for the Philadelphia Hip-Hop Team Vote Summit, a nonpartisan effort to motivate young people to vote. And even though the event did not begin until 2 p.m., people got in line at Temple's Liacouras Center as early as 9:15 a.m. "This is all about getting the largest youth vote in history," said Benjamin Chavis, president and CEO of the Hip-Hop Research and Education Fund, one of the sponsors.