Lauren Kelly

Class of 2020


  • Nominating Sanders for the 2020 election

    Senator Bernie Sanders and his supporters talk about a political revolution, but this vision is impossible if the Democrats do not win back the House and take the Senate. Given the early primary states, Bernie Sanders is best positioned to become the Democratic nominee for President of the United States. The question is if he can take it all the way and beat Trump in critical states like Pennsylva...

    Forum | February 24, 2020
  • Pittsburgh’s plans to LEAD in justice

    The War on Drugs began with President Nixon declaring drug abuse “public enemy number one." The War on Drugs — ramped up by the Reagan Administration — has overcrowded the criminal justice system, with [about one-fifth of the incarcerated population serving time for drug-related charges](

    Forum | February 3, 2020
  • More Democrats join 2020 race

    Despite Democratic candidates dropping like flies, the field is not dwindling any time soon. Last week, Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts, announced his campaign for President and filed for the New Hampshire primary. Rumors have it that Michael Bloomberg, billionaire businessman and former Mayor of New York City, is [also strongly considering a run for President](

    Forum | November 18, 2019
  • Facebook advertisements prioritize profits over ethics

    To Mark Zuckerberg, false political ads are freedom of expression. This belief is completely driven by his desire to maximize Facebook’s profits. This is more than unethical; it is damaging to our democracy because more than 40 percent of Americans consume their news through Facebook.

    Forum | November 11, 2019
  • SCOTUS' docket implications

    When most people think of politics, they think about Congress and the President, instead of the nine individuals that sit on the Supreme Court. Members of Congress and Presidents can lose reelection, but justices on the Supreme Court serve a lifetime. During the Kavanaugh hearing, many Americans saw him unfit to serve on the nation’s highest court given his history of sexual assault and his poor t...

    Forum | October 14, 2019