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Newly signed election reform law stirs controversy

A new law aimed at reforming the election process in Georgia has brought much attention to the peach state. The law, signed by Governor Brian Kemp and formally known as the Election Integrity Act of 2021, takes precise measures to overhaul voting requirements and procedures. Some of the key parts of the law include requiring an ID number to apply ...

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Will the Biden Administration make student debt forgiveness a reality?

Since the Biden administration’s inception, the consensus was that having a Democrat president again would open the door for progressive ideas to become legislated. One of those progressive ideas is forgiving student debt. But ever since Biden said he would forgive up to $10,000 rather than $50,000 in student debt at a recent town hall, the question remains: Could a ...

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Valdostans weigh in on $15 minimum wage proposal

Raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour has long been  a controversial topic in politics. However, with the recent inauguration of Joe Biden, coupled with a Democratic majority in Congress, it’s possible that the proposed wage hike could become a reality. At CNN’s town hall on Tuesday, the president reiterated his support for the wage increase. “No one should ...

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The GameStop Stonk Saga

Who knew “power to the players,” a slogan for the video game store GameStop, would ironically have a new meaning in a place we least expected it: the stock market. On Monday, Jan. 24, GameStop’s stock price started at $76.79. By Wednesday, the stock had peaked to an insane price of $500 during pre-market trading hours, and still managed to ...

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The Biden era begins

After a long 2020 election cycle and months of controversy and uncertainty leading up to the inauguration, the United States is officially under new leadership, President Joe Biden. At noon on Jan. 20, longtime senator and former vice president Joe Biden became the President of the United States. Additionally, Biden’s former running mate Kamala Harris was officially sworn in as ...

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Democrats clinch the senate

The Georgia runoffs for the Senate have officially closed, and the Democratic party reigns victorious. In a historic pair of victories, Rev. Raphael Warnock defeated Kelly Loeffler, becoming Georgia’s first Black senator, and Jon Ossoff defeated David Perdue, becoming the youngest Democrat elected to the Senate since Joe Biden in 1973. Apart from history being made for both Warnock and ...

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Georgia senate races heating up

As of Dec. 14, early voting has commenced in Georgia for the Senate runoff races which will determine if Republicans or Democrats control the United States Senate. So far, it seems as though the Senate races have garnered a lot of interest. According to numbers obtained by 11 Alive, 1.2 million absentee ballots have already been requested. In addition, a ...

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Trump Travels to Valdosta, Holds Rally for Senate Runoff

In what some might regard as a surprising location, President Trump campaigned in Valdosta Friday for Republican Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue. This, of course, is because a critical U.S. Senate runoff race is coming up on Jan. 5, which will determine if Republicans maintain control of the Senate, or if Democrats flip the Senate and control both chambers ...

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Enrollment numbers helping VSU budget

On Tuesday, the Budget Advisory Council Meeting was held to discuss VSU’s financials and to provide transparency amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. One glaring takeaway was the amount of reductions taken by the university. According to the slide show presented, $12.1 million in reductions were taken, reducing overall operating budgets by 15%. Reductions included reducing part-time and student employment, eliminating 88 ...

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First debate a slugfest with no KO

On Sept. 29, the first presidential debate of the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was an absolute mess, to put it lightly. A fiery and entertaining debate was expected, and this debate sure had plenty of fireworks. Right out of the gate, both candidates came out swinging within the first few minutes. While discussing the pandemic, Biden ...

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Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!