Historic German election ends, country waits for a coalition to form

Center-left party narrowly defeats the two-decade reign of conservatives By Tyler Clifton, Staff Writer Last week signaled a changing of the guard in German policies, with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) emerging victorious in the first election when the incumbent chancellor was not in the running.  Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would not be running for reelection several months prior to the Sept. 26 election that has been one of the tightest races in the country’s history.  The SPD emerged on top with 25.7% of the vote, marking the first time the center-left group won an election since Merkel’s rise … Continue reading Historic German election ends, country waits for a coalition to form

God does not win elections

Republican candidates scare off voters with appeals to religion A couple weeks ago, Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination for 2016 (he has not yet announced, but there is much speculation), headlined a prayer rally in his home state entitled “The Answer,” at which he was quoted saying, “Our God wins.” As can be expected, this whipped up a media frenzy, and understandably so. This week, I depart from my usual concern of local politics to deliver a message to Mr. Jindal and the conservative religious factions who back him: your God does … Continue reading God does not win elections

Staff Editorial

SGA elections endorsement Each year, the Newswire conducts thorough interviews with all approved Student Government Association (SGA) executive tickets and subsequently releases an official endorsement of the ticket we believe is the most qualified. This year, our decision was difficult, as both tickets had well-planned platforms and strong performances in the interviews. We were impressed by both tickets’ candor and ability to communicate their ideas and concerns in the debate we hosted in conjunction with the Board of Elections. Nonetheless, after careful consideration, one ticket ultimately stood out as the best choice for Xavier. The Newswire endorses Jake Haigis, Megan … Continue reading Staff Editorial