The Sentinel The Kennesaw State University Newspaper Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:36:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grant to help nursing students practice self-care Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:36:48 +0000 Sherry Grable, director of health promotion and wellness, accepted a $3,500 grant from the American Health Foundation to assist a program that will help nursing students stay healthy and manage their stress.

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Kennesaw State’s Center for Health Promotion and Wellness recently accepted a $3,500 grant from the American Health Foundation to fund a program that helps nursing students stay healthy and manage their stress.

The grant money will help to support Staying Healthy in Nursing School, or SHINS, a program created by senior nursing major Alison Mutton to help her peers succeed while maintaining their health. Sherry Grable, director of the Center for Health Promotion and Wellness, accepted the award at the AHF’s annual meeting this year in Austin, Texas.

“The grant brings a fresh surge of enthusiasm to keep this program moving forward,” Mutton said.

SHINS is a yearlong program designed to encourage students to set exercise, free time, nutrition and social connectedness goals while participating in the program’s monthly health challenges. The AHF’s grant will help fund healthy activities for nursing students such as new cooking demonstration classes and specialized yoga sessions. It will also fund more sophisticated software to track student progress and allow the department to hire an intern.

Grable and her team will put on cooking demonstrations promoting healthy eating. Students will learn to make dishes such as Greek Pita Pizza, Breakfast on the Go, Slammin’ Salmon Tacos, Grillin’ and Chillin’ Burgers and You Have a Pizza My Heart.

The group also plans to hire a separate yoga instructor to hold sessions in the health sciences building on the Kennesaw campus to make the sessions more accessible to nursing students.

“Bringing yoga to them will make it easy to relax, have fun and encourage social interaction among their peers,” Grable said.

Mutton founded the program in fall 2016 when she found a few other students during orientation who wanted to focus on staying healthy during school. They held each other accountable to their health and fitness goals, and they created 30-day challenge to ensure they were getting the exercise they needed. Students continued to join their group until they had over one hundred nursing students in the program.

Many of the nursing students in the program, like senior nursing major Rachel Howard, believe SHINS offers a community where students can support each other and hold each other accountable.

“Now that I’m part of the SHINS program, it’s a lot easier for me to make goals for myself, both as part of the program and with goals outside of the particular challenge each month,” Howard said. “I’m a lot more motivated to work toward them when I have so much support.”

Each month, students that choose to participate receive a different health challenge that focuses on nutrition, exercise, and mindfulness. These challenges include increasing physical activity, eating five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drinking water, getting enough sleep, meditation or practicing time management.

“For nursing students with a very full schedule, the idea of adding something to their jam-packed schedule can be overwhelming,” Grable said. “This program will encourage those participating to set realistic and attainable goals that work with their schedules.”

Students also receive incentives for completing health challenges throughout the year. For every challenge completed, students will receive a charm to go on a chain bracelet that students can either wear around their wrists or attach to their backpacks. The school will also choose the top three students at the end of each month to receive a $15 prize that encourages healthy living such as a yoga mat, a bag of healthy groceries, an adult coloring book or a relaxation CD.

“Too often, nursing students wear exhaustion as a badge of honor,” Mutton said. “The SHINS program gives nursing students a chance to see self-care as something of which to be proud.”

A planning committee consisting of nursing students, health educators, dietitians, licensed professional counselors, exercise science professionals and nursing faculty are working to lead the program and will be available to students throughout the year to help craft and reach realistic goals.

“We want a generation of healthy nurses that are going to be able to be energetic caregivers for the rest of their lives,” senior nursing major Robin McCarthy said.

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Olens discusses university’s recovery from financial misconduct Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:24:38 +0000 KSU President Sam Olens sat down with The Sentinel to discuss the audits that were released last year and the university's financial standing.

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In June 2016, the University System of Georgia released a series of audits that detailed financial misconduct at Kennesaw State University. The audits include allegations that span everything from dining services’ $5 million debt to the KSU Foundation funding car payments for the former president every three years.

One year later, President Sam Olens sat down with The Sentinel to address the university’s progress and financial standing.

Dining Deficit

The biggest hurdle is dining services’ $5 million deficit. Many of the eateries on the Kennesaw campus have been consistently losing money each year, sometimes totaling as much as $200,000. This year, Olens said, the university is set to break even.

“The goal is that we will make a dent in the deficit by this next fiscal year,” he said.

But breaking even is a start, and Olens said it took plenty of changes to get to that point. Contracts with third-party vendors were amended per suggestion from the USG, including removing a $750,000 catering budget just for the former president. Additionally, dining services transitioned from being run by a third-party vendor to a model of self-operation this summer.

Self-operating the facilities means the university can better manage waste, costs, personnel and other factors that affect the bottom-line without paying a middleman.

“It’s a win for the students from the dollars perspective,” Olens said. “From a food perspective, it tasted just as good to me as before. I didn’t notice any difference at all.”

In addition to the cost savings, this model also allows the Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality to be more involved in dining services. Third-party vendors would not allow students to cook food or perform other duties, but now these students can apply their learning in a practical environment.

Olens also pointed out that the elimination of mandatory meal plans for commuter students, which will fully take effect during the upcoming semester, was another recommendation from the USG in last year’s audits.

Olens noted, however, that many of these changes had already been put into place when he took office in November 2016.

“A lot of credit goes to the interim president, Houston Davis,” Olens said. “I’ve certainly continued the process that he started.”

Culture of Ethics

He also addressed the many personnel transitions that have occurred over the last year, including adding a new chief business officer, chief legal officer, chief information officer and internal auditor, among other positions. These changes, Olens explained, reflected the university’s dire need for a better culture of ethics.

“It only related to several people that’s the good news,” he said. “The bad news was the people were high up so that they had more effect.”

As for the audits’ concerns with the integrity of the KSU Foundation, the entity that manages private gifts and contributions to the university, Olens credits Jim Dunn with correcting those problems. Dunn is acting head of the foundation and will officially take over in August.

“The relationship between the foundation and the university and the foundation and the University System of Georgia is probably the best it’s been in years,” Olens said. “Jim has done a great job with that. He’s really spent a lot of time to improve those relationships.”

Looking Ahead

Change, Olens said, is a normal part of any university, and most of the major steps to address the audit issues have been completed.

“We’re probably 80 percent through all the processes that were necessary,” Olens said. “It is my expectation that we will complete the journey by the end of August.”

He is now looking ahead to new projects that will affect students on both campuses. A new building, called the Academic Learning Center, is in the works to be built next to the student center on the Kennesaw campus, which Olens said will hold more classrooms. On the Marietta campus, KSU will be expanding Building G and updating the labs.

“There are so many faculty doing great work here, so many students doing great work here,” Olens said. “It was really essential to get past the audits and move to the future. Having said that, you had to clean up the errors before you could do that.”

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Housing considers more on-campus options Mon, 17 Jul 2017 20:23:56 +0000 As KSU's student body expands, housing officials are weighing their options, which may include building additional freshman housing, as well as an on-campus housing requirement for first-year students.

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University Housing and Residence Life officials are discussing the prospect of building additional on-campus housing for first-year students as enrollment continues to grow.

Freshman enrollment has increased by 73 percent in the last five years, according to data from the KSU Fact Book, and the drastic increase has led to the demand for additional on-campus housing.

Jeff Cooper, director of residence life, said the demand indicates strong support for additional first-year housing. This would complement the University Village, University Village Suites and KSU Place on the Kennesaw campus and Howell Hall and Hornet Village Suites on the Marietta campus.

“If first-year housing is constructed, it would be reserved exclusively for those students,” Cooper said. “We also recognize that housing demand remains high for our upper division students so those considerations are also reflected in our discussions.”

According to Cooper, options are being reviewed to expand housing options on both the Kennesaw and Marietta campuses, but no final decision has been made yet.

Currently, first-year students at the Marietta campus that are enrolled in academic programs are required to live on-campus. According to Cooper, it is possible that a similar requirement could expand to the Kennesaw campus in the future.

Cooper believes an on-campus housing requirement could enhance the college experience for residential students, socially and academically.

“Our data illustrates that, generally-speaking, KSU students who live on campus perform better academically than those who live off campus,” Cooper said. “In addition, they are more likely to return to KSU for a second year.”

Cooper explained that the requirement would allow the administration to provide each incoming student with a sense of belonging, community, leadership, involvement opportunities and increased access to campus resources.

He said that a construction timeline would become available if additional housing is approved.

“Timelines for construction projects include many variables that would affect the length to project completion, including the type of facility and how many beds would be constructed,” Cooper said.

The Sentinel will continue to post updates to this story as it develops.

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Women’s basketball player makes U-20 Italian national team Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:12:25 +0000 A rising sophomore participated in the 2017 FIBA European Championship for Italy.

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The KSU women’s basketball team is represented on the U-20 Italian National Team by a rising sophomore in the FIBA European Championship this summer.

Rising sophomore Carlotta Gianolla’s hopes became reality when she was one of 16 individuals selected to the team that represented Italy at the European Championship that began July 8 in Matosinhos, Portugal.

Gianolla accumulated 18 points, 14 rebounds and two assists in her five appearances for the Italians against teams like Lithuania and Sweden.

Gianolla is not new to this big stage. The power forward played at the FIBA European Championship for the Italian U-17 team in 2014

“Carlotta worked extremely hard to improve her skills on and off the court, she has matured and it is evident in her attitude,” said Carlotta’s head coach, Angus Berenato. “I am so proud of Carlotta because she went into these trials with a fierce sense of competitiveness and was not going to be denied.”

Gianolla received multiple accolades at KSU in her breakout freshman season by being named the ASUN Freshman of the Year, making the ASUN All-Freshman team and ASUN Conference All-Tournament team.

KSU will welcome Gianolla, and the rest of the Owls, back to the brand new court at the Convocation Center on November 5 against Thomas University.

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Track and field competes in IAAF Capital Cup Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:09:44 +0000 KSU track and field sends a couple of their best to Canada to compete in the IAAF Capital Cup.

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Kennesaw State sent two of its best up to Canada to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federation Capital Cup.

The IAAF Capital Cup was held at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa, Canada July 4-5, bringing together the best track and field athletes in the world to compete, including sophomore Jordan Gray and senior Joshua Mulder from KSU.

In the women’s division, Gray posted a seventh-place finish overall, while Mulder was forced to pull out of the men’s competition after the eighth event on the second day.

Gray competed in the heptathlon and finished the first day with 3,369 points, a good enough finish to put her in third place overall heading into the second day of competition.

Gray’s best performances on the day included a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing a height of 5 feet 8 inches. Gray also placed sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, shot put, and the 200-meter race before ending the day.

Mulder took part in the decathlon and completed his first day of action with 3,878 points, putting him in sixth place through the first five events. His best events included a fifth-place finish in the high jump, a second-place finish in the shot put, and a second-place finish in the 400 meter, posting a career-best time of 48.17 seconds.

Gray began the second day of competition by placing fourth in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet 3.25 inches. She also placed sixth in the javelin throw with a personal best score of 132 feet 10 inches. Gray placed 10th in the final event of the day, the 800-meter race, posting a time of 2:27.35.

Gray’s solid performance at the IAAF Capital Cup is a continuation of her incredible collegiate career at KSU. She won this year’s ASUN conference heptathlon, scoring a KSU school best and ASUN outdoor championship best 5,641 points as she won all seven events.

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Songs that saved the Summer Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:06:32 +0000 Songs that become popular in the summer months often become the most popular and memorable songs of the entire year. This summer's soundtrack is composed of ten songs that have made it to the top of the charts on popular streaming sites.

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Songs that become popular in the summer months often become the most popular and memorable songs of the entire year.

From 2007’s “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s, to 2012’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye, to last summer’s “Can’t Stop This Feeling” by Justin Timberlake, songs that come out during the hottest months of the year always stick with us, whether we’re fans of the artist or not.

This summer’s soundtrack is composed of ten songs that have made it to the top of the charts on popular streaming sites, including iTunes and Spotify.

Though “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi was actually released in January, it became popular in the mainstream this summer after Justin Bieber heard the song and asked to be featured in the remix. This particular song sparked tons of internet covers and, according to Billboard, is the first song performed mostly in Spanish to reach the top of the Billboard Top 100 since Los del Río’s “Macarena” hit the number one spot in 1996. It remains the number one most downloaded and listened-to song on both Spotify and iTunes.

“Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran is another song released this past January that has stayed relevant and popular all year and will most certainly be associated with memories of this summer. It is currently one of only three songs with over one billion streams on Spotify.

Miley Cyrus’ single “Malibu” is the lead single from her upcoming album set to be released in October of this year. Listeners are taking the song and its music video as a return to Cyrus’ earlier days as a calmer, more tame artist. The music video featured Cyrus wearing all-white, representative of her more innocent style.

“Mask Off” by rapper Future is his best-charting single to date, having spent eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The original song was released on April 18, and the remix came out May 23. His album “FUTURE” is his second album in a row to reach the number one spot on Billboard’s 200. His performance of the song at the BET Awards last month was well-received.

Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE” was released in March as a single off of his album “Damn,” which came out in April. The single is Lamar’s first song as a lead artist to be featured as Billboard’s number one song.

“Attention” by Charlie Puth was released in April as a single off of his second album. The song has climbed to the second most-downloaded song on iTunes. Puth stated in an interview with Billboard that he was inspired to write the song after seeing an Instagram post someone wrote about their ex-girlfriend.

DJ Khaled released “I’m the One,” a single from his tenth studio album, “Grateful,” back in April. The song features several artists, including Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne. The song debuted at number one on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 chart, which measures the speed and frequency at which people on the internet are talking about artists and their music on twitter. Over the summer, the song made it to the second-most streamed song on Spotify.

“Something Just Like This” is a song off of The Chainsmokers’ debut album “Memories…Do Not Open” and features Coldplay. The song was released February 22 and was later featured in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Cheat Codes’ song featuring Demi Lovato, “No Promises,” was released in March. Cheat Codes and Lovato recently performed the catchy song on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Lastly, Imagine Dragons’ single “Believer” came out Feb. 1 and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is the first by Imagine Dragons to reach number one on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, and it was used in the season finale of the show “Riverdale.”

These ten songs have become popular this summer on multiple platforms, and if they follow the same pattern as previous hit summer singles, they’ll remain popular for years to come.

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Alumnus named chief of staff to VP Pence Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:02:34 +0000 KSU graduate Nick Ayers was named to the position after the departure of previous Chief of Staff Josh Pitcock.

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Vice President Mike Pence named KSU alumnus Nick Ayers his new chief of staff on June 29, according to the White House.

Nick Ayers, who graduated from KSU in 2009, was chosen as the replacement for Josh Pitcock, Pence’s former chief of staff. Pitcock resigned after 12 years of service to Pence. Ayers previously worked as Pence’s chief political strategist during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Ayers will formally begin serving in the new position on August 1. He will oversee the vice president’s staff, manage his schedule and work to resolve problems and disputes before they make it to the vice president. The chief of staff also functions as advisor, aiding the vice president with important decisions.

Ayers, a Cobb County resident and a graduate of South Cobb High School, began his political career campaigning for former Gov. Sonny Purdue upon graduating high school in 2002. Over next seven years, he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science while serving as executive director of the Republican Governor’s Association. He was voted among “Time Magazine’s 40 Under 40” most influential people in politics in 2012.

“During my years as governor, then as a candidate and serving as vice president, I have come to appreciate Nick’s friendship, keen intellect and integrity,” Pence said in a White House press statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to have him come to the White House as my chief of staff.”

Ayers echoed the vice president’s enthusiasm.

“I have such deep respect and admiration for the Pences and believe so deeply in the policies the vice president and the president are fighting for,” Ayers said in a statement. “Leaving Georgia, albeit temporarily, was only possible because of how important my wife and I believe this mission is. I am honored with the trust the vice president has in me and [am] excited to serve in this capacity.”

Steven Ellis, president of the KSU alumni association, said having a KSU alumnus serving in such an esteemed office raises the national visibility and credibility of the university, which is a benefit to every student.

“[Ayers has] always been an impressive and successful leader that gains the respect of all those around him,” Ellis said.

Ellis, a KSU alumnus himself, said that KSU alumni everywhere should be proud of Ayers’ achievements.

“It takes being black and gold and proud and bold to a whole new level,” Ellis said.

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Female actor to portray the Doctor for the first time Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:01:42 +0000 Actress Jodie Whittaker will make history this Christmas Day as the first woman to play the iconic character of the Doctor on the BBC's "Doctor Who."

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In the minute-long teaser trailer clip, it was revealed that “Broadchurch” actress Jodie Whittaker will make history this Christmas Day as the first woman to play the iconic character of the Doctor on the BBC’s hit series “Doctor Who.”

For those unfamiliar with Doctor Who, the Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey. Time Lords have the ability to regenerate into a different body when they die, which explains how the show has managed to run for 54 years, excluding a 16-year hiatus from 1989 to 2005.

Since the late William Hartnell first appeared as the now-cherished show’s title character in 1963, twelve different actors have portrayed the Doctor. Though they have all had different personalities, quirks, catch phrases and styles, every one of them has been a man.

It seems that the BBC has been building up to this reveal for the last several seasons. All through current Doctor Peter Capaldi’s four-year-run, reminders to the audience that Time Lords can change not only their faces but their genders as well have been hinted at.

Whittaker will take over the role from Capaldi in the 2017 Christmas special, set to air Christmas night. This will mark a change not only in the lead actor but the head writer as well. Steven Moffat will be stepping down from the head writing job after six seasons to make way for Chris Chibnall, who has previously written five episodes for the series since 2010.

While many fans are excited for this change to the show’s dynamic, some are concerned about how changing the gender of such an iconic character will affect the show. Whittaker doesn’t seem to be rattled by fan’s doubts.

“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human…this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place,” Whittaker said. “To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings – what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.”

Whether they’re excited about the change or not, fans will have the opportunity to finally see what a female Doctor will bring to the show on Christmas Day 2017.

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New basketball signees look to boost Owl’s young roster Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:32:28 +0000 Head Coach Al Skinner is hopeful that incoming freshmen Tristan Jarrett, Bryson Lockley and Fredy Yana are just what the Owls need to win.

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The Kennesaw State men’s basketball team added three new players to its roster for the upcoming season as the team looks to rebuild after last year’s less-than-stellar campaign.

With the departure of two of the most impactful and decorated players from last season, seniors Kendrick Ray and Aubrey Williams, Head Coach Al Skinner has a young roster heading into next season. The new recruits have to find a way to replicate Ray’s scoring ability and fill the defensive void left by Williams. Skinner did a great job picking up several 3-star prospects in hopes of improving on last season’s 14-18 record.

Tristan Jarrett is a 6-foot-4-inch shooting guard from Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee. He was named the 2017 All-West Tennessee Boys Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 21.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He helped lead Haywood to the Region 8-AA championship.

Bryson Lockley is a 6-foot-8-inch power forward from Houston, Texas who attended Panola College last season, making 35 appearances. Prior to attending Panola, Lockley redshirted during his freshman year at Santa Clara University in California

Fredy Yana is a 6-foot-4-inch point guard from Yaounde, Cameroon. Last season, he starred at Melbourne Central Catholic High School in Florida.

“We’re very happy with our incoming class,” Skinner said. “We are bringing in some more size and talent, and this class is an indication of that.”

The three signees should get a good chance to prove themselves and contribute to the team’s efforts because of KSU’s young roster. The sheer size of Lockley should help solidify the Owls on defense, and having two scoring threats in Jarrett and Yana should help build confidence on the offensive end.

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Opinion: To win, Democrats must go left Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:25:25 +0000 Once again, Democrats found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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Once again, Democrats found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

By not learning from its costly failures in 2016, the Democratic Party is reaching new heights of arrogance and incompetence. In the case of Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District election, his neoliberal views —such as not wanting to raise taxes on the rich and opposing a single-payer healthcare system — won him the support of the DNC and its donors. This provided him with huge sums of money and support — but not the support of voters.

The special election between Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel represents the most expensive congressional election in U.S. history, exceeding $50 million spent between the two candidates. It’s important to note that in District 6, Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton by one percentage point. But on June 20, 2017 — with the Republican Party in turmoil over health care reform and Trump’s approval rating reaching historic lows — Ossoff lost to Handel by four points.

The issue was not that Ossoff wasn’t conservative enough in his stances. Rather, it was that he was not liberal enough to give liberals and progressives reason enough to vote for him. When you give conservative voters the choice between a Republican and a Republican, they’ll vote Republican every time. Even Handel said he “talks like a Republican.”

The DNC would rather continue losing elections, performing business as usual, rather than winning elections with progressive candidates. To establishment Democrats, maintaining the status quo is the top priority.

Jon Ossoff gave the people of District 6 virtually nothing to vote for, just as the Democratic Party gives people nothing to vote for, existing only as the party of “…but, Trump!” How are reducing government waste or “bringing the government up to private sector standardssupposed to get people out to the polls? What does the Alpharetta Tech Corridor have to do with bettering the lives of people in Georgia District 6?

To quote Ossoff himself: “I’m interested in delivering results that require bipartisanship and that’s what voters in this district want.”

No, Jon. Voters want access to good and affordable healthcare, decent paying jobs, good schools for their children, etc. — all which Republicans are actively trying to destroy.

The only way to win elections is to muster up the courage to stand up and fight for policies that actually matter to people, that will actually improve their quality of life. Maybe if Ossoff had run on such a platform, 42 percent of all registered voters in District 6 wouldn’t have stayed home on election day. Voters are tired of voting for pragmatism, incrementalism and bipartisanship.

If Democrats want to win, they need to stop trying to be Republican-lite. Instead, Democrats must go left — and they have to mean it.

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