A letter sent to our esteemed colleagues in Macalester College’s Communications and Public Relations Office in 2015. Now I share it here, excerpted, for those interested.

The Pronoun Problem

Pronouns have vexed careful writers of English at least since the 1970s when feminist thinkers first had a go at dislodging…


Was Senator Klobuchar leveraging structural homophobia?

Amy Klobuchar at campaign rally on front lawn of a residence.
“Amy Klobuchar” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

I agree with my senator, Amy Klobuchar, that it is her job as a candidate to argue why she is the best choice in the field. Yet in an effort to highlight her achievements, as well as gender bias in the media, she problematically invoked Midwestern swing voters while throwing…


As I am writing an article discussing rhetoric 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries, I want to disclose to whom I have made financial contributions. I’m not a person of much financial means, so none of the candidates listed have received much from me, but they have received something.

Buttigieg. As…


The Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) evaluates partisan entrenchment in each state by considering the past two presidential elections as a proxy.

It looks at the nationwide preference for major party candidates in the two most recent presidential races and then looks at how many percentage points the state deviates from the national outcome. In the 2017 report, Minnesota preferred Democratic candidates by 1% (PVI was D+1), while Indiana preferred Republican candidates by 9% (PVI was R+9).

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