John Jacobs | May, 2019

With highly diverse states like Florida and Texas in play for the 2020 elections, candidates will be focused on boosting turnout among Hispanic communities (Livingston, 2019). However, with fundraising playing an ever more important role in campaigns, are these candidates doing enough to convince Hispanic people that donating is worth their money? …


Work requirements for welfare don’t come close to achieving their goal, but the USDA wants to double down.

SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — also known as food stamps — provide low-income households that meet the work requirement of 20 hours per week with funds to purchase groceries. However, state agencies can request that work requirements be waived for a geographic region that lacks sufficient jobs. The USDA is now proposing a rule that would reduce the number areas waived by 76 percent, forcing the work requirement upon 1.1 …


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Immigration is one of the most contentious topics in American politics — and, according to NBC, one of the biggest drivers of turnout in the 2018 midterms.

But who supports deporting the nearly 11 million unauthorized immigrants? Voters who support deportation are largely concentrated in areas without a lot of unauthorized immigrants rather than in places where unauthorized immigration is prevalent in the community.

Congressional Support From Unaffected Places

In November, Iowa’s 4th congressional district reelected Steve King to the House of Representatives. King has become famous for his inflammatory comments regarding immigration, at one point even toasting a beer…


For years anti-drug advertisements warned their audience of the violent cartels they unknowingly funded through their marijuana habit. These advertisements were largely correct. The illegal smuggling of marijuana by Mexican cartels into the U.S. brought in billions of dollars and was a critical component of cartel operations. Since 2006, 150,000 homicides have been connected to cartel violence in Mexico.

Today, even if you illegally consume cannabis in the U.S., you no longer have to carry the devastating consequences of the illegal drug trade on your conscience. …


The full deportation of all 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. would be a monumental task, one that Donald Trump promised throughout the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The ethical dilemmas of this policy should not be overlooked, however the economic consequences would also be devastating to many states. This is one of the many reasons it might not be surprising that states with more unauthorized immigrants per capita tend to be less supportive of full deportation.

The above visualization, created using the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study and the Migration Policy Institute, shows that an average of 44% of…


Growing party polarization has been a staple of American politics for more than a decade now. It’s easy to point to Eric Cantor’s shocking upset in 2014, John Boehner’s resignation, and the collapse of The Grand Bargain in 2015 as the Republican Party’s polarization climax. Yet since 2015, polarization in both parties has risen dramatically. Americans are firmly aware of the never ceasing banter between “leftists” and the “alt-right” on 24-hour news stations and across our social media. The rise of radicalism in politics needs no introduction to the average American; we see the consequences every day. …

John Jacobs

George Washington University Public Policy. @UTAustin Alum. Back-to-back fantasy football 4th place champion.

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