Election 2016 Blog

A History of Sexual Harassment in the United States

This month, a number of women came forward with allegations that Donald Trump had sexually assaulted them, making sexually suggestive remarks and touching them in a sexual manner without their consent. Responses to these allegations varied largely along party lines, with supporters of Donald Trump dismissing the claims as fabricated and questioning why these women…

Dodd-Frank and Wall Street Reform: What’s Next

The Financial Crisis of 2008 drew all eyes to the deep-seated systemic shortcomings of the American economy. Attempting to address these failures, President Obama enacted The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Bill, and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. New rules and agencies were established to restructure weak firms, monitor risky behavior, and promote transparency. Six years…

A Clinton Election and Financial Market Expectations

Presidential elections have considerable implications for financial markets. Promises, reputations, and historical trends create new expectations for future valuations and disrupt the status quo. Static factors like political party alone can affect market outlooks, while a candidate’s policy positions further complicate their potential to harm or improve different sectors. Elections set the stage for political,…

Presidential Candidates and Tax Reform Proposals

As both Republican and Democratic presidential candidates campaign ahead of the South Carolina Primary, plans to restructure the tax code remain one of the few substantive areas that divide them. On both sides of the political spectrum, candidates have crafted proposals that marry growth and equity with a bottom line that reduces the budget deficit….

GPPR Policy Card: Drug Policy

The War on Drugs is no longer a neutral bipartisan area of agreement between Republican and Democrat politicians. The failure to stop organized criminal gangs smuggle drugs into America has called into question the logic of a zero-tolerance policy. The White House released statistics last year showing the number of deaths related to drug abuse…