Topics: Young Democrats

Now in its 70th year on campus, Young Democrats is one of UNC’s largest and most active student organizations.

The mission of this group is to engage college students in the political process, catalyze progressive activism and serve as a voice for college students within the Democratic Party. The Young Democrats host many events throughout the year, including guest speakers. Some include: Barack Obama, James Taylor, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Bradley and Kay Hagan.

The Young Democrats is separated into six committees: Activism, Campus Blueprint, Local Affairs, Political, Service, Wellstone and Fundrasing. The current co-presidents are Justin Rosenthal and Charlie Sellew.

During the 2008 Presidential election, Young Democrats led a campus-wide effort that registered more than 9,000 students to vote in the 2008 elections. On election day, they offered free rides to voting locations for students.

Political groups plan for fall campaigns

UNC’s on-campus political organizations are jumping into the fray as the fall’s midterm campaigns get underway.


Student groups feel shutdown

The federal government shutdown is affecting more than just U.S. Congress — student groups are feeling the fallout as well.


New Democratic group to focus on the South

Despite the Republican presence in most legislatures and governors’ mansions across the South, Democratic leaders are looking to reclaim the region in 2014 and beyond.


Bill would allow guns in locked cars on campus

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UNC-system campuses have been gun-free zones for years.

But the N.C. General Assembly is now joining South Carolina, Texas and state legislatures around the country in a push to legalize guns on college campuses, despite opposition from higher education leaders and university faculty.


College costs a focus of State of the Union

President Barack Obama focused on boosting economic growth and proposed measures to reduce rising college costs in his first State of the Union address of his second term.


College Republicans, Young Democrats support Lambden for student body president

Although the UNC College Republicans and Young Democrats disagree on many issues, both organizations came to the same conclusion when endorsing a candidate for student body president: Christy Lambden.


North Carolina not likely to follow suit in legalizing marijuana

Colorado and Washington have become the first two states in the country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those 21 years and older.


Campus political groups encourage early voting

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As Election Day draws near, UNC’s Young Democrats and College Republicans are gearing up for what is predicted to be a close one.


Orange County Democratic Party rallies to encourage early voting

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Local and state Democratic candidates stole the spotlight from the presidential campaign at a rally Saturday.


Young Democrats and College Republicans talk economy, health care at annual debate

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The annual debate between UNC’s Young Democrats and College Republicans reflected recurring themes of the national presidential race — including the economy.


Town leaders headline Young Democrats meeting

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UNC student Austin Gilmore’s tweet to Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt last week resulted in an enthusiastic reply — and a guest speaker for Gilmore’s group, the UNC Young Democrats.


UNC's new Young Democrats president prepares for primaries

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The 2012 presidential election is about 11 months away, but political groups at the University are already gearing up for on-campus efforts.


UNC undergraduate student tapped to lead Orange County Democrats

Despite his age, UNC student Matt Hughes has shown the Orange County Democratic Party he is the man for the job. Hughes, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and political science major, was elected as the Orange County Democratic Party chairman Monday.


UNC Student Congress to vote on gender-neutral housing option

Tonight Student Congress will vote on whether it will show support for an effort to institute a gender-neutral housing option— an issue that will ultimately be decided by administrators.


Rick Perry finds support in new UNC student group

A new student-led support group is rallying behind conservative presidential candidate Rick Perry.


Members of the NC DREAM Team, others detained at Charlotte rally for equal access to education

Ten undocumented immigrants were detained by police Tuesday following a rally about equal access to education in Charlotte.


Lee Storrow brings youth to Chapel Hill Town Council race

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A recent UNC graduate with nearly a decade of political involvement, Storrow, 21, has decided to run for a seat on the Chapel Hill Town Council.


UNC Young Democrats lobby legislators in Raleigh against cuts in education

In the wake of a proposed budget cut totaling $483 million in state funding for the UNC system, students are taking action.Four members of UNC Young Democrats travelled to Raleigh Wednesday to persuade legislators against the large cuts to higher education. These four students are part of a group of lobbyers from the UNC organization that will be meeting with legislators in the N.C. General Assembly this week.


College Republicans and Young Democrats face off in debate

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At the spring debate between the College Republicans and the Young Democrats moderated by the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies, questions about policy were laced with a competitive fever.


Perdue addresses education in State of the State

N.C. Governor Bev Perdue focused on improving the education system in her second State of the State address — her first to the Republican-controlled legislature — on Monday night.