Topics: Young Democrats

Young Democrats is one of UNC’s largest and most active student organizations, recently celebrating its 70th anniversary on campus.

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 Fundraising.

Religious identification declining in US

A recent study released by Pew Research Center shows religion in America is changing and inevitably affecting American political parties.

UNC student political groups organize in preparation for 2016 election

As the country prepares for the presidential primaries in 2016, political groups on campus are organizing in an effort to increase the amount of voters who reach the polls.

The results of the 2012 election showed low youth turnout because of disenchantment and increased obstacles to vote.

New leader Patsy Keever chosen to revamp NC Democratic Party


Patsy Keever has been tapped as the new chairwoman of the North Carolina Democratic Party — and she knows she has her work cut out for her.

Young Democrats offer no SBP endorsement


The Young Democrats voted not to endorse a candidate after the group held a student body president debate Monday night.

Post-election, Democrats reflect on loss


At the close of an election season filled with attack advertisements and big-name endorsements — including one from former President Bill Clinton — Democrats in North Carolina and nationwide found themselves in the red.

Roy Cooper rallies student vote


N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper, a potential 2016 gubernatorial candidate, spoke on campus Tuesday to mobilize student involvement in the 2014 and 2016 elections. 

College Republicans, Young Democrats argue politics at forum


UNC’s two major political student groups sparred in a debate on Monday, defending the respective positions of U.S. Senate candidates Kay Hagan and Thom Tillis.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.