Derek is an opinions columnist for the Herald. He is from Boston, Massachusetts, and is a History and Economics concentrator. At Brown, he works as a volunteer tutor for Swearer Classroom Program and College Advising Corps. He can often be found on the fourth floor of the Rock.

Articles by Derek Simshauser (9)

Simshauser ’20: A retreat from the center

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Simshauser ’20: A retreat from the center

November 18, 2018 0 comments

As the final provisional ballots from the 2018 midterm elections are counted, and the forecasted Democratic wave in the House becomes more precise (most likely a gain of at least 37 seats), the electoral significance can be parsed.

Simshauser ’20: The fantasy of voter fraud, the reality of voter suppression

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Simshauser ’20: The fantasy of voter fraud, the reality of voter suppression

November 5, 2018 0 comments

When polls for the midterm elections close tomorrow, the significance of the results will be placed within the parameters of national politics. “Will the House accelerate the Russia investigations?” “Has the Republican hold on the Senate come to an end?” “Can Democrats halt the Trump agenda?”

Simshauser ’20: A virtuous cycle

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Simshauser ’20: A virtuous cycle

October 24, 2018 0 comments

An empty road. No, not empty. A metallic flash of red whirs by, unabated by kinetic friction, gone in an instant. The landscape’s hues begin to desaturate. That is, until another radiant vehicle inevitably zips past.

Simshauser ’20: Can progressive values flip Texas?

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Simshauser ’20: Can progressive values flip Texas?

October 8, 2018 0 comments

With the 2018 midterm elections less than a month away, much of the optimism for Democrats has been focused on the House of Representatives.

Simshauser ’20: In a deeply red state, a blueprint for Democrats

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Simshauser ’20: In a deeply red state, a blueprint for Democrats

September 23, 2018 0 comments

As the state of national politics devolves into tribally structured warfare, statewide elections have become easy to map along party lines.

Simshauser ’20: A split in the Rhode for Democrats

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Simshauser ’20: A split in the Rhode for Democrats

September 11, 2018 0 comments

The past two years have been fraught for Democrats. In the aftermath of the calamitous 2016 presidential election, ideological fissures within the party have widened as progressive insurgents have found traction in recent months.

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Simshauser ’20: Making sport of politics

April 17, 2018 0 comments

Turn on any cable news channel, and you are likely to be inundated with punditry.

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Simshauser ’20: Rethinking Democrats’ strategy for 2020

April 4, 2018 0 comments

Following the 2016 presidential election — as the initial shock of President Trump’s victory began to wane — liberals looked to exit polling data, attempting to diagnose the exact factors that had felled Hillary Clinton’s ostensibly sturdy “blue wall.”

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Simshauser ’20: States’ Rights, Revised for Liberals

March 7, 2018 0 comments

In the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, gun control has once again been pushed to the forefront of public discourse.