Carl McPhail

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Politics & International Affairs

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks

Blog Posts

Go Vote

Guess what? I voted today! Over the last few weeks I have tried to envision what is going to go through my head when I show up to the polls to vote. Friday, October 21st was marked on my calendar as the day that I was probably going to be able to early vote. I figured...

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Trump in the Queen City

“Why would I pay $60 to go see some band I don’t really like when I could go hear Trump speak for free tonight?” I asked one of my friends yesterday before the Trump rally in Charlotte, NC. Given Trump’s track record, I knew that there was a...

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Door Knocking in Forsyth County

This week I had the chance to go out and knock on doors for the North Carolina Republican party. I was really excited to be a party of this effort to help out Republicans up and down the ticket. Even though I had worked on Capitol Hill a month earlier, there was just...

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Wake the Vote Hits the Streets

One of my favorite things about the conventions was getting to talk to people that I met at different events and on the streets of Cleveland and Philadelphia. It was amazing to see what you could find out about a person in a short three minute conversation. In...

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Criminal Justice Reform

On Tuesday I had the great honor to hear from Senator Cory Booker about the need for criminal justice reform in our country. This is an issue that I care deeply about and something that I researched while I was interning on Capitol Hill this summer. The fact that the...

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A Day at the Republican National Convention

Tuesday was an action-packed day for sure. I started out my day by walking down to the Quicken Loans arena around 10 AM to check out what was going on in the Convention Zone.  As we walked near CNN Grille to the entrance of the Arena, we saw John Cain and started...

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Party Right

Presidential conventions are supposed to be “huge” (as Donald Trump would say) celebrations of a party’s nominee for the Presidency. Historically there are many different events each night for delegates, elected officials, and invited guests to attend. This is the...

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Another Week on the Hill

This has been an action-packed week to say the least. The House Committee on Financial Services, which Congressman Pittenger is on, had its semi-annual hearing with the Chair of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen. I got to get in early to secure a seat so that I could...

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Interning on Capitol Hill

In my last blog post, Donald Trump had just become the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee. Well two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee. The same day that the Associated Press declared Clinton the presumptive...

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Make America Compromise Again

Almost two months ago I was all hyped up for the 2016 presidential election. I had just gotten the Wake Forest Students for Rubio group up and running and was fired up to see how the next few primaries would play out. However, on Super Tuesday, Rubio dropped out of...

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Woof to the White House

There he was, in his black and white suit, taking a walk around the East Lawn. I was surprised that he had time in his busy day to come play outside. While he refused to speak with reporters,  he did walk over to a crowd of East Wing visitors to say hello. It was very...

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