Madeline Coffey

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): History/Politics & International Affairs and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Hometown: Bean Station, TN

Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: No Citizen Left Behind by Meira Levinson

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Without revolution theory, there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” – Vladimir Lenin

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Karl Marx, Ayn Rand, Jimmy Carter, and Shirley Chisholm

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: My most memorable Wake the Vote experience happened when I was walking through the security line at the DNC.  I was standing beside a woman who had brought her 6 or 7 year old daughter along with her.  She asked her daughter if she was excited, and she said, “I’m excited to see Hillary! I’m happy that a girl is running for president.” It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about that moment because I know that little girl will never forget the time her mom took her to see what will become one of the most important moments in history for American women.  When I heard her, I remembered all the times my mom encouraged me to believe that I could be president when I was her age.  In a way, I shared that moment with them even though they didn’t know it.

Blog Posts

Being Blue in a Red State

By: Madeline Coffey “Oh, you’re from North Carolina?   Well what brings you Tennessee?  We normally have people going to North Carolina to help out!” Chris Barber, a staff member at the Knoxville Democratic Party (KDP), told me as I explained why I was there to...

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The Path to Citizenship is also the Path to Democracy

By: Madeline Coffey This past week, I’ve been volunteering with the NC Democratic Coordinated Campaign through the State Democratic Party.  My time has been spent doing voter registration; it’s the one thing all of us young politicos dread.  We know it’s necessary,...

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The Woman Card

By: Madeline Coffey On Thursday night, I walked into the DNC with the expectation that once again, I would be underwhelmed by Hillary Clinton.  Earlier this week, I called for Clinton to respond to millennials.  I noted that I thought her campaign had overlooked us,...

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Coming Together in the Name of Progress

By: Madeline Coffey In April, the Democratic Party and I had a huge falling out.  An avid Bernie supporter feeling more and more betrayed each day by the party, things finally had come to a head at the College Democrats of North Carolina (henceforth CDNC) Convention. ...

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HRC: Provide the Speakers

By: Madeline Coffey Dear Hillary Clinton, I want you to sweep me off my feet this week.  Seriously, I want you to wine and dine me with some liberal propaganda.  Make me love you; show me some passion.  Be sweet and strong.  Most of all: don’t forget that I am a...

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The New GOP Platform: Why the RNC Makes me Anxious

By: Madeline Coffey In looking forward to the GOP Convention, maintaining my cool in the face of adversity is my dominant concern.  Over the past few months, I’ve grown more open minded, more tolerant, and more accepting of the personal convictions of my...

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LGBTQ+ Rights: How WTV can Help

By: Madeline Coffey Just a little over a week after participating in poll-watching with WTV at the North Carolina primary, House Bill 2 (HB2 henceforth) was passed in only a day and signed into by NC Governor Pat McCrory.  Now, more than ever, voting is important....

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A Radically Feminist Perspective on the Clinton Campaign

By: Madeline Coffey It’s no secret that Clinton excited people at the South Carolina primary last Saturday; her huge lead over Sanders shows it.  But why exactly is this the case?  Once I was in South Carolina, I finally understood.  As I walked into the...

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Invisible Polarization at the NH Primary

By: Madeline Coffey As I listened to John Kasich address his supporters and those who were undecided at a townhall in Windham, NH on Monday morning, I became frustrated with the questions that were being asked by New Hampshire voters.  Many of their questions were, in...

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