Nick Boney

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2018

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): English & Political Science

Hometown: Nashville, TN


Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “All the blood is drained out of democracy – it dies – when only half the population votes.” – Hunter S. Thompson

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: The Iowa Caucus. Without a doubt.  It was there that I had my first moments of direct exposure to this thing I’ve come to know as “the political process.” It was there that I came to realize how invested people are in the candidates in which they believe.  It was there that I learned what phone-banking was, and made the first of thousands of calls that I’d make between then and now.  It was there, in Des Moines, that I watched citizens stand in the hall of the 56th precinct and have a healthy, vigorous debate about the candidate most equipped to take on the responsibilities of the President of the United States.  I could not imagine a better introduction to the world of politics, regardless of how I came to feel about it in the months to come.

Blog Posts

Identity Crisis? (Part IV)

Working for Congressman Black was an incredible yet frustrating experience.  Unlike my time with Senator Perdue, working for the fifth most conservative member of Congress left little room for consideration about my openness to certain ideologies.  The office took...

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Identity Crisis (Part III)

My experience in Senator Perdue’s office fortunately, though also unfortunately at the same time, lead to more “undercover” bipartisan work.  I use “undercover” loosely, like I said, I had no malicious intentions working across party lines.  I was merely curious to...

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Identity Crisis? (Part II)

Photo: The office was kind enough to throw a going away party for me! So it turns out that if you spend forty hours a week with an office full of people whose beliefs are completely opposite yours, you become exponentially less open to accepting them as your own....

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Identity Crisis?

I started my summer in the office of Senator David Perdue, a first term Republican from Georgia with little experience in government but decades of success in the private sector.  Yes, I am a Democrat. And yes, I willingly interned for a Republican.  My thought...

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Minimum Wage Machine

Though the general climate of Philadelphia was much less spirited than that of Cleveland, there were pockets of excitement where the true character of the Democratic Convention flourished.  For example, the Truth to Power exhibit featured pop up art that addressed the...

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The City of Brotherly Meh

I entered the Democratic National Convention with high expectations.  The energy level at the RNC was insurmountable―in both good and bad ways―and I didn’t see how Philadelphia could be any different.   Once we arrived in the city of brotherly love, I was disappointed...

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