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Media Hit | Higher Ed

In The Public Interest: Student Loan Defaults Skyrocket, Double in Past 6 Years

On September 12th, the US Department of Education released the official FY 2009 cohort default rates on student loans. The number of students who defaulted within two years of entering repayment increased to 8.8%, up from 4.5% in FY 2003 and 7% in FY 2008.

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Who Is Richard Cordray?

When Representative Luis Gutiérrez, a liberal member of the House Financial Services Committee, heard over the weekend that President Obama had nominated Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, he wasn’t sure what to think. Not because he was unsure about Cordray’s record—Gutiérrez just didn’t know who he was.

Media Hit | Democracy

Voting groups pressure DOJ to reject Fla election law changes

TALLAHASSEE –Three non-partisan groups joined the growing chorus of groups that are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to reject changes that Gov. Rick Scott approved to Florida’s voting laws.

Scott signs bill that cuts early voting days and adds restrictions

TALLAHASSEE --  Florida will have fewer early voting days, and voters will have a harder time updating their registrations at the polls, under a fiercely debated elections bill that Gov. Rick Scott signed into law on Thursday.

Election bill controversy grows

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Last year Carley Sattler helped register hundreds of voters at Florida State University.

“A lot of students weren’t even aware that there were elections,” she said at the time.

Sattler is the Chapter Chair of FSU Public Interest Research Group and regularly participates in voter registration drives. But she may stop signing up voters because of changes in Florida’s elections laws.

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