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This special includes, but is not limited to, news coverage of local and state elections, opinion articles debating significant political issues, and features articles about student political preferences.

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights

The GOP’s Attack on Voting Rights

By NIKKI GHAEMI Staff Writer
Conservative Justice's extreme take on the issue of voting rights marks yet another attempt of voter suppression in America and is a hallmark of the GOP’s approach to voting rights in 2020.

Teens, Trump, and Tiktok

Teens, Trump, and Tiktok

By SAGE LAMOTT Staff Writer
By now, the Trump TikTok controversy has become a commonly discussed topic in chat rooms and households around the United States. The bigger question teenagers are posing is why? Why target this specific company and yet continue to ignore Facebook’s spreading of misinformation, largely propagated by his own supporters?

Trojan Outlook: Election Edition

By ERIN JEON, KRISHNA KHAWANI, CLAIRE CHOI Features Editors
On October 9, 2020, the Sword & Shield opened up the Trojan Outlook: Election Edition survey to UHS students in anticipation of the 2020 presidential election. This survey serves to create a more comprehensive understanding of the student body. 169 students participated in the anonymous survey covering questions about their political leanings, candidates of choice, and news sources.

Behind the Scenes of a Political Campaign

Behind the Scenes of a Political Campaign

By SYDNEY GAW Staff Writer
As the voting period for the 2020 election continues, you may have seen advertisements for a particular candidate or state proposition. We can get a glimpse of what a candidate stands for through the political ads that run in between our favorite shows or YouTube videos. However, a thirty second advertisement does not convey the hours spent drafting the campaign and working behind the scenes to make these ads effective. Many people often forget that a political campaign team—much like any sports team—relies on the contribution of multiple people and departments to be successful. From volunteers to political consultants, each individual plays an important part in moving the campaign forward.

Changing the Narrative: A Closer Look at Mayor Christina Shea

Changing the Narrative: A Closer Look at Mayor Christina Shea

By JULIE SAKAMOTO Staff Writer
A good narrative requires a rational yet compelling story. However, it also requires the identification of characters as either protagonists or antagonists, good guys or bad guys. When people are pitted against one another, the only possible winner is the author of the narrative.

Electronic Voting and Why We Aren’t Ready Yet

Electronic Voting and Why We Aren’t Ready Yet

By KIAN MAHMOUDI Staff Writer
So then the election comes around and I begin to wonder: why is voting, this extremely important, mass-scale operation involving the inputs of every citizen in the country, conducted on good old fashioned holepunched paper?

Proposition 16 Spurs Disagreement Among Student Body

Proposition 16 Spurs Disagreement Among Student Body

Students at University High School have varying perspectives on Proposition 16, one of 13 referendums to appear on the statewide ballot, which would strike down the prohibition of discrimination in public universities and other public employment established by a previous proposition.

Pokémon Go to the Polls (Satire)

Pokémon Go to the Polls (Satire)

By EVAN CHOE Staff Writer
It is the final battle of the Pokémon Go to the Polls title. Pokémon trainer Noobmaster96 and his starter Pokémon, Joe Biden, now have to face his rival Chimcharsucks15, and his starter Pokémon - Donald Trump - in a final Pokémon battle. The coming battle will determine the champion over the region.

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