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10/14/2014
Blog Post

Why youth voting matters in this midterm election. Originally published in the Durham Herald-Sun.

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04/16/2014
Report

This winter a data breach at UMD compromised names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and University identification numbers for UMD students, staff, alumni, and faculty who have had university ID’s since 1998.

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04/10/2014
Blog Post

DO NOT rush to change your passwords on all of your favorite websites. You shouldn’t change your password on a site until the site has fixed the Heartbleed bug, or else you risk having your new password compromised. Watch for a notice on the site, but don’t click any links in emails claiming to be from the website.

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04/02/2014
News Release

Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. Maryland PIRG research found that this ruling could bring $1 billion in additional campaign contributions from fewer than 2,800 elite donors through the 2020 election cycle.

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PIRG In The News

The Diamondback Online

The Diamondback made a news video of our Rally for Offshore Wind in Annapolis. Check out the speech by Governor Martin O'Mally, Campaign Coordinator Sam Rivers, and "All We are Saying... Is Give Wind a Chance!"

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CNN

On Tuesday, students delivered 130,000 petitions to Congress urging them to not double interest rates on student loans. US PIRG higher education advocate, Rich Williams, and Save the Bay campaign coordinator Sam Durdock, are featured in the video clip of this media. Read the full story and be sure to visit the web link to see the video!

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USA Today

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

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The Diamondback

Yesterday, the Diamondback editorialized about textbook costs and the proposed state law that would create a tax holidays for textbooks during the first 2 weeks of the semester. Unforuntately, this is not a real solution to textbook affordability and the Diamondback agrees. Check out the full article and the quotes from our US PIRG report about textbook affordability.

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