Brett
Graham
Brett is a sophomore studying Political Science, French and History as a member of the LSA Honors Program and the Residential College. This is his second semester writing for the opinion section, and he looks forward to exploring the possibility of becoming even more opinionated than he already is. An avid political junkie and sports fan, he can most often be found quoting the West Wing to no one in particular or explaining why his New York Mets will be winning the World Series next year. Originally from the great Garden State, he longs for a decent slice of pizza or an acceptable bagel somewhere in the Midwest.
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 10:25pm

For our fourth episode of The Michigan Daily's Election Podcast, columnist Brett Graham interviews Larry Deitch, incumbent Democrat on the Board of Regents, about his campaign for re-election: 

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 10:01pm

For our third episode of The Michigan Daily's Election Podcast, columnist Brett Graham and Professor Clifford Lampe from the School of Information discuss data journalism and the role of social media in the 2016 election.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 6:08pm

April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president of the United States. That was one year, six months and 14 days ago; 563 days have come and gone since then and there are still 13 left to go before Election Day. Think about how long ago that was — 563 days ago, the University of Michigan’s campus was focused on the controversial showing of “American Sniper,” “Style” by Taylor Swift was at the top of the charts, Jon Stewart was still behind the desk at the Daily Show and the world was just meeting Caitlyn Jenner.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 10:38pm

For our second episode of The Michigan Daily's Election Podcast, columnist Brett Graham interviews Democratic candidate for the Michigan 7th congressional district Gretchen Driskell and her campaign manager Keenan Pontoni.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 7:50pm

For our first episode of The Michigan Daily's Elections Podcast, columnist Brett Graham hosts a conversation about safe spaces and free speech with Editorial Board members of the Daily and The Michigan Review. 

Appearing in this episode: 

Ben Keller, senior opinion editor at The Michigan Daily

Adam Morton, Editorial Board member at The Michigan Daily

Deion Kathawa, editor-in-chief of The Michigan Review

Erin Dunne, executive editor of The Michigan Review

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 9:20pm

Episode 1 Part A

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:17pm

Almost immediately after each presidential debate, millions of the Americans who tuned in make the wise decision to turn the television off, climb in bed, go to sleep and dream fondly of the old days, when making a comment about “binders full of women” made us clutch our pearls with its shocking disrespect to women. And then there’s me.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:33pm

Last August, 10 men took the stage in Cleveland in front of an audience of 24 million viewers, kicking off the Republican primary. It was reality television. There was a close-up on the star of the show and, of course, the big question, asked by Bret Baier with baited breath: Was anyone on stage unwilling to pledge, without reservation, to support the Republican nominee, no matter who that may be, and not launch an independent bid for president? Donald Trump, center stage, raised his hand with a grin.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 9:04pm

With Pavlovian rhythm, my phone buzzed and I diverted attention from my Sunday homework routine to check the CNN notification that flashed across my screen. It read: “Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday, her doctor says. The doctor revealed the condition hours after Clinton stumbled while leaving a 9/11 event.” So, like any political junkie worth his salt, I minimized Canvas and put Google to work on the handful of questions I now had. If she was diagnosed on Friday, why are we finding out two days later? What exactly does stumbling look like?

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 6:45pm

As the school year came to a close last spring, I had an idea for a column. A tirade, really. Rather than study for the impending finals week, make headway on the 14 papers that would be due in the next week or even make the rare proactive choice to begin packing, I was going to write an article about my take on Central Student Government elections.