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Phalen Kuckuck

Phalen is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a degree in criminology and political science. He currently works in West Virginia politics. Follow him on twitter @Phalen_k

Articles From Phalen

Pet Insurance? Companies offering ‘unique’ incentives to attract millennials

As the search for millennial-aged talent becomes increasingly competitive, employers are upgrading benefits packages to include unique offerings. Millennials are now being courted with options ranging from pet insurance, to student loan repayment and financial wellness counseling, according to a report from CNBC. With unemployment at a near-record low, gaining millennials’ interest to work for […]

“Millennial Day” at Georgetown University: Where everyone gets participation trophies

The Athletics Department at Georgetown is having a bit of self-deprecating fun. Coming next month, Georgetown will celebrate “Millennial Day” complete with an event at a men’s soccer game. Omg- legit soooo #pumped 🙏🙌🏼 for #MillennialDay w/ @GUHoyasMSoccer it's gonna be #lit🔥🔥🔥— Georgetown Hoyas (@GeorgetownHoyas) August 15, 2017 #MillennialDay was announced in a hilariously […]

They aren’t killing everything: Millennials are helping make golf great again

Millennials have been blamed for the decline of everything from fast-food to beer, but now they’re driving up interest in one sport: golf. The popularity of golf amongst millennials is in part due to the trendy driving range TopGolf and the abundance of successful young golfers like Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson. According the National […]

The numbers don’t lie: Millennial women more realistic about their careers than millennial men

A new survey suggests that millennial women practice more career realism than men. The research, compiled by recruiting software company Jobvite, focused on millennial’s current employment status, future career opportunities, and workplace dynamics. The percentage of millennial women who said they have taken a second job out of necessity sits much higher than millennial men. […]

Ditching unity for division: Fusion re-brands as Splinter News, cites feeling ‘under siege’ by Trump

The ‘journalism’ previously housed on has found a new home at, as the company aims to clarify their aggressive political coverage. Fusion was originally launched as the online content home of Univision’s English-language channel and will remain as a companion to the TV channel’s programming of “pop culture, satire, news.” The name […]

One bill could fix Social Security and help you with college loans

Freshman Congressman Thomas Garrett (R-VA) has introduced legislation to tackle entitlement reform and the student loan bubble. By expanding freedom of choice and increasing flexibility in how government can help citizens, Rep. Garrett is aiming to maintain the viability of Social Security while simultaneously easing pressure on millennials with student loan debt. Congress should pass […]

Stupid millennial stereotype disproven: Millennials are not ‘job-hoppers’

New data from the Pew Research Center shows that millennials change jobs less often than older generations, with 63.4 percent of 18-to-35-year-olds staying at their current employer for 13 months or more, compared to 59.9 percent reporting the same in 2000. The percent decrease is not dramatic, but it strays from conventional wisdom surrounding the […]

Governor brings actual bullsh– to press conference [VIDEO]

West Virginia’s Democratic Governor, Jim Justice, vetoed the GOP majority’s budget bill in spectacular fashion — by comparing it to poop… bull crap, to be specific. Governor Justice is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s not because his nearly 400-pound figure precludes him from hiding. Just one month before the election, an NPR story […]

How one state is tackling administrative bloat to lower college tuition

The West Virginia House voted today to advance a bill allowing colleges and universities more discretion in handling personnel decisions. With the student loan debt crisis looming, addressing higher education costs is critical — more states should follow suit. Department of Education data shows administrative positions at colleges and universities grew by 60 percent between […]

3 hard truths about Betsy DeVos

Trump’s nominee for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, has spent three decades advocating for education policies that will pull low-income children out of cyclical poverty. Despite this, Democrats are sensationalizing her nomination in a continued attempt to undermine the Trump administration at all costs – even when the cost is America’s children. As we wrap up […]

Ohio universities should increase safety & freedom: Allow campus carry

Governor Kasich recently signed a bill that awards universities in Ohio the option to abolish ‘gun-free zones’ on their respective campuses. Institutions of higher learning across the state have a unique opportunity to expand both safety and freedom – they should seize it. Unfortunately, several major schools have already doubled down on their bans of […]

Conservative millennial legislators thriving in West Virginia

President-elect Donald Trump enjoyed a 42-point victory in the state of West Virginia. Nearly seven-in-ten residents supported the Republican nominee, but winning ‘bigly’ in the Mountain State hasn’t always been easy. In 2014, Republicans gained a majority in both the House of Delegates and the State Senate for the first time in over 80 years. […]

3 reasons conservative millennials should oppose the death penalty

No matter which of the 17 Republican candidates you supported in the presidential primary, we can agree that fighting big government overreach is what unifies us as conservatives. Government-ordered execution of American citizens is big government epitomized. Hear me out. According to 2016 data from Pew Research, 51 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds oppose the death penalty. […]

Criminal justice reform: Fairer to all communities, safer for our police [Opinion]

Twice in two days, black men were shot and killed by police officers. Last night, five police officers were killed while protecting a protest in Dallas. The common denominator is an eroding rule of law driven by cyclical crime, violence, and poverty. It is reasonable and necessary to both stand up against injustice and mourn […]