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Republican strategist Randy Pepple and Democratic strategist Cathy Allen, who created and co-teach a UW course on political campaigns, work on the common ground even they have a different political perspective. Pepple and Allen first met in the 1990s, When KUOW invited them to present opposing viewpoints in a radio segment. Strategies the public might view as negative are, in Allen and Pepple’s view, an attempt to provide a contrast between the candidates. “ We challenge students to think about what is an attack and what is contrasting the opponent’s position with your candidate’s position,”... Read more
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Interested in a discussion about the dynamics and purposes of candidate debates in the U.S. and around the world, cueing off the last Presidential Debate and the upcoming VP one?  James Long, Mark Smith and Victor Menaldo tackle that subject for the podcasts Neither Free Nor Fair? and the UW Political Economy Forum. They cover calls to cancel the future debates, the role of debates in American democracy, and how debates contributed to democratization in Mexico.... Read more
Experts around the world have agreed that wearing masks is one of the most effective ways to curtail the spread of COVID-19. A new study out of the UW found that in the United States, masks have become a partisan issue. This research is part of the UW COVID-19 state policy projecrt, led by associate political science professor Christoper Adolph and chair of the political science department John Wilkerson. This project goal is understading what made states more or less likely to adopt these policies, and also to... Read more
Scientist are warning of a larger wave of infection this winter. They agree the simplest, easiest way to fight that surge is to get most people to wear masks most of the time. Yet the political fight over face coverings rages. trump is amplifying disdain for masks and, in fact, the phenomenon has been playing out across the country, most strikingly among some of Trump’s most ardent supporters — law enforcement and extremely conservative politicians. the single-strongest predictor of whether or not a state will mandate strong mask policies bears little relationship to a state’s disease problem... Read more
Political Science's Megan Ming Francis has been named one of 12 grant-supported “Freedom Scholars” in a new initiative by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Group Health Foundation. “This grant will allow me to expand the organizing work I do with incarcerated populations and will provide necessary seed funding to launch another project focused on detailing what wealthy institutions owe to communities of color,” she said. “I am committed to conducting research on past injustices and linking that information to public conversations, movement building,... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak write on Forbes that Republican candidates are getting on the environmental wagon, in a local manner, during this election cycle. "Competitive elections are forcing politicians to take pro-environment positions that... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak in a Forbes opinion give us the image of the size of the California fires as the same as a country. "Why are there fires on such a massive scale? The causes are both structural (climate change and bad policies) and agentic (irresponsible individual behaviors). The former create conditions that increase fire risks and degrade response capacity, while the latter pulls the veritable trigger." The... Read more
Professor Emeritus Lance Bennett and colleague Steven Livingston argue that people here who consider themselves patriots helped, willingly or not, Russia interfere in our elections. And may do so again. "Investigations by news organizations, US intelligence agencies, the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, and of course by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, all reached the same conclusion: The Russian government meddled in the 2016 presidential elections." Think tanks and organizations funded by wealthy individuals and libertarians aid to have "... Read more
Prof. Jake Grumbach in the UW News, Sept. 4th, "UW political science expert on the value of mail-in voting". “Mail voting benefits all kinds of voters, of all ages, races, geographies and partisan identities. And despite Trump’s attacks on mail voting, voters from both parties support it,” Grumbach said. “The very few documented cases of attempted fraud have quickly been detected. The risk of... Read more
Prof. Christopher Adolph says the worst public health crisis in a century has become politicized, and has the data to prove it. "States led by Republican governors have been slower than those led by Democrats to require residents to wear masks to protect against the novel coronavirus — if they have adopted such rules at all." Prof. Adolph and grad student researchers at UW Seattle Political Science Department found that states with Republican governers were more reluctant to require people to wear masks. "The University of Washington research looked... Read more