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Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak argue that the 2020 elections raise red flags for climate policy. This was supposed to be a climate election but turned out to be a “COVID-19 versus the economy” election. Exit polls suggest that Democrats and Republicans are divided on the urgency to tackle the climate crisis. America is at war with itself. On one side is the sushi crowd: the cosmopolitan urbanites who work in the internet economy, watch SNL... Read more
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It’s the most expensive race in Washington’s 2020 election. In District in Southwest Washington, Republican incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler is fighting for a sixth term against second-time Democrat challenger Carolyn Long. Herrera Beutler recently vowed to vote for Trump in this election, although she has expressed disdain for her party’s leader in the past. Carolyn Long is a professor of political science at Washington State University - Vancouver, challenging Herrera Beutler for the second time. Between these two candidates, Herrera Beutler has a record of voting against pollution controls... Read more
Prof. Christopher Parker contributes to WalletHub's "Ask The Experts" on the site's page, "2020's States with the Most & Least Powerful Voters." "Time and again, the American voting system has been a target of criticism both domestically and overseas. In order to expand the discussion, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in on the problems with the current U.S. voting structures... Read more
Chelsea, Moore, is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Washington. She also just started law school at the University of Washington where she is also an instructor and teaching assistant. She married Christoper Blackwell, who is incarcerated, at the Monroe correctional complex in Washington State. He will be released in 2045. The couple began the long process of applying with the corrections department to get married. But then the coronavirus pandemic struck and a difficult process became a near impossible one. No prison visitation... Read more
On a recent Folio Seattle talk, Prof. Christopher Adolph and Prof. Emerita Margaret Levi discuss not just the upcoming election but our year of crisis 2020 and the economic strains we are now facing. Hosted by Morton Kondracke, featuring Washington State Senator Doug Erickson and economist William Galston, as well. Prof. Adolph: "The way I think of the year 2020 is a of year of crisis on crisis." We are still feeling the... Read more
Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on Forbes web site asking whether a potential Biden administration would change the U.S. climate policy. Climate change was a important issue in the 2019 Democratic primaries. Although Biden and Green New Dealers continue to differ on issues such as fracking, Democrats project the image of one big happy pro-climate family, united against a common foe. This has fed the expectation that the Biden Administration... Read more
Prof. Victor Menaldo says liberal democracy is under threat in many places. And, by both left and right. "In the United States, liberalism has been attacked by President Trump in countless forms, including ham-fisted attempts to goad foreign governments into interfering in the upcoming election, harassment of the media, threats of drastic budget cuts to the post office in the middle of a pandemic in which voting by mail has become an insurance policy against mass disenfranchisement, calls to supporters to vote twice and rampant interference with the Department of Justice...Liberalism has also... Read more
Prof. James Long, associate professor of political science at the University of Washington has observed many elections in Asia and Africa, for research and as part of an advocacy organization called Democracy International and he also has witnessed firsthand the kind of election fraud that most Americans have not. But now, with President Trump decrying mail-in voting and suggesting he may not agree to a peaceful transition of power if he loses the election–as he did in the first presidential debate – Americans are worried about how the election will be... Read more
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