Style not Substance: A Response to Governor Haley’s Response

Governor Haley began her response magnanimously, recognizing the importance of President Obama’s election to the country and alluding to the troubled pasts of South Carolina and the union as a whole. Although Haley extended a gracious hand to the other side of the aisle in the opening moments of her speech, she soon harshly condemned the perceived difference between … Continue reading Style not Substance: A Response to Governor Haley’s Response

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Lotsa Links: Oregon moves forward, Oklahoma goes backward, and what else is new?

In Oregon, Kate Brown becomes the first bisexual governor in the U.S. and the second woman governor of Oregon, following the resignation of Kitzhaber. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a House legislative committee overwhelmingly votes (right down the party lines) to eliminate funding for AP US History classes, because by acknowledging some of the issues in America's … Continue reading Lotsa Links: Oregon moves forward, Oklahoma goes backward, and what else is new?

Democracy for All?

By Alyssa Cox Today, Illinois inaugurates a new governor who is likely to make major changes in the way the state is run. Bruce Rauner will inherit not only the governorship, but all of the state’s problems, and will need to take quick, decisive action to fulfill his mandate from November’s election.  Rauner’s 50.8 percent of the … Continue reading Democracy for All?

On to the Next One: Predicting 2016

Yeah, the midterms weren't fun, but we can clean things up in 2016.  Or can we? Larry J. Sabato founded and directs the University of Virginia Center for Politics.  He's also in charge of the Center's Crystal Ball, a website which tries to predict election results.  They provide analysis on presidential, senate, and gubernatorial races, as … Continue reading On to the Next One: Predicting 2016