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    Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

Book Review: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer

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In Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, investigative journalist Jane Mayer reveals how a elite group of plutocrats have effectively subjected the US political system to a process akin to corporate capture. This is a thorough, meticulously researched and compelling account of the financial takeover of US democracy that unveils the otherwise hidden […]

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    Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

Why Congressional Republicans may come to regret moving so quickly with their Obamacare repeal and replacement bill.

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Congressional Republicans are now moving rapidly to push through the American Health Care Act, which would repeal and replace President Obama’s signature health care reform, Obamacare. Jonathan Lewallen writes that the GOP’s haste could backfire on them. Writing legislation is a skill, he argues, and in a time of both unified government and budget cuts to Legislative Counsel offices, […]

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    As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

As Donald Trump has shown, words matter in how voters make political decisions.

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With his frequent characterizations of his opponents as “lyin” or “crooked”, Donald Trump’s use of language during his 2016 presidential election campaign was a departure from previous contests. In new research, Stephen M. Utych examines the effects of this sort of emotional, negative language on political decision-making. Through experimental studies, he finds that when such language is used in […]

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    Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

Real-time fact-checking can change people’s opinion about a candidate, but only if the ratings are decisive.

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Fact-checking of political events has become an important component of 21st century political campaigns. But does fact-checking actually influence how people vote? In new research, Amanda Wintersieck finds that voters’ evaluations of a candidate’s debate performance – and the chances that they will vote for them – are improved when fact-checks confirm they are making accurate statements. “Half-true” fact […]

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    Why the upcoming election in Georgia’s Sixth District will not be a referendum on Trump.

Why the upcoming election in Georgia’s Sixth District will not be a referendum on Trump.

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Next month, voters in the Peach State’s 6th Congressional District will go to the polls to elect a replacement for Rep. Tom Price, in a contest which many see as an early referendum on President Trump’s agenda. Jamie Monogan argues that this comparison is not accurate: despite Trump’s poor approval ratings, the coming special election is in a safe […]

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    Parties are more likely to form coalitions with groups that are like them and show loyalty, but not those that are rich.  

Parties are more likely to form coalitions with groups that are like them and show loyalty, but not those that are rich.  

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Forming coalitions with interested groups is an integral part of the American political system. But how do parties decide who to include in their coalition? In new research which uses the transcripts of Democratic Party policy platform hearings, Jennifer Nicoll Victor finds that groups which are closer to the party ideologically, and who show loyalty, are more likely to […]

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    How the Resist Trump movement could transform into the Tea Party of the left

How the Resist Trump movement could transform into the Tea Party of the left

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Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States has sparked waves of mass protests against his administration as well as the disruption of many legislators’ town hall meetings. Melissa Deckman draws the parallels between the current emerging Resist Trump movement and 2009’s Tea Party protests against President Obama. She writes that while this new movement appears to have […]

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    Why Trump could mean all change at the Federal Election Commission – if he can be bothered.

Why Trump could mean all change at the Federal Election Commission – if he can be bothered.

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Last week Ann Ravel stepped down from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), issuing a blistering report against the Commission detailing how deadlock and changes to campaign finance law have significantly decreased its effectiveness. Melissa Smith writes that, with the remaining five commissioners serving an expired term, President Trump now has the opportunity to replace them with members who prefer […]

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    Voters are more likely to support Asian-American candidates in American elections

Voters are more likely to support Asian-American candidates in American elections

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Most academic research into minorities who run for office has been focused on African-Americans and Latinos. But how does race affect the electoral chances of Asian- Americans? In new research, Neil Visalvanich examines how voters support for candidates changes depending on whether or not the candidate is white, foreign born, or Asian-American. He finds that across all ideologies and […]

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    Evidence suggests that issues may have mattered more than expected in the 2016 US presidential elections

Evidence suggests that issues may have mattered more than expected in the 2016 US presidential elections

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In the lead up to the 2016 election, many commentators argued that Donald Trump’s personality and actions would encourage many voters to cross party lines or to stay home. That was emphatically not the case, with Republicans generally voting for Trump as they would any other GOP candidate. Using data from a Voting Advice Application, Diego Garzia and Lorenzo […]

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