Alex Garlick

The end of Roe v. Wade moves abortion to the states

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This week, a leaked draft decision from the US Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson case indicated that the Court may be on the verge of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which gave women the right to a safe and legal abortion in the US. Alex Garlick writes that the move, which is the result of […]

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    Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

Ambitious state legislators are pushing abortion bans to please interest groups who sense an end to Roe v. Wade

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This year has seen several states adopt fetal “heartbeat” bills which would effectively ban abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. Alex Garlick looks at why these bills are surfacing now, given that Roe v. Wade has been settled law for over 45 years. Drawing on a model of agenda setting, he argues that ambitious state legislators and Governors […]

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    In considering Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, the Senate should take the long view

In considering Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, the Senate should take the long view

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This week the US Senate has been considering the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats stand in staunch opposition to Gorsuch, meaning that Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell is now considering taking the “nuclear option” so that the nominee can be confirmed with 51 – rather than 60 – votes. Alex Garlick writes that history […]

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    Including party labels on ballots increases voting in local elections, especially among minorities.

Including party labels on ballots increases voting in local elections, especially among minorities.

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Most people would agree that political parties are one of the most important components of national politics. But this is not the case in local politics, where candidates tend to run as individuals without party affiliation in races that many voters fail to participate in. Alex Garlick argues that adding party labels to candidates may be beneficial for these […]

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