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    In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

In Idaho, Republicans’ support for mask mandates falls if they are enforced

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Mask mandates are one policy tool state governments have used to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But does the enforcement of these mandates change the way Americans think about them? In new research, Luke Fowler and Jeff Lyons examine the effects of mask mandate enforcement measures, such as fines, on public support in Idaho. They find that Democrats are […]

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    There is more pollution when Congress and state Governorships are under Republican control

There is more pollution when Congress and state Governorships are under Republican control

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Republican politicians have been portrayed traditionally as having less concern for the environment, but what does the evidence say about the GOP and pollution? In new research, Luke Fowler and Jaclyn Kettler examined 20 years’ of data on state-level toxic waste releases. They found that there was likely to be more pollution when the US Congress and state Governorships […]

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    Local governments are hidden but important partners in air quality management.

Local governments are hidden but important partners in air quality management.

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While it is often overshadowed by concerns about climate change, air quality is still an important issue which affects a large number of Americans. Luke Fowler looks at the role of government in managing air quality, writing that while large scale state and federal programs and partnerships exist, there are often gaps in their coverage. Local governments, in turn, […]

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