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    Why things may be looking up for Virginia’s Democrats as the General Assembly elections approach

Why things may be looking up for Virginia’s Democrats as the General Assembly elections approach

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While much national attention is focusing on the 2020 presidential primary race, it’s also election season now in some states. On November 5th voters will head to the polls in Virginia’s General Assembly elections. Lauren C. Bell writes that greater candidate recruitment, including of more women, and the growing distaste for President Trump in the Old Dominion State, mean […]

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    Will Democrats win the politics of impeachment? It depends on their strategy.

Will Democrats win the politics of impeachment? It depends on their strategy.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision last month to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump has fueled debate over whether the move will ultimately help or hurt the Democratic Party. Thomas Gift explores how their strategy over the upcoming weeks will shape the politics of impeachment. He argues that, to prevent the impeachment inquiry from backfiring, Democrats […]

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    The Trump impeachment inquiry could quickly narrow the Democratic field by making Joe Biden the presumptive nominee

The Trump impeachment inquiry could quickly narrow the Democratic field by making Joe Biden the presumptive nominee

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The Trump impeachment inquiry has consumed media attention in recent days, but how will the story affect the Democratic presidential primary? While many experts assume it will hurt Joe Biden by spotlighting unfounded allegations by Donald Trump that Biden improperly used his position as vice president to bully Ukraine into helping his son, Thomas Gift argues that the actual […]

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    Compared to Democrats, Republicans are more likely to disagree on whether their party should pursue policy goals or win elections at any cost.

Compared to Democrats, Republicans are more likely to disagree on whether their party should pursue policy goals or win elections at any cost.

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Both the Republican and Democratic parties accommodate a multitude of views and approaches to campaigning. Some members want to advance specific policies, while others look to win elections at any cost. In new research, Kimberly H. Conger and coauthors look at how these purists and pragmatists are spread across both parties. They find that while Democratic convention delegates tended […]

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    What’s next after Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment announcement?

What’s next after Speaker Pelosi’s impeachment announcement?

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Nancy This week, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced that House Democrats would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, following allegations that he pressured the President of Ukraine to investigate potential Democratic 2020 candidate, Joe Biden. US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, looks at why Pelosi has made this decision after resisting […]

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    Candidates can be rewarded for speaking Spanish, but evidence suggests there might be a cost

Candidates can be rewarded for speaking Spanish, but evidence suggests there might be a cost

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In recent presidential elections, in order to attract a wider pool of potential voters, both Republican and Democratic primary candidates have often made appeals in Spanish as well as in English. But do these appeals have an electoral payoff for candidates? In new research, Alejandro Flores and Alexander Coppock find that bilinguals who saw Spanish language ads were more […]

So, who are the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates?

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Ahead of the third Democratic debate this Thursday, USAPP blog Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, profiles each of the candidates who have qualified for the debate and their chances for breaking out into the top polling tier.

 

Top Tier – polling above 20 percent
Former Vice-President Joe Biden
Who are they? If you only know one candidate in the Democratic race, it’s probably […]

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    With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

With the departure of another commissioner, the FEC’s main job now is shuffling paper

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In August a member of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) resigned, paralyzing the ability of the independent agency which oversees US elections to do its job. Melissa M. Smith writes that the FEC has been dysfunctional for a long time: its enforcement actions have been largely slow and relatively toothless. And with the Republican Party in control of the […]

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    Book Review: Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System by Steven Mulroy

Book Review: Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System by Steven Mulroy

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In Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System, Steven Mulroy offers comprehensive considerations of arguments in favour of and against proposed reforms of US election law. This is an excellent and engaging read that exposes the structural flaws in the US government system and provides tangible, achievable proposals to address them, writes Erica Frazier.

Rethinking US Election Law: Unskewing the System. […]

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    Primary Primers: The Electoral College is a complex institution that may be making contemporary political conflicts worse

Primary Primers: The Electoral College is a complex institution that may be making contemporary political conflicts worse

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In US presidential elections, the winner is determined not by who wins the most votes nationwide, but by who wins a majority in the Electoral College, with every state having an elector for each of the state’s US House and Senate seats. In the wake of a number of elections in recent years which have seen the winner of […]

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