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    The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 3: New York: Education Inequality in the Empire State

The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 3: New York: Education Inequality in the Empire State

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In this episode of The Ballpark, we head to New York to learn more about the Empire State. We look at the ‘city that never sleeps’, and the rest of the state, which is one that many of us may actually know very little about. We explore how the City and the rest of the state interact, as well […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.7: Politics and Policing in New Jersey

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.7: Politics and Policing in New Jersey

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For this episode of the Ballpark, we head to New Jersey and take an in-depth look at the state’s recent politics and controversial former Governor, Chris Christie. We also discuss the state of policing in New Jersey with the chief of the Camden County Police Department, and we find out just why New Jersey is known as the Garden […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.6: Polarization and deindustrialization in the Badger State

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.6: Polarization and deindustrialization in the Badger State

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On this episode of the Ballpark, we take a look at the state of Wisconsin through the lens of deindustrialization. Together with our contributors, we examine how the Badger state’s politics have become more polarized in the past decade and what happened to its people when the factories began to close.

Contributors: Wendy Scattergood (St. Norbert College), Amy Goldstein (Washington Post)
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The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.5: Missouri

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In this episode of the Ballpark, we head to Missouri to investigate the state’s political landscape and why its Senate race was so heated in this midterm cycle. We also talk to experts about 2018 as the Year of the Woman, explore some fascinating research on political ideology, and talk about what we can expect from this record-setting number […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.4: The Lone Star State You Don’t Know

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As the midterms draw nearer, we’re zooming in on some of the most interesting races in the US. This week, we’re headed to Texas to learn about its uniquely individualist culture, what’s happening in its Senate race, and how the Lone Star State is poised to become an even more important player in national politics.

This episode features Peter Trubowitz, […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.3: Healthcare politics and policy in Tennessee

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As a part of our State of the States season, we’re taking a look at some of the most important elections in the 2018 midterms, and this episode, we’re going to Tennessee, the volunteer state, to see how healthcare is impacting one of the most competitive Senate races in the country.

This episode features LSE Alumni Jason Burchard of RootNote, Amanda […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.2 Arizona: Immigration politics in the Grand Canyon State

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.2 Arizona: Immigration politics in the Grand Canyon State

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As a part of our State of the States season, we’re diving deep into the political landscape of Arizona, the Grand Canyon State, and taking a close look at how immigration is playing out in the US Senate race of this border state.

This episode features Susannah Crockford of Ghent University and Antonia Farzan (@antoniafarzan), Staff Writer at the Phoenix New […]

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    The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.1 Textbooks in Texas and Cars in California

The Ballpark podcast Episode 3.1 Textbooks in Texas and Cars in California

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This season, we’re taking a look at how the states influence and shape America’s politics and policy. The stories, the elections, the policies, the political ecosystems, the people of these places are what drives the national narrative. And so, this season, “The State of the States” will take us to some of the most interesting and divided places in […]

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    State of the States for 6 April: Florida’s ‘resign to run’ bill, North Dakota’s Teddy Roosevelt obsession, and California’s new mega-vote centers

State of the States for 6 April: Florida’s ‘resign to run’ bill, North Dakota’s Teddy Roosevelt obsession, and California’s new mega-vote centers

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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In Maine this week, Pine Tree Politics wonders, given the legal battles which have already erupted, does the state really want to use ranked-choice voting? At the end of 2016, Maine’s voters approved the new electoral system, but this was followed by a constitutional challenge which is still […]

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    State of the States for 30 March: Voting reform in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma raises taxes to pay teachers, and the OC opposes California’s sanctuary law

State of the States for 30 March: Voting reform in Pennsylvania, Oklahoma raises taxes to pay teachers, and the OC opposes California’s sanctuary law

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging. 
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On Sunday, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok writes on what they say is the state’s “super-enfranchised voter loophole”, referring to the state’s same-day voter registration policy, which allows people to vote there without any identification.

Moving on to the Green Mountain State, VTDigger reports that after intense debate, Vermont’s state […]

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