Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump's visit to the UK has generated a lot of controversy because the president is aggressive when he feels he has been insulted, regardless of whether the comment comes from a comedian, the mayor of London or a member of the royal family.
“This is how the politics of Virginia have changed so dramatically in just a few years,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. “For decades, any Democrat who talked about tightening the rules on guns was taking a big political risk. The risk in 2019, in the wake of the tragedy of Virginia Beach, would be borne by Republicans.”
“If the Republicans bottle everything up in committee the way that occurred during the general session, the Republicans are probably going to lose their legislative majorities and these bills may very well pass next year,” says Farnsworth.
“When individual Republican lawmakers made the decision to support Medicaid expansion, they focused on the large number of people in their districts who would benefit from having health care and how Medicaid expansion would improve the financial health of local community health centers and hospitals,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “The thing is the people who benefit from Medicaid expansion aren’t necessarily the people who show up in a Republican primary.”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that Robert Mueller's brief public statement offered a powerful warning about the threat Russia continues to pose to the US election process. The special counsel's report also served as a reminder to lawmakers that there is much to investigate in President Trump's conduct, Farnsworth said.
"'There’s this image of Medicaid as a program that is primarily of benefit to the inner cities, but the reality in Virginia and many other places is that large numbers of people living in rural communities lack health care,’ said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. ‘Medicaid expansion is extraordinarily beneficial for people living in those counties that supported Trump.’”