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Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing Dynamics (Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing DynamicsOp-ed columns by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science, and Stephen P. Hanna, professor of geography, appeared recently in  The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch respectively. The columns, “This one map shows the Republicans’ problem in Virginia” (Post) and “Virginia’s Changing Dynamics (Times-Dispatch),” provided a post-mortem of the Virginia elections.

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Roy Moore Controversy (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is wise to abandon Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for a Senate seat in Alabama, in the wake of allegations concerning improper behavior with teenage girls. “It’s not ‘he said, she said,'” Farnsworth said. “It’s ‘he said, she said, she said, she said, she said.'”

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Vote count in close Stafford races fuels criticism, concern (Free Lance-Star)

University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth said the confusion “speaks to the problems of gerrymandering.”

The 28th District used to include all of Fredericksburg, until the Republican-controlled General Assembly approved new boundaries in 2011 that critics say were drawn for political reasons. Now Fredericksburg is split between the 28th and 88th districts.

“By trying to draw district boundaries block by block, you’re making a very difficult environment for election authorities around the state,” Farnsworth said.

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