Category Archives: UMW in the News

Democrats struggle with an identity crisis (Globe and Mail)

“The congressional Democratic caucus has to deal with very different constituencies and very different pressures,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist who heads the Center for Leadership & Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.

“The result is a message that is not coherent enough to take to the campaign trail. The Democrats can pass legislation that can define the party, like Obamacare or the ‘cap-and-trade’ environmental bill, but that is much different from a presidential candidate going from a group of activists in one state to a group of activists in another state in pursuit of the presidential nomination.”

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Opinion Column: How Spanberger won a district drawn by and for Republicans (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Opinion Column

By Stephen J. Farnsworth and Stephen Hanna

"Recent elections in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District show that Republicans can win when they construct district lines to bring together a mixture of suburban and rural voters — but that creative line-drawing is no guarantee of success."

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U.S. & China Reach Trade Ceasefire at G-20 (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump was wise to put future tariff plans regarding China on hold because China is a major importer of US farm exports. Trade disagreements betweeen the two nations have already cost farmers in several Midwestern states a lot of money, Farnsworth said.

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Could the timing be right for a redistricting constitutional amendment? (Virginia Mercury)

Stephen Farnsworth, director for the Center of Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, said keeping redistricting in the hands of the legislature is a gamble for Republicans.

“One of the potential problems that Republicans face in Virginia is that before too much longer there might be a Democratic majority in the legislature,” Farnsworth said. “And if Democrats are in a position to do to them what they did to them in terms of gerrymandering, that wouldn’t be appealing.”

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