Category Archives: UMW in the News

After Another Mass Shooting, Another Virginia Governor Tries to Change Gun Laws (New York Times)

“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.”

After Another Mass Shooting, Another Virginia Governor Tries to Change Gun Laws (New York Times)

What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November? (NPR)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says that changes the dynamic significantly.

“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.

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What Impacts Could the Special Session Have In November? (NPR)

Facing challenger from his right, Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger fights to hold the center (Roanoke Times)

“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.”

Facing challenger from his right, Republican Sen. Emmett Hanger fights to hold the center (Roanoke Times)

Mueller Breaks Silence (CTV News Canada)

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. 

Mueller Breaks Silence (CTV News Canada)

Senate budget writers to their “Trump country” constituents: “Drop dead” (The Progressive Pulse)

"'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.’”

Senate budget writers to their “Trump country” constituents: “Drop dead” (The Progressive Pulse)