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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World Leaders Meeting for G20 Summit (CTV News Canada)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump was facing a range of problems as he heads to the G-20 summit, the continuing investigations regarding possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia, the painful consequences of increased tariffs regarding US-China trade, and continuing questions over Trump's handling of Saudi Arabia following the death of a US-based journalist in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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Farnsworth Discusses New Presidency Book on C-Span

Farnsworth Discusses New Presidency Book on C-SpanStephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, discussed his new book, “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump” at the Fall for Book Festival, held at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

The book talk was recently broadcast on C-Span. Link here

Assessing the Political Costs of Democrats’ Pipeline Fight (WCVE radio)

A number of freshmen Democrats pledged not to take money from Dominion, which has long played a central role in Virginia politics. University of Mary Washington professor Stephen Farnsworth said he expected that trend to continue in next year’s election as the energy company faces a more challenging lobbying climate.

“Corporations do best in politics when they’re not in the limelight,” Farnsworth said. “Every time that Dominion’s name is raised in the context of a disagreement or controversy, that reduces the company’s ability to get what it wants.”

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