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Farnsworth Publishes New Book on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is coauthor of a new book, Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency, recently published by Routledge. This project is Professor Farnsworth’s ninth published book on U.S. politics.

From the publisher: “This book traces the trajectory of late-night political humor, which has long been a staple of entertainment television and is now a prominent part of social media political discourse, especially when it comes to the presidency. From Richard Nixon on Laugh-In to Donald Trump’s avatar on Saturday Night Live, this book takes the next step and considers how late-night comedy treats Joe Biden, the new American president who strives to restore a civil public tone but offers far less comedy fodder than his predecessor. Employing content analysis, public opinion surveys, and a variety of other quantitative and qualitative research, the authors look beyond the day-to-day memes and mimes of late-night comics and show how political humor may evolve. For students and scholars of politics and the media, this book will appeal to the general public and political pundits as well.”

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After vetoes, Youngkin’s budget “olive branch” unlikely to persuade Democrats (Virginia Dogwood)

Even as Youngkin struck a more conciliatory tone in budget talks with the General Assembly, “significant daylight” remains between the two sides, which have a history of contentious debate going back to the Youngkin’s first days in office, Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said in an interview. “The governor has offered an olive branch, but it’s a relatively small olive branch,” Farnsworth said. “My guess is the Democrats are going to want more from what they’ve seen from the governor so far.” 

After vetoes, Youngkin’s budget “olive branch” unlikely to persuade Democrats (Virginia Dogwood)

Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (The Virginian-Pilot)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, said he can’t recall any governor shooting down the entire budget. But he noted that bipartisanship is in decline.
“We really have seen a sort of downward trend in the ability of people in Richmond to work together across party lines,” he said. “A generation ago, moderates of both parties would have worked out a deal. Increasingly though, there aren’t that many moderates left.”

Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (The Virginian-Pilot)

‘Bipartisanship’ fizzles as General Assembly session ends (Chatham Star Tribune)

Another point of contention among lawmakers is establishing a regulated cannabis market. Democrats may have to wait for a new governor before making progress on cannabis, according to Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. ‘Bipartisanship’ fizzles as General Assembly session ends (Chatham Star Tribune)

Dr. Farnsworth’s International Programs

Fulbright Scholar: Poland, Canada

Fulbright Specialist: Malaysia

U.S. State Department International Lectures: Poland, Malaysia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Canada, India, Armenia, Ukraine, the Philippines

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Media Training Seminars: Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

International University Lectures and Research Conferences: Poland, Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Germany

National Democratic Institute International Election Monitoring: Cambodia

Other International Travel: Czech Republic, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Ecuador, United Kingdom, France, Mexico

Congressional hopefuls are almost out of time to get their paperwork in (WVTF)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says they’ve got nothing to lose. “If you’re currently a member of the House of Delegates or the Senate of Virginia, you’re not on the same electoral timetable as a congressional race,” says Farnsworth. “So, you basically can get a roll of the dice without having to give anything up in terms of your own seat or not running for reelection because your contest would be in a different cycle in a different year.”

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Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (Loudoun Times)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, said he can’t recall any governor shooting down the entire budget. But he noted that bipartisanship is in decline. “We really have seen a sort of downward trend in the ability of people in Richmond to work together across party lines,” he said. “A generation ago, moderates of both parties would have worked out a deal. Increasingly though, there aren’t that many moderates left.” Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (Loudoun Times)