Author Archives: Steve

Hogan makes abortion-rights stand in Senate race (WTOP)

“Gov. Hogan had to make an ad like this. In pro-choice Maryland, being a Republican in a time when Roe vs. Wade has been overturned is very difficult environment for a candidate in a statewide election,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington.

Link

Youngkin Vetoes Measures to Remove Tax Breaks for Confederate Heritage Group (The New York Times)

The governor has consistently worked in a direction that would endear him to the Republican base,” Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said in April, after the assembly passed the bills. He added that because of political and cultural shifts in Virginia in recent years, he expected the tax exemptions to be revoked the next time a Democrat becomes governor.

Link

Farnsworth Lectures on Entertainment Media and Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "Entertainment Media and Politics: Late-Night Political Humor and the American Presidency," at the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw in Poland. The talk was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth's recently published from portions of Dr. Farnsworth’s recently published co-authored book, Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency. Dr. Farnsworth is serving in Poland as a Spring 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

In addition, recent media mentions for Dr. Farnsworth include:

After Spanberger: 7th District Dems run local race in national spotlight (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“It’s very clear the Republicans don’t want to run against Vindman,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/elections/after-spanberger-7th-district-dems-run-local-race-in-national-spotlight/article_52397ac8-0ca7-11ef-94b3-5746ab5c0ddb.html

In 7th District primary, Republicans debate party’s future (Richmond Times Dispatch; The Daily Progress)

“Six months ago, I might have expected Anderson to be nominated in a walk,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. “Increasingly, the Republican primary is showing up as a referendum on what the future of the Republican Party should be. Should it be Speaker Mike Johnson or Bob Good or Rand Paul?”

https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/elections/virginia-primary-7th-district-republicans-anderson-hamilton-myers-spanberger/article_55aaa22a-0e25-11ef-8a47-1f2cd6cbdc75.html

Campaign contributions reveal Fauquier’s north-south divide (Fauquier Times)

“Increasingly, it may make sense to think of Fauquier as a county with a much redder south and a more purple north,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington.

https://www.fauquier.com/news/campaign-contributions-reveal-fauquier-s-north-south-divide/article_64c0c3f6-0d3b-11ef-a59b-3f5345b4c077.html#tncms-source=Front%20Page%20Top%20Headlines%201-4

Late Night Goes Soft on Biden (Politico)

According to Stephen Farnsworth, the director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington and co-author of Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency, there was another reason for the shift in attitude: ratings.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2024/05/03/late-night-goes-soft-on-biden-00154694

Trump Back In New York Court (CTV News Canada)

“Judging from the judge’s comments this morning, it does seem as if there is going to be another rounds of sanctions,” said Stephen Farnsworth.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2915108

State Sen. Hashmi of Chesterfield enters 2025 lieutenant governor’s race (Virginia Dogwood)

“Sen. Hashmi enters the race as a serious candidate for LG,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “She has an effective track record as a legislator in Richmond. Her focus on health concerns provides a specific appeal to the many Democratic primary voters concerned about the affordability and availability of health care.”

https://vadogwood.com/2024/05/02/state-sen-hashmi-of-chesterfield-enters-2025-lieutenant-governors-race