Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says a governor’s first budget is particularly important. "If a governor is able to get a lot of what he wants in the budget – that will create an environment where maybe he will be more successful," Farnsworth says. "If a governor gets basically rolled by the opposition party or by the legislature, that's a sign that perhaps the governor isn't quite ready for primetime."
"I thought the dam would break after the Connecticut shooting with all those elementary school children," said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist, believes that this budget is a test of the new governor’s power to wrest sweeping tax cuts out of a divided Capitol.
Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, who is director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies; Professor of Geography Stephen P. Hanna; and Kate Seltzer, a 2021 graduate of UMW with degrees in political science and in communication and digital studies, are coauthors of a book chapter entitled, “Declining Rural Influence in Virginia Politics: Comparing Mark Warner’s 2001 and 2020 Elections,” which was published in the new book, Vibrant Virginia: Engaging the Commonwealth to Expand Economic Vitality, just published by Virginia Tech.
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Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a public lecture, “Reviewing the Biden Presidency (so far),” at the Lake of the Woods Community Center in Locust Grove. The talk drew on Dr. Farnsworth's recent book, "Presidential Communication and Character."
Dr. Farnsworth also commented on several stories in the regional and national news:
- Virginia early voting, GOP conventions: What you need to know (The Washington Post)
- Thanks to Virginia’s long early voting period, polls are already open in Virginia primaries (WVTF)
- Danica Roem seeks Virginia Senate seat (VPM/NPR; WAMU)
- Town Talker: Youngkin’s biggest nemesis is this Alexandria Dem (Axios)
- Opinion/Editorial: Youngkin plays political game with Loudoun Co. (The Daily Progress)
- Youngkin’s move to force Loudoun school board elections called ‘troubling’ (The Washington Post; MRT)
- Amid rising pressures and a political divide, Biden’s centric views might be a bad omen for a second term (The Globe and Mail)
- Medical cannabis companies are amassing political power in Virginia (Independent Messenger)
- Small Cannabis Enterpreneurs Say They Can’t Compete Against ‘Walmart of Weed’ (RVA Magazine)
- Reporter’s Notebook: Supreme Court leak rattles Washington like an ‘October Surprise’ — in May (Fox News; Granthshala.com)
- Leaks of the U.S. Supreme Court Plan to Overturn Roe v. Wade (Global News Radio Toronto; Player.fm)
- Republicans to choose nominees by convention in three Congressional districts Saturday | WVTF
“2022 is a year full of changes that people are going to be experiencing. We have a new early voting system in place, we have new congressional districts, and depending on where you are in Virginia, the Republican primary may be a Republican convention instead,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “It’s a very complicated system for voters, and without an awful lot of effort, turnout is likely to be pretty low as a result of all these changes.”