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Column: In border politics, Youngkin stays closer to home (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Opinion Column: In border politics, Youngkin stays closer to home

By STEPHEN J. FARNSWORTH AND CASSANDRA ATKINSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch, February 3, 2023

Last fall, many Republicans thought the path to successful midterm congressional elections involved emphasizing several topics dear to party conservatives: critical race theory, parental rights, transgender policies, the false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, investigating the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop and continuing hostility toward President Joe Biden.

As everyone now knows, that strategy did not work out so well. But the narrow Republican U.S. House majority continues to emphasize many of those same issues, in part because the most conservative and combative Republican voices enjoy outsized influence given that the party can’t do anything without them.

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Farnsworth Presents Research at the Library of Congress

Farnsworth Presents Research at the Library of CongressStephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper, "Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency," at the Library of Congress in Washington. Dr. Farnsworth was one of a dozen professors selected to present their research at the Library of Congress' national conference on the Presidency and Popular Culture. The post Farnsworth Presents Research at the Library of Congress appeared first on EagleEye.

Legislative season likely to bring controversy (Fluvanna Review)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, told The Washington Post that he thinks the main goal for lawmakers this session “will be to get back to the district and run for reelection as soon as possible. Anything that can be delayed likely will be delayed.”

Legislative season likely to bring controversy (Fluvanna Review)

Gov. Youngkin calls on lawmakers to ‘come together’ on abortion while pushing 15-week ban (DC News Now)

But Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said any abortion efforts are unlikely to see success in this divided government during an election year. “With 100 House of Delegates seats and 40 Senate seats up for election in November, these lawmakers are going to put off whatever they possibly can,” he said.

Gov. Youngkin calls on lawmakers to ‘come together’ on abortion while pushing 15-week ban (DC News Now)

Farnsworth Lectures on Virginia Politics

Farnsworth Lectures on Virginia PoliticsStephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "Reviewing the 2022 Midterm Elections and Previewing the 2023 Legislative Session,” at the Virginia Business Journal Forum in Richmond.

Professor Farnsworth also appeared in several media reports, including:

Virginia Special Election Could Change Future of Abortion Rights (WRC TV DC)

“If the Republicans retain this seat and it is a 21-19 Senate, then any deal that Republicans might make with Senator Morrissey on the abortion restrictions but could get to a 20-20 tie and that tie be broken by the Republican pro-life Lieutenant Governor,” said Stephen Farnsworth.

https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/virginia-special-election-could-change-future-of-abortion-rights/3251588/

General Assembly to reconvene in Richmond (Cardinal News)

“A lot of lawmakers have new districts, some of them are running against each other, and as a result the top priority is going to be a session that ends promptly,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “That means a lot more of the contentious issues will be stalled, killed in committee perhaps or maybe kept off the agenda until next year. “

https://cardinalnews.org/2023/01/11/general-assembly-to-reconvene-in-richmond/