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The Marriage Revolution
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

May 2, 2015 - In 1988, 11% of Americans supported same sex marriage. Today, approximately 60% support it and the Supreme Court is on the verge of declaring it a constitutional right. How could a definition of marriage that has lasted for millennia change in such a short time period? It begins with a belief that humans are rational beings who are the best judge for what is good for oneself. If true, then the only reason to limit one’s freedom is to prevent harm to another person...read more

Bush 3.0
Hunter Baker, Associate Dean of Arts & Science

Mar 13, 2015 - The year was 1994 and a seemingly impossible victory was taking shape. Republicans were poised to win both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives where they had been locked out of control for decades. While Congress and the Contract with America (publicized viaTV Guide!) were the main attractions leading up to the election, there were some notable...read more

Who's Going to Run in 2016
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Feb 21, 2015 - With over 20 Republicans expressing an interest in the White House and no clear frontrunner, who has the best chance to win the presidential nomination in 2016? Currently, candidates are running in the invisible primary to impress the political elites in two ways. First, candidates try to secure a base in one of the wings of the party while demonstrating acceptability to the rest of the party...read more

Ben Carson's Disqualifying Foreign Policy Views
Micah Watson, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Director, Center for Religion and Politics

Feb 17, 2015 - This video from Fox News (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZiA7Ro3EFc) should be as damaging to Dr. Ben Carson's presidential aspirations as the one Sarah Palin had not so long ago. Five quick points. 1. He opens by saying we shouldn't be Democrats and Republicans, but Americans, because a house divided cannot stand. Beyond the banality of this trope (trope=Democrats and Republicans, not the house divided line), the current irony of this is that he draws almost all of his support from one stream of one of the parties. The historical irony is that we have had a party system since John Adams, and it's served us pretty well. 2. In making the defensible point that it is wiser ...read more

Establishment Backs Gist Over Finney
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Feb 5, 2015 - If there was any doubt that the establishment in Jackson would be conflicted over whether to support Mayor Jerry Gist or former State Senator Lowe Finney, the recent fundraising reports ended that speculation. Despite supporting both candidates over the past eight years, the Jackson establishment is firmly in Mayor Gist’s corner. The question for the campaign is whether financial support of the Jackson establishment is enough for Gist to win. To begin, both candid...read more

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