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
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
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
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
Representing Constituents v Governing the State in the Case of Insure Tennessee
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science
Jan 29, 2015 - In 1774 upon his election to Parliament, Edmund Burke provided the classic description of the tension between representing one’s constituents and governing the nation. He said a representative should “live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; t...read more