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Process Is as Important as Substance
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Nov 21, 2014 - In the Schoolhouse Rock video “I’m Just a Bill,” we all learned that the president proposes legislation, Congress can accept or reject the bills, and if Congress rejects the president’s proposals, the president can take unilateral action to implements his proposals. Wait, that’s not what the cartoon actually teaches. But if President Obama follows through on his promise to protect up to 5 million additional illegal immigrants f...read more

Democrats Lost; Republicans Didn't Win
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Nov 7, 2014 - On Tuesday night, a partisan wave swept Democrats out of power all across the nation and at every level of government. However in analyzing the election, I think it is more accurate to say that the Democrats lost the election more than Republicans won the election. Realizing this fact would lead both parties to make the correct decisions regarding strategy over the next two years. First, the Democratic defeat was felt at the federal, state, and local level. The Republic...read more

Republicans Are Slight Favorites to Win Senate
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Oct 17, 2014 - With the election over two weeks away, Republicans are slight favorites to win control of the Senate but the outcome is still uncertain. As election day approaches, here are some key indicators that will determine control of the Senate. First, what is Obama’s approval ratings in the states with competitive elections? Midterm elections are usually a referendum on the incumbent president and so the lower the president’s approval, the more difficult the campaign is for the ...read more

Mayoral Race Looks Interesting
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Sep 12, 2014 - It is a rare event when a popular incumbent faces a difficult reelection race. However State Senator Lowe Finney’s recent announcement that he will challenge Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist is one such race. At the outset, Mayor Gist has several built-in advantages. First, Gist is at every local event, is a tireless booster for the city, and well-liked by all who meet him. Second, Gist knows the city and its needs after serving as parks and recreation director and public...read more

Red To Its Roots
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Aug 8, 2014 - While most media coverage of yesterday’s elections is focusing on Lamar Alexander’s Senate seat, the more significant races are whether John Mehr is the new the Madison County Sheriff, Ann Strong is Crockett County Mayor, Kyle Atkins is a Circuit Court Judge, and Tennesseans retained the Supreme Court Justices. These races matter because they will tell us whether Tennessee will become a one party state. Last summer, the Tennessee Republican Party declared its intent to make Tennessee “red to its roots&rdq...read more

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