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GOP Sees Renewed Prospects
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Mar 21, 2014 - Last week, Democrats felt the political world shake underneath them as Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election in Florida’s 13th Congressional District. This election signals that the political environment clearly favors Republicans and makes them a slight favorite to take control of the Senate in November. The election deflated Democrats because Sink, a former statewide office holder, was a better candidate than Jolly, a former Congressional aide turned lobbyist. Moreover, Sink outspent Jolly 4 to 1, Democrats outspent Republicans by $1 million, Sink won the district in her 2010 gubernatorial race, and Obama won the district twice. With all these adv...read more

Obama's Unilateral Actions Go Too Far
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Feb 17, 2014 - In his State of the Union, President Obama said that if Congress did not act, he would use his pen and phone and act. Last Monday, the Obama Administration acted by delaying the health care mandate on employers. Obama’s unilateral action follows a rich tradition of presidents pushing the constitutional boundaries to expand their power.read more

GOP Must Offer Positive Vision
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Jan 13, 2014 - President Obama had a horrible 2013 as his legislative agenda stalled, scandal (via the IRS and NSA) rocked his administration, and the rollout of Obamacare was a disaster. Yet, the Republican Party has not benefitted. Gallup finds public approval of the GOP at 32 percent which is 10 percent lower than Democrats. One of the primary reasons the GOP has not gained from Obama’s woes is that it spent most of the past year on what it opposes (gun control, immigration reform, food stamps, expanding Medicaid, Obamacare, etc.) rather than what it supports. Consequently, the public perceives Republicans as out of touch, which results in the public trusting Democrats by 28 percent o...read more

Young Are Needed for Health Care Reform Success
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Nov 22, 2013 - The rollout of Obamacare has been a disaster. Today, Republicans think Obamacare will guarantee them election victories while Democrats hope the worst is behind them and support for Obamacare will gradually increase. Which party is correct will depend on the answer to these questions over the next year. read more

The GOP Must Face Facts
Sean Evans, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science

Oct 18, 2013 - In Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick, Captain Ahab relentlessly pursues a white whale to extract revenge for previously destroying his ship. His obsession becomes so great that he irrationally pursues the whale to the point of destroying his ship and killing his crew. Like Ahab, the tea party is so obsessed with the president, Obamacare, the Republican establishment and compromise that it has lost its focus and is sinking the Republican ship. The conservative movement’s primary focus should be on winning, not on any person, law or tactic. If it cannot win elections, it cannot achieve its goal of smaller, limited government. This past month is emblema...read more

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