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The column cites a recent study co-authored by Jesse Rhodes and Brian Schaffner, political science, found that black voter turnout dropped during last November’s presidential election and the sharpest drops, on average, were in states that determined the outcome of the election, including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Basileus Zeno, a doctoral student in political science, comments in a story about local efforts to help immigrants who find it difficult to adjust to life in the U.S. Zeno is from Syria and says he has experienced may stereotypes since beginning his studies here. The conference on ways to help immigrants was held at Smith College on May 17.

Paul Musgrave, political science, says in the event that President Donald J. Trump is impeached, it’s not likely he will go quietly. “If Donald Trump were impeached or removed, the next day he’d still have his Twitter account. He’d still have a good chunk of the American electorate – let’s say 20, 25 percent of the people who’d approve of what he’d done,” Musgrave says.

A story on the 2016 presidential election notes that an analysis of voting trends by Professors Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes, along with two colleagues, finds that turnout of African-American voters declined dramatically while white turnout increased noticeably. Latino and Asian-American turnout went up even more than white turnout, they say, and in key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the shifts were especially strong. 

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says using voter lotteries, when some voters win cash prizes, is a legitimate way to boost election participation.

An analysis of voting trends in the 2016 presidential election by Brian F. Schaffner and Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, along with two colleagues, finds that turnout of African-American voters declined dramatically while white turnout increased noticeably. Latino and Asian-American turnout went up even more than white turnout, they say, and in key swing states like Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, the shifts were especially strong.

The late Professor Emeritus Robert Shanley gave a six-figure bequest to the UMass Amherst Libraries' Sustainability Fund.

This event was held on April 27th 2017 and sponsored by The Department of Legal Studies and the Legal Studies Undergraduate Board. Featured Alumni included Christopher Coleman '94, Ariel Dickerman '16, Heather Ducharme '16, Debora Ferreira '93 and Lillian Gordon.

Professor La Raja says a court decision 10 years ago opened the gates for a later decision in the Citizens United case. La Raja also says the case “gave a signal that you’re pretty safe using these (c)(4)‘s for political advertising” (Standard Examiner).

The Delta Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha gathered to formally induct graduating seniors into their lifelong membership in the political science honors society. Chapter president Daniel Myers presided over the evening. Highlights included remarks from former chapter adviser Professor Sheldon Goldman and department chair Professor Jane Fountain. Professor Brian Schaffner received the Distinguished Professor award from the chapter. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha recognizes high academic achievement for political science majors.

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