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Paul Collins comments on speculation that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could attempt to impeach Pres. Donald Trump in an attempt to delay his effort to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Collins says, "It would presumably take precedence over the nomination, delaying it for some unspecified period of time. To be honest, I believe that Senator McConnell could move ahead with the nomination even if there was impeachment being moved forward.” 

Paul Collins says if Biden has a chance to nominate a SCOTUS justice and “is looking to expand the diversity of the Supreme Court in other ways, such as appointing an Asian-American, a Hispanic man or a member of the LGBTQ+ community".

The book "Ballot Blocked: The Political Erosion of the Voting Rights Act" by Jesse Rhodes, political science, is cited in an article about Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ history of decisions on the issue of voting rights.

Alex Theodoridis cited in "Whose America Is it" opinion column by Thomas Edsall. 

The committee unanimously selected Paul Collins (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) to receive this year’s Service Award. Paul is recognized for his long history of service to the Section via committee work, the provision of public goods via accessible datasets, and other service. Most notably, Paul managed the Section’s Listserv from 2013-2019, handled many List conflicts with patience and professionalism, and ran and delivered the results (via a 53-page report) of the important survey in 2019 that shed light on serious issues with certain List participants’ behaviors and their effects on Section members. The Law and Courts Section thanks Paul for his tremendous contributions!

Paul Musgrave is quoted in a column about the positive attention President Trump repeatedly gives dictators and authoritarians around the world.

 

Commenting in an article on Rep. Richard Neal’s victory over challenger and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse in yesterday’s Democratic primary election for the 1st Congressional District seat, Ray La Raja, political science, said Neal’s enormous name recognition and ability to use his power to help his district made him hard to beat. “Even though he’s a Washington insider, he tends to his constituency quite a bit,” said La Raja.  (CommonWealth, 9/1/20)

Sen. Ed Markey defeated challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy III by 12 points with 79% of the precincts reporting in yesterday’s Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate. The last UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll before the election showed Markey with a 15 point lead. On the eve of the election, Tatishe Nteta, political science and director of the UMass Poll, said, “It’s been a weird campaign and I think it’s surprised not just the candidates themselves, but everyone in the state.” 

On Aug. 26, 2020, ahead of the Massachusetts primary election, three expert panelists from the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) participated in a webinar that examined the upcoming primary and general elections and policy issues through an interdisciplinary lens. Introduction: Dean John Hird, UMass Amherst College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Panelists: Stephanie Murray '18, POLITICO Massachusetts Playbook Author Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science & Director of UMass Poll Jesse Rhodes, Chair and Professor of Political Science & Associate Director of UMass Poll Moderator Jennifer Lundquist, Senior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development, Professor of Sociology.

If you missed the webinar, watch it here or read the full event recap.

A new Congressionally requested report released by a panel including Jane Fountain, director of the National Center for Digital Government at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recommends that the Department’s Office of Space Commerce (OSC) continue to lead collaborative federal efforts to improve the safety and sustainability of the space domain and bolster American leadership in space. The report also recommends that Congress act swiftly to enact appropriations and authorizations for OSC’s work, underscoring the urgent nature of the issue. (UMass News, 08/25/2020)

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