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The book “Picking Federal Judges,” by Sheldon Goldman, distinguished professor emeritus of political science, is cited in a fact check of claims that Joe Biden is the first president to prioritize race and/or gender in their selection of a Supreme Court nominee. (PolitiFact, 1/28/22; Poynter, 1/31/22)

Dr. Philip D'Agati was interviewed recently by the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and was quoted in two articles on the Beijing Olympics. The first on political messaging in the Olympics and the second on the Diplomatic Boycott of the the games by the United States and others. (South China Morning Post, 1/28/2021)

Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, is interviewed about President Biden’s possible pick to replace Justice Breyer. “The field would really be wide open,” Goldman says, adding that legal scholars or state attorneys general could also be choices. (AP News, MassLive, 1/26/22)

Nearly 80% of Senate Republicans supported his 1994 confirmation, a proportion of the opposing party that no nominee has gotten since — or may ever attract again. Goldman says the increased polarization puts “a great deal at stake,” including the court’s integrity and legitimacy. (Bloomberg Law, 1/26/22)

In a November 2021 UMass poll about same-day voter registration being left out of a statehouse election bill, the poll found that 65 percent of MA residents support same-day voter registration compared to 28 percent who are opposed. It also found 64 percent in favor of voting-by-mail. Despite this widespread support, same-day voting was left out of a statehouse election bill. (WGBH, 1/26/22; News Office release)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, discusses the political process of confirming a Supreme Court appointment with Lori A. Ringhand in a piece for the Washington Post and the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer in the wake of his retirement announcement in an article for the Conversation co-written with Artemus Ward. (Washington Post, 1/27/2022) (The Conversation, 1/27/2022).

Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is quoted in a new article examining the gubernatorial campaign of Harvard faculty member Danielle Allen. Nteta says that Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision not to run and the announcement by Attorney General Maura Healey that she is entering the race makes Allen’s path to victory “much more difficult.” (The Nation, 1/22/22)

Rebecca Hamlin, Associate Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies says the political use of the term “open border” does not reflect reality. "I've been studying immigration politics for 20 years, and I haven't seen such a mismatch between the accusations of one party and the policies of the other which are actually not close to open and probably stricter than what we've seen in a long time," she says. (Newsweek, 1/24/22)

The Book: "The President and the Supreme Court: Going Public on Judicial Decisions from Washington to Trump" (Cambridge University Press), by Paul Collins and Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, was selected as an Exemplary Legal Writing Honoree by The Green Bag Almanac and Reader, an annual collection of the year's best legal writing. (The Green Bag Almanac & Reader)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science appeared in an article by Jane Mayer in The New Yorker on conservative political activism by Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Collins described how groups affiliated with Ginni Thomas frequently file amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs before the Supreme Court and how this can present a conflict of interest for Justice Thomas, who has yet to recuse himself from these cases. (The New Yorker, 01/25/2022)

Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in Maura Healey’s announcement that she is launching a bid for governor. The race presents a unique chance for Democratic candidates who want to "push the commonwealth in a much more progressive direction," Nteta says. He noted the state already has a "very progressive state Legislature," making it easier for a progressive Democrat to push through proposals. (WBUR, 1/20/22)